I've heard the saying about the journey being as gratifying an experience as arriving at the destination. My review of Tamra follows in similar fashion, with everything about this restaurant's interiors and ambiance built as a prelude to the food that awaits… you have to visit the all-day dining restaurant at Shangri-La's Eros to believe it! I'm not easily impressed but each time I visit, I cant help gazing open-mouthed at the copper [tamra] — themed installation and the interactive live kitchens… the planter boxes lined with wheat grass and the rustic slated timber counter bulkheads! Speaking about its culinary prowess, Tamra takes dining to the next level with its 'world on your platter' concept… flying in chefs from across the world to whip up succulent dishes. This afternoon, I couldn't wait to experience its Sri Lankan Food Festival crafted by chefs flown in from Sri Lanka.
Taking a table by the window overlooking the pool and lush foliage, I began lunch with 'Sri Lankan Prawn Salad' from the buffet. If you're a seafood lover, this off- the- hook fresh seafood salad is one you don't want to miss; vegetarians will love 'Roasted Pumpkin Salad' and 'Fried Okra Salad'. My friend and I then walked over to the live counter and I chose 'Sri Lankan Masala Grilled Calamari' which Chef sent over to our table with 'Kottu Roti' — the calamari, rubbed with aromatic spices, was grilled to perfection, but the star here was popular Sri Lankan streetfood: kottu roti. The chef chopped flatbread, chicken and vegetables on the counter and blended it with spices… within minutes; it was as sumptuous as it was comforting; my friend, who is vegetarian, said 'Steamed Rice With Curry Leaf', 'Beetroot Curry' and 'Stuffed Capsicum' was just as delicious!!
Time flew by as we caught up with what’s hot while relishing sumptuous dishes and prepped ourselves for the entree. I chose a portion of 'Crab Rice' and when I rolled back the cover of the chafing dish, I had no idea this was going to be a defining entree — 'Mutton Stew'. Sounds simple but the fresh, flavourful, spicy stew made with coconut, onion, tomato and spices as finger- lickin good. To bring our meal to a satisfying coda, especially for those of us who get puppy-dog eyes at the mention of sweets, the dessert bar has 'Cream Caramel', 'Watapappam' and 'Biscuit Pudding' that pushes all the buttons. I fell in love with watapappam — a pudding made with coconut milk, jaggery, cashewnuts, eggs and spices. Heaven in a bowl! We finally parted ways at 3 p.m. and driving home I reflected there's a reason why Shangri-La's Eros is proud of Tamra. The chefs know what they're doing and the growing number of guests is proof. For a first class taste of world cuisine that's priced at an economy fare, I highly recommend Sri Lankan Food Festival at Tamra with its assortment of authentic, light and flavourful dishes. Bon Appetite!
— JASMEEN DUGAL
Tamra, Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, Delhi