Tamarind Takeaway

Review of: Tamarind

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On March 11, 2014
Last modified:March 19, 2014


If you live in the South East region of Essex region and fancy an Indian takeaway, look no further than Tamarind, which is situated in Rayleigh. Food is always delivered on time and the quality is excellent.

Let’s face it. If I had unlimited funds and little self-control, I would have been a walrus by now thanks to Just Eat.

Looking back at the last 9 years of my life I’ll admit I’ve become a bit of a snobbish housewife. With ample time on my hands, I could select the best produce, sieve through cookbooks at my leisure and cook up gourmet meals. In a matter of months this has all changed of which I’ll tell you about later. Instead, I’m now a single mother of two children who work full time and the last thing I want to do in the evening when I come home is cook. Just Eat makes it so easy to order and really, that’s all you want on a Friday night.

Tandoori King Prawn Khazana


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Earlier last year I tried out a local Chinese restaurant, Peking Noodle Bar. This time I felt in the mood for Indian. At a few clicks, Just Eat search results revealed Tamarind to be the highest rated Indian serving the Hockley area.

Chicken Tikka Pathia

I wasn’t disappointed. Firstly, the delivery time was spot on… twice. Each time they threw in a few extras such as salad, dips and papadums. With only 5 king prawns in the Khazana (£10.95), it didn’t prove the best value. The execution of the aforementioned and the Chicken Tikka Pathia (£6.10) were pretty good though.

By now I’ve grown tired of the well-trodden Chicken Korma, Tikka Massala and [insert you favourite curry here]. On the hunt for new flavours to get inspired by I ordered the Chicken Shatkora (£6.95) and Korai Lamb Bhindi (£6.60). When I first tasted the former it tasted all wrong but the more I kept on eating it, the more the taste grew on me. The secret ingredient is the exotic lime from Bangladesh which gives off a sour, slightly sweet and bitter flavour – definitely a unique dish.

Shatkora Chicken & Brinjal Bhaji

After a particular bad experience ordering lamb more than 5 years ago, I’ve refrained from ordering lamb in a takeaway, fearing unrecognisable pieces of meat with tonnes of fat and gristle in it. Tamarind’s meat was of better quality, slightly tough but definitely tasted of lamb. The okra was chopped in little pieces and didn’t become awfully slimy like when I tried cooking them myself. The Korai is a very mild curry, which is ideal for an Indian food virgin.

Korai Lamb Bhindi

Last but not least, if you’re an aubergine lover, the Brinjal Bhaji (£4.50 for a large portion) is simply fantastic and I look forward to ordering it for a third time soon!

Quick Overview

8/10: Indian food serving all the favourites plus a few special dishes of their own.


7/10: Except for the prawns, the portions were more than adequate.


9/10: Always on time.


9/10: I’m about to order from Tamarind for a third time which is proof enough that it’s a good place.

2 Berrys Arcade,
8-10 High St,


P.S. Just Eat provided me with vouchers. My thoughts on Tamarind are my own.

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  1. says

    I haven’t tried it under the name Tamarind, but that Indian restaurant has changed hands several times in the last few years. Make the most of it before it goes again!

  2. james says

    I went to try this place last week and never again as I ordered my food I watched a member of staff from the kitchen drop some rice on the floor, he picked it up and put it back in the container it was in and gave it to a customer which I thought that was disgusting so I canceled my order and went somewhere else. I would highly recommend NOT to use this place as you dont no whats happened to the food

    • Michelle says

      Yikes, James. The problem with ordering takeaway is that you don’t get to see what happens in the kitchen. Don’t think I’ll be ordering from Tamarind again. Thanks for letting me know.

      • Lala says

        This takeaway was the best in Rayleigh and possibly southeast wonderful food excellent staff.
        Unfortunately it has been taken over by new owners quality of food is no longer of the same quality original staff are no longer there the person who takes orders has not a clue Such a shame, my last order was a complete mess up Bring back Amy and the rest of the staff who knew what they were doing.
        I will not be ordering from them again.”
        A once Loyal customer.

        • Michelle says

          Oh dear. The food was nice at a time but if you’re a regular I believe you. Do you have any other recommendations in the area?

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