March 2009 saw the launch of chef Manish Mehrotra’s new summer menu along with renowned wine consultant, Charles Metcalfe’s first wine list for the glamorous pan-Asian restaurant, Tamarai, in Covent Garden, which opened in September 2006. Tamarai’s summer 2009 menu introduces new dishes such as a tangy mango and green papaya salad with banana blossom and pandana dressing, as well as dishes which were created for its recently opened sibling in Delhi, Indian Accent. See previous blog post and read the review of the Delhi restaurant in SI May/June 2009.
Following its early success, both menu and wine list demonstrate how thoughtfully Tamarai, continues to innovate. “It is this creativity combined with a determination to meet challenging economic circumstances head-on which keep the bar and restaurant buzzing with guests,” said the restaurant manager.
Charles Metcalfe noted, “The new Tamarai list spans the globe, from the heart of classical Europe to the further fringes of the New World with grapes from Albariño to Zinfandel.
“The wines have been chosen to partner chef Manish’s creative menu of pan-Asian dishes, keeping in mind current economic conditions. So there are more crisp aromatic whites than blockbuster reds, and plenty of reasonably-priced wines to help guests enjoy their evening without worrying too much about the financial aftermath. And if they want to celebrate, we’ve plenty of excellent Champagnes (don’t ignore the pink English fizz either!)” he added.
So if you are travelling to London this summer, you can look forward to a fine meal with wines at Tamarai. The Tasting Menu with nine exquisite dishes by chef Manish and five half-glasses of wine expertly matched by Charles Metcalfe cost £69 (without wine £52.00) per head.
167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden. London WC2B 5PG
T: 020 78319399; F: 020 78315710
Phone: 020 78319399
Following the runaway success that Manish Mehrotra and Charles Metcalfe have had with Indian Accent in Delhi, Rohit Khattar of Old World Hospitality is considering opening a branch in the UK and is on the look-out for the perfect location for an Indian Accent in London!