BRIAN CLARIDGE dines at Coco Tamarind, Aylesbury Road, Askett, Princes Risborough HP27 9LY 01844 343 111, www.cocotamarind.co.uk
OPENED in December 2005, this sophisticated 62-seat restaurant has a contemporary look, with rich vibrant colours, modern furnishings, subtle lighting and stylish cutlery.
I went to Coco Tamarind, along with my wife and two sons, for an evening meal. The menu is impressive and includes traditional selections, head chef specialities, biryani and tandoori specials and house specialities.
Our starters included kati kabab, minced chicken or lamb, cooked in an exotic blend of spices, topped with onions and mixed peppers, grilled in a clay oven and served with salad (£5.50); squid papdi chaat, deep-fried squid tossed with boiled chickpeas and served with crispy Papdi's spicy yogurt sauce (£6.95) and mussels, cooked with garlic in a tasty blend of herbs and white rum (£7.95).
This sharpened up our appetites for the main course.
After pondering the extensive menu, I decided to go for chicken Jalfrezi, a deliciously hot curry with green chillies, garlic, ginger and onions (£8.50).
My wife, Denise, chose sikondari ran, an exotic Indian dish of lamb shank marinated with herbs and spices, then roasted (£12.95).
Our son, Scott, went for chicken korma, a mild creamy curry (£7.95), while our other son, Adam, ordered chicken tikka biryani, prepared with basmati rice and served with vegetable curry (£11.95).
We ordered a selection of side dishes, including pilau rice (£2.95), mushroom rice (£3.95), bhindi bhajee (£3.95), aloo chana (£3.95) and garlic nan (£2.95).
Everything was beautifully cooked and well presented.
The exotic flavours and skilful fusion of herbs and spices are a treat for the tastebuds, all credit to the restaurant's award-winning chef, Anwar Hussain.
Coco Tamarind has won much praise from customers and food critics.
Judging by the freshness, taste and quality of its food and the high standard of service, it is easy to see why. It is definitely worth a visit for curry aficionados and lovers of quality Indian food.
Open seven days a week, noon-2.30pm and 6-11pm, the restaurant has a car park and takeaway service.
Coco Tamarind is pleased to offer readers of the Bucks Examiner and Advertiser series a complimentary bottle of cava, or 25 per cent off your total food bill, when four people book a table for lunch or dinner.
To take advantage of this fantastic offer, also available at Olivelimes in Tring, call 01844 343 111 (Coco Tamarind) or 01442 828 444 (Olivelimes). Please quote 'Bucks Examiner' when you call or visit the restaurant.
The offer is available until March 15, (excluding Valentine's Day), applies to one voucher per table, per visit, per party, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability.