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Tamarind of London | Tandoori Jalpari dish

Those following me on Instagram know how early dismissal from school calls for a special lunch with my little …and some Tandoori Jalpari from Tamarind of London apparently. Kiddo has expressed an interest in trying Indian food for quite some time, and while I’ve been meaning to grant this wish – I swear, but it’s safe to say I slacked big time in the food fairy department lately. Tot is adventurous when it comes to food, and I knew she would find something she loved beyond the warm tandoori bread, but I still wondered, “What’s the best way to introduce Indian food to kids?”  There’s only one way to find out. 

Tamarind of London | Aloo Tikki + Masala Aloo

What to Order Kids at Indian Restaurants?

Believe it or not, Indian cuisine is much more kid-friendly than I remembered. The tastes, textures and flavors are quite unique, and the colorful stylings and presentation is exciting for children. And a great way of sneaking veggies into the diets of even the most picky eaters. Those concerned that Indian food is known for it’s spicy kick, and wonder if it is too hot for these little newbies, can relax knowing it’s perfectly reasonable to mention to your server you would like your dishes prepared with more mild flavors and seasoning. 

Tamarind of London | Tandoori Jalpari

Food is even more fun when it matches your clothes.

Kid-friendly Indian Food

Aloo Tikki & Masala Aloo – Grilled Potato Cake with cumin and ginger + Spiced Potato Croquette with a smoked tomato chutney

Tandoori Jalpari – Charbroiled North Atlantic Swordfish with Ajwain and Mace marinade

Dumpukht Biryani – Baked Vegetable Biryani Rice sealed with a pastry lid

Murgh Tikka Masala – Tandoor Grilled Chicken with Makhni sauce

Dakshini Jhinga – (Coconut Prawn Curry) Jumbo Prawns simmered in a ginger and coconut milk sauce

Kiddo had generous servings of the items above, but I knew she was a fan for life when she went back for seconds… then thirds. Even before we made it home, she was already asking when we were headed back to Tamarind of London for the Tikka Masala.

Tamarind of London | Tandoori Bread

I have to admit it’s pretty special, but the Coconut Prawn Curry was down right amazing! I’ll be dreaming of dish for a very long time. The flavors blended so beautifully and could very well be considered one the best dishes in all of Orange County. Another dish that really deserves to be mentioned was the Tandoori Jalpari. The swordfish was not only prepared perfectly, but the Ajwain and Mace marinade was a favorite of mine. 

Moments later the words “Chocolate Molten Cake with homemade caramelized ice cream” caught Littles big blue eyes. I immediately knew what was about to happen next and I knew I would lose any argument in favor of skipping dessert. Let’s just say I am sure glad I failed miserably because it was delicious.

Tamarind of London | Chocolate Molten Cake with Caramelized Ice Cream

I would like to give a very special thank you to Tamarind of London for hosting this special lunch for Kiddo and I. It was a feast fit for two queens and I promise that I will share share some recipes the moment I get my hands on them — it would be completely unfair not to.

Photo credits: JetSet Tot and Nicole Standley

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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6 COMMENTS
  • Jeanette May 4, 2015

    I love that you take your kids out some place besides fast food! It makes their palette better and they are less pick (in my opinion). This restaurant looks amazing!

  • Jenn May 4, 2015

    This looks amazing! I dont know if I have ever had anything like this before to be honest but it looks really good. I know 2 out of my 3 kids would at least try it.

  • Chrysa May 4, 2015

    It looks like you had some amazing food. It’s great that your kids are so open to eating Indian food. My 6-year-old nephew is 1/2 Indian, but he won’t eat it!

  • Ashley S May 5, 2015

    Yum!! This food looks so good. We love Indian cuisine in this household.

  • Donna May 5, 2015

    That is so cool that she likes different foods… my son would never even try it. He is so picky and only likes a handful of foods (although he has recently experimented a tad bit, so maybe there’s still hope). 🙂 That food looks amazing, btw.

  • Cathy Jarolin May 23, 2015

    I Must admit that they Presented your food very attractively! I Myself would have a hard time Eating Indian Food.. I don’t like Indian Spices and I don’t like fish!! However the Dessert “Chocolate Molten Cake with homemade caramelized ice cream” caught My Eye just like your Sons Did! Lol! I liked your review , I enjoyed reading it…..

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