The Tamarind

November 27, 2009

This,  as you are all aware, is National Curry Week. In a previous life I was responsible for promoting Youth Work Week. Such things are thankless tasks, so I thought I’d file a short post that might turn up on some poor PR wallah’s google search and help their stats.

So, last night about 25 of us celebrated Rob’s birthday at The Tamarind on Hinckley Road, Leicester.  It’s your archetypal friendly  neighbourhood curry house, with many of the customers greeted by their first name. To avoid the stress of that number of people ordering, they were happy to prearrange a set meal for us all at a bargain price too. What’s more it was off menu home-style cooking – on the bone chicken and a mixed vegetable curry with rice and naans ad lib.  The chicken was great, a simple simple stew but with plenty of fresh spices and enough heat for me if not for those of those of the late night madras persuasion.  Vegetarians were less impressed, finding  most components overcooked and uninteresting – though an additional order of saag paneer was highly rated.  I’m not sure I’d rush back for the food  – being two miles from my home I’d have to walk past far too many good restaurants for one thing  – but the restaurant did a great  job of feeding a ramshackle, hungry crowd and serving us with patience and good humour.

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