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Drove down to Tamarind tree yesterday to attend a friend's wedding reception and was pleasantly surprised to discover this unique weekend hangout. It's set in a 2-acre plot and has been meticulously done up by Venkataram Reddy, the owner. He is an antique buff - all the structural features, like wooden pillars, wrought iron columns, stone statues have been sourced from old South Indian village homes that were being demolished.
You enter the "lobby" to see a giant 4 ft high stone mortar that is now used as an urn for rose petals. Soon after that you discover the huge fish pond surrounded by ancient trees. This circular pond has stone steps leading into it and they were lit up with rope lights to create a beautiful setting.
Tamarind Tree is an outdoorsy place for private parties, weddings, wedding receptions.
They specialize in Andhra and Italian, but you could ask for a customised menu. Our friend had asked for Kerala cuisine and the food was simply amazing. The food had a distinct homemade charm to it. We washed our hands under a tree, with a copper pot, picked up a plate from Reddy's collection and tucked in. We started with cheese balls and paneer tikka that were prepared at the live tandoor grill; then we moved to the buffet where they had appams, tomato rice, bindi raita, beetroot chutney (cubes of
boiled beetroot floating in beetroot sauce) and kerala fish curry. Dessert was fruit treacle.
Sitting at the table by the fish pond we felt like we were at a friend's farmhouse because the ambience was casual, yet hospitable. I don't remember the last time I went out to dinner and looked up at the sky to see the stars and the moon - Tamarind Tree gives you a complete "experience" with it's decor, food and service. Stone elephants, stone nandi bulls and even stone snakes are littered thoughout the place. The
furniture is also antique South Indian and so are the ceramic salt and pepper shakers!
Must visit with a group of friends. You reserve in advance and if you are a group of 20, you get to pick the food. If you are a small group of 4-6, then you are served whatever the other larger group is having that day. It's not open on weekdays unless there's a party.
They recently extended the place and have added a bigger party area - the main feature here is the grand gazebo, which we were told could be used as a 'mantap'. Set in a lawn, this space has two covered verandahs on either side for additional seating.