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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
Delicious and elegant

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
JoyFlight101
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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Cairns, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The staff were attentive yet unobtrusive and the food was exceptional. I had the Roasted eye fillet for main and the Macadamia baklava for desert. Every mouthful was divine. There were so many other options that i would love to try so i will definitely be returning. One of the best dining experiences i have had.

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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We have Tamarind as one of our favourites for good reason, the whole dining experience has always been first class. The food, the service and atmosphere are consistently good and we have been semi-regulars for more than 10 years now. It's great for romantic dinners and special occasions, and you are always treated as a guest. The only criticism over... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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177 reviews 177 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner here recently and opted for the tasting menu with matching wines. The service was excellent, friendly and efficient. The food was creative, tasty and artfully presented. Unfortunately, the wines were poorly matched and did not complement the meal. The food was however, excellent and some of the best in Cairns. Worth going for a special occasion.

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Brisbane, Australia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A very good menu that is unlikely to displease anyone. Some may consider it expensive but, as is often the case,you get what you pay for. A very comprehensive wine list as well. It seems to be heavily booked on most nights so it is advisable to make a reservation well ahead. The service left nothing to be desired.

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Cairns, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

some time ago we had booked in for my wifes birthday as a birthday dinner present. WE waited 55 min for our mains to arrive. THe deep fried barramundi which is their signature dish left me wondering if I had been eating a main or a dessert. The sauce was so sweet and sticky, it covered all the goodness of... More 

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Nick S, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this review

Dear Roland Z, Many thanks for your feedback from your dining experience from last year July 2014. I was disappointed to hear that expectations were not met when you dined with us in Tamarind for your birthday evening celebration. I also appreciate you having taken the time to provide further specifics on where we could have improved with our food... More 

Cairns, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I have been to this restaurant a few times now and this last time was no different, it's consistently awesome. If it's for a romantic dinner with your partner or you want to squeeze a free meal from the boss or impress someone then this is the spot. I had the scallops for entree and amazing! Just amazing. Main I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The food is good. Everyone at our table of four enjoyed their meals. We dined here about a year ago and it is still good. The bookings however are poorly managed and you will be slotted in late to arrive and find an empty restaurant. After about 9pm the club starts either below or above it was hard tell and... More 

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Umina Beach, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Popped in for a bite to eat was not disappointed. Food and service was great. Left feeling full, content and wanting to come back tomorrow

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great service and ambience. Food exceeded all expectations with generous servings. Delicious seared scallops to start, then we had the pork three ways and Penang duck curry mains which were divine. For dessert tapioca pudding and chocolate terrine were difficult to fit bit worth trying. Very impressed - thank you Tamarind! I'll be back!

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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 - 76
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Australian, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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