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Tamarind Hill: Thai-Thai day amid a culinary sanctuary

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Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tamarind Hill Singapore

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.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tucked away in a secret corner of Labrador Park…turn in at this signage to get there

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Culinary sanctuary housed in a colonial bungalow amid lush greenery. Am I still in Singapore?

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Bar area with a high ceiling and giant chandeliers

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Front area

Tamarind Hill Singapore

There are three dining areas – lanai dining open to the jungle, intimate seating within the house and along a green lawn that opens to sea view, as well as a long bar at the front of house. What I really liked is the vast space – there are only 29 tables spread over 10,000 square feet – giving one enough privacy to whisper sweet nothings to a loved one. Or share juicy gossip with a girlfriend.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

With such comfortable settings, it is no surprise a customer spends on average three hours at the restaurant.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Positioned as Thai fine-dining, the menu is a combination of traditional Thai flavours with modern interpretations helmed by food designer and culinary expert Chef Thiti Thamanatr. We were curious since the usual notion of Thai cuisine is more of street-style phad thai, tom yum goon rather than high-end dining.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

This is Helen our lovely host who took us for a tour of the compound. Tamarind Hill’s staff are dressed in chic sarongs and chunky jewelry.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Staying true to their love for nature, the restaurant’s furnishings are made from recycled wood (wood that have been used to build other structures in the past) even though it costs 30 per cent more than new wood. They work with the Orang Asli or the aboriginal communities in Malaysia to source for materials such as wood, thatched roofs and natural materials such as rattan.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Food with a view

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Doesn’t it feel like a tropical resort? We were told that they are developing a spa and resorts behind this area.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Self-portrait. Couldn’t resist.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

‘Hubby’ & me!

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Here’s what we had – the Restaurant Week lunch menu

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Green Mango Salad
Light taste, not as sour or spicy as my strong palate would have liked. Still pleasant.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Minced chicken and Thai Herb Salad
Hmmm…a miss

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Green Chicken Curry
This is not bad! Perhaps due to the lighter taste here, the coconut taste is also not as strong, which is the way I like my green curry without feeling carb-guilty.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Flash-fried Squid in Tamarind Sauce
I absolutely love this! And I don’t even like squid or seafood that much to start with. The tangy taste was yummy to the tongue, and it was crispy to the bite. MMMMMmmmm.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Fruit Rice
I was so inspired I attempted to cook some for chum Darren the next night with tropical fruits and brown rice.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

Lastly to savour dessert…no not the man, but what he’s holding – Pumpkin custard topped with coffee jelly.

Tamarind Hill Singapore

My ‘hubby’ with his lychee and lemongrass smash (lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and lychee crushed with vodka). Yummm. I mean, the drink the drink. *Wink*

Tamarind Hill Singapore

My Cherry Berry Bang Bang!
(strawberries blended with dark cherries morello and lemon juice)

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.

Tamarind Hill
Address: 30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
Phone: +65 6278 6364
Nearest Train: Labrador Park (highly recommend to go by car or taxi)
Website: http://www.samadhiretreats.com/tamarind-hill-singapore.html
Opening Hours: Daily 12:00PM-2:00PM, 6:30PM-10:30PM

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A little post by a fun-loving spunky gal in love with the quirky, the artsy and anything which inspires new creations. Read about her adventures on: spunktitud3.wordpress.com

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