Tamarind is a specialty restaurant serving authentic Kerala cuisine.

Inspired by a fusion of Malabari, French, and Arabian influences and enhanced with a touch of Kerala’s unique culture, each dish on our menu is an experience in itself that will leave you asking for more. At Tamarind, we aim to be the ultimate stop for all the culinary treasures that the State of Kerala has to offer.

A cozy spot in the Riccarton neighborhood, Tamarind is the perfect place for anything from a casual dinner to a family outing, friendly business meeting, or alternative to the been-there-done-that date. Everything from the laid back décor to the food concoctions beckons to those who want to be immersed in a sensational culinary experience without the fuss of formal dining.


Some of Our Favorites —


Chicken 65

Boneless chicken cubes marinated with ginger and garlic deep fried and tossed with chef’s special masala.


Beef Coconut Fry

Stir fried beef with slices of coconut garnished with curry leaves.


Kerala Parotta

Made with flour using an ancient technique which involves weaving and puffing the dough so that the flat bread is formed of many layers before being grilled on a griddle.


Masala Dosa

Crispy crêpe filled with savoury filling of potato masala with onions & tempered spices. Served with coconut chutney & sambar (lentil soup).


Kappa Erachi

A perfect blend of cassava with beef and masala.




Choice of meat stewed with mild spices and coconut milk. A winning combo with Appam.


Idiyappam & Egg Roast

Kerala style spring hopper pancakes made of rice and grated coconut, served with egg stewed & braised in a luscious spicy onion and tomato based gravy.


Panni Ularthiyathu

Pork cubes cooked with rustic handmade ularthu masala.


Puttu with Kadala

Steamed rice cake with luscious black chickpeas curry. 



Biriyani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. It is traditionally served with yogurt or raita & boiled egg.


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There’s a new style of Indian cuisine in Christchurch. Called Kerala cuisine, it’s totally different to the vast majority of Indian restaurants in town.
— Zest, The Press
Really delicious food!! I have never tasted anything like this in Christchurch...
— Anjali Patel
The food was incredible! Not your run of the mill Indian restaurant menu. There were items I have never even have heard off and they were better than anything I have ever tasted!
— Christel Hendricks
We all left with full, happy bellies, and were really impressed with the range of food on offer. It was delicious!
— Nicki Press


105c Riccarton Road
Riccarton,Christchurch 8041



Tue – Sun, 11.30 am – 2 pm
Tue– Sun, 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Closed Mondays



(03) 343-5435


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