Tamarind Indian

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We’re a little surprised as soon as we set foot in this Indian restaurant, mainly because there is almost nothing Indian about the ambience. Red suede couches with black tables on the left side, and chairs in shades of green and purple on the right. The restaurant is unusually quiet, maybe because it is a weekday. We hope the food lifts our spirits.

The menu has lots of variety, but seems overpriced. Prawn pakoras are their bestsellers, the host claims. The makrani tangdi kabab sounds interesting too (we still don’t know what makrani means). The prawn itself tastes good, but is rather bland on its own and doesn’t particularly blend well with the tamarind sauce served alongside. The chicken legs (tangdi) are good – tender and well marinated.

We hope for better success with our order for mains. The dishes come out quite fast. We choose the Hyderabadi chicken biryani and rogan josh (a mutton curry from Kashmir) with naan. The biryani doesn’t have strong flavours, the kind that you’d expect, but we love that this dish is boneless, and the chicken is so succulent. The signature Kashmiri mutton gravy, rogan josh, is better. It is tangy with a rich aroma but isn’t generously spiced like it should be. The lamb, though, is of excellent quality and cooked very well. A good option perhaps for someone with a more neutral palate.

We cheer up when we see raspberry kulfi in the dessert menu but, unfortunately, they don’t have it. The restaurant doesn’t claim to be an authentic one, so we’ll give them that. The food is more of a fusion variety and everything is moderately flavoured accordingly.

For their good service, and to give a chance to that raspberry kulfi, we’re likely going back.

The bill (for two)
1x prawn pakoras QR59
1x makrani tangdi kabab QR45
1x Hyderabadi chicken biryani QR58
1x rogan josh QR82
2x butter naan QR24
Total QR268

The bottom line
Non-authentic but tasty Indian dining. Could do with more heat.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon, Doha
  • Tel: 4481 5544
  • Travel: Zig Zag Towers
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Times: Open daily 11am-11pm
  • Price: QR200-350
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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