Tamarind in Kilpauk promises to impress both Mumbaikars and Chinese lovers
Located on Rajarathinam street, Green Tamarind that launched last October, joins the list of vegetarian restaurants like Bombay Halwa House and Tandoori Tadka in Kilpauk. But owner Jai G Punjabi is confident that his venture, offering Mumbai-inspired chaats, North Indian and Indian Chinese offerings, will stand out. “Green stands for vegetarian and tamarind is an important ingredient in Mumbai chaats,” Punjabi explains.
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Chef Anand of Cornucopia fame heads Green Tamarind, and on his Qwik Bytes menu we find vada pav, dahi sev batata puri and dahi paapdi chaat. Their poori bhaji and channa bhatura are major attractions, we hear. Starters include the vegetable seekh, hariyali paneer tikka, mustard potatoes, makai mattar aloo seekh, green peas and potatoes blended with Indian spice and herbs, among others. For mains, they have everything from paneer tikka masala to malai kofta, and kadai vegetables and aloo mattar. But there’s more. The Indian Chinese offerings include a stir-fried mushroom with pepper and chilly that packs a punch, while their Beijing manchurian and Thai green curry play with your taste buds. “We have traces of a Singapore-Malaysian influence in our food. In fact we started out with Italian and Mexican food, but that falls under a higher price range so we decided on Chinese,” Punjabi says. The restaurant is attracting the Gujaratis, Marwaris and Sindhis in the area, we’re told.
Their dahi paapdi chaat arrives with thick curd. “We generally use hung curd. It is a Mumbai thing,” Punjabi smiles. Meanwhile, the cream of sweet corn soup arrives with bits of chilli and lemongrass and we like their burnt garlic rice, served with pepper, cilantro and mushroom sauce. Wash these down with their fresh juices or lemon and mint iced tea. For dessert there’s the light and fluffy tres leches — an eggless vanilla sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk, topped with cream and fresh fruits.
Meal for two between Rs. 700 and Rs. 750. Details: 8056129222
— Mrinalini Sundar