On Monday I was invited by Erica to join her at the opening of a new Indian restaurant in Birmingham; Tamatanga. Tamatanga already have an established presence in Nottingham and have now opened there second restaurant in the city centre.
The outside and interior decor is ultra modern and I’d really not what you would think an Indian Restaurant would look like. It has a very industrial feel and is bright and fresh with a great dining atmosphere perfect for groups of friends or work colleagues.
Considering this was the opening night the staff were extremely knowledgeable about both the food and the drinks menu. The Resturant also has a number of food specials especially if you are seated before 7pm.
Whilst we were choosing what to have we were served cocktails. I picked the Berry Bomby; a mix of vodka and pink lemonade with raspberies,blackberries and mint. It was lovely and I could quite easily have sat there all night drinking these.
For starters I chose a small plate of garlic chicken tikka (top left) which had been marinated overnight in the spices and garlic then cooked in the tandoor. the spices for me were perfect although I did find the sauce a little too hot for me but that is probably down to me having a number of ulcers in my mouth which I have had since I spent 6 weeks in hospital earlier this year. I honestly think if I hadn’t have had the ulcers it wouldn’t have been a problem but the sauce was slightly hotter than the chicken pieces. I also had the ragda pattice (bottom right) which is a Bombay street food. It consisted of 2 potato cakes on yellow peas served with home made chutneys. It was delicious.
For the main I had the Tamatanga salmon (bottom left) served with spiced fries. The salmon was so moist and flavoursome and the Indian spices did not overpower the flavour at all. In fact they enhanced the salmon so well. After the meal we enjoyed another cocktail and this time I tried the uptown mai tai which again was so tasty. The mai tai was a blend of spiced rum, earl grey tea syrup, cinnamon, pineapple juice with thyme. I think I enjoyed the sharpness of this cocktail more and it was really refreshing.
If I’m being honest there really was a lot of food served to us and both Erica and myself only ate half of our main meal. At the end we were provided with doogy bags containing the remainder of our mains to take home. The whole dining experience at Tamatanga was thoroughly enjoyed and it was such a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were really attentive and the training they have been given clearly showed in the high standard will received. Considering it was opening night the whole evening was flawless and there certainly wasn’t any opening night teething problems happening. This can only lead to a fantastic future for this modern Indian dining experience and I’m sure they will give the balti triangle a run for their money.
I was provided with food and drinks in order to review the opening of this restaurant in Birmingham. All views are my own.