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Tamarind Hill is a refreshing haven among the myriad mediocre ethnic restaurants in New West (also located in North Van). Chef Robert Phua, formerly of Banana Leaf, brings authentic Malaysian flavours and throws in Indian and Indonesian influences for good measure. Green papaya mango salad tossed with jicama in a piquant dressing is a choice lead-in. Ordering seafood is a mix-and-match affair narrow your selection from an assortment of nine sauces and a list that ranges from King prawns to halibut filet. Fill your starch quota with Malaysian-style fried rice—chock full of shrimp, beef, egg, green beans, and tomatoes, it’s practically a meal in itself.

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