Restaurant review: Tamarind Hill a favourite culinary adventure

This is a guest post by Asifa, a confessed foodie, writing about one of her favourite restaurants in New Westminster. You can find Asifa on Twitter @asifa604.

Hello fellow New Westminster residents. As my first contribution to this blog, which is a great source of activities and city secrets for the New Royal City, I will be posting about my favorite thing: food.

Food is a journey to other cultures, passions and stories. I love a good story. They say, every life is a best seller; you just have to know how to tell the story. And nothing lets the words flow better than a good meal with friends.

I moved to New Westminster from Burnaby a few years ago. It was obvious this small city packed a lot in its borders. It feels like the province’s diverse population is concentrated in this remarkable city. And of course, one reflection of that is the food.

I set out quickly to find some tasty bites that were delicious, unique and reflective of the community we live in. I quickly found a favorite culinary adventure in the Malaysian favorite Tamarind Hill.

Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine on Urbanspoon

Located at 6th Avenue and 7th Street, it is a short trip from most parts of New Westminster and approximately 40 minutes from Vancouver, well worth the drive.

The owner Louis Leung and well known chef Robert Phua (former chef of the popular Banana Leaf restaurant) are behind this amazing experience which captivates you when you enter.

The restaurant not only surpasses your expectations with the exotic flavours and fusion of spices and fresh ingredients, but with the decor. From the rich orange and brown hues to the soft candle lit woodwork and Indian/Asian handicrafts. Not quite on board with the music which seems to be an odd mix of whatever the CD player shuffles in… but you won’t notice once you take your first bite.

Appys start at $3 and include the popular roti canai (a soft, slightly sweet bread pan fried with a mild curry sauce for dipping) and the grilled satays with a mild peanut chilli sauce.

Main dishes range from curries, to the popular Hainanese chicken, veggie, meat and seafood choices, as well as a mix and match option with delicate to wildly spicy sauces. Prices average $15 a dish.

if you are at a loss where to begin, I would recommend your experience include the Nasi Goreng, the Papaya and Mango Salad (the jicama root will pop in your mouth), Eggplant with Chilli, Scallops in Coconut, Cumin and Ginger sauce as well as the Beef and Asparagus. You will be back for seconds!

This is a wonderful place to take friends, or have a lovely intimate meal.
Open for lunch and dinner (dinner starts at 5 pm). They also deliver.

Tamarind Hill restaurant is found at 6th Ave & 7th St.

3 Replies to “Restaurant review: Tamarind Hill a favourite culinary adventure”

  1. One of our family's favourite restaurants. The food is fantastic. The fact that it is in New West is a big bonus.

  2. I thought it was a real bonus that Tamarind Hill has a subscription to BC Business magazine – I was in 7th heaven when I went there alone for dinner one night and snagged a copy I'd missed with an essay on BC publishing companies. The food was fine too. 🙂

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