Founded in 1981, Tambuah Mas is one of Singapore’s oldest Indonesian restaurants serving authentic Indonesian cuisine.
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Tanglin Shopping Centre , 19 Tanglin Road 247909
Tel 6733 3333
Marina Square , 6 Raffles Boulevard 039594
Tel 6336 8911
Paragon , 290 Orchard Road 238859
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Great and reasonable
Met a friend for dinner at tambuah mas on a Friday and was pleasantly surprised that the Tanglin shopping centre outlet was pretty quiet and empty, which means we were able to have a nice catch up.
For the two of us, we ordered their specialty which is the tauhu telor, beef rendang, fried baby sotong, a fish (can't remember which one), otah otah and a plate of vegetables . We were not confident of finishing everything as we over ordered. No choice as we really wanted to order everything.
My favourite is the tauhu telor where the sauce blended so well with the egg and tauhu. The best tauhu telor I've ever had! The beef rendang was really good too. In fact, everything that we ordered were delicious. Not sure if we were in luck or that they are really good at preparing their dishes.
The bill came up to about 60 for both of us, including drinks and a bowl of dessert. Considering the amount of food we ordered, the price was definitely reasonable. In case you are wondering if we managed to finish all the food, we did eventually. No reason not to..
Amazing Indonesia food
I'm a sucker for Indonesian food. IMO it's the best cuisine you indulge yourself in every once in awhile and just go all out. Tambuah Mas is THE place to go whenever this is the case.
A definite must-not-miss at Tambuah Mas is the Tahu Telor. A dish that isn't very popular or available in many Indonesian restaurants, and even if its available it's badly done. Deceptively simple, the Tahu telor is actually difficult to get right. The dish is a fluffy tower of crispy fried egg and beancurd dressed with cucumber julienne drizzled with a generous serving of wildly addictive sweet & spicy gravy. The result: crunchy yet chewy, sweet yet spicy; the amount of flavour and texture that the Tahu telor packs is heavenly.
The quality of the rest of the food is great too; dishes of Sambal Kangkong, Rendang, Sayuh Lodeh were delicious. Needless to say, there's no shortage of good food at Tambuah Mas. Another pleasant surprise was the food came fairly quickly despite the lunch hour and not too expensive either.
Great for a once a year treat
I used to have an annual ritual when my wife used to organise a Mother's Day lunch at the Tanglin branch for her mom and family. Eating there is not something that I would do on a regular basis purely from a monetary point of view.
I have absolutely no complaints about the quality of the food. They are all top notch. I do look forward to the Assam Fish Head. I think it is utterly divine. Thankfully, they serve a rather potent "Tapai" a fermented dessert to help me get a little more at ease when it comes to settling the bills afterwards.
Worth every penny
Before the Marina Square branch closed and moved away, it had been monthly visits to Tambuah Mas for Hubbs and me. Practically everything on the menu agrees with us. Tauhu telur, Singkong santan, Satay, Ikan pepes, Es Apokat always gets Hubbs goggle eyed and me dabbing my mouth for drool.
Tauhu telur is basically bean curd deep fried with egg in a circular basket so that it emerges in a tidy golden ring. Stuffed with cucumber strips and drizzled with sweet sauce, it's always a pleasure to eat it HOT from the kitchen. Singkong santan is tapioca leaves swimming in a bowl of coconut gravy. They get the balance so right here, the vegetable is not overly cooked until it is bitter and the coconut gravy is not to thick either.
I have the impression that their Satay is cooked on a flat stove instead of a grill over fire. The meat is juicy and is really "fluffy" for lack of a better word. You know how sometimes grilled satay comes away looking flat and lifeless? It's the exact opposite. Yums. Ikan pepes is what we normally refer to Otah-otah. It's spicy minced fish paste wrapped in banana leaf and grilled. It's moist and flavorful after the banana leaf infuses it's smell into the minced fish paste. Amazing!
What else than a good dessert to end the meal with? Es Apokat is avocado smoothie which is not cloyingly sweet and refreshing to the palate. Being a fruit drink, it's a comforting thought that we have consumed something "healthy" after all the rich food. ^^
Simply money well-spent, I say!
The ambiance of the place when I first stepped into the restaurant was more of a modern Indonesian high end restaurant with its fine dining pieces and booth chairs. I was very impressed at the cleanliness and the efficiency of the place because even at crowded times the quality of the service is maintained at its best.
The waiter and waitresses that served us were very patient when explaining the menu to us, detailing on what we should try and what level of spice every dish had. The rice was served by portions and it was very generous. We ordered a few side dishes, and were very pleasantly satisfied. Upon asking for more serving of rice, we were also served promptly. The food was served to us when it was still hot, and we had one of the best Indonesian food at this particular restaurant. Although the cost of the whole meal was a little pricey for the small amount that we had ordered and eaten, it was no doubt that the portions that they served were more generous than usual. The food was a little too spicy for my personal liking though because I am not one who is tolerant of the spice, however, I very much loved how everything tasted and would definitely go back again to have another go at the food, perhaps I would order it a little less spicy this time. I must say though that the chilli, is really just perfect.
No one can ever resist the temptation
Never been to Indonesia to try its famous delicacies? Envious that your fiends have tried each mouth-watering delicacies and they just can't stop bragging about it? Fret not, because now you can have the same delicacies, same taste and originality in Singapore. Just make a trip down to Paragon Shopping Mall and hunt down for this Indonesian restaurant named 'Tambuah Mas', which literally translates into 'Add second serving please'
Let's start with the most popular delicate offered: the famous Gado Gado ( Indonesian Salad with peanut sauce), costing $6 per plate. What's so good about this dish is that it's so unique and different from any other salad. The original Gado Gado has potato, bean sprouts, lettuce, hard boiled egg and cracker as the main ingredients, definitely not forgetting the peanut sauce.
A great tip that I tried by myself, after you stir all the ingredients evenly, you can pour some sweet soya sauce on top of it to enhance the flavor. Amazingly, it works.
Another dish recommendation is the tahu telor, costing around $8-$9 per plate. It is basically egg bean curd. It may seem and sound simple but the chef is talented enough to transform this simple dish into a beautiful one. When you have your first bite, you can taste the crispness of the bean curd skin ( it is fried) and the tenderness of the combination of beancurd and eggs itself.
And last but not least, I would recommend 'sop buntut' which means ox tail soup. For those who are health conscious, this might not be the best choice because of the high content of oil and fats in this dish. The ox tail is marinated for a period of time before it can be cooked with the soup. Nevertheless, this shouldn't be given a miss.
This restaurant is a great place for reunion, special occasions or even just casual dining in. The ambience is cosy and you will feel as if you are in Indonesia.
homemade styled indonesian cuisine
Last year, our Company held a pre-Christmas dinner gathering at Tambuah Mas Indonesian restaurant at Paragon Orchard.
When I stepped into the restaurant, the warmth ambiance; the lighting glow and the smell of spice and fragrance really impressed us and triggered our stomach. There are 3 types of fish ordered, but I only can recall 2 types. ‘Kepala Ikan Istimewa’ – we used to call assam curry fish head. The gravy was sedap, but the fish was not really fresh, slight fishy. However, the sour & spicy tastes of the gravy had covered up the weak point, so it was not too bad. The dish that caught my attention was a deep fried whole red fish, it should be ‘Ikan Nila Goreng’ if I’m not wrong. The fish was so well done & deeply fried that I keep focus my eyes on it! Fish was very fresh, sweet and tasty. Other Must-try dishes: ‘Tahu Telor’ – tofu with crispy fried egg, cucumber strips and topped with peanuts and spicy dark sweet sauce. ‘Beef Rendang’ - gravy is thick and flavorful, beef texture alright, not too tender or stiff. ‘Mixed Sate’ – mixture of chicken, lamb & beef satay. Prefer the chicken & lamb, the meat is well marinated and grilled, only the beef one is quite stiff.
The down sides are, ‘Ayam Goreng Istimewa’, ‘Sambal Sotong’ & ‘Sayur lodeh’. Chicken (ayam) is too dry, the sotong is so-so only, while the gravy for the latter is too dilute and plain.
Generous Serving yet Appetizing!
Their serving portion size is generous. That time when I was with my dad dining at paragon outlet, we ordered Tahu Telor, Satay, Grilled Sotong, and Beef Rendang. Given that its just two pax ordering 1 main and 3 entree, thinking that we can finish it.
However, when the four dishes came to our amaze, their serving portion is huge. It could fill 4 Pax! Nonetheless, we did enjoy the food! The Tahu Telor (Tofu) was fried to perfection! The outer later is crispy and thin, while the inner layer is soft! When you cut them into smaller pieces, you will be able to see the hot steam that is escaping from the Tahu Telor. It makes a great appetizer for tofu and peanut lovers! The Satay and Grilled Sotong was evenly grilled and their sauce was just prefect, as it isn't too salty or sweet. Moving to the main dish, Beef Rendang, the meat is tender and easy to chew. So don't worry about tough meat. What’s better is that you can use the sauce and to go with the rice, so as to enhanced the taste.
In all, I would say that not only does this restaurant's serving portion is generous; it is also worth the price as well
For Indonesian cuisine lovers!
For good and affordable Indonesian cuisine, do head down to Tambuah Mas and you will have a good meal there. I had a variety of dishes which included the famous tahu telor, gado-gado, kangkong belachan and sambal tempe. Tahu telor was charged at $9 which was reasonable considering the huge portion. I enjoyed the dish as the tahu was well fried with the necessary amount of garnishing and black sauce. One of the must-try dishes I must say. I’m not a fan of gado-gado so didn’t enjoy it that much. But my friends said it’s a dish you could give a miss as it wasn’t fantastic. I got feedback the gado gado at Bayang, Clark Quay was way better. Ikan Nila Goreng ($22) was fried fish with homemade sweet-spicy dark sauce. I expected the fish to be soaked in the sauce which would have made the fish taste better. Instead, the sauce came separately. Udang petai belado ($13.50) is another recommended dish. I’m a fan of prawns so had to order this dish. Stir fried prawns with petai beans in chilli paste. Prawns were fresh and the petai beans were fried just right. If you can’t take spice, do not order kankong belachan ($9). It was much better the kangkong at Balithai which was more sweet then spicy. They serve quite a variety of desserts options which include Es cendol kacang ($4.50), Es gula Melaka ($4.00) and Es teler ($5.50). A place worth going trying if you’re in town as they have an outlet at Paragon as well as Tanglin Mall.