The Tamarind Collection began its astonishing journey back in 1995 with the opening of Tamarind of Mayfair, which soon went on to define fine Indian dining for the London culinary scene…
Six years down the line, as the Michelin guide was gearing up to dish out the first ever Michelin Star to an Indian restaurant, Tamarind of Mayfair was among the very first to make the cut. And so in the year 2001, Tamarind of Mayfair went down in history as one of the first Indian restaurants in the world to receive a Michelin Star. To date, Tamarind of Mayfair remains one of only 9 to hold the accolade.
In 2014, Tamarind Collection saw further expansion as it reopened the recently acquired Zaika of Kensington – renovated, refurbished and reimagined. Where Tamarind of Mayfair made famous tastes of the Indian North West Frontier, Zaika would treat diners to Awadhi cuisine, that once graced the royal kitchens of the aristocratic Nawabs. Traditionally Awadhi is influenced by both the Moghul and Nawabi styles and serves an indulgent mix of flavours and spices In just one year, Zaika of Kensington has already received two prestigious AA rosettes.
Despite its many successes, the Tamarind Collection is looking ahead with more vigour than ever before. Coming soon is Tamarind Kitchen, serving a deformalised version of the Tamarind of Mayfair menu, as befitting Soho. Tamarind Kitchen, promises to treat guests to same flavour profile that made the Collection’s flagship brand such a legend, served in an ambience of muted elegance and underplayed luxury.
Also in the pipeline, is an as yet unnamed South Indian Concept cuisine restaurant that will bring the same superlative dining experience one has come to expect from the Tamarind Collection, while exploring the truly delightful diversity of Indian cuisine.
But through it all, Tamarind Collection’s fundamental philosophy remains unchanged – to prepare exquisite food coupled with service that is approachable, served in environments that are stylish and unobtrusive.