Tamarind Hill - Hilltop Rustic Dining Experience In The Heart Of Kuala Lumpur! - The Place - Food Point of Interest

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Published on February 18th, 2009 | by email2me


Tamarind Hill – Hilltop Rustic Dining Experience In The Heart Of Kuala Lumpur! – The Place

Tamarind Hill restaurant, one of the first contemporary Siam and Burmese restaurants in the Malaysian dining scene, has made a come-back after a 2- year relocation plan. Marking its 10th year in business, Tamarind Hill is now re-opened on Jalan Sultan Ismail, one the most vibrant areas in KL city.  If you couldn’t find it, just look for Wisma KFC. It is just on the right hand side of Wisma KFC. There you will be able to see an antique 52 steps staircase which leads to an old bungalow lot which pretty hard to notice from outside.

Nicely preserved antique staircase …. still at its glorious shine

The winner of the industry accolade for Best Asian Cuisine by The Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards for 2003-2004, today Tamarind Hill is set on one of the most spectacular and exclusive private hill top properties in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.  A stand-alone historic colonial house (previously Scalini’s restaurant), diners can ‘walk up an appetite’ along a flight of stairs lit by flickering oil lamps at night.

The design concept of the restaurant maintains Tamarind’s trademarked rustic-luxury dining experience within a green ambiance, against the spectacular backdrop of the modern business building landscape, including the landmark Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.

A great escapade, Tamarind Hill allows allowing diners to retreat to an oasis within the city. Natural elements like water and fire are used to create a subtle, understated drama in a contemporary Asian setting inspired by the hill tribes of Indochina, with extraordinary effect.

“Designing and building is my passion and it has helped me drive the different concepts of the Tamarind brand. Growing up in this region has influenced my work and in creating environments of rustic retreats where people can escape and enjoy the food and ambience at a leisurely pace,” said Federico Asaro, Founder of Samadhi Retreats.

Left : Federico Asaro [Founder of Samadhi Retreats] & Right Maple Loo [Director of Marketing Communications of Samadhi Retreats]

Recently nominated by Malaysia Woman’s Weekly magazine for the Great Women of Our Time award for public service, Maple Loo is the dynamic force behind the Samadhi brand portfolio, overseeing communications for Tamarind Springs, Tamarind Hill, Il Tempio and Mandi-Mandi, together with JapaMala Resorts and Retreats as well as Samadhi Spa.

We wanted to add a touch of difference to our menu, a modern twist to traditional Thai cuisine which cannot be found elsewhere in the city, especially with our mix of unique Burmese dishes which also comprise some influences from the exotic hill tribes,” said Maple Loo, Director of Marketing Communications.

The pictures below shows the surrounding and decorations which needless me to say … EXCELLENT!

Coming Up Next …… The Foods

A little extra …. this is the first time I camwhore in restaurant’s toilet …..

Nicely decorated at the hallway towards the loo ….

Even the handwash area are designed to match the restaurant theme. Can you see the bamboo in the center? That’s the place where the water came out. On top is a mini reservoir when water filled up.

Place: Tamarind Hill

Location : Next to Wisma KFC. On the right hand side.
GPS Coordinate : N3 09.176 E101 42.513
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Address : 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Contact No : +603-2148-3200
Website : www.tamarindrestaurants.com
Business Hour :
Lunch – 12 to 3pm
Dinner – 6pm – 10.30pm

Off Day : Sunday
Food Type: Authentic Thai and Burmese Food
Price: Reasonable
Payment Terms : Cash / Credit Card
Cleanliness Votes : 5/5
Food Votes : 4/5
Air Conditioned : Yes
WIFI : Yes
Smoking and non smoking zone : Yes
Tax : 5% Gov and 10% Service Charge
Recommended Foods : Let the captain recommend you … all were special

Recommended Drinks :


Lunch – LUNCH ESCAPE multi-course menu at RM35 nett or a la carte menu
Dinner – a la carte menu
Bar menus – Extensive wine list + creative cocktails & mocktails, imported sodas, flower & herb teas, gourmet coffee
Special multi-course menus (launching in February 2009) – Weight-Watcher’s Diet & Healthy-Heart Diet (paired with wines)

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14 Responses to Tamarind Hill – Hilltop Rustic Dining Experience In The Heart Of Kuala Lumpur! – The Place

  1. Hasher says:

    This was the site of another great restaurant some years back!

    I have always wondered where do the patrons park their cars???

  2. email2me says:

    Hey Hasher,

    There are jockey park within their compound which charge a flat rate of RM4 all night long.

  3. heehee.. so both of us pending the 2nd post! ahhh..soon soon.. ;p

    thenomadGourmands last blog post..The re-launch of Tamarind Hill Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

  4. wow! looks like an awesome place to be when I am in the heart of the city’s golden triangle! just fantastic! You will see me toasting my wine glass there! 🙂

    Big Boys Ovens last blog post..

  5. andrew says:

    hahaa… LOL =D !! yeap!! fantastic… hahahah ROFL

  6. Selba says:

    Oh my…. what a beautiful place… especially looking from your eyes and camera lens!

    I would love to visit that place…

    Selbas last blog post..Donat Kentang (Potato donut)

  7. Alan Tan says:

    So how bout their restaurant in Taman TAR ???? Closed and moved here or wat ??? I love the surrounding in Taman TAR ..

  8. sue me says:

    I blog d 🙂 hehehe..I see my feet on the stairs LOL

  9. email2me says:

    Rebecca : pressure ….. =.=”

    BBO : when want to toast with us? 😛

    Drew : lmaorofl ….. XD

    Selba : it is nice ….. plus the price are nice too …. =.=”

    Alan : Yeap … they shifted to Jalan Sultan Ismail and no more in Taman TAR.

    Sue : Sexy leg camwhoring ….. lol

  10. ck lam says:

    This is the first restaurant that I come across that has such a beautiful staircase…with so many steps too.
    It looks inviting.

    ck lams last blog post..Pan Mee @Macalister Road/Lorong Selamat, Penang

  11. IrvineH says:

    Well, the price is too much for this restaurant. Portioning small…just like the previous one in Taman TAR….
    Service so so.
    Nothing special! Just selling ambience without putting effort in the food.

  12. Amy hashim says:

    I would love to celebrate my birthday with my partner.do they have any package for us?where do we park our car as well?

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