The Dim Sum Lunch at Tamarind Onboard Holland America’s Eurodam
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The Dim Sum Lunch at Tamarind Onboard Holland America’s Eurodam

We welcomed the new year of 2013 at sea on Holland America Line’s Eurodam.  The 7-day Western Caribbean cruise offered many terrific food and wine experiences. One of our favorite dinning experiences on the Eurodam  was dining in the Asian-inspired Tamarind Restaurant. While the dinner has a $15 per person cover charge, the  dim sum lunch — available by reservation only– is complimentary. Take a look:

Tamarind Restaurant, EurodamThe Tamarind Restaurant, found mid-ship on the uppermost deck on ms Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam — Holland America Line’s Signature-class ships — offers outstanding views and “cuisine that rivals the top restaurants on land” according to Condé Nast Traveler.

The Dim Sum Lunch is a set menu, but with multiple courses and tastes to delight nearly everyone. This is one easy dining experience — the only decision you have to make is which dessert to order.


hot & Sour soup The Dim Sum lunch begins with hot & sour soup. We wish we could order up a batch when we are home with a cold.


Szechuan Sesame SaladNext up: an Asian Szechuan Sesame Salad — too many crispy noodles on top, but underneath a nice salad.


dim sum, Tamarind, EurodamNow for the Dim Sum: four kinds of steamed dumplings – chicken, pork, vegetable and shrimp “shu Mai”. The fried pieces include a vegetable spring roll, a salmon roll, shrimp won ton stick and a spicy crab Rangoon.  All are served with four dipping sauces and a side of fried rice.


Pace yourself, because you wont want to miss dessert.


green team tiramisuThe most popular dessert is green tea tiramisu.


coconut ice creamCoconut ice cream is a delicious lighter alternative.


Tamarind RestaurantIf you want to have lunch in the Tamarind Restaurant on the Eurodam or Nieuw Amsterdam, you must reserve early, as soon as you get on board.  The best option for making reservations is to head to deck 11 mid-ship and meet the manager in person.

While dinner reservations can be made online before you board, lunch reservations can only be made on board. The restaurant is not open every day for lunch, so openings for lunch go quickly.

Have you dined in the Tamarind Restaurant?  What did you think? Please share below in comments. 

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  • Bridgette March 19, 2013, 1:12 pm

    Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

  • Lynn Patts February 13, 2014, 9:35 pm

    I was reading Yahoo news but didn’t read about you Bridgette. But I do need to purchase a shower gift and wonder if you have any Asian suggestions? If I give them a dim sum lunch reservation must the recipient actually be on the cruise? Or can they join the ship for the day?

  • Janis February 13, 2014, 10:35 pm

    You must be a guest sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam or Eurodam cruise ships to have lunch at the Tamarind.