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Tarka brings the heat to the South Austin Restaurant Scene

3 February 2010 1,927 views 14 Comments

Tarka Indian Kitchen felt like a fast casual chain which surprised me when I checked it out because there is only one location. It’s owned by the Clay Pit people and is a fast-casual version of that restaurant with cozy chairs and an appealing atmosphere but without the special dining experience feel.

After enjoying a fantastic tasting meal in a comfortable and relaxed environment, I found myself not minding the idea at all of finding a Tarka in mini-malls across the land.

My friend Addie and I wanted to try everything on the menu but there was just two of us so we each got soup — mulligatawny for me and madras for her, along with veggie samosas. The soup was wonderfully warming which I needed on this freezing Austin day and the samosas were the second best I’ve had in Austin (best are sometimes available for takeaway at Whole Foods, judge me if you will).

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There was plenty of garlic naan in the one order we got and we paired that with a lamb korma that sent me into a state of ecstatic bliss.

The service was friendly and it’s great for a work lunch because you pay first and then sit and eat and can leave as soon as you’re done. Something I was thankful for as someone like me with small supplies of both time and patience.

Most of the Indian restaurants in town are way north of the river so I know Tarka is a welcome addition to the south Austin dining scene.

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  • http://Republicofaustin.com/ Chris Lynn

    Wow! I can't wait to give Tarka a try. Was it spicy?

    Curious to see what you think about Garajmahal this wknd!!

  • jodibart

    It was really good. Not the spiciest ever but definitely not bland. I'm excited to check out G'raj Mahal and also need to try Swad.

  • http://www.austinbabs.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    Holy Yumballs:)

  • http://www.austinbabs.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    Holy Yumballs:)

  • rfrankdc

    The WF samosas are definitely delicious. I used to take them to potlucks because they are that good!

  • jodibart

    You were the one who introduced them to me m'lady!

  • tpon

    I LOVE Tarka! (I am only slightly ashamed to admit that we eat there once a week)… you can beef up or tone down the spice in any dish, by request…

  • jodibart

    Of course! It's right near your work. I'd love to meet you there one day. Maybe Lindsay L.too!

  • tpon

    I LOVE Tarka! (I am only slightly ashamed to admit that we eat there once a week)… you can beef up or tone down the spice in any dish, by request…

  • jodibart

    Of course! It's right near your work. I'd love to meet you there one day. Maybe Lindsay L.too!

  • tpon

    I LOVE Tarka! (I am only slightly ashamed to admit that we eat there once a week)… you can beef up or tone down the spice in any dish, by request…

  • jodibart

    Of course! It's right near your work. I'd love to meet you there one day. Maybe Lindsay L.too!

  • tpon

    I LOVE Tarka! (I am only slightly ashamed to admit that we eat there once a week)… you can beef up or tone down the spice in any dish, by request…

  • jodibart

    Of course! It's right near your work. I'd love to meet you there one day. Maybe Lindsay L.too!