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Tamarind Hill – New Westminster

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

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Apparently this restaurant is a venture by a previous chef at the popular Banana Leaf malaysian restaurant chain in Vancouver. On the bright side, it is a welcome addition to the otherwise relatively limited food options in New Westminster. Unfortunately, I think we had heard it was much better than Banana Leaf and we were expecting it to blow us away. The high expectations led to disappointment even though there was nothing really wrong with the food or the restaurant. In fact, it was pretty good but I still prefer Banana Leaf.

We tried the green papaya and mango salad which was a huge portion but lacked zing and the ingredients weren’t sliced thinly enough making it much too chunky, particularly the carrots. The roti canai was good but the accompanying sauce (which I love at Banana Leaf and I usually ask for seconds) wasn’t as sweet and somehow lacked punch. The indian mee goreng was the best dish of the three with perfectly cooked fresh egg noodles fried with vegetables, beef, fairly small shrimp and tofu but again it was nothing special.

The service was quick although at almost 3pm on a Saturday – we were the only customers in the restaurant. The food came out fast as well and whether that is the norm or the fact that they were closing up I have no idea. The good news is that the restaurant is located directly across from the Royal City Centre Parkade (i.e. free and easy parking).

Maybe we tried the wrong dishes and I should go back to try some more however the drive from Vancouver is not worth it. So, unfortunately (and maybe unfairly since it is based on limited experience ), overall, I would go to this place if I was in New Westminster but Banana Leaf is still better…

Tamarind Hill (New West) on Urbanspoon

Tamarind Hill
628 Sixth Avenue,
New Westminster, B.C.
Cost: lunch mains $7-9, appetizers mostly around $5-6
Verdict: Banana Leaf wins out for me, good option in New Westminster

Tags: Asian · New Westminster

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