Food Review: Tamra, Shangri La Eros Hotel
What can make a foodie happier than a large buffet spread? A larger buffet!
Tamra’s expansive spread makes it an actual Shangri-la (imaginary utopia) for food lovers. Japanese, Cantonese, Continental, Indian – the number of options spoil you for choice.
As you enter Tamra you are greeted by a warm staff and an air of freshness. Clever use of mirrors give the place a very spacious ambience. Wooden flooring, warm toned tables and rustic décor give the restaurant a unique visual appeal. Seating can be arranged near large windows which give the restaurant a beautiful look. Copper utensils as art installations reflect its name (Tamra means copper in Sanskrit). We like the creativity in using rolling pins for decoration. Quirky elements add vibrancy to the place.
As for the food the options seem limitless. Apart from the aforesaid cuisines, there is an option of ghar ka khana targeting business travellers. You can choose between a la carte and buffet meals. The food is fresh and the flavours are refreshing. What gives Tamra an edge over others is that there is a separate chef specializing in each of the cuisine. (Chef Nattasak for Thai, Chef Jungha Choi for Japanese, Chef David Leung for Chinese, Chef Martin Bracker for Continental, Executive Sous Chef Ravi Kumar for Indian, and Chef Sukanta Das for the pastries section)
Our food adventure at this review started with food from the land of the rising sun. We had an option of non-vegetarian sushi which consisted of Salmon Nigiri and Tekka Maki. We also had the option of vegetarian sushi (radish and cucumber). The Salmon Nigiri had an exceptional flavour and freshness. Sushi lover or not, you may find it difficult stopping at just one.
Next came out an assortment of dimsums- Chicken Sui Mai, Prawn Dim Sums and Mushroom and Corn Dim Sums. The little bundles are delicious.
Our main course consisted of signature dishes. We started off with Aambedi Fish Tikka- River sole, raw mango rub, mint chutney which provided a delectable combination of flavours. We liked the combination. Loaded Melts- Buffalo mozzarella, pesto roasted vegetables, kalamata olives, pine nuts- a very mediterranean dish but a tad on the dry side. Thai Chicken Croquetta- Crisp chicken croquette, lemongrass, kafir lime, Thai basil, roasted peanut sauce- the chicken was very crispy but again a tad dry for my liking.
The Indian buffet is Tamra’s USP, according to us. The food has good wholesome flavour. Chicken tikka, macher jhol, rajma and chicken tikka are highly recommended. We were curious to taste 5-star rajma-chawal and Tamra did not disappoint us. Live counters were not that great. Tenderloin and chicken seemed a little over cooked. I guess if you like your meat juicy then you might not be very happy.
What will please you most certainly is the dessert section. And if you love chocolate, there’s a dish straight from heaven – Tamra Chocolate. It comes with good amount of chocolate to tempt you and then you get some more. The ensemble, as the menu describes it, is a feast for eyes as well as your tongue. Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream is not as exotic but is delicious nevertheless.
Overall, the number of choices at Tamra makes it a good dining option. A Sunday brunch would be ideal. Tip: Ensure that you work up your appetite before dining here.
Weekday Buffet Pricing : Breakfast – Rs 1100 plus taxes
Lunch – Rs 1950 ++ (Kids – Rs 1100 ++)
Dinner – Rs 2100 ++ (Kids – Rs 1100 ++)
Sunday Brunch: Yes (Noon to 1530 hrs)
Sunday Brunch Pricing: Rs 2750 ++ (includes Cocktails,
Beer and Mocktails) and Rs 3500 ++ (includes Moet Chandon Champagne)