Thai restaurants in Singapore are a firm fixture, but none come close to the gorgeous overall experience and delicious food Tamarind Hill has to offer. The setting—a historic colonial mansion at Labrador Park with Asian inspired decor and lush foliage—feels like a high-end tropical resort in Thailand. The menu covers your familiar salads and curries, but in an elevated way, and even throws in some interesting, hard-to-find dishes like relishes from Chef Wanthana's native Northeast, like the shrimp paste relish with green mango and even five variations on the papaya salad, including one with wagyu beef.
The buzz: This Thai establishment opened a month and a half ago at Labrador Park care of the Samadhi Retreats group, which also runs Eco Gourmet Café just down the road.
The vibe: It feels just like a tropical resort. Located in a historic colonial building, the place is outfitted with Asian-inspired elements such as golden Buddha statues, swatches of fabric with ethnic embroidery, and dark wooden furnishings. The staff is even dressed in chic sarongs and chunky jewelry.
The food: Sophisticated contemporary Thai plates thanks to Thai-Canadian chef Thiti Thammanatr who has cooked for newsmakers like Bill Clinton and Chow Yun Fat. Expect starters such as an experimental tom yum martini ($12)—a non-boozy option for chilled soup fans—as well as refined mains like grilled Wagyu sirloin and foie gras accompanied by a green curry reduction ($45) and deep-fried lobster with tamarind sauce ($17).
The drinks: There’s a decent selection of wines to choose from— six reds, six whites, one port and one bubbly—available by the glass (from $13) and by the bottle (from $58). Plus, you also get a non- alcoholic welcome sip upon arrival featuring Southeast Asian flavors like lemongrass or tamarind.
Why you’ll be back: 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.
When the weather is good, eating outside can be a truly enjoyable dining experience. These joints with charming open air areas are just the place to dine on breezy evenings.