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Tamarind Tree - gone downhill


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Tamarind Tree - gone downhill

akq | Jul 14, 2008 10:25 AM

This weekend my SO and I went to TT - one of our favorite places for inexpensive, tasty vietnamese food. We hadn't been there for a few months and were really looking forward to it. We had to wait about 15 mins for a table (no problem) and were asked if we wanted to sit outside. Normally I'd say no, except that it was a very pleasant summer evening and inside ther resto was very loud. Turned out to be a big mistake - outside was even louder than inside due to the extremely loud waterfall and the large groups yelling over said waterfall's noise. Oh well.
It took about 5 mins to get menus, then another 15 mins to place our order - egg rolls, spicy seafood soup and hanoi pork platter, plus a guava martini for me (on the drinks menu, guava martini is gin, guava juice and lime juice). After about 10-15 mins, a runner drops off SO's noodles. Then about 5 mins later someone else drops off the egg rolls....and we wait and wait and wait for my food. Finally it comes out about 10 mins later - so a good 20-25 mins AFTER my SO's entree. Hmm. I told the waitress that I hadn't gotten the rice paper wrappers for my entree and my drink had never arrived. She told me that the hanoi pork platter doesn't come with wrappers and "have you ever ordered that here before?" In fact, I have ordered it - it's one of my favorite things on the menu and I've always gotten the wrappers with it. She says she will "bring the wrappers out for [me] anyway" in an extremely condescending tone. So a few minutes later I get my wrappers and the martini.
Martini is rimmed with what I assume to be sugar, so I lick a bit of it off and take a sip of my drink. Immediately my entire mouth begins to burn - my lips burn, my tounge burns - I am kind of freaking out because I cannot figure out what's going on...I wait for it to subside but it doesn't - I've completely burned my lips and tounge somehow...

I realize that maybe it's the drink - I look closer but no, it's just normal looking sugar or salt on the rim. I take another small lick and the burning starts again! What???
I ask my SO to try it and he confirms that there is something MEGAHOT in the salt on the rim (he LOVES hot things but this was overthetop, especially if you aren't expecting it because you ordered a sweet fruit cocktail). I flag the waitress down and she says - oh yeah, it's spicy salt. Umm, okay, but there was no mention of it anywhere on the menu, it's not so much spicy as MEGAHOT and it doesn't look any different than normal salt...she says, oh, if you don't like it, I can bring you one without it. Great, but that doesn't take the pain away - my lips and tounge hurt for the rest of the night.

All in all, the food was just okay, the service was horrible, and hiding something that hot in a sweet fruity cocktail is ridiculous. TT has been one of my favs for the last few years but I am in no hurry to return. Sheesh.

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