Tamarind Hill offers a varied menu of authentic and unique Malaysian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
For some odd reason we have never made it to the nearby Tamarind Hill in North Vancouver for Malaysian food before. It has a fairly Spartan decor, with polished concrete floors (easy to clean) and simple but dark walls and tables with a splattering of Malaysian decor along the walls. As with most small Asian restaurants, there is the perennial TV up in one corner which I’m never fond of because I find them distracting if you’re seated facing them. There was a bank of seats and tables along one wall, occupied by a very large family party, and a trio of 4-seat tables along the other wall.
We had made a reservation which turned out to be a wise move as the restaurant appeared to be fully booked at 6pm on a Saturday. The waitress apologized in advance for the wait for food as the large party was obviously keeping the kitchen busy so we nursed our Tiger beers for a while...no hurray, no problem. The waitress was working largely alone but she was very efficient, attentive when we needed it, and personable.
We ordered 4 dishes for the 3 of us which turned out to be plenty of food. The Kari Lamb was tender, boneless lamb in a spicy and flavourful coconut sauce with onions and potatoes, perfect for spooning over the steamed rice. The Sambal green beans were tender-crisp and stir fried with prawns, chillies, onions, and tomatoes (unfortunately, the Kang Kong we wanted was out of season). Char Kuey Teow was stir fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, black tiger prawns, fish cakes and cuttlefish in a lovely dark soy sauce. Our last dish was the most expensive on the menu: Softshell crab with Indian black peppercorns & garlic butter. The soft-shell crabs were delicious, crispy and spicy and came finished with fresh onions, chillies and Indian black peppercorns.
Overall everyone agreed the food was delicious, mildly hot (we’ll ask for extra spicy next time) and a smorgasbord of Malaysian spices and flavours. We’ll definitely be back to try a few other dishes. $95 for 3 people with tip.
Visited during the week and they have approx. a dozen lunch specials plus some salad and appies. First time I tried the stir fried flat rice noodles. Char Kuoy Teow. Very good, a bit on the spicy side but I guess that's authentic. Lots of seafood but the portion could be just a bit bigger. Very nice flavour. On the second visit, tried the Laksa (coconut version) which had a good level of spice (medium) and lots of tofu, prawns, sprouts... Service was fast and efficient for lunch. Value is pretty good at approx. $7-$8 per item. Nice small restaurant.
I came here for lunch after walking by this restaurant for ages and decided to try it out. The service was very quickly friendly. I ordered the Malaysian Chicken with Rice and it was incredibly great. Lots of flavour, the perfect amount of heat and the perfect amount of food as I left feeling full and happy.
My only complaint is against myself - why didn't I come here sooner instead of walking by this place all this time. I not only will return I will be recommending this place to all my friends.
Went late on a Friday evening (8 pm) and didn't have to make a reservation as the bulk of the busy time had passed. We ordered the sambal green beens (excellent), chicken curry (great sauce but the chicken seemed rubbery to me), the papaya and mango salad (good) and the roti (excellent). This was plenty of food for the two of us and the service was friendly and fast. My only complaint was that it was quite dark in the restaurant and since there were no candles on the table, I had to get out my iphone flashlight to read the menu. For the 4 dishes, a soft drink, and a beer, the bill came to $60. Will certainly be back. Nice to finally have a good malyasian restaurant in North Vancouver!
After reading the reviews, we thought we'd try this place out on a Saturday night & were pleasantly surprised.
There was a diverse selection of menu items, all very reasonably priced, with the hotness being indicated by a "chilli" rating. We started with the "roti canai", which was a good appetiser. For main course I had the kari lamb & asked for it to be spiced up a little. It was a succulent dish of tender lamb in a superb-tasting curry sauce. It was the perfect hotness; very spicy without losing the flavours. It was a good sized portion & came with a adequate bowl rice. Delicious.
Friends ordered different dishes, all of which were extremely tasty & colourful & once again the portions were generous. Great value for money.
The service was solid, efficient & attentive, without being overbearing.
The restaurant is not too big & is popular, so we booked & I would advise you to do the same, particularly if dining on a busy Saturday night. Be aware the restaurant closes at 9.30pm on Sat./Sun., which does seem a little early. We were given notice that the bar was closing & were invited to order additional drinks & food, if required. However, we did not feel rushed, despite the staff wanting to shut up shop.
The decor is basic but adequate. The atmosphere is OK. You can carry on a conversation without loud music etc.
There's a good selection of beers & wines, but there was no cider for my wife. It would be good to see a few draught beers on tap.
I'm not overly familiar with Malaysian food, but this was a great find & I would definintely a go back.
We went here based on the dinehere reviews and I have to say I concur with the previous positive reviews. We had the Mee Georeng, Hainanese Chicken, and Sambal Green Beans. All were prepared perfectly, the Chicken was tender and flavourful, the beans crisp and hot, and the Mee plentiful. The spicing was well balanced with just the right amount of heat. The room has inherited the seating from the previous incarnations for this location. The room is well appointed without being too fancy or overly adorned. The service was friendly and prompt. All in all a great experience and I will definitely be back.
If you love the exotic yet tasty blend of spices, tropical herbs and some exotica without having to travel too far, then you should check out THNV. "3"- Solid; "4"-Outstanding
It opened recently and was quite abuzz on a Sat night when we went there. Diners tricked in while we were in the restaurant. Overall it has a nice ambience, although personally I found it a trifle dark as the walls were painted black.
As I spent many years in SE Asia, I was well-acquainted with the food. We ordered laksa (Singapore version), Gado Gado (SE salad), rendang beef, sambal green beans and Hainanese Chicken rice. The laksa was very good (95%) - the broth was tasty yet light with the savoury taste of coconut and blend of spice, prawn, chicken shreds and fresh caramelized shallots. The Gado Gado (75%) portion and the satay sauce dressing could have been more for its price. We like the portion size of the Hainanese Chicken & Rice, it will be a great intro to anyone who had not tried this dish before (80%). However, I would have liked the Hainese Chicken to be more aromatic (with sesame oil as another dimension), and the chicken to be more tender; the black sweet soy was also missing as a condiment and would have heightened the enjoyment. I felt that the beef in the rendang was too overcooked to the extent that it became soft and almost just dissolved when I chewed it. (However, my partner did not notice it). I hope it's an aberration, but just for this occasion I would rate it 70%. The sambal green beans (93%) was spectacular - I love how the green beans were coated with the aromatic belachan sambal and micro "har my" (tiny dried shrimps).
Newcomers are also advised to try the mee goreng, which I heard the neighboring table ooohing and ahhhing over.
Service was polished and excellent.
SUGGESTIONS TO OWNERS (if they're reading)
One dish which I would have liked was "black vinegared Kung Pao Chicken with peanuts/ cashew nuts" which I was drawn to in another of TH's competitors. How about Hokkien Mee, prawn mee noodles and dry wanton noodles ?
One of the better Malaysian/Singapore restaurants around. Some dishes are more authentic than others but overall a good experience.
I recommend Tamarind Hill to those who are not familiar with Malaysian/Singapore fare.
To Malaysians/Singaporeans - I know lah, you can cook better!! But since you're not hosting an open house, I'll dine at Tamarind Hill.
One of the best curries I have eaten - freshly made, i asked it for "hot", and it was delicous. It was great deal at $7.50 or so for lunch. Also had Rotti - it was excellent, but the curry that came with it was rather tasteless -luckily my lunch curry came along. Will have to come back for dinner, with "she who eats no hot" and friends.
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