Tamarind Springs @ Jalan TAR, Ampang

Tamarind Springs is a sister company with Tamarind Hills but at different location and different concept. Tamarind Springs is located inside a jungle like area. So there are no air-conditioner provided and you are surrounded by greens. Very nice atmosphere to have your meals. An exotic dining experience! Tamarind Springs serves Indochinese Cuisine so you will be expecting Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand cuisine in their menu.
To get to here is a little bit tricky. Even Google Maps and Waze failed to guide you to the right place. Basically you will only see this restaurant after you passed by the Royal Club Selangor Golf Course. For exact location, please click on the link on the word "Location" at the end of this post.
There is a guarded parking lot provided which is free of charge. So do not worry about your expensive vehicle leaving in the wild and dark in the middle of the night. You have to be amazed with the landscape and design of this restaurant. Pretty exquisite and you definitely feel relaxed here,
This is the dining area which you might worried if there will be a lot of mosquitoes around. Yes, there will but not to worry about at all. They fog this area every week from mosquitoes. The lighting here is very dim and romantic but it is a great challenge for my food photography.
That day was really a really exciting and happening 3 hours great chat with my two high school classmates. Just happened to be that day was my birthday too but I did not tell them. I rather have it to be informal gathering for everyone rather than a special occasion for me. It is more relaxed this way so everyone could enjoy themselves. Seldom and rarely have a meet up like this. I am very hopeful to have it often. It will always be if there is an organizer like me. Haha!
Tamarind Platter @RM45.00++
Outlook: 3/5
Creativity: 5/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 3/5 - It is also known as their signature Symphony of Starters, which takes you across the breadth of Indochinese cuisine with Vietnamese shrimp crystal rolls, lemongrass prawns, Cambodian-style deep-fried shrimp cakes and minced chicken on cinnamon sticks. All served with a variety of piquant sauces. The plate is just nice for 2 pax but the price is too expensive for that small portion.

Chicken & Coconut Soup @RM32.00++
Outlook: 3/5
Creativity: 5/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Overall: 3/5 - If you think that coconut soup should be a milky soup, then you are wrong. This is a chicken tomyam clear soup with coconut meat in it. Very delicious and creative way to make it. The coconut meat is the highlight of the entire soup. It just gave the soup an extra coconut fragrance in it and of course, they are edible. Do not worry, the soup is not too spicy.

Asparagus & Crabmeat Soup @RM34.00++
Outlook: 3/5
Creativity: 3/5
Taste: 3/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 2/5 - Less impressive I would say for this soup. Reason is because it taste like ordinary crab meat soup. Nothing special about it but it is still acceptable. FYI, this is a non-spicy soup.

Seafood River Lobster with Tomyam Sauce @RM60.00/lobster.
Outlook: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 3/5 - It is big enough to share for two. The lobster meat is quite fresh and sweet. However, the best part is still the Tomyam Sauce which is enhancing the taste of the lobster meat.

Seafood River Lobster with Tamarind Sauce @RM60.00/lobster
Outlook: 4/5
Creativity: 3/5
Taste: 3/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 3/5 - Not as impressive as the Tomyam sauce but it is still acceptable.

Laotian Deep Fried Perch in Spicy Sauce @RM90.00++
Outlook: 4/5
Creativity: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Overall: 3/5 - Must order dish! Very delicious and fresh fish with the delightful taste of the spicy sauce. It is just spicy enough for you to tickle your taste bud and definitely you won't be needing for a glass of water to relief the spiciness.

Green Curry Chicken with Banana @RM38.00++
Outlook: 3/5
Creativity: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Overall: 3/5 - How a curry and banana can make a dish? Very weird combination but somehow it works! You will definitely will smile when you take a bite of the banana together with the curry. Surprisingly delicious. The curry itself is not spicy and the banana is sweet. I do not see why you do not smile when you had something sweet. Haha...

Grilled Eggplant with Coconut Gravy @RM26.00++
Outlook: 2/5
Creativity: 1/5
Taste: 3/5
Price: 1/5
Overall: 1/5 - Taste ordinary. Not just that, the portion is so small for a price of RM26.00++. How much is the eggplant sold in the market these days anyway? I do not see this plate is even made of one eggplant.

Mango Platter RM24.00++
Outlook: 2/5
Creativity: 0/5
Taste: 4/5
Price: 0/5
Overall: 1/5 - RM24.00++?????????? Yeah, don't ask me why we ordered it. Almost RM2.00 per piece. I wonder where this mango is exported from when we have mangoes in Malaysia which just cost RM4.00/kg. Their dessert session is very poor. Lack of choices after their several exciting ones are out of stock permanently. Especially their rum & raisin ice cream. What a shame!

Perfect place for any occasion and you will definitely feel relaxed and chilled here. Therefore, the price of the food will be very expensive. So do not be surprised. Their dessert session is really a disappointment. They really have to think for some other special desserts to replace those out of stocks. Seriously, Mango Platter for RM24.00++ is really absurd.
Total Damage: RM524.30
Ambiance: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Food Serving Speed: Fast
Will I Revisit?: Yes

Tamarind Springs
Jalan 1, Taman TAR,
68000 Ampang
Selangor
Tel: 03-42569300
Business Hours: 12.30pm - 2.30pm; 6.30pm - 10.30pm (daily)

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