Tamarind tree food point (Near Mallyavantha Hill, onway to Vitthala Temple, Kamalapura, Hampi, Karnataka)


In a nutshell:

A simple yet excellent restaurant in natural, rustic, rural environment, that has a calming effect, starkly different from modern day Urban brick & glass restaurants, outstanding food & slow service. In short, I was totally impressed.

Tamarind Tree Food point
Tamarind Tree Food point

Address & other details:  See details written on the bill below.

Meal for 2: Rs. 500 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & eggs

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bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

Our Guide recommended this restaurant to us after he heard us saying ‘ we want to eat local food’. The restaurant is kind of situated out of nowhere. It has an Open air section & another section with covered roof but open sides.

picture of the restaurant as seen from the road
picture of the restaurant as seen from the road

As we walked in, we saw desi Chicken roaming around. Expectations rose & we remembered Kalim’s Moonlight. However, dreams were shattered soon as we got to know that this was a vegetarian restaurant.

assorted mammals & avians
assorted mammals & avians

Two well bred dogs were taking a walk in the campus, sniffing around but not disturbing the guests.

We saw some farming happening in the premises as well.

farming happening adjacent to restaurant
farming happening adjacent to restaurant

As we were soaking in the rustic rural environs, a peacock walked past us.

peacock
peacock

At a distance there were few rabbits in a cage.

The Kitchen was made from dried tree leaves just the way village houses r.

cars & autos parked inside the premises
cars & autos parked inside the premises

Tables & benches were of random unharmonised colors and sizes. I loved that bit.

seating arrangement
seating arrangement

Water kept in small earthen pots around the area. All the pots had a steel glass in them. For hand wash we had to catch the steel glass, take some water in it and wash our hands on the ground – exactly the way it is done in the rural areas.

earthen pots  for washing hand
earthen pots for washing hand

The menu card was short & crisp, easy to read. Laminated printed paper ensured they were tear proof & water proof.

I cannot but post picture of an oxymoron on the menu card – We make fruit juice with mineral water!!!!!

oxymoron
oxymoron

2 guys were serving a huge crowd of people. They were Running around more than the forward players of an International football team!!!!

seating arrangement
seating arrangement

The restaurant gives free meals to auto wallahs, taxi drivers and guides. So they r never short of guests inspite of being located in the middle of nowhere.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started our lunch with a beverage called Lemon nana – lemon and mint combination.

Lemon nana
Lemon nana

It was a dark green colored drink, very very refreshing, had generous amount of mint, had an intense taste of sweet n sour. Super loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

Lemon nana
Lemon nana

We were also served Masala buttermilk, a salty drink full of flavours.  The flavours of fresh ingredients were coming out well – crushed ginger, crushed mint & a very good base drink that we cud not help ordering second helping. Excellent. Rate it 4.5/5

Masala buttermilk
Masala buttermilk

We ordered the Tamarind Tree Special Thali. As per menu card we were to receive – 2 poori, Alo jeera, banana flower curry, veg curry, raitha, mint chutney, veg fried rice, plain rice, dal, sambhar, curd, pickle, papd, fresh fruits, tea/coffee & bottled water. One of the reason to choose this thali was to taste banana flower curry.

Tamarind Tree Special Thali
Tamarind Tree Special Thali

Gourd curry was simple yet nice. The gourd was not soft and mushy but kind of firm on the outside (area below the peel ) and soft inside. Balance of the curry was very good. Enjoyed a lot. Rate it 4/5

Gourd curry
Gourd curry

The Daal was excellent. The grains of the Dal were visible, cud b felt but they were diff and nice. The presence of a small amount of Palak (spinach) made a difference. The balance of taste was very good once again. Rate it 4.25/5

Daal
Daal

Fried rice was good but nothing great. Rice was well cooked and flavours of masalas made their presence felt. Rate the rice 3/5

Fried rice
Fried rice

Sambar was very tangy and good. High in both sour and hotness and well balanced with salt. Rate it 4/5

sambar
sambar

Egg fried rice lacked salt. On adding salt it started tasting a lot better but it cud never reach its potential, had the salt been added while cooking. Directionally it was very good. Rate it 3/5

Egg fried rice
Egg fried rice

The chutney felt pretty unique to us. It had mint and peanuts among other things. Distinct taste, intense and very enjoyable. Rate it 4/5

chutney
chutney

Banana flower curry. This turned out to b very different than mocha (banana flower curry Bengali style). The cuts of banana flower in the Bengali version is small and here it was huge chunks. The flowers were made into a nice tangy gravy. The flavour of spices of the gravy were nice but they overshadowed the delicate flavours of banana flower, Rate it 3.75/5.

Banana flower curry
Banana flower curry

Jeera aloo was almost home like. It’s claim to fame was crispy fried curry leaves flavouring. Everything was perfect. Rate it 4.25/5

Jeera aloo
Jeera aloo

We also ordered vegetable Kurma & egg curry extra.

Vegetable kurma was excellent again. The veggies were crunchy. Flavour of whole masalas were enjoyable. Loved the gravy a lot. Rate it 4.5/5

Vegetable kurma
Vegetable kurma

We also tried egg curry. The base of the curry was grated coconut and we loved it. Very very different, had its share of spices but was not on the face. Interplay of spices and coconut was very good. Wud have loved it more if they had used desi chicken eggs instead of the poultry eggs.

egg curry
egg curry

Rate this dish 4.25/5

Overall rating of food at Tamarind Tree averages out to

Given a choice I wud revisit again & again. Hope some restauranteur goes to Hampi, sees the overall concept & replicates something like this somewhere near the metro cities. So refreshing & so good.

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