CHRISTMAS may be a time for traditional fare - but there's always room for something a little more exotic, either in the run-up to festive season or on the big day itself.
On 25 December, Tamarind in Northampton will be offering a Christmas Lunch to suit all tastes, combining the traditional with the spicy so that everyone can choose for themselves.
The Christmas Day menu is priced at £26.95 for adults and £13.95 for children under 10 years old.
Diners can choose from either spiced parsnip and carrot soup with crusty bread or a mixed platter of grills and kebabs with relish and salad to start. For the main course, there's traditional roast turkey with roast potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy as well as Tamarind special lamb shank with vegetables and garlic coriander naan; Everest butter chicken with Peshwari naan and steamed seabass with garlic, ginger, spring onion, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and chef's special herbs and served with steamed rice.
Desserts are Christmas pudding with rum sauce or authentic Indian kulfi.
If you'd rather keep Christmas Day traditional and enjoy turkey at home with the family, Tamarind is also the perfect venue for Christmas parties for work colleagues or groups of friends during the party season.
The newly refurbished, award-winning restaurant on Wellingborough Road, Northampton, is the perfect setting for fine dining any night of the week but the Wednesday banquet night is particularly popular with groups, offering a starter, main dish and accompaniments for just £9.95 per person.
Groups visiting Tamarind for an office party or friends' night out can choose from the extensive menu that includes many dishes cooked with the healthy option of minimal oil and ghee and a large range of vegetarian and vegan options.
The traditional, standard Indian and Nepalese starters and main dishes all feature on the menu, along with a host of chef's specials including chicken rajhoshi which is made with green peas and minced lamb and accompanied by a medium hot sauce, and jal maach which features fresh fish fillets cooked with hot spices, chillies, lemon and coriander.
Chef Tipu Rahman's signature dishes include lobster cooked in a special sauce, macha rupchanda, a deep fried fish in a secret sauce, and peri peri chicken which is prepared with garlic, ginger and fresh chillies in a pepper sauce.
Recently, Tamarind launched its new Sunday lunch menu, which is served every weekend between noon and 3pm.
For £7.95, diners can choose from a snacks platter (onion bhaji, samosa, chicken pakora and sheek kebab), a grilled mix platter (chicken tikka, sheek kebab, malai tikka and lamb tikka) or a seafood platter (salmon tikka, fish pakora, tiger prawns and fish kufte). All three platters are served with chips, salad or sauce and the price includes a soft drink.
Also available on the lunch menu are chicken, lamb or vegetable curry; chicken tikka, lamb or vegetable masala and chicken, lamb or vegetable jalfrezi. All three options are served with pilau rice and a soft drink. There's also cheese, prawn or mushroom omelette with chips, salad or sauce and a soft drink; and chicken, prawn or vegetable biryani with curry sauce and a soft drink.