It is hard to believe that a restaurant such as Tamarind Springs exists in Kuala Lumpur. Descending the steps through the lush tropics leading to the restaurant’s entrance feels like entering a portal to a different world.
Reputed to be one of the most romantic places to dine in town, Tamarind Springs is a timeless fine-dining establishment that features Indochinese and Thai food.
If you need a reason to drop by, their newly launched “The Terrace at Tamarind Springs” lets you enjoy steamboat in an unbeatable setting. Diners can choose from a selection of wholesome soups, created using traditional recipes that are filled to the brim with hearty flavours. Options include Namya Kaknomjin (shown above), Red Tom Yum, Tom Kah and clear chicken soup.
Also known as fish curry sauce, the Namya Kaknomjim is one of the most beloved dishes in Southern Thailand for its savory, creamy and aromatic qualities. It’s prepared fresh daily with mainly snakehead murrel fish flesh and red curry paste which contribute to the rich, puree like texture.
The hot pot is served over charcoal at the table and the soup simmers slowly to cook the food delicately. You can expect nothing but the freshest ingredients here, they are guaranteed to satisfy and captivate your palate. You also get three kinds of dipping sauce, each with a different heat profile that adds life to anything they are dipped with.
It’s almost impossible to try every item in the steamboat’s ala-carte menu, but here’s our recommendations for you to start with. The Wagyu Striploin Marbling Score 6 (100gm) @ RM60 is a must here. Served in medallion cuts, they are best served cooked medium/medium rare while retaining its tenderness.
Green Mussels @ RM15 – plump and juicy with a meaty texture, these are some of the most enjoyable mussels I have had in a while.
Baby Octopus (200gm) @ RM20 – mildly sweet with a crunchy bite, a great alternative to squid the tends to overcook too fast.
Red Snapper/Grouper Fillet (100gm) @ RM15 – regardless of which you pick, both are equally delicious especially in the Namya Kaknomjim soup.
Besides steamboat, we also sampled a few barbecue dishes and all of them exceeded our expectations. Even a simple grilled chicken was so delicious that we ordered seconds of it. I think a raise is in order for the chef who manned the grill, as he did an outstanding job – moreover in a pitch black environment.
So as not repeat myself, just know that every meat or seafood we had was masterfully marinated with distinct flavor from the rest, grilled and torched to perfection. But our favorite had got to be the Sabah Mackerel (RM70), we would gladly order it again in a heartbeat.
For something classical, you simply won’t go wrong with the Thai Seafood Salad @ RM45 and Squid with Salted Egg Yolk @ RM46. The latter fondly reminded us of the same excellent dish we had in Pattaya last year.
The large selection of desserts will surely please the sweet tooth with its mix of modern and traditional treats, there are almost 20 of them!
We were stuffed so we opted for the lighter cold desserts such as Tiramisu (RM30) and Cendol & Sago with Vanilla Ice Cream and Gula Melaka (RM23). Other diners commented that their homemade sorbets and soft chocolate tart with passion fruit sauce are to die for too.
FYI the floral table setting you see in the photos were specifically arranged upon request. I was told that it costs RM80 and you also get two complimentary glasses of house pour wines.
If you are planning for an intimate evening for proposals or to celebrate your anniversary, do call up ahead because the seats with the best views tend to fill up quickly.
The Terrace at Tamarind Springs
Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak
68000 Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 03-4256 9300
Business hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (The Terrace operates for dinner only)