“Hangovers are temporary, the stories are forever!” Tamba
Tamba, located at The Hub at the top of the WTC Mall, has redefined Friday Brunch with it’s laid-back lazy lunch concept. Sit back and relax while dish after dish of Indian inspired street style cuisine is delivered to your table along with a selection of signature concoctions.
With the current weather absolutely perfect for alfresco dining we had a table on the rooftop terrace where we were treated to a feast from start to finish. Tamba not only delivers time after time with it’s ever-evolving menu but also with its concepts and first-rate service. The team at Tamba are inclined not to follow the crowd so it’s no surprise that their reasonably priced Friday brunch is done a little differently to other establishments.
The fact that it’s a table brunch was the first major plus point for me, guests are served a constant flow of menu favourites from the normal set menu combined with a few surprise dishes. The menu caters well for vegetarian guests with plenty of options, a second very satisfying plus point. As we tucked into colourful root chips with a zesty chutney, mocktails such as the Jaggery Jam Pot and Passion Fruit Pataka were served in trendy copper mugs (cocktails also available on non-dry days).
First to arrive was the Bites, five authentic Indian style starters with Tamba’s own distinctive modern twist. Vegetarian dishes were a tasty avocado based chur-muri with puffed rice, fried idli macaroons (savoury rice cakes) with tangy coriander and coconut chutney which was a first for me. Our non-veggie dining companions were spoilt for choice with spicy tuna chur-muri, imli glazed chicken and surprisingly oysters with a chutney foam, served with a mini-bottle of vodka (obviously not on dry days) were devoured by the other half.
Next up was the Street Eats selection, bombay bhaji rolls and tandoor stuffed mushrooms along with prawn koliwada, lamb kebabs and assorted indian breads. Tamba loves it theatrics and the delhi mix and quinoa smokey mess arrived in a cloud of smoke and was mixed at the table.
Even though the dishes were plentiful they were not overly filling which was fortunate as we had to then choose one dish each From The Heart of the Kitchen aka the mains section. Okra kurkure, dal makhani (lentils) and veg biryani for the veggies along with a selection of meat and seafood options for our fellow diners.We were also spoilt with additional dishes of spicy paneer tikka and sweet and sour pumpkin on spinach paratha. The other half opted for the tender 48-hour cooked lamb shank with a rich rogan sauce, a dish he enjoyed previously and was eager to try again.
My favourite part of any meal, especially at Tamba (read more here), is always dessert and my expectations were off the scale based on the fact that I LOVE them all! Happy to report these expectations were fully met, the weightly all singing and dancing medley of desserts arrived in a midst of dry ice, fire and colourful shards. The Lasting Impression platter encompassed the ‘Tamba love saga’ desserts with my all time fave The Break-up (chocolate shell smashed to reveal a dark chocolate mousse with peanut semifreddo and salted caramel) taking centre stage, it’s heaven in a bowl!
The Mumtaz (strawberry yogurt parfait with ice halwa, rose and pistachio reduction and strawberry confit) and The Sticky Situation (caramelized banana toffee cake with crunchy pecan nut praline) along with a selection of ice-creams and sorbets completed the meal perfectly. Finish your afternoon with a few more drinks with rooftop sundowners from 4pm – 8pm with music from resident DJ Tanya Vie.
Picking up well-deserved awards has become the norm for this innovative restaurant and bar since it opened its doors on the sixth floor of The Hub in early 2016. It’s at the forefront of delivering new concepts in the capital, you are always guaranteed a warm welcome and a really great experience, whether it’s dining or popping in for a few drinks.
Location: Tamba Restaurant, Level 6, The Hub at The Mall,World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 02 672 8888
Lazy Lunch every Friday 12:30pm – 4:00pm AED 195 with soft beverages or AED 295 with sparkling and house beverages
I was invited to review the Lazy Lunch at Tamba Restaurant. All the views are all my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2017. All rights reserved. First an final photos used with courtesy of tambarestaurant.com