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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine

628 6th Avenue, #103
New Westminster, BC V3M1K1
Tel: (604) 526-3000
  • Cuisine: Malaysian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9:30PM, Sun: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9PM
  • Tamarind Hill offers a varied menu of authentic and unique Malaysian cuisine for lunch and dinner.

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The Wait Wasn't Worth It
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

My dining partner and I have wanted to dine here for awhile now but for one reason or another never made it until just this past Friday. As it turns out , should have held off on the visit even longer.

We were greeted and seated immediately upon our arrival by some friendly and efficient staff members. The one guy who topped up our water glasses and watched over use for most of our visit was the manager I believe. He was very good and in fact the service was solid all the way around, the food extremely mediocre.

We ordered the the Kung Pao Chicken and another dish that sounded very good on the menu but was little more than those pub style deep fried pork ribs you can purchase at any bar/pub. On the menu it was described as pork chops with chilies. Very disappointing and the portion size was very suspect.

As for the Kung Pao Chicken there seemed to be more Pao than actual chicken. The dish came with a very dark sauce, few veggies mixed in and not nearly enough cashews.

The Gado Gado salad was very disappointing. I have come to love this dish thanks to the way they make it at Tropika. In my opinion the best Gado Gado Salad going out there.
Tamarind Hill's version was puny, tasteless and pretty much a waste of money.

All of this with one beer for nearly fifty bucks. Sorry to say but a second visit isn't in the plans anytime soon.

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Did not live up to reviews...?
By Huge of Surrey (131 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Went here for my significant other B-day celebration, just the two of us. Made reservation for two over a week ago. When we arrived, they did not have a table reserved yet the restaurant was half full so they were able to accommadate us. Several tables were empty and I asked if we can sit near a window rather than at the entrance....they stated that the other tables were reserved. Not impressed. A table for two by the window sat empty for our whole duration at the restaurant. We oredered the pineapple fried rice and the spicy sweet and sour pork dish which came with a small bowl of plain white rice. The pinapple fried rice was tasty and unique with cuttlefish, shrimps, green beans, pineapple pieces and raisens. The spicy sweet and sour pork was not so spicy at all if any. It tasted like any other chinese sweet and sour pork. I asked the waitress if this is suppose to be spicer as we do not taste any spice/hottness. She said that it was mild spice. I was disappointed as what you received was not worth the price. You can get the same dish at a chinese restaurant for cheaper and have more pork. I had to ask for some chilli sauce to add on it. Over all the food was very good but the value not so much. The decor was nice and the service was okay. Not the best nor the worst dining experience. I would try other Malaysian restaurants before I return.

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By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I've been visiting Tamarind Hill since it opened and it just keeps improving over time. My main complaint is that the food isn't as hot as I'd like but adding the spicy sauces offered remedies that. I love the authentic ambiance with the carved wooden panels, this place just looks nice. I've visited Malaysia and it's one of my favorite places, it's a suprisingly modern country with welcoming people. The food there is outstanding as there is a fusion of cultures. I like that Tamarind Hill focuses on seafood dishes, and you can even special order crab. My favorites here include the papaya salad, the boneless hainese chicken, the lamb, anything seafood especially the prawns and snapper, and their laksa is outstanding. There are other Malaysian restaurants in the city, but Tamarind Hill is the best of the bunch. The portions are a bit smaller here, and the prices are higher but they take extra care in the cooking of the dishes, and use good quality ingredients so it's well worth it. Lunch is a good value, although their menu is smaller. Highly recommended, especially if it's your first time trying Malaysian food. Also don't forget to try dessert, as they offer some unique items I haven't seen elsewhere in Vancouver. For those living closer to North Van, this restaurant is expanding and will soon be opening a location there.

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Terrific Malaysian cuisine
By VJB of abbotsford (153 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

We came here for supper on Friday night. It was cold and rainy outside and Tamarind Hill was very warm on welcoming. It's a small restaurant so reservations are definitely required.

The food was absolutely amazing. We shared an appetizer of chicken and beef kabobs, that came with a lovely peanut sauce. We followed this with green beans in sambal sauce - nice and spicy with a definite kick and as a treat unbeknown to us it included 5 succulent shrimp. We also had spicy salt and pepper pork chops (yummy) and the special of the day which was halibut cheeks with carmelized ginger and onions, this was so flavourful and the cheeks were very tender. With rice, a soda for hubby and a glass of wine for myself the total for a wonderful evening out was $65.00 with tip.

The food was delicious and very well priced for the quality and quantity. We'll definitely be back.

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quite good
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were entertaining the relatives and she craved for Malaysian. I wanted to try someplace new and THMC filled the bill. The restaurant itself is across from the Royal City mall and it was nicely appointed inside and very clean including the w/c. The place was super-busy so I was glad I called for a reservation. Service was good, and we were pleased at the numerous quality checks and drink top-ups.

We had a variety of dishes including roti canai, satay, curried lamb, beef rendang, pineapple fried rice, beef with asparagus sambal, spicy eggplant, and a house specialty noodle dish that was kind of like mee goreng, but better. All the dishes were excellent. I am no expert, but I thought it was some of the best Malaysian food I have had in years. It was really good.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and I was praised like a food god for my excellent choice. Not bad when you consider that all I had to do was show up...

Highly recommended.

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Good stuff in unexpected area
By EatsFats of Vancouver (314 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I've not been back to New Westminster for many years and I was pleasantly surprised by the neighbourhood and the restaurant.
It's a modern, clean looking place, quite compact, though not that small. Service was quite good, absolutely no complaints. They were very attentive.

The green papaya salad was quite good. I think it lacked a lot of green papaya (was it even there? I think I tasted more mango), but it was definitely excellent, a little spicy and a good mix of different flavours. Just not sure it should be called green papaya...

Roti canai was also good, maybe one of the better ones we've had in Vancouver, though it is not up to the best that we've had in Singapore. The satay was solid, but not outstanding. Waiter recommended the tofu goreng, which was also good (if a bit spicy), but again, not _outstanding_.

For some mains, we had a pineapple seafood fried rice. Had a unique edge to the taste and was a big thumbs up (but .. where's the pineapple?). Also a mixed seafood curry with one of the choice of sauces. I was slightly disappointed when it came out tasting very similar to the seafood fried rice, but it was good. Also pricey at $17, but we did get 3 good mussels in the pile plus 3 really big, juicy clams, along with big shrimps and other goodies. Pricey yes, but they didn't skimp out and cheap on you either! Thumbs up to that too.

Even if you're not in the area, I think it's a nice change from the usual suspects down in Vancouver (Tropika, Banana Leaf, etc). Solid place that's worth a try.

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Good appy bad mains
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Saw the previous 2 reviews decided to try out this place.

At the entrance, I saw a printout of the 2 previous reviews pasted on the door and became suspicious. Could it be self-advertisement? We drove 30 minutes to get there, and are not leaving without trying the food.

The menu looks suspiciously similar to Banana Leaf's, especially the seafood section, with different kinds of seaood and sauces. Perhaps a breakaway partner or chef?

We ordered the satay, tauhu goreng and gado gado. All three were very good - especially the peanut sauce, used as dip for the satay and dressing for Gado Gado. We could hardly wait for the mains. Perhaps the previous reviews were real after all.

For mains, we ordered the Curry Chicken, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Hokkien Mee. All three were disappointing.

Malaysian Curry Chicken was too sweet and they used small pieces of boneless breat meat. Good Malaysian curry should be cooked with bone-in chicken, and slowly braised till the fragrance of the curry seeps into the meat.

Chicken Rice was nothing like chicken rice, although the chilli sauce was decent.

Hokkien Mee was too salty and ... bland - no hint of prawn stock. The key to a good Hokkien Mee is the prawn stock. It should be slowly cooked till the noodle has absorbed all the prawn stock, and thus the fragrance.

Service - The servers were attentive, but inexperience. Food was constantly served over my kids' heads.

The decor was very nice. Traditional and modern at the same time. A little bit more light would have been perfect.

Personaly, I rate this place just behind Banana Leaf and Ellie's, and ahead of all the other "delight"s and Tropikas.

Return? Only if I'm in the area and only for the appetisers.

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Good Find in New Westminster
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Food: I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. The Haianese Chicken was my favorite, as was the mixed veggies with brown shallots. Green papaya and mango salad and noodles were pretty good. We also had the beef and asparagus, and chicken curry which were a tad salty for our taste buds, but nothing more rice can't fix.

Service: was solid with a friendly server. There seemed to be only one server so sometimes it was difficult getting his attention when we needed to.

Value: not bad... $85 plus tips for 5 people, including some drinks. For a small restaurant and the quality of food, it's definitely fair pricing.

Ambiance: I love the look of this place - it's a small place but very nicely decorated. Casual yet sleek and inviting.

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Good enuf for me
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for lunch today, had their roti canai with a really good thick curry for dip and a beef rendang (dry curry beef) both were good although the beef was not tender enough but the sauce was good. Also came with curried vegetables and a nice dollop of rice for $7.95. A little out of the way as I was on a work visit to New West but if I am in the vicinity, I would go again. Hope they last as it wasn't that busy at lunch time. The service was pleasant and portions ample for me.

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Good satay and Hainese chicken
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2007 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

Ate here for dinner a few weeks ago, had the beef and chicken satay. The chicken satay was excellent, and the beef was decent. Also had the rotai canai, it was pretty good, although it was a little smaller than I expected, but tastey with the sauce.

I had Hainese chicken which was presented in a very nice manner, and very good. I also ordered the mee goreng which was only okay, not quite enough flavor for me, I could taste mostly spice.

I also had their dessert of ice cream and fried banana. This was decent but not great, probably won't order this again.

Service was decent, but the only waiter seems to disappear into the back for a few minutes at a time, making it hard to get his attention. But when he was outside he was very attentive.

The excellent chicken satay and hainese chicken made the trip worthwhile though, definitely will be back.

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Good Malaysian food if you don't want to go downtown
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 11:48am [Dine in]

We went to Tamarind for a friend's birthday. Initially there was just 3 of us, but 3 more friends decided to join us. We asked the waiter if we could move to a bigger table and they quickly agreed and helped us move the plate settings and everything right away. We were quite happy about that.

The food is pretty good. We ordered some appetizers including soft-shell crab, calamari, satays, and roti. The roti was soft and a bit fluffy, delicious paired with the dip or to go with a curry. The soft shell crab and satays were just average, although I really liked the dipping sauce for the satay and calamari. I had the lamb curry and it was a very decent portion with big chunks of lamb (couldn't finish it and had to take it home). One of us ordered the laksa and it came in an enormous bowl. The presentation wasn't great but I tried some of the soup in it and it's quite good.

I like the decor of the restaurant. The walls and decorations are mostly red and black accented. In the hot days of summer I can potentially see it being a bit too heavy and suffocating.

Given it's location, it's probably the best Malaysian restaurant for miles.

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The food is okay for New West but your service is terrible
By canadiana1ca of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:20am [Dine in]

I know the reviews are raving about his restaurant and the restaurant is great for anything outside of Vancouver but there are better Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver an Richmond. I've eaten here half a dozen times and the food is good and I don't have to travel into Vancouver but when you start giving bad service is when I draw the line.

We were a party of 5 and there was no one waiting. We put our name in and the host said that we just had to wait for a particular table to finish and that would be our table. Meanwhile 2 other parties came in - one with 3 people and the other with 4. Both of these tables got sat before we did. Okay no problem I understand the seating configurations accommodate smaller parties. But then a party comes in and the host obviously knows them and gives them our table. What the heck? I talk to host and he says "oh sorry, the other girl didn't know". The party sees that I'm making a bit of a stink and leaves. Ok if you were a legitimate reservation, would you leave?

So we order. I order a diet coke and lo and behold - unlike 90% of the restaurants in the world, they charge for pop refills. Really? Then we have barely got our 2nd entree out when the waiter stops by and tells us that it is last call. It is barely 9:00pm by this point. I guess you guys have to rush out and go home. Paying patrons don't want to hold you up from your private life. This is only your job and we are only paying your bills.

These guys need to realize that they Vancouver is the Asian food mecca in North American and there are other restaurants that are better. I just have to travel into Vancouver. This is good for New West but travel a little farther and you will get better. Mediocre food is passable when the service but is good when you start pulling stunts like this - I can take my hard earned money elsewhere.

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Nice place in New West
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 9:12am [Dine in]

Nice homecooked Malaysian food in New West. The chicken rice is pretty flavourful and the noodles dishes i have tried have been fairly tasty and cooked fresh.

I found the prices a little high but this is due to its location in New West and I think they take advantage of the fact that there is really nothing else like this in the area to cater to the locals. I will be returning despite the cost as the food impressed.

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Awsome Authentic Malaysian Cuisine!!!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:48am [Dine in]

The best Malaysian place for me so far.

The prices there are quite average. It is not overpriced, but it's not dirt cheap.

Other than that, everything there is quite outstanding. Food is delicious. The chili sauce on the side is the hottest I've ever tried, AND IT LINGERS!!! If you want spicy, this is the place to go!!!

Service there is outstanding, and I MEAN OUTSTANDING!!!!

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Top of the Hill
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

I know, but what can you do with Tamarind? Anyway, went for midweek dinner and was very impressed. Service was quick and friendly throughout. Decor is subdued deep reds, blacks, ceramic and quieting. Dinner consisted of roti channi, gado gado, Hainese chicken, and sayur lamak (mixed veggies). Drinks: young cocnut milk. Dessert: fried bananas topped with whipped cream and a cherry and coffee. Excellent, all of it. Presentation was simple and elegant. The room had a friendly feel and the background conversation and music enhanced the whole experience. This is a solid restaurant that should stand the test of time, as long as the people of New West continue to do their civic duty and patronize the place. Adds real depth to southeast asian dining in the Royal City.

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Taste like Malaysia.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This is our favourite malaysian restaurant in the lower mainland. The food is simple but tasty just like real malaysian food, we know cause we are from malaysia :)

Reservation is highly recommended because this restaurant is not that big and it is extremely busy especially during the weekend.

Some of the dishes we like are their satay, mutabak, char bee hun, char kueh teuw, and their sambal combo veggie. Portion for entrees is decent but i find that some of their appies are overpriced for the portion.

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Exceptional
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Had takeout delivered to my home on a Sunday night. The people taking the order were very helpful with the menu and pronunciation. Our food arrived within the promised time and the delivery fellow was super nice. I can't really speak to the ambiance of the restaurant, but from my limited experience with the staff and the other reviews below, it seems like a wonderful place.

Food was absolutely spectacular. We had spring rolls, satay, masi goreng, beef curry, and veggies. Plenty for dinner and leftover lunch the next day. Everything was fresh, tasty, and delicious. The food is moderately priced for the portion sizes and quality.

Absolutely 100% recommended.

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Back on top
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

I wrote a review previously where I questioned whether or not this place was going downhill. Just went here for lunch today, and clearly it is not.

I had the Mee Goreng which, I have to say, is my favourite. I love this dish and I've had it at almost every Malaysian restaurant in the lower mainland. The one here has the most balanced flavour and unique taste and aroma. Unlike some other Mee Gorengs that I've tried, the noodles here are never sticky or pasty, they are always fresh and loose like a good noodle dish should be. Last time I was here they skimped on the shrimp and meat, this time the amount was fine so perhaps it was a temporary shortage. :)

Service is good, the server was friendly and laughed when I ordered my noodles right when I walked in to the door (rather than getting an attitude about it). Service was fast and courteous, and my food came in about 10 minutes.

The ambiance is still pretty poor - as I said before, the paint colour is really dark and gloomy. Although they have big windows, with our rainy weather you rarely have the sun shining in, so it would do some good if they repainted at least one wall. Also there are still far too many tables and chairs for the space.

Overall a great value, only $7 for the Mee Goreg (a huge portion which I could barely finish), and of course I left a good tip. I think I might "forget" my bag lunch at home more often just so I can go here.

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Love it!!!
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

Tried Tamarind Hill for the first time and I loved it!

Had the roti canai, clams in coconut curry sauce, and prawns in garlic ginger sauce. Wow delish! So many flavours melding together in the sauces they prepared with the food.
Service was really good, it was a packed house and only 4 people serving but all the customers seem to be content and enjoying their meals. Beverages came speedy when asked for.
Ambiance was good the restaurant is painted in nice colours and the light fixtures are pretty.

Overall a wonderful experience I can't wait to go back and try the hainese chicken it's really beautifully presented!

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Bad Malaysian Food.
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Tamarind Hill advertises itself as "the pinnacle of Malaysian food". Well it certainly is not, had lunch there today it was very bad.

I had the Sayur Lemak-veggie's in a curry sauce with turmeric rice with a veggie spring roll.
The veggies were overcooked soggy especially the cauliflower which was a soggy mess-obviously been frozen and maybe reheated who knows how many times?
The rest of the veggies were not fresh. It's the height of our local produce season and if a restaurant can't be bothered to get in some lovely local produce-then they just don't care what they serve.

The turmeric rice appeared to be cooked well in advance as it was lukewarm and already getting a little dried out by the time it was served.

I watched other dishes being brought out and the entree's were steaming but if rice was served it looked lukewarm as well there was no steam so i wasn't the only one with lukewarm rice.
The spring roll was pretty standard a little greasy and about half the size of spring rolls in other restaurants.
The service was good.

Paid $8.25 for veggie mush.
Won't be back.

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