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Tamarind Cafe: Avoid at all costs

Once upon a time the Tamarind Cafe may have been a fabulous vegetarian restaurant however it's glory days are long gone and it is definitely not a vegetarian restaurant. Six members of my family ate there on Friday 13 March and of the several very disappointing dishes we ordered, two were totally inedible - in fact it was difficult to determine what the major ingredients of these two dishes were, one purported to be squid but from its texture and shape it was more likely to be pig rectum. The other dish was supposed to be pork - I find it difficult to describe the full horror of this 'dish' - it had some bones and it had some dry flaked substance that may have been meat. These two dishes were returned to the kitchen virtually untouched. We were offered a 10 percent discount but mostly we are hoping to forget this unpleasant experience as quickly as possible.

Mar 13, 2015

Tamarind Cafe: Great Vegetarian Foods & New Cuisine Viet Oppened

Building with 3 floors. Grand space and exactly Global Vegetarian. Area on the 2nd is Cusine Viet with multiple choices. They have 2 names at the same building and they served in 2 differences style. All look good. I love the pancake in the morning, was wonderful and can not find at any place in VIETNAM I bet.

Dec 11, 2014

Tamarind Cafe: Great Vegetarian Foods & New Cuisine Viet Oppened

Building with 3 floors. Grand space and exactly Global Vegetarian. Area on the 2nd is Cusine Viet with multiple choices. They have 2 names at the same building and they served in 2 differences style. All look good. I love the pancake in the morning, was wonderful and can not find at any place in VIETNAM I bet.

Dec 11, 2014

Tamarind Cafe: Contemporary Vegetarian Cuisine!

Virtuoso vegetarian food and a blend of fresh flavours bringing together Asian and European elements.

It opens from 6am to midnight and menus from USD2 to USD4.

Note: delivery and catering services available.

Favorite Dish One of the trendsetters on Ma May Street, the shakes and smoothies here are some of the best pick-me-ups in town.

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Apr 04, 2011
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Tamarind Cafe: Amazing dishes, even if you're not a veggie.

I'm not vegetarian but I went to this restaurant twice and both times were culinary experiences of deliciousness wrapped up in unique flavour combinations and a comfortable atmosphere - the menu even lists the available board games you can play while eating your way through the menu.
It's more expensive than other restaurants, but back in North America, food this original and delicious would have cost way more.

Favorite Dish I would recommend anynumber of the dishes, but definitely check out the peanut butter or wasabi flavoured mashed sweet potatoes, the teriyaki tofu sandwich, the desserts, and the malay quesadillas, which were so filling it took me way too long to finish them.

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Mar 09, 2007

Tamarind Cafe: Smoothies and Coffee Galore

Tamarind Cafe is the perfect place to take a break from all the shopping and sight-seeing. We lounged on throw pillows while we sipped smoothies and coffee, and ordered cake and ice cream, all to share of course.

Meat lovers be warned: it only serves vegetarian meals. This cafe best known for it's smoothies and fruit juices offers free wifi internet access and guide books on Vietnam are also available for browsing while you dine.

Tamarind Cafe is open from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily.

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Jun 29, 2006

Tamarind Cafe: Super Smoothies

Never actually ate in here but drank quite a few of their great shakes and smoothies. It is supposed to be one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi though.

Favorite Dish A smoothie called the Indian Cooler, flavoured with a mixture of friuts and ginger.

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Mar 18, 2004

Tamarind Cafe: Interesting takes on vegetarian food

This restaurant in the backpacker`s area is frequented by tourists mostly and is one of the more "expensive" restaurants in town. You can buy a delicious bowl of pho for US$.50 in restaurants around Hanoi & be full but at Tamarind prices are more tourist standard. Prices are in US$ (although you can pay in either US$ or VND). My friend & I had stuffed tomatoes, stuffed cucumbers with sticky rice, tofu with eggplant & tomato ragu, & mashed sweet potato (3 flavors: garlic, peanut, & wasabi). For dessert we ate a mango roll & sticky rice with mangos. (Can you tell we love mangos??). It was alot of food but everything was delicious. They have a wide variety of menu items & drinks (Don`t try the Indian Cooler-with ginger, papaya, & soy milk. Not good & it had no flavor).

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Tamarind Cafe: Easy Option for Breakfast and Meeting People

Western style vegetarian cafe/restaurant - comfy surrounds (lots of cushions!), decent music, great coffee. Usually had brekafast here (didn't eat main meals so cannot pass judgement).

Also has the enormous advantage of being the office for Handspan Adventure Travel - check their brochure while eating breakfast, compare notes with other travellers, then go book your trip. Handspan come highly recommended - a little more expensive than some, but high in quality and also tend to be smaller groups.

Favorite Dish Muesli was excellent.

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Jan 17, 2004

Tamarind Cafe in Hanoi: Tamarind Cafe in Hanoi

It's a vegetarian restaurant and offers the best vegetarian food I've ever had. Everything is fresh, innovatively prepared, wonderfully presented. The atmosphere of the place is relaxed, the design is very attractive, the service is perfect, you can play board games, listen to really good's a fantastic place. We found it the first night of our stay and went back every night while we were in Hanoi (and I'm already missing the place).

Favorite Dish Everything

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Getting to Tamarind Cafe


80 Ma May


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