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Tamarind

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Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Australian, Asian fusion
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35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4030 8897
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6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within...
Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within The Reef Hotel Casino. Renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland, this award winning restaurant offers a contemporary menu of generously portioned, Asian fusion dishes that showcase the very best in regional produce. Uncompromising technique combines with seasonally selected ingredients to deliver the Tamarind vision of what great cuisine is. The awarded wine list presents over 100 old and new world varietals, carefully selected to complement menu flavours. The house cocktail list takes inspiration from mod-Asian ingredients to deliver bespoke creations, perfect for before or after. Thai artefacts highlight tasteful decor to establish an eclectic ambiance with understated character. Professional service with relaxed delivery completes the experience. Daily degustation menu with or without tailored wine pairings is a signature offering. Brisbane Times Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014 Australian Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014 Gourmet Wine Traveller, Wine List of the Year - One Goblet 2012 Restaurant and Catering Association - Awards for Excellence 2012
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent. A real local secret.

This is a intimate, fine dining restaurant. Enjoyable for dinner, but also for breakfast. My husband and I often eat here for breakfast, if we are in town (we live in Kuranda, so often stay over night in the city) or if we have a later start at work. We order off the a la carte menu rather than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Cairns, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
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Cairns, Australia
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a intimate, fine dining restaurant. Enjoyable for dinner, but also for breakfast. My husband and I often eat here for breakfast, if we are in town (we live in Kuranda, so often stay over night in the city) or if we have a later start at work. We order off the a la carte menu rather than the... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I consistently return to this restaurant because it's the best in Cairns. Every aspect be it food, wine and service - it's all good.

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Warragul, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

restaurant in midst of renovations so menu limited. enjoyed 6 small share meals...more than enough for 2. salmon was amazing as was the duck and pulled beef...left feeling fully satiated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very unique thai experience. Forget curries stir fries and rice. This Thai restaurants uses classic thai flavours incorporated into a fining dining menu. A highlight was the eye fillet. Definitely worth the money

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Port Douglas, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great place for dinner, impressive cocktail list and dinner menu. Good portions and reasonable price. Nice ambience, our waitress (French girl) was extremely friendly and attentive. Definitely we will come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This place does not offer traditional Thai. It us a kind of a fancy Thai style place. Food is tasty portions are small - more like fine Thai dining. Service is good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Having read other reviews, we felt drawn to Tamarind. We'd almost decided ahead of time that we couldn't go past the scallops entree, so both ordered that, and were not disappointed. The orange gastrique was heavenly, and we were both glad to be given spoons (without asking) so that we could savour every last drop. I would've liked to pick... More 

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Mossman, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

When staying at the casino get the breakfast included, eggs benedict at tamarind is well worth the money! Great way to start the day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fabulous breakfast menu. Great choices , lovely and clean restaurant. Staff were amazing. Fantastic way to start the day.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

After the depressing 'bling' of walking through the Reef Casino building, the subdued elegance of Tamarind was a welcome relief. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was five-star.

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Additional Information about Tamarind

Address: 35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4030 8897
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 75
Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Australian, Asian fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4030 8897

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 75
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Australian, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business

Description

Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within The Reef Hotel Casino. Renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland, this award winning restaurant offers a contemporary menu of generously portioned, Asian fusion dishes that showcase the very best in regional produce. Uncompromising technique combines with seasonally selected ingredients to deliver the Tamarind vision of what great cuisine is. The awarded wine list presents over 100 old and new world varietals, carefully selected to complement menu flavours. The house cocktail list takes inspiration from mod-Asian ingredients to deliver bespoke creations, perfect for before or after. Thai artefacts highlight tasteful decor to establish an eclectic ambiance with understated character. Professional service with relaxed delivery completes the experience. Daily degustation menu with or without tailored wine pairings is a signature offering. Brisbane Times Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014 Australian Good Food Guide - One Chefs Hat 2014 Gourmet Wine Traveller, Wine List of the Year - One Goblet 2012 Restaurant and Catering Association - Awards for Excellence 2012
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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