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Tamarind of London Restaurant Review: Somewhat hidden away in the confines of Newport Beach’s trendy Crystal Cove Promenade, this British import has a casual ambience befitting a venue within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Festive reds, soothing earth tones and geometric adornments create a groovy mid-century modern vibe, while the tandoori ovens that front the massive open kitchen hint at the restaurant’s dedication to Indian cuisine. The menu features interpretations of classic Indian fare inspired by Tamarind director of cuisine and executive chef Alfred Prasad from across the pond, including such appetizers as crispy paneer and chicken tikka, as well as mains of butter chicken, vegetable kadhi and tandoori shrimp. Even more intriguing are the items that some may consider surprising if not unorthodox: steamed PEI mussels served with coconut milk and toasted coriander; goat cheese and scallion naan; and tandoori New York steak kebab or piquant ghost chili beef vindaloo. Dessert highlights include house-made ice creams featuring intriguing ingredients like avocado. A solid wine list and elegant cocktails are available.