DELICIOUS INDIAN DELIGHTS AT TAMBA
By Miss Jane
Tamba, a traditional Indian restaurant run by delightful couple, the Maliks, offers diners a menu and ambiance both warm and full of options. Booths are a common fixture in this restaurant, providing a great environment for a lighthearted family meal or an intimate date with your significant other.
Start with one of their very affordable drinks (no more than $10) such as Indian Rain, which has pineapple rum, Hypnotic, and lime, or their special mango sangria, which is sweet and refreshing. For a stiffer beverage, try the Red Devil (think a creative take on Long Island Ice Tea) or the Volcano, made with rum, Kahlua, irish cream, and Grand Marnier.
For appetizers, try the Lasani Gobhi, a cauliflower dish sauteed in garlic and flavorful tomato sauce or the Curried Crab Cakes, which come with a tangy mint and tamarind chutney.
I love rice dishes, and Tamba does not disappoint with its biryani plates including the shrimp biryani with basmati rice cooked with shrimp, saffron, nuts and raisins, and the Kashmiri Biryani which is basmati rice cooked with assorted fruits, nuts, and raisins.
A great seafood meal to have is the Fish Moilee, made with tilapia cooked with ginger, mustard, and curry leaves in coconut milk stew. It comes with a fragrant rice and will warm your bones and excite your taste buds.
The Tamba Murg Delight, a dish with tender chicken stuffed with spinach, is great if you’re looking for a healthy dish to enjoy that isn’t too spicy. It comes with salad leaves and a tangy sauce that has a slight bite that hits u moments after consuming.
For the vegetarians, I’d recommend the Vegetable Jalfrezi, a dish with mixed veggies and assorted spices including a great hint of cilantro.
Make sure you order one of their Tandoori breads, baked to perfection in a special clay oven, such as the Kasmiri Naan (stuffed with ground lamb) and the Garlic Kulcha (cooked with garlic and herbs).
I finished my dining experience with the pistachio kulfi, a traditional Indian ice cream made with a touch of rose water. Delish!
18-course buffet $9.95, 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday
Sunday brunch: $11.95, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.