Multi cuisine restaurants fill me with a lot of trepidation. Trepidation because they are usually mess up most of the cuisines they are showcasing, so I wasn’t entirely convinced of my visit to Tamra.
Located on level one of the Shangri la Hotel, Tamra’s space takes you by surprise. It is lavish and beautifully spread out with one side overlooking the Hotel’s garden. It can seat upto 189 guests and the buffet dinner is unique as it as many as five live cooking stations serving delicious fare.
Tamra’s open theatre stations are Asian, Indian and regional, Japanese and Teppanyaki, homemade gelatos and a Dessert Bar, Cold Cuts, Cheeses, Breads and a Salad Bar.
Our meal began with a scrumptious sushi platter and a special recommendation is the tuna, the crab sushi and the salmon nigri. The fish is amazingly fresh and the balance of flavours make it one of best sushi places in town.
The main course had a huge array to choose from and I stuck to the proteins this time. The grilled tenderloin was perfectly medium rare and the jus made it unforgettable.
I also had the grilled fish with a spicy sauce on top and this was probably the dish of the evening, tough considering the plethora of phenomenal dishes around. The fish was crispy on top and extremely juicy and moist in the middle. All this without losing any flavour – sublime.
There was another cracking dish that I had – the lamb mince. The mince was served in spiced aubergine and the combination of so many Middle eastern flavours made my taste buds extremely happy.
The desserts spread was , at the risk of repeating myself, huge. There were desserts from all over the world but what caught my fancy was one of their fancy ovens that was dishing out warm choco lava cakes.
The ice creams here were, in a word, extraordinary. They were not only creamy and soft but one could taste the ingredients with every morsel. I would particularly recommend the banana caramel and the chocolate flavours.
I had never had the bee sting cake before but I had a fabulous introduction here at Tamra. It is basically two layers of sponge cake filled with light, airy cream and topped with a caramelise sweet almond crust on top (almost like but lighter than a praline). I absolutely loved it along with my favourite of the night, the passion fruit ……. this was the pièce de résistance as it had all the elements of a wonderful dessert. The passion fruit gave it tartness , the mousse made it light and airy and the fruits at the bottom gave it the necessary crunch. This balance was superlative.
Finally, when the choco lava arrived it was a tad underwhelming as it did not have the chocolate kick I was hoping for and it paled a little in comparison to what I had had before.
Tamra is the proverbial “new kid on the block” but considering the food , the fantastic service and the space itself I won’t be surprised if it surpasses many heavyweights quite quickly.
Taste: 3.5/5 (because Tamra is the first good buffet I’ve been to. Usually buffets always disappoint me but I quite like a lot of the stuff I tried at the restaurant.)
Value for money: 4/5
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