REVIEW: Tamatanga opens its doors in Birmingham

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Following the success of its restaurant in Nottingham, Tamatanga has opened its doors in Birmingham. We went along for an exclusive sneak peek to try out the food at the city’s newest opening

Birmingham is not short of places to get a delicious Indian meal, after all, it’s the home of the Balti. Now, the award-winning Tamatanga has opened its doors, bringing something new to the city’s curry scene.

Located on Navigation Street, just a short stroll away from New Street, it’s the bright exterior of Tamatanga that draws you to take a look at the mouthwatering food on offer in the restaurant that promises to offer “hearty, home-style Indian food”.

Stepping inside, the restaurant boasts interior that’s similar to what you’d expect from Las Iguanas or Turtle Bay, both located just around the corner. Lights hang from the ceiling, whilst neon lights and graphics are spread across the walls adding a splash of Tamatanga’s own personality to the restaurant. What separates Tamatanga from other curry houses in the city is that it doesn’t scream Indian restaurant, it’s more a place to wine and dine with your friends or spend date night with your better half.

Sitting down you’ll find your own eating kit with cutlery hidden inside. It’s a relaxing environment to dine in; there’s no music blasting out making it impossible to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you and the staff are friendly, informative and attentive.

You won’t be short of choice when it comes to food and drinks. Browsing through the cocktail list you’ll find familiar cocktails like a Mai Thia or a Mojito, but Tamatanga has put its own Indian twist on the traditional tipples. Whether it’s adding a touch of earl grey or a sprinkle of chilli flakes, there are six adventurous cocktails to choose from. And if you’re a gin fan, you won’t be disappointed as Tamatanga allows you to craft your own G&T from its extensive range of gins, tonics and finishing touches.

Our server was more than happy to talk us through the extensive menu that offers everything from delicately spiced curries, biriani bowls, salad bowls and tandoor plates – to name just a few sections. We started off with a selection of small plates and – Bang Bang Chicken (£5.75), Gunpowder Paneer (£5.25), Prawn Tempura, (£6.75), Papdi Chatt (£5.45) and Ragda Pattice (£5.45) – which was the perfect amount of food between four of us.

Each dish was delicious; the Bang Bang Chicken packed a hint of spice but not enough to overwhelm the palate, light and crispy batter covered the juicy and perfectly cooked prawns, while the Paneer, Chatt and Ragda Pattice were the perfect choices for sharing. Something to be aware of when ordering your food is that it’s cooked fresh to order, meaning that it can come at different times.

The main courses didn’t disappoint either. While three of us opted for the Chicken Khurana (£10.95), a chicken curry, beautifully spiced and flavoured with sweet potato, the Spinach and Lamb Greens Curry (£10.25) also went down a treat. To accompany your curry, you can select either rice or naan bread.

Portion sizes are incredibly generous and you won’t leave the restaurant on an empty stomach, but of course, we found room for pudding. From traditional Indian desserts such as Pistachio Kulfi (£3.95) to refreshing sorbet (£3.95) and more, there are plenty of choices to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

With delicious food and a laid-back atmosphere, Tamatanga is a great addition to Birmingham’s ever-growing culinary scene.

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