The service of this restaurant is THE WORSE than any restaurants. The receptionist didn't care about customers and didn't know how to arrange stuffs. I haven't tried the food yet because they let us wait for 1hour even thou we made reservation and got stupid answers from them. I never come back....SUCK
Excellent food and not *too* expensive. We had seared Hokkaido scallops and fantastic shrimp and corn 'pancakes' for appetizers - the latter are particularly recommended. Both of the entrees we had (shaking beef and blackened sea bass) were also delicious. Cocktails were very good too. Service was attentive, friendly but not over-bearing. All in all - highly recommended.
We have been here several times, both on our own and with out of town guests, and the food is always amazing and delicious. Their wine list is great and the vibe there is nice, especially for a peninsula restaurant! We highly recommend.
The food is terrible, with barely a trace of Vietnamese and most of which is in the chipped bowls and plates made in Vietnam. The fried rice noodle (with a fancy name that escapes me at the moment) is definitely Chinese chow fun. It is bad Chinese chow fun at that The noodle is too soft, the beef dry and sweet and salty at the same time. It was poor grade beef bought in Chinese market where refrigerator is inadequately cold to maintain it. The chicken rice soup is salty, the soup seemed like salty water with a bit of oil to pass as chicken soup; absolutely no taste of chicken whatsoever, and the chicken meat was dry as it was tasteless. The shrimp cup cakes are half decent. The fish sauce is too heavy. The shrimps taste like those imported from Vietnam, Thai, India, or Malaysia where too much preservatives are added. My friend's allergy broke out after eating these kinds of shrimps and she did after eating the cup cakes. We are at lost at the rave this restaurant gets. We thought the prices charged ($9 for the little bowl of chicken rice soup) would warrant that quality ingredients are used. We were sorely disappointed. More so because we were looking for reasons to be proud of as we are Vietnameses.
Absolutely delectable Vietnamese cuisine. Great service paired with an absolutely delicious menu and a cool vibe. My girlfriend took me here for my birthday and we had an absolutely phenomenal night! She's a keeper and Tamarine will always be remembered and considered for our special nights together! :)
Shaking Beef == cows in an earthquake?
I'd been planning to try Tamarine for quite a while, and it was well worth the wait. The service was very attentive and the waiter made excellent recommendations (though his suggested entrees happened to correspond to the most expensive items on the menu :P). The Mushroom Rolls made for a great appetizer, even though I hate mushrooms. And the two dishes that my date and I ordered -- the Ginger Caramelized Trout and the Shaking Beef -- were absolutely perfect. Extremely flavorful sauce and a nice crispy skin on the trout, and the beef was the epitome of tenderness and deliciousness. Our dessert, the sableuse, seemed a bit small but was very tasty. Kudos to the servers as well for keeping straight faces as they cleaned up our plates, upon which we had arranged the leftovers into smiley faces.
If there's one thing I could complain about, it would be that our table for two was extremely close to the two adjacent tables, so I'm sure we annoyed the heck out of the other diners with our inane chatter (the title of this review being a prime example). If there's two things, it was also a bit expensive, but, seriously, the food was fantastic and probably worth it.
When I walked into this place and looked around, I expected it to be one of those restaurants that was all atmosphere and no substance. I was wrong! The food was quite delicious! Service was a little slow, but I was with a large group and we were there on a Saturday night. Normally I'm not into Asian-fusion type of restaurants but I'm glad we tried this place out. This won't be a frequent choice as it is expensive for what it actually is, but the restaurant was definitely a pleasant surprise.
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