Monday, February 16, 2009

Appetizers TO DIE FOR - Il Tempio

If you're dining in Il Tempio for the first time and don't know what to order, try these two contemporary dishes :

Porcini Mushroom cream with Truffle oil, topped with stewed spring onions, pan-fried Foie Gras & Vanilla salt
Beef Carpaccio sandwiched in Parmesan Chips

Tamarind Hill LUNCH ESCAPE

Tamarind Hill - Hillside Rustic Dining Experience in the Heart of KL


Tamarind Hill restaurant, one of the first contemporary Siam & 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.

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.

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.

From suburbia Ampang to city-dining, the restaurant remains popular for its fine Thai cuisine and continues to tantalize regular diners’ taste buds with high-quality ingredients plus its soft introduction to interesting Burmese dishes.

“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.

An introductory menu however extensive, consists of their signature Red Tom Yam cooked with river lobsters among spicier or subtler soups of sorts, none less Siamese than others yet many are new to local diners. The line-up of Thai salads too includes green-chili-and-lime cured seafood for those who are familiar with it or mouth-watering lychee salad with roasted duck as well as the popular seared salmon & roe salad tossed with shallots and a zesty house dressing.

Curry-lovers will be bowled over by Tamarind Hill’s exquisite curry selection like Steamed Fish Roe Curry with Roasted Rice & Apple Eggplants, Wagyu Cheek Panaeng Curry, a milder Burmese curry called Mandalay chicken and potatoes, and of course the authentic green curry. The array of fish and seafood dishes come steamed or deep-fried and with Thai sauces of sorts; wine or butter and even steamed salted egg yolks.


LUNCH – LUNCH ESCAPE multi-course menu at RM35 nett or a la carte menu
DINNER– a la carte menu
BAR - Extensive wine list + creative cocktails & mocktails, imported sodas, flower & herb teas, gourmet coffee
SPECIAL MULTI-COURSE MENUS (launching in March 2009) – Weight-Watcher’s Diet & Healthy-Heart Diet (paired with wines)

Kitchen times :
Lunch – 12 to 3pm
Dinner – 6pm – 10.30pm

Other details :
Closed on Sundays
• Free WIFI