DETAILS: Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya (02 672 8888).
We are always excited to try out a brand new brunch while it is hot – particularly when one of our favourite restaurants is right in the mix.
So we were licking our lips in eager anticipation when we heard top-quality Tamba, the newly crowned Best Indian winner at our Restaurant Awards, was launching its own Friday feast.
The innovative restaurant is well known for marching to its own beat, so we weren’t surprise to find the traditional Friday brunch is done a little bit differently here.
The Lazy Lunch is a sit-down affair with a wealth of the venue’s best tastes brought to your table.
We are immediately won over by the cool, copper-tinged décor of the dining space and the relaxed ambience, enhanced by chilled-out beats played on the pretty rooftop terrace by resident DJ, Tanya Vie.
As we look over the extensive menu, split into bites, street eats, a selection of main courses and a medley of desserts, we are given helpful assistance by the knowledgable and charming staff, who are always on hand to provide an insight into the feeds to come and offer tips on your main course options.
The bites section (a selection of five starters) gets the meal marathon off to a superb start. Authentic dishes are served with an extra layer of flamboyance.
The root veg chips with chutney illustrate just how a simple dish can be made extra special when crafted the right way, with the beautifully tangy chutney combining brilliantly with the crispy chips.
The signature spicy tuna chur-muri is another big hit and we devour every fantastically fresh morsel with pleasure. Last but not least, the quinoa salad with barley and delicious imli glazed chicken is a stand-out creation.
Next up, the street eats put Tamba’s love of theatre on display as the Dehli mix, a chaat with yoghurt and quinoa, is brought to your table in a stylish hail of smoke. The lamb kebabs are succulent and we wolf down the tandoori mushrooms in no time.
The dishes are light and well-proportioned, leaving plenty of room for our main course choices of chicken biryani and tender, 48-hour slow cooked lamb shank with rogan, which both maintain the exceptionally high standard so far.
The dessert medley, featuring a decadent dark chocolate mousse and superb strawberry sorbet among others, ends the meal in style.
There is even time to relax outside in between servings and enjoy the DJ.
Tamba have worked very hard to make this a brunch you simply must check out.
The bottom line
A new entry for your dining bucket-list.