TAMBA Does the food at this new high-end Indian fu­sion out­let de­liver?

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONSUME -

n a lit­tle over a year, Abu Dhabi’s WTC Mall has be­com­ing one of the places to visit for a meal, mainly thanks to The Hub, its re­cently opened clus­ter of high-end restau­rants. And one that’s cre­at­ing a lot of noise is Indian-fu­sion out­let Tamba.

In English, tamba means cop­per and the metal is on dis­play pretty much ev­ery­where in this classy venue. The dé­cor is dark and moody and huge, heavy cop­per bells hang from the walls, and there’s an open-plan kitchen at the back. This isn’t the place to go for a tra­di­tional Indian restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence. The mu­sic is mod­ern, ur­ban and clubby, and the menu is ta­pas in style. The por­tions are a bit more bite-sized. If you like places like Zuma and Hakkasan, you’ll love it here.

First off, some merit badges needs to be given to Tamba’s staff. They are slick, friendly and know their menu and are a credit to such a young restau­rant. So what

Iabout the food? Every dish is beau­ti­fully pre­sented, but some work bet­ter than oth­ers. The king crab puris were of a high qual­ity, thanks to a juicy mouth­ful of meat and a feisty chilli pow­der. The sweet and sour pump­kin parathas might be too sweet for some, but were What’s On ap­proved – you could roll them like ta­cos and some pis­ta­chio sprin­kles added a pleas­ant crunch. If you like a risotto, try the flavour­ful mush­room khichdi but skip the lamb gyosa. On this oc­ca­sion the fu­sion didn’t work – they were greasy and lacked the wow fac­tor of the other dishes. The pa­neer tikka was way too sweet and a non-event, also in part due to the dense tex­ture of the cheese. You’d be mad though not to try the Man­glo­rean chicken, served with co­conut dosas – great fin­ger food and a menu high­light.

While the savoury dishes were de­cent it’s the desserts that re­ally ex­celled. The cu­ri­ously named The Break-Up was a deca­dent and rich dark choco­late mousse ball with peanut semifreddo, salted caramel and choco­late sauce, but the show­stop­per was the Lady Chat­ter­jee, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing and fresh cheese­cake with pas­sion fruit curd and white choco­late. It’s pos­si­bly the best pud we’ve had all year.

We’d like the por­tion sizes to be a lit­tle big­ger and a cou­ple of the main dishes didn’t quite work for us, but these are mi­nor gripes. Over­all, Tamba as a con­cept is bril­liant and it’s a venue we’d take vis­i­tors to any day of the week.

World Trade Cen­ter Mall, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed noon un­til 1am, Thur to Sat noon un­til 2am. Tel: (02) 3048219. Taxi: World Trade Cen­ter Mall

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