Tamatanga Birmingham – an Urban Indian Canteen **REVIEW**

I adore Indian food. We used to eat it tonnes before the kids. Sadly they don’t like the spice so it is eaten slightly less than we would like! I was asked to come to try Tamatanga – an urban Indian restaurant opening this month in Birmingham. I was so in there.

About Tamatanga

Tamatanga produces the most delicious Indian food. There is currently a restaurant open in Nottingham and now one is here in Birmingham. Online it states how many satisfied customers say the food is as good as made back in India!

Everything is prepared from scratch using local produce and spices are ground by hand in the kitchen. There is nothing artificial and Tamatanga care about the environment: using sustainably sourced produce and always recycling.

The Menu

The menu is truly mouthwatering with your usual Indian starters which you could have tapas style; onion bhajis, lamb tikki and chilli paneer as some examples. Prices range from £4-£6.50 for these.

Next come the curries, and there are vegetarian options. What I liked about these is the rice or naan are included. There are chicken, seafood, lamb and veggie varieties with different levels of flavour and spice! These are all around £11.

There are drier options, so less sauce, cooked in the tandoor oven. Chicken, lamb and salmon are available, with the prices varying depending on what is chosen.

There are also salads, wraps and biryanis on the menu. Of course there are the extras; rice, poppadoms, chapattis and peshwari naan. Delicious!

The dessert menu is amazing with chocolate brownies, cheesecake, ice-cream, kulfi and fudge cake! That is if you have any room left. Prices are around £4-£5.

There is also an extensive drinks menu with wines, beers, cocktails, soft and hot drinks.

Our Experience

I headed out with one of my friends. I loved the atmosphere as we headed in. Cool lighting and a general buzz. I liked the decor too.

We chilled at the bar for a while and had a glass of wine. I chose a Sauvignon Blanc which was perfect and then we both decided to go for cocktails. We chose a vanilla velvet which was made from vodka, vanilla, guava and strawberries topped with raspberries & mint. So refreshing and absolutely delicious.

We moved into the main restaurant for food next and sat near the window which I always like for people watching.

I was absolutely starving so we started with poppadoms and some amazing dips; the usual mango chutney but one made from apple which was delicious.

We decided to go with starters, which in hindsight I maybe should not have, as was so full very quickly. They were totally worth it though. I chose prawn tempura and my friend chose lamb tikki. I’m not a lamb fan at all but I enjoyed the tikka. Amazing. My prawns were hot and very well cooked.

I do think our eyes were slightly bigger than our tummies as we chose the Tamatanga Thalis for our mains. This is basically a massive plate with lots of mini dishes. You get salad, poppadums & chutney, two veg dishes, daal, raita, rice, naan and any TWO curries of your choice. Phew!!! It was amazing when it arrived but I was defeated very quickly. I managed to eat some of my curries; chicken tikka and fish curry which were fantastic, so aromatic and tasty.

We decided to doggy bag up the rest and save for the next day (my hubby had and he thoroughly enjoyed!)

I couldn’t even move at that point but my friend chose some pistachio kulfi and I tried some of this too. It was so creamy and rich but very moreish. I had to move it away to stop eating or may have exploded!

Overall

I really enjoyed my experience of Tamatanga. It has a really good vibe and atmosphere and it is a place you could eat at any point during the day; it doesn’t have to be an evening experience.

The food is original and fantastic quality. I thought it was very reasonably priced as well for the quantities and overall quality.

If you are a fan of Indian food, I would definitely check Tamatanga out.

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