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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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Decent food
By foodfav of Burnaby,BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

The food here is decent although it is too mild for me. It feels likes a watered down version of the real thing. They have hiked up their price again and it is quite pricey. Portions are very small as well. On a good note, the manager is very friendly and makes an effort to check in with the customers. I would recommend it for the occassional dinner visit; I think lunch is cheaper though.

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The First Time of Many Returns
By lamoco of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

My husband and I visited this delightful restaurant tonight and could not wait to share our great time with you. We started with the mango and green papaya salad and it was an wonderful combination of sweet, sour, soft and crunchy, the flavours and textures all complimenting one another and with just the right dose of "heat". Yum. We next had the roti canai which is a must. The dipping sauce was perfect and the hint of sweet to this crepe-like bread made another great contrast. We had the Chicken Curry, which we enjoyed but the Char Hor Fun was absolutely incredible. It had that flash fried, smoky flavour to it. The noodles were perfect and the sauce, oh my, the sauce was what captured out attention. Each mouthful was divine. We traveled throughout southeast Asia and dined in some great places in Malaysia... this is as close as it gets, folks. We live in Burnaby and the trip to New West took us al of ten minutes... what a treat! The ambiance in this venue is lovely, simple, elegant, very asian/indian, just beautiful. Best of all was the service. Louis, our host and a lovely young woman who told us about how much her kids love the Char Hor Fun, were very attentive, sweet and made us feel very comfortable right away. The food came quickly... but take your time, savour the wonderful flavours and the obvious care that goes into each meal. We will be back, again and again.

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chicken rice
By yummydelight of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

Ive eaten at Tamarind Hill many times. Ive also eaten at many other south east asian restaurants all over vancouver and south east asia specifically singapore and malaysia.

Anyone who is from south east asia will know that the chicken rice at Tamarind Hill tries to be just that, authentic. While i can't say it is the best chicken rice ever, the chicken has been consistantly moist, tender, juicy and tasty. The rice however id try to make a bit tastier and not so dry, but i guess it depends whatever people like.

The murtabak is the best in vancouver ive tasted and the most authentic although a little jazzed up. Really friendly servers, quaint atmosphere and area.

Our family goes at least once a week so im sure they enjoy it as well!

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in new west?
By cucci of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

when i first heard about how good tamarind hill was, i couldn't help but question the fact that it was in new west. as shocking as it was, we made our way into new west to give it a try. from the outside and when you walk in, you instantly get a vibe that the owners made sure to take into account the ambiance of their gem. the only gripe is that the dining area is very, very tight. the food we ordered came quick, but that could've been because we got there later in the evening. one of my favourites is hainese chicken, and it was great here. very healthy serving compared to other malaysian restaurants in the lower mainland. i got the feeling that some of the servers had to have been related. whatever the case, they were proud of their restaurant and it showed in their great service. will be back soon.

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Bad Malaysian Food.
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:54pm [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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Oil and Sugar Overleoad
By HoundBoy of Vancouver East (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Do you crave savory dishes that are so sweet that your teeth ache? Do you like your wok-fried vegetables swimming, no, drowning, in oil? Then this is the place for you!

I went here tonight with my partner on the recommendation of a friend. It was hopping busy, but the service was attentive and quick.

We ordered 4 dishes:
GREEN PAPAYA MANGO SALAD
I could not believe how sweet the dressing was on this salad. Think bottled Kraft French Dressing, then add a few more scoops of sugar. Just gross. No chili coming through, no fish sauce, no tang from lime juice, just bland and super-sweet. Great presentation though.
KALI LAMB
This was the only dish we enjoyed. Very toasty, thick brown gravy redolent of cinnamon, coriander and garlic with tender chunks of lamb. Very nice. Good portion size too.
HALIBUT CHEEKS IN SAMBAL SAUCE
The fish was nicely cooked, but there was so little of it. $18 and there must have been no more than 6 or 8 ounces of fish. The sauce, again, was really bland, sweet and jammy. It was supposed to have lemongrass, chili, tamarind, etc. but if those ingredients were there, their flavours were hidden under the sugary sweetness.
SAMBAL CHILI FRIED EGGPLANT, OKRA AND GREEN BEANS
Nice mixture of vegetables, perfectly cooked, but absolutely *swimming* in oil. There was a centimeter of oil sloshing about the bottom of the serving plate. ((Shudder)).

I really wanted to like the food, but it just seemed so lacking in flavour in that let's-not-scare-the-white-people-with-too-much-flavour kinda' way.
I do have to give the staff kudos though - service was excellent and very responsive. It's a nice room too.

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I'm always craving their food!
By Junior98 of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite restaurants. If I have someone visiting from out of town, I am sure to bring them here. I live in Vancouver and it's a bit far, but I will make my way out to New West just to eat here. Gas prices be damned!! I regularly crave their Nasi Goreng, anything with their sambal sauce and the Hunan chicken.

The ambiance is a modern trendy feel and the servers are very helpful. They also have a good wine list, and there is a very knowledgeable server on recommending wines for certain dishes.

Aside from the food, I like the fact that they never push any sales like most other restaurants these days.

Try to go on a weekday cause it gets busy on the weekends or make reservations.

I know it's not fair to comment on other reviews, but I have been noticing this on this site lately, but there is a reviewer on here that only submitted two reviews that totally disses this restaurant and his second review is for a similar restaurant but writes it a glowing review. I also often see someone only has one review and it is a totally glowing one, so it makes me think there is some other motive.. Sorry for ranting on a review but there is no kind of "forum" on here to rant.. I know it would be silly to expect moderators to control this, but it would be nice if there was some kind of "flag" button for reviews.

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Why didn't I try this place sooner?
By Love2GoOut of New Westminster (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Wow. I have been curious to try Tamarind Hill for a while but someplace else has always been higher on my "list". Too bad. I live in New West and could easily have been coming here for months now. They deliver, too. Good to know!

We started with vegetarian spring rolls (4 for $5) which were tasty and came with a lovely dipping sauce. I ordered a virgin Mango Colada that was absolutely delicious. I would actually consider having it for dessert next time.

The green papaya mango salad was delightfully crunchy, tangy/sweet and mildly spicy. The boneless Hainese (sp?) chicken came with a bowl of rice and was beautifully presented with lovely sambal and ginger sauces to complement the moist, flavourful meat. The mixed stir fried vegetables were lovely to look at and to eat but next time I would consider trying the green beans, which arrived at the table next to us looking and smelling amazing.

My dinner companion had the deep fried banana and ice cream for dessert. She seemed to like it - I can't comment on that. I would have liked to try a dessert but was already very satisfied with the rest of my meal. Two of us brought home substantial leftovers. Not sure why others say portions are small. Final bill for two with tax but before tip was $50 for all of the above plus a cup of Mighty Leaf tea. My teenage daughter who was "not interested" in trying Tamaring Hill is now tucking into the leftovers (we had some of everything) and calling from the kitchen about how good it is. I certainly find it on par with Banana Leaf and it is practically walking distance!

Glad I finally got down there. Better late than never. I will definitely be back.

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Look no further than the Hill.
By matchalatte of San Fran, CA (34 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Until last Friday, I had yet to find a Malaysian restaurant that was worth a 2-hour flight from home.

We had dinner reservations on the day that I arrived, and when we entered the restaurant, an inviting fragrance of chili, ginger, and coconut beckoned us as we were greeted by the friendly staff. Immediately, we had a good feeling about this place.

The menu was clearly written and colourful. The silverware and plates were spotless, but when we received our drinks, I noticed a large crack on the side of my glass. Nevertheless, it was kindly replaced by the server.

We started with the roti cannai, which we loved. The curry dip was not overpowering, thus, complimenting the roti well.

The main course was a perfect balance of fiery chili and smooth coconut bases. Even though (at our request) the beef in the Indian Mee Goreng was substituted with tofu, the full flavour was ever-present; the pineapple seafood fried rice was a little dry, but the essence of spices accentuated its savouriness.

Our gastronomic adventure was then concluded with the signature coconut crepes, which were beautifully presented (and delicious).

After the tea candles were lit, the restaurant had a more relaxed and intimate feel, and our ears fell upon the eclectic mix of reggae and lounge music. But what seems to differentiate Tamarind Hill from the familiar Banana Leafs or Tropikas is the personable approach towards customers. Throughout the evening, I noticed that the staff worked hard to make everyone's dining experience as comfortable as possible. A bonus was when the director took the time to speak with us, and we were also flattered by the server's attempt to be multi-lingual (how kawaii...). Overall, the service was attentive and professional -- exactly what a conscious diner would expect.

In summary, I would give Tamarind Hill an outstanding mark for both its hospitality and quality of food.

(Scott and Louis, terima kasih. We'll be back again soon.)

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not what I expected
By Foodiesxraters of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

walking in we were met with a smiling face of a young lady just old enough to serve our drinks, too bad she carried them in her hands and not on a serving tray.
we were dissapointed with the appy a Singapore style calamari...they forgot the calamari! Lots of pineapples and tomato oozing in a starchy sauce.
I was again dissapointed with my main only because the menu stated roasted cashews,they were bulk unsalted peanuts.My friend had the Sirloin with asparagus,it was ok.
Not once were we asked about any part of our dinner, so while paying the waitress at the front of the house I let her and the boss/mgr/owner not sure he did not say :( know that we were dissapointed and not returning.
Sorry there are better Malaysian restaurants out there.

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Malaysian Masterpiece
By CooperChung of Edmonds, Burnaby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

This is easily my favorite Malaysian restaurant in the lower mainland. The food is wonderful, the service is quick and attentive and it in on par with the other Malaysian spots around town. I have been here for both lunch and dinner and have enjoyed my experiences here each time. I highly recommend the Laksa soups. My favorite is the Malaysian Curry Laksa. I have converted a few of my office mates from their usual bowl of Pho to the Laksa. As for the dinner, I would equally recommend Tamarind Hill both for the fabulous flavour and the quality of the dishes. My favorite dishes are the sambal green beans and the sirloin and asparagus with spicy tomato sauce(ask for hot spice on this one). Hope you enjoy this restaurant as much as I do!

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So so....
By ckychin of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 12, 2010 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Had Roti Canai as appies. The dough was on the soggier side, like how you would get by microwaving bread. Not impressed for the price we had to pay for this. Then we had the hawker clams, the sauce was too thick that it was rather gloppy. Hawker clams normally have a light soupy sauce that originates from the clam and is not thickened. The taste was there but the starch was unnecessary. We also had the black tiger prawns with Kim Heong. The prawns were perfectly cooked but the Kim Heong taste didn't come through and so, it was acceptable. The Eggplant in spicy chili garlic had one of the more authentic tastes but not enough dried shrimp and a few slices were undercooked.

Service: The waiter didn't clear our empty dishes when he brought new ones. He not only did this once but 3 times. He poured a bottle of beer for my husband and left the empty bottle there and did the same when he served us new dishes but left the empty ones still sitting on the table. It also took him a long time to bring a bowl of rice when we had all our dishes sitting in front of us and we were picking at it until I went over to the counter and asked a lady to bring us rice.

Value: Came up to about $53 for 2. A bit on the pricey side. I didn't find it good value for money. I am Malaysian and I am picky about what qualifies as good Malaysian food. I read so many good reviews and was excited to try it but we left rather disappointed.

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A Culinary Delight, gives the more well known Malaysian Restaurants a run for their money!
By foodcritique of Surrey , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

I have been here quite a few times for lunch and once for dinner, and each time it's been a culinary delight. Whenever my coworkers and I have come for lunch, they have always been very accommodating. We work on Annacis Island and only have 1 hr for lunch, so we make reservations and we order in advance to maximize our time so we can really enjoy and appreciate our meal.

The Fresh Mussels Appie is to die for. I recommend getting a bowl of rice with it, as the sauce is just heavenly. Pour it over your rice and enjoy. The Roti Canai is great, soft and has a nice flavour, however the curry sauce could us a bit of work. I prefer the peanut satay sauce with the Roti. The Malaysian Calamari is nice and crispy on the outside while tender on the inside, perfectly seasoned and not greasy. The Vegetarian Spring Rolls are pretty solid. The Vegetarian Curry Samosas, well, I prefer the Indian ones in your average Indian Sweet Shop. The Satay is okay here however I think I prefer the Satay @ The Thai House. I've yet to try the Murtabak, but one of my friends said it was absolutely delicious. First time I had Soft Shell Crab, and it was quite tasty, will definitely try it again. The Gado Gado was okay, not a fan, but maybe that’s just because the combination just didn’t work for me.

Now for the mains, the Chicken curry is your typical chicken curry, tasty but something you can easily make @ home. The Beef Rendeng was okay, I’m not much of a beefeater, but it was seasoned well and the others at the table enjoyed it. The Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork Chop was delicious, a nice balance of spicy, sweet and sour, so much better than any Chinese restaurant, I usually can’t stand Sweet and Sour Pork, but this one was spot on. The Sambal Green Beans are very good. The Pineapple Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng, and Char Kuey Teow, are all solid. The Singapore Laksa is just perfect, such a flavourful soup with lots of goodies and a very large portion enough for @ least 2 meals for one person or a table of 4 to share as a starter.

The desserts were for me an acquired taste. I can’t remember the name of the 2 we ordered, they were okay, just not my idea of dessert.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the food and the hospitality @ this establishment each and every time I go, and look for any excuse to visit. In fact I’ve already got 2.

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Tamarind Bliss
By grouser of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

When driving all the way from downtown to New Westminster, we were hoping the food would be worth the ride. And it really was!

Our group of 4 shared spring rolls and roti-canai, which were pretty good (and oily). We shared 3 vegetarian dishes of which the Sambal Chili was the absolute best (again deep-fried) and the Sayur Lemak (veggies in coconut gravy) and Indian Mee Goreng (noodles) were fantastic too.

The service, which we barely noticed between bites, was quick and friendly enough. The value was great, too - between the four of us, we paid just $50!

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By bbqbbq08 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:25am [Dine in]

I try this restauant a while ago, food was too oily and too salty.
Sevice is a little bit slow. The server don't have enough experience. People woking there don't have smile.
I have been eating in all different Malay restauants, seems like they are coping the other restauant's whole meun, decoration, drinks and even music. Poor peoples there!!

Don't bother to go there.

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Good at times, bad other times.
By chica419 of New Westminster (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I visited this place twice over the last year. The first time I didn't enjoy it very much because the fish was just soooooo salty! And the service was extremely slow. However, the second time I went here for dineout new west, the food was great! So I guess your experience at this restaurant will depend on how lucky you are. But it is worth a try!

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New West needed this place!
By joecat of New Westminster (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

My (large) family goes to Lakeview, when they just need to get fed decent food for cheap, but this place is a nice place to celebrate birthdays, or even just for a nice dinner for my boyfriend and I.

We like to start with an order of roti canai, the wonderful Malaysian flatbread, served with a spicy sauce. It is tender, and slightly chewy and sweet.

The prices are average, and the dishes are a little smaller than average, but I like that -- you can order 2 dishes for 2 without getting too full. The dishes range from $9-14 (?), and are beautifully presented.

I like to get the sayur lemur (mixed vegetables in a mild curry) to ensure I get my daily vegetable intake, and then a meat dish. The lamb curry has tender lamb in a very flavourful curry. The Hainese chicken has the bones removed.

The place is nicely decorated, with low lighting, candles or oil lights at each table, dark wood, and deep reds.

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Pleasant to find a Good Malaysian Restaurant in New West
By poulet of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 2:22am [Dine in]

One of the benefits of having dinner in New West is that the parking meters don't need feeding after 6pm! So bonus for Tamarind Hill for free parking.

The candlelight ambiance creats a warm, inviting corner stop; full of red walls and dark wood tables. The prices for the food seem decent for the quality. Service was smiley and attentive without being intrusive.

Our first dish of plump mussels were done to perfection and the creamy coconut broth infused with tons of herbs & spices should not be wasted, but sauced on top of rice. The roti canai and skewers were typical and the fried Kwai Dieh noodle had too much soy sauce instead curry powder. Nasi Goreng was full of aromatics and ingredients. Beef rendeng was promised spicy and it was. I had a couple of really tasty tender pieces and then one not so tender piece.

So all in all, solid to outstanding food compared to other places around Vancouver so I'll definitely come back and try even more variety of dishes.

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Good find for Asian cuisine in N.W.
By Gastroc of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

Had dinner at T.H. with large group. Have not had Malaysian cuisine for years so looked forward to this place based on previous reviews. The restaurant was very busy on Saturday night. Food was very presentable and delicious. The fried rice was tasty. They are able to accomodate vegetarians and vegans with slight modifications to the entrees on the menu. Servers were attentive and efficient. Will be returning to this place when craving for Malaysian food.

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Amazing
By Munchies of East End, Van (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

Had dinner at Tamarind Hill with some friends at their suggestion and to be honest, it was probably one of the best Malaysian restaurant I've ever been to. I can honestly say that I'm a fairly fast eater but I was taking my time just savoring each bite I took. Yes, I have tried Tropika and Banana Leaf and they were very good too but this place is worth the drive to New Westminster

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