Tamarind Collection began its journey back in 1995 with the opening of Tamarind of Mayfair. The restaurant soon went on to define fine Indian dining in the London culinary scene as the first Indian restaurant to obtain a Michelin star in the UK.

The fine dining group currently has three restaurants in London – Tamarind of Mayfair based on Queen Street, Zaika based on Kensington High Street, and Imli Street in Soho. The group approached OakNorth for finance to re-furbish and re-launch their Imli Street site into a new restaurant called Tamarind Kitchen.

The growth opportunity

Tamarind Collection feels consistency in branding and naming is becoming increasingly important as they grow. The collection of restaurants have become synonymous with London’s fine dining scene and the fact that the Mayfair restaurant is where celebrated Chef Peter Joseph finessed his trade, has only helped build the brand further.

Rahul Khanna, Director at Tamarind Collection, said: “We appreciated the swiftness with which OakNorth was able to complete the deal as it meant we were able to start planning sooner. The team’s professionalism, understanding of the sector and our business, as well as their straight-talking approach, made the entire experience much simpler and smoother than those we’ve had with banks in the past.”

We appreciated the swiftness with which OakNorth was able to complete the deal as it meant we were able to start planning sooner.

How OakNorth helped

The finance from OakNorth will be used to re-launch and re-furbish Soho-based Imli Street, the group’s third restaurant in London, to Tamarind Kitchen. The new restaurant, which will be opening its doors in October 2016, will serve a less formal version of the Tamarind of Mayfair menu, but with the same ambience, quality and flavours that made the Collection’s flagship brand such a success. The new restaurant will serve 112 diners at full capacity, with a private room available for up to 22 guests, as well as an exclusive reception option for up to 180 standing guests.

We were delighted to work with Tamarind Collection on this deal – they are a well-known and highly-respected brand with extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Tamarind’s ability to adapt to changes in the market, coupled with its impeccable food and service, has enabled it to remain competitive and continue attracting customers from across the capital.

The future?

Despite its many successes, Tamarind Collection is looking ahead with more vigour than ever before. The re-brand of Imli Street to Tamarind Kitchen is part of the Collection’s ambitious growth plans which include the launch of a fourth restaurant serving South Indian cuisine.

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