Tamara Lounge is a good, understated restaurant in an unassuming location, five minutes' drive from Uxbridge underground station.
Unfortunately this restaurant is not remotely inviting from the outside. There’s no sense of excitement or intrigue and it isn't the kind of place that would tempt passersby to step inside. It has clearly been converted from a dreary old pub, though it’s not apparent what it has been converted into, as the venue has no real identity... until you step inside. With its ultra-modern, slightly garish interior (with flat screen TVs, funky lighting and smart seating) it feels more like a central London cocktail bar. The interior could better reflect the cuisines on offer, and it might not be what you’re expecting, but it has certainly got some personality.
The restaurant is pretty lively, thanks in no small part to the R&B and pop videos playing on the TVs, but it's actually a relaxed dining atmosphere with comfy seating and soft furnishings as well as a rather glamorous bar area. There's also a shisha and dessert lounge located next door, so if you’re looking for even more chilled out surroundings and a session on the shisha, head there.
You might be put off by finding out that two types of cuisine are served: Indian and Chinese. The food is good though, and the prices are modest. The Indian food is far superior to that of your average curry house (not at all greasy), but it is on the spicier side so bear this in mind when ordering. The fried chilli chicken wings are deliciously crispy with quite a kick to them, and make for a tasty starter at £5.95. A peshwari naan is £2.95 and unlike most, these naans are light and the flavours subtle. The garlic chilli prawns (£13.95) are good too, served with garlic, peppers and onions and cooked beautifully. The Chinese dishes are priced similarly so you can have barbecue spare ribs to start for £5.95 (one of the pricier starters), egg fried rice for £3.95 and a main of chicken and cashew nuts for just £6.95. The dessert list is impressive too, with a huge array of ice creams (£1.85 a scoop) including mango and cream, tiramisu and amaretto and almonds. Other desserts include chocolate fudge cake, tangy lemon tart and banana split (all £3.95), but if that’s still not enough, waffles and crepes are available too.
This venue is worth a visit for the cocktails alone – they're a real talking point, very tasty and beautifully presented. However, if you’re just after a bottle of wine to accompany your meal, the house red or white will cost you £14.95, or a decent bottle of prosecco comes in at £26.95.
The Last Word
Tamara Lounge may have a slightly confused identity but there's certainly substance. If you’re looking for somewhere vibrant and fun in Uxbridge, with some good food to boot, you could do a lot worse.