Tamarind Hill offers a varied menu of authentic and unique Malaysian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
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.
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.
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.
we went on a Tuesday night with 2 toddlers in tow. It was empty at 8pm, but at 8.25pm it started filling up with people.
The server said that the last order would be in the next 20 mins. So we quickly ordered chicken Satay, Nyong soup and soft shell crabs. all 3 were terrific - I had never had softshell crabs and boy was it good! The soup was a little on the sour vinegary side but we liked the contrast. The satay was like candied chicken but tasted moist and luscious.
Main course was a Singapore Laksa and the classic Nasi Goreng. Laksa was light and full of coconut & lemon grass flavours but the Nasi Goreng lacked the punch. We had to order some hot sauce to spice it up. But we had underestimated the power of mighty thai chilli. We had enough left to take back doggie bags for the next day's office lunch!
the best part was all this for only $35 - without tips!! thats like great value for money for wonderful food.
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!
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.
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!
I been to this restaurant maybe 6 or 7 times and still love it. I tend to go during the week, so I get a restaurant that has some people in it, but is not crowded. They have this roti, not sure what it's called, but it's my favorite. I could eat that appie all day!! Curry is good too.
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!
Excellent, spicy, food full of interesting flavours; great service; reasonable prices; comfortable seating; good atmosphere and interior design. A very welcome addition to the New Westminster restaurant scene.
|1.||North Van (17.4 km)|