Amid all the mystery and lush nature of Labrador Park which is known for its secret tunnels and pre-war relics, a new Thai fine-dining restaurant has opened in September 2012. Tamarind Hill is housed in a stand-alone colonial bungalow built in 1832 set atop a hill in Labrador Nature Reserve overlooking the sea. Part of Samadhi Retreats, it is perfectly reminiscent of the original Tamarind Hill in Kuala Lumpur, preserving the milieu of being in a stand-alone historic colonial bungalow amid a vastly green surrounding. The ambiance is unmistakably rustic-luxe right from its doorstep, and you are immediately transported to another surreal, relaxed environment once you step in the restaurant. So tranquil, so un-Singapore and so darn romantic. “I want to get married here!” That was the first thought that came to my mind. Fortunately, I had a heartthrob Ben with me, so we played hubby-and-wife for the day, haha.
Verdict: Tamarind Hill does a decent job with its interpretation of Thai fine dining, and the ambiance is amazingly tranquil, allowing you great privacy with your partner. Great for an intimate gathering with friends or a romantic night out with your other half, as this beautiful restaurant makes you feel like you’re on vacation. Taste-wise, it’s elegant (meaning not super spicy nor sour) and there are hits and misses. I’ll definitely be back to try their regular menu, and bask in the serenity of the place.
Address: 30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
Phone: +65 6278 6364
Nearest Train: Labrador Park (highly recommend to go by car or taxi)
Opening Hours: Daily 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-10:30PM