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A chain of canteen style Indian restaurants.

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      12.03.2010 10:57
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      My new favourite restaurant

      On Sunday I decided to go to Tamatanga in Nottingham with my boyfriend and a couple of friends. I'd never been there before but I'd heard it was good. Looking at the menu online, there was something my fussy boyfriend would eat, so I thought we might as well check it out. Tamatanga is kind of the Indian equivalent of Wagamamas. Stepping through the door the place was light, airy and very modern with big square tables. Each table seats eight people, so at busy periods you will probably be sitting with strangers. There was lots of space though, which is good because we ended up having a lot of dishes. The menu offers a good range of food, and, somewhat like Nando's, you can pick and mix stuff. There are typical curries like Korma and Rogan Josh, more unusual things like Chilli Chicken curry, you can have a set meal and there are also a few desserts to pick from like mango cheesecake. The menu also advises which dishes are hot and which are suitable for vegetarians. Tamatanga has very reasonable prices, particularly if you go in before 6pm on a weekday as you can get a main meal and a drink (including a selection of alcoholic drinks) for just £6, which I think is excellent as the portions are very generous. We also noticed that one of the dishes included in this £6 deal is actually listed at £11 on the regular menu, so that makes it even more impressive. If you pick a curry bowl, you can choose rice or naan to go with your curry. My boyfriend ordered the tandoori chicken and also had this option. I had rice with my Chilli Chicken, and it was delicious. My hot curry was also really good. Other mains we ordered included Chicken Korma (big thumbs up from my friend) and a vegetarian dish (excellent). I was greedy and ordered a side salad and raita (mint yoghurt thing). Both of these were around the £1.50 and good size and quality for what you paid. The staff were very attentive at the beginning as brought us poppadoms and dips straight away (perhaps overly so as one of my friends spent his time deciding what he wanted), but after we'd ordered the food took longer to arrive than expected and the overall service was a bit slower as more customers came in. One of the things that annoyed me is that you get your dishes as they are made and brought out. They say that this means you can enjoy your food straight away, but mine was one of the first to arrive and I felt uncomfortable eating when no one else really had anything. It also meant that my boyfriend received his side of chips about twenty minutes before anything else came out and he'd finished them before he got his main. So really if he'd waited to eat them with his meal as planned they would have been cold. The three of us were nearly finished with our meals before my other friend even got his, which again I felt was bad planning. Sadly we didn't get a chance to experience the £6 for a meal and a drink, but with two starters, four mains, three drinks (including my delicious peach and coconut juice) plus water, and three sides, we paid around £40, which I thought was great value for money. Tamatanga also accepts the Cornerhouse card for 10% off, although I'm fairly sure you can't use a Nottingham City Card which is a shame. For those who are interested in visiting, Tamatanga is located in the Cornerhouse in Nottingham city centre, so it's the perfect place to catch a film afterwards as we did. I'll definitely be going back, but I might ask if we can have everything brought out together next time! Minus half a star for that, and half a star because the choice of dessert is so mediocre.

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        14.08.2009 21:19

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        once you've tried it, you won't be able to stop going back!

        This place gets better and better. Have been visiting since it first opened and a friend mentioned it. They consistently deliver great food in what can only be described as a unique setting. The music is great, communal seating works well because the tables are so large and staff are good at spacing you out if there's room. It always seems to be buzzing, especially at the weekends, and the crowd is a really nice mix of students like myself, families, couples and others I guess. I would definitely recommend the butter chicken, it's so lovely and creamy! And the saag paneer is also fabulous, very much like it is back in India according to one of my Indian mates who also loves it! I reckon the best thing about this place is the price though. It's such good value, especially because the portion sizes are so generous and they've recently started allowing people to take food home if you can't finish it, which is even better. I think they do take away but haven't tried as I live so close it's easier to just nip in. I don't know if they've got any other restaurants in other cities, but my guess is it won't be long before they do.

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        08.08.2009 13:17

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        Lovely food and a friendly environment

        This is an Indian canteen with a different style. There are large tables set out so that you may be eating in close proximity to another party or couple, but if there's enough room the staff will space you out so that you have enough room to be comfortable but there is still a cosy aspect to it. The food there is lovely. You get to have complimentary poppadoms with three different chutneys while you wait for your meal which is ordered on one of those new fangled digital things so that your order is probably sent to the kitchen before the very polite member of staff leaves your side. My favourite dish is the butter chicken curry. Each main dish can be ordered with naan bread or rice, I've tried both and either is fine. Don't expect the naan bread you get from the supermarket though, this is round and fresh with buttery goodness. You can get a filling meal and drinks here for around £10 which is rather cheap compared to other Indian style restaurants. Tamatanga also offers the option of phoning in an order and then collecting it later so you can eat it at home.

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        20.12.2008 15:11
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        Great place, will be back

        Stumbled in to this place in an attempt to escape the drizzle recently and pleasantly surprised. Food was very good, Butter Chicken on their specials menu very nice as was the paneer kebabs we had on the side. The food sort of comes out whenever it's ready, which in our case was onion bhaji, curries, naan, paneer kebab. Worked nicely actually as we always had something to be munching on. I think the best thing about this place has got to be its price and speed. We were after a really quick chilled out meal before making a cinema showing and managed to finish our meal including a coffee within an hour. The service is very attentive and the food comes out with surprising speed. Prices are great as they include rice or naan already so you don't need t add anything else if you don't want to. All in all, highly recommended and we'll definitely be back before long. Makes a refreshing alternative to the usual Cornerhouse haunts and certainly fills a void that other indian restaurants can't currently offer.

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        19.12.2008 10:21
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        OK but not for regular visits

        I visit the cornerhouse quite a lot with friends and decided to try the latest restaurant: Tamatanga. Whilst we were outside looking at the menu, we were coerced by the waitress who had come outside to come in. Inside the restaurant it was well decked out but there werent many people in so it seemed a little souless. The food we ordered seemed like normal indian fodder to me. I had the karahi and samosa combination. The samosa was ok if not a little overpriced. The Karahi was adequate but not any different to any other. The staff were over attentive , our every move was covered and it was a little disconcerting and put a damper on the experience. It appeared they had been told to upsell as much as possible. As we were offered extra everything. All in all this was an average middle of the road experience which may or may not get our vote next time

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          02.12.2008 19:11
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          A great place to eat in Nottingham

          I'm normally a bit sceptical about trying new Indian restaurants, and tend to rely on personal recommendation and reputation. However, when I was invited to this brand new Restaurant for a friend's birthday, I Googled the name to find out what it was all about, realised I'd get 20% off with the Cornerhouse loyalty card (this is the complex where it's situated) and thought that I had nothing to lose. I received a friendly welcome when I arrived before most of the guests, and the hostess explained to me that Tamatanga was a relaxed, canteen style eaterie, similar to Wagamamas where your food comes as soon as it's cooked (and you can also end up with randoms at your table). The decor was bright and predominantly orange, (with a hint of brown to lose all easyjet connotations), and most of the tables were square, which is perfect for chatting with a few friends. The staff are easily identifiable in their orange t-shirts and quite attentive, sometimes too much so. Once my friends had arrived I decided to treat myself to the thali style dish, consisting of two curries, daal (lentil curry), poppadoms, salad, chutney, raita (a cooling dip) pilau rice, naan bread and two random vegetable dishes (why I couldn't quite identify, but they were still tasty nonetheless). It all comes in little pots on a silver tray, though the rice is just randomly in the middle with the naan bread and salad (the chutney is hiding underneath somewhere underneath the salad, so maybe the presentation could be improved a little bit). You get a small amount of each dish, which amounts to quite a lot in total, and it was good to get an idea of what was on offer on the menu. I'd definitely go for the rich prawn curry again, but probably not the lamb Jalfrezi, so at least I know what kind of dishes I like at this place. This dish costs £10.95, which with a 20% discount, wasn't a bad price for all this food. I ended up leaving a little bit, but I'm sure this could feed two people with smaller appetites than myself (i.e, most of the population). It's also easy to make this a vegetarian option, as you choose the two curries you want, so you could even go for an okra or paneer (Indian cheese which reminds me of tofu) version. On my second visit, I came with my friend who's of Indian descent and knows her curry well, but I was confident that she'd like this place. We went for the tandoori chicken (I heard this was the healthiest kind of thing to order at an Indian restaurant) which seemed like a reasonable option, and I went for some naan bread on the side (as I always worry about small portion sizes). There was no need for me to worry, we were confronted with two huge pieces of chicken, lots of rice, daal, salad and a yoghurt and mint chutney, which was more than enough. My friend was definitely impressed, and happily polished off most of her plate, as did I. Everything was spot on, and the chicken was nice and tender and all of the flavours just complimented each other. It was a pleasure to eat, and only £8.45 (minus the 20% of course). There are plenty of dishes hovering around the £6-7 mark, and you can end up with quite a lot of food for your money, so you don't always have to splash out all the time. My only slightly negative criticism of this restaurant is the staff. Of course they are attentive, but the problem is that it can be slightly too much at times. My friend sat down and immediately said 'I think I might go to the toilet', when this member of staff came out of nowhere and said 'It's over there,' which was quite amusing, so not really a problem. It was only when I was discussing something quite personal and embarrassing with my friend, someone came out of nowhere and asked us if we wanted any more drinks. I don't know if this was intentional, and I know it is their aim to get us to spend as much as possible, but surely they could've seen we were deep in conversation and waited until they disturbed us to avoid embarrassment? Also when we'd paid and were about to leave the restaurant, the lady by the door stopped us and asked us how our meal was, and gave us some vouchers for next time, but then she started asking us what we were doing that night (going to Rock City, if you're curious) and even sort of put her arm around us once we'd answered (we may appear younger than our twenty-one years, so are frequently called 'love' and 'duck' in shops, but this was on another level.) I know they are trained to be polite and make conversation, but this all seemed rather random when we were just about to leave the restaurant. However, with a bit more time this seemingly friendly member of staff may perhaps tone down her behaviour slightly. On my first visit I found the staff much better, and there was a guy who was very knowledgeable about all of the dishes who seems to be some kind of manager or supervisor. I think that because the restaurant is new, the staff are all fresh from their training so just need to settle into their roles, and work out how to behave with their customers, and at least we never felt totally ignored. Overall, I was very happy with this restaurant and would recommend it to anyone visiting Nottingham. The prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is modern and relaxed, so it's perfect for visiting with friends, family at any time of day. I wouldn't worry if you're not a fan of spicy food, as there are plenty of alternatives on the menu (though it's best to check with staff, as some accompaniments could be too much for the average palette) as well as numerous chicken, lamb and vegetarian options. As I mentioned, you get 20% off if you have a Cornerhouse loyalty card (only valid between Sunday and Thursday), and I believe you can also get this discount by registering on their website. I believe they will be starting a take-away service soon, (but hope this will stretch to home delivery, due to these cold winter nights). I will definitely come back again, and would quite like it if they'd open many more chains all over the country, Wagamamas style.

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