There’s a new kid on the block. Have you heard…. Have you been there…??? If you haven’t and if you like authentic Keralite cuisine, then you must give Tamarind Terrace a visit. Its located near the Emirates Post Office in Karama. Yes, Karama…..was Karama running short of yummy, tasty restaurants??!! Karama is well-known for some amazing eateries, covering a variety of cuisines. And Kerala cuisine is not uncommon to this place given that there are lots of Keralites residing in and around Karama. So where else would one open the latest addition to an already existing Malayalee community….yea, they’ve got the location right!!! As a matter of fact, I’m jealous….jealous of all the people that can pop into Tamarind Terrace whenever they want to ‘coz they are so close and I live on the other side of Dubai.
This restaurant opened it’s doors around 3 weeks ago and last Friday, we went all the way there to see what the fuss is all about. And we were not disappointed. Pocket-friendly potion sizes but packed with flavour and true to what they claim, ‘Kerala on a plate’.
We reached there quite late at around 3:30pm. Usually, restaurants are not too thrilled with such late-comers, but the staff here were welcoming. Infact, there were more people coming in until 4. It was houseful and we had to wait around 15min for a table. The long journey and the long wait made us order more than we usually would but because the quantity served was small, we were able to try several dishes and didn’t have to waste any food (double plus points!!!).
The interior is cozy, quaint and the main attraction is an arch in the middle of the seating area called the Thangassery Arch. Tangassery is a picturesque seaside village in Kollam, Kerala with a long beach on which stands a 144 feet tall lighthouse. The Thangassery Arch was built in 1939 by the British at the entry point to Thangassery town.
“Tangassery Arch is recreated in Tamarind Terrace as a tribute to a town’s glorious past – a town known for its culinary heritage.”
~As mentioned by Tamarind Terrace on its Instagram page.
We skipped the soup and dived right into the mains. We had Chicken Biriyani (obviously!!) which was served with raita, pappad & pickle; Kappa with Beef Curry; Muyal Irachi Roast (Spicy Rabbit Roast) and Porottas. For drinks we had Chakka Manga Mulagu Sherbet and Mango Lassi. And for dessert, Tamarind Terrace Special Milk Cake.
The biriyani hit the right spots with great flavour and soft, juicy chicken. My favourite was the kappa. It was cooked perfectly well and the mix was bang on with the correct consistency. Beef curry was spicy and a good accompaniment to kappa. Next time, I want to try it with fish curry.
I’m not a fan of rabbit meat, but tried it here on hubby’s insistence. I’ve just had it once before. It was just ok….nothing much to rave about.
Both mocktails tasted yum. Chakka Manga Mulagu Sherbet was suggested by the TT staff and it won all our hearts. The spicy and sweet notes were well balanced. And who can go wrong with Mango Lassi. Double thumbs up for both mocktails.
The icing on the cake was the milk cake. Sweet, moist and delicious. I wanted to try their payasams too but it was all over, as it was almost evening. It’ll have to wait till next time.
All in all, great food, pocket-friendly and controlled-potion sizes make it a must-try destination in Karama.