TRAVEL EDITION: Tamarind (NW Calgary)

Having only had Indian cuisine a handful of times, there is still a lot for me to learn and try. SG suggested we visit Tamarind located in the Panorama community.  We’re not entirely acquainted with the area, so naturally we got lost on our way there but managed to reach our destination after 20 minutes of  SG circling around. It was a saturday evening and Tamarind was quite packed. Mind you, we arrived at around 8pm.

We waited what felt like forever to be seated. Our server was a friendly Indian bloke, early 20’s. He was always nearby and attended to us. Points in my book!

Appetizer for Two Platter- $13.95

1 pcs chicken samosa,  4pcs chicken tikka, 1 pcs lamb seekh, 1 spinach tikki

 SG and I enjoyed the spinach tikki out of the whole appetizer platter (something we’ve both never had) with the chicken samosa coming in a close second. The sauce that came with the tikki was very delicoius.

The chicken tikka, I felt it to be a little rough and spicy for my liking, while the lamb was a bit too dry.

 3/5

Butter Chicken- $12.95

Traditional Tamarind Style

Leave it to us to pick most generic Indian dish. Our server even suggested that we give the Palak Saang Chicken a try, but we insisted on sticking with the butter chicken. How unadventurous! SG ordered the Chicken vindaloo on his last visit and it gave him the runs so we decided to play it safe and avoid anything too strong or those with a higher probability to upset stomach.

This particular butter chicken was tomato paste heavy with minimal spice flavouring. Decent amount of pieces of chicken though.

We also ordered the Coconut rice to accompany the  BC. It was my first time having coconut rice at an Indian restaurant, and it was difficult to wrap my head or tastebuds around the sweetness and gritty(?) texture of the coconut shavings. Not a combination of the sour tomato paste taste and sweet coconut. Error on my part!

As far as Butter Chicken’s go… I prefer Nawab’s in Downtown Calgary.

2.5/5

PROS:

  • Friendly servers.
  • Eclectic decor.
  • Romantic* atmosphere .
  • Decent sized portions.

CONS:

  • $$$
  • Slow service= took a while for food to arrive.

Will I return?:

Most likely not. I think it is worth trying, but I can’t guarantee my patronage. Dishes were adequate but nothing extraordinary.

Overall: 6/10

-g.

**sg= samwise gamgee, my trust calgarian cohort

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