Sometimes I make great and exciting foodie plans that unfortunately just fall through. It happened to me last week when I went on a quick day trip to Nottingham with some colleagues. As you may know I absolutely love Persian food, so when I found a Persian restaurant in Nottingham with great reviews online… I had to visit! Of course with my luck, I arrived only to find that it was closed for refurbishments *sigh*. After much disappointment, I did a quick Google search and found Tamatanga – a halal urban Indian restaurant located nearby. It was not my first choice but it looked really good and I was excited to taste the food.
WHAT WE ORDERED:
BANG BANG CHICKEN (£5.75)
For starters we opted for Tamatanga’s crispy Keralan fried chicken bites which are marinated with curry leaves, ginger and garlic. It’s served with a spicy mayo.
I thought these were really flavourful, moreish and great for sharing.
RAGDA PATTICE (£5.45)
Ragda pattice is famous on the streets of Bombay and Tamatanga’s version consists of crispy potato cakes on masala yellow peas and their homemade chutneys.
I felt that the potato patties themselves could have had a lot more flavour but once complemented with the spicy, minty chutneys they went down a treat.
GUNPOWDER PANEER (£5.45)
I’m not the biggest fan of paneer but Tamatanga’s version was delicious. It is coated in a spicy masala and served with peppers and a mint and coriander chutney.
RAILWAY CABIN LAMB CURRY (£12.45)
The restaurant has a large selection of meat, fish and veggie curries that are served with either rice or naan. We opted for the railway cabin lamb curry with fluffy, buttery naan (take a look at all that ghee)!
It consisted of tender cubes of lamb in a rich and super spicy curry that was perfect for dunking our naan into.
Overall the bill amounted to just over £10pp including drinks. I enjoyed everything I ate at Tamatanga but I wouldn’t say that any of the dishes stood out to me as being incredibly amazing. The venue is modern and spacious which is great, but the service was a little slow. It was a decent place to visit and if you ever find yourself in Nottingham I would recommend it as a place to add to your list.
P.S. Tamatanga also have a branch in Birmingham!