Holland America Dining: Tamarind

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Holland America Cruise LineGraceful and relaxing.  These are the first words that come into my mind when I think about dining in the Tamarind Restaurant on the Holland America Eurodam.  Dining in the Tamarind is not just a meal but an experience to be savored next time you are on one of Holland America’s Signature Class ships!

Dinner at Tamarind, Holland America Eurodam

Our experience started with the presentation of warm towels and jasmine tea.    The jasmine flower floating serenely in the glass tea pot was a work of art.  I could feel myself relaxing and allowing myself to be taken away to a different place.

Beautiful Jasmine tea, dinner at Tamarind, MS Eurodam

From the moment that we arrived, the service in the Tamarind was outstanding.  The servers took the time to get to know us, to find out our names and where we have come from. They were extremely knowledgeable about the dishes and the countries where they come from.



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Our favorite dish from the first course was the Chicken Pho soup.  It had rice noodles with coconut milk, lime and cilantro.  The flavors were vibrant and it reminded me a lot of some of the great soups that we ate while we were in Thailand.

Dinner at Tamarind, MS Eurodam (Chicken Pho Soup, yum!)

The imaginative trio of spring rolls that came next did a delicate dance of flavor and texture in my mouth.

Spring roll assortment, appetizer, dinner at Tamarind on our Holland America cruise

The sushi is made fresh in the restaurant and it was simple and well prepared with high quality ingredients.  The selections of sushi were basic, beginner friendly selections of sushi, meant to be enjoyed by sushi aficionados and the uninitiated alike.

Sushi at the Tamarind Grill on our Holland America cruise

The Red Curry that I ate for my entree was flavorful but not spicy (I think it had been tamed down for European taste buds).  I still very much enjoyed it, though if you are hoping for more spice, you might have to make a special request.

Red Chicken Curry at the Tamarind Restaurant on out Holland America Cruise

Szechuan Shrimp at the Tamarind on Holland America

I had a delightful little scoop of chocolate ice cream infused with chiles for dessert.  I had heard of the chocolate/chile trend before, but had never really understood it until I felt the two flavors combine in my mouth.  The cold, sweet flavor of the chocolate ice cream mingling with the warm, spicy flavor of the chiles is really just something that you have to experience in your own mouth!

Ginger Chocolate Mouse at the Tamarind on Holland America


Tempura Ice Cream at the Tamarind, Holland America

The Tamarind is a MUST if it is available on your next Holland America cruise…no “ifs”, “ands” or “buts” about it!

Holland America generously provided us with dinner for two in Tamarind.  All thoughts and opinions are always my own.

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Holland America Dining: Tamarind

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  1. Really enjoyed your article. The wife and I are huge fans of Holland America Line. We are 3 star Mariners and always enjoy sailing on HAL. We have sailed on the MS Eurodam many times and really enjoy the Tamarind. You can follow me on Twitter @scottlara1961 and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/scottlara1961/

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    Scott Lara November 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm #
    • This was our first Holland America cruise, and we enjoyed it very much. Life on the ship was a change of pace from other cruise lines that we have been on, but the experience was relaxing and enjoyable and the food was AMAZING! Can’t wait to sail on another HAL ship soon!

      Shanna November 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm #
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