Restaurant review: The newly opened Tamra stimulates all the senses

Opened at the Shangri-La hotel on Janpath, Tamra takes its name very seriously. That means copper in Sanskrit, the restaurant is laid out in more than 50 shades of tone, and much more tasteful than any particular book series.

The cavernous interiors offer theater kitchens for every cuisine served (Japanese, Thai, Chinese, European and Indian, all lined, or rather, piled) with chefs cooking right before your eyes. There’s also a lusciously long bar for the dipsomaniacals among us. The seating area is an oasis of calm, separated by glass panels and arranged in both cozy nooks and elaborate table spreads. A buffet, with the tables practically moaning under the weight of the food bowl, acts as a natural barrier between the two sections. The service, as well as the crockery and tablecloths, is impeccable.

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We go first to the buffet and decide to supplement our fare with a selection from the a la carte menu (customers can choose between either, or like us, enjoy both). We fill our bowls with an assortment of dishes (a daily changing affair, we are told, just like Giacomo Casanova’s) too many to mention here briefly. However, there is one item that, like Cthulhu, but much tastier, will stalk our dreams at night. Essentially a pork hummus, it consists of liquid pork in a shot glass and is wonderfully distilled. We go back for seconds. And third. There may have been a fourth time, which we blocked out of shame.

A Tamra special chocolate dessert.

Off the menu we enjoy with the Thai Chicken Croquetas, well-marinated chicken floppy disks served diner-style in a deep-fat fryer (although nothing greasy about it). These are accompanied by a hearty and curiously chatoyante peanut sauce that encourages you, like that popular tea brand jingle, to dip, dip, dip.

Dessert includes the signature Tamra Chocolate; similar to a chocolate bombé, topped with chunks of crunchy peanut butter and other accessories, the dish is topped off with a le gueridon, topped with a warm decadent sauce that turns the whole pudding into a creamy chocolatey mess. To quote Jamie Oliver (just this time, we promise): delicious.

Meal for two: Rs 3,000 (excluding taxes and alcohol)

Address: First Floor, The Shangri-la Hotel, Janpath;

Contact person: 33106422

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