Samadhi Retreats : – Samadhi Food Festival – Tamarind Springs, Tamarind Hill, Neo Tamarind

There are not many of us who had dined at the Tamarind Group of restaurants; possibly due to the location, or some of us may not have heard of it or had wanted to sample the food but found it slightly over the budget.

Well, I share your sentiments.
I’ve been to Tamarind Springs once, just because a friend of mine wanted to check out the location for a function, and loved the setting of the place.
For Neo Tamarind and Tamarind Hill, I was there for an event, long time ago.

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I’ve not stepped into Cheong Fatt Tze in Penang, and now that the Samadhi Group had taken over the management of both the hotel and restaurant I’m certainly keen to check both the 18-room hotel and restaurant.

Likewise for Singapore, I’ve been to Tamarind Hill Singapore during the World Gourmet Summit 2013, and had a good time.
Link : http://www.rebeccasaw.com/world-gourmet-summit-2013-sunset-cocktails-at-tamarind-hill/

So, for those of you who are as curious as I am about the Tamarind group of restaurants, here’s the good news; the first ever SAMADHI Food Festival takes off this August, serving up a week of set menus featuring signature dishes of the Tamarind Restaurants at reasonable prices.

Each of the Tamarind Restaurants offers its own unique set meals, for both lunch and dinner so check them out (as below) and make your reservations NOW.
The set lunch is RM35/pax and for dinner it is RM65/pax.
Considering that the current “big breakfast” prices in Klang Valley cafes are hovering at RM35, wouldn’t you agree that these menu are better value for money considering the premium ingredients, venue and service?

Well, I’m of opinion that it is!

So browse the menus below, see which rocks your boat, and book your lunch/dinner.
I’ve done a round of tasting for Neo Tamarind and Tamarind Springs menus and I’ll recommend both Neo Tamarind and Tamarind Springs for dinner.

For Tamarind Springs, don’t miss out on the Grilled Beef with Sugarcane, spring rolls with avocado and crabmeat as well as the Tako Pink Diamonds of Water Chestnut and Coconut Custard.

Grilled Beef with Sugarcane: So gorgeously soft and full of natural beefy flavours complemented with some heat from the chilli.

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Spring rolls with Avocado and Crabmeat : Clean flavours and healthy.

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Dessert: Tako Pink Diamonds of Water Chestnut and Coconut Custard. This provided a refreshing and rich end to the meal.

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The full menu as below:

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Next, let us take a look at the DINNER menu for NEO Tamarind.

BELOW: The unsurpassed setting of NEO Tamarind, just opposite KL Life Centre, accessible by Monorail or LRT (KLCC).

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I love how each dining section exudes a particular feel, so even though you are in the same restaurant the ambiance differs slightly depending on the location you are seated.
There is the outdoor spot where the lounge chairs seating allows you to overlook the greenery facing Jalan Sultan Ismail. Then there is the private raised platform for exclusive group dining while those who prefer the cooling air-conditioning will be served at the main dining room.

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As for dinner, what stood out for me here was the juicy, soft lamb rack and the duck confit which wasn’t overly salty; a definite plus point!
Texture is a win too; nice, tender, flaky.

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Those were the mains.
Between the appetizers of Scallop Carpaccio and the Chicken Terrine, I actually preferred the terrine, a surprising first for me because I love my scallops.
Well that’s how good the terrine was, and I devoured them without taking a photo!

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My partner pronounced the chocolate cake “good” while I was licking my spoon of the eggy, matcha rich flavour of my creme brule.

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We were served some samplings from the menu at Tamarind Hill. Tamarind Hill shares the same location as NEO Tamarind, but it is another restaurant entirely.

The LUNCH and DINNER menu for Tamarind Hill:

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The highlight here was the Mieng Kam!
I love these little parcels of flavours and textures; crunchy and nutty and spicy and herbal-ish at the same time!

Samadhi Food Festival 2015 Tamarind Hill Crispy Garupa Miang Kham

Mushroom in a pai tee anyone? 🙂

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We love the petite desserts; small in portion but power packed with flavours due to the amount of ingredients in each serving.

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For my Penangite friends, here is what you can look forward to at Cheong Fatt Tze:

LUNCH: With one glass of wine.

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DINNER: RM65 nett with 2 glasses of wine.

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FOR SINGAPORE: There is pork on the menu!

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DINNER:

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Looks good?
Well the sampling dinner I had at Neo Tamarind most certainly is. I’m definitely revisiting during the Samadhi Food Festival Week from 17th to 23rd August so do let me know if you would like to join me for dinner!

For reservations:

NEO TAMARIND
19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2148 3700
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
Happy Hour: Weekdays, 5pm – 8pm

TAMARIND HILL, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2148-3200
Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
www.samadhiretreats.com

Tamarind Hill, Singapore
30 Labrador Villa Rd
Tel: +65 6278 6364
Open Daily: Monday – Sunday
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
www.samadhiretreats.com

TAMARIND SPRINGS
Jalan 1, Taman TAR, Ampang , Selangor
Tel: +603-4256 9300
Lunch: 12pm to 11pm
www.samadhiretreats.com

THE BLUE MANSION
14, Leith Street
T +604 262 0006
For CHEONG FATT TZE RESTAURANT reservations, please contact:
10200 Penang, Malaysia
(T) +603 2144 8370 / (F) +603 262 0006