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Tamarind

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Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Fusion, Australian
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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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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
Best in cairns?

For a special occasion perhaps. Fantastic service, nice private restaurant with a sensible and inventive menu, priced a little above the norm but to a level you should expect. Recommend the king fish and the duck curry as well as the entree tasting platter of 3dishes. If you are staying at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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england
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  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

For a special occasion perhaps. Fantastic service, nice private restaurant with a sensible and inventive menu, priced a little above the norm but to a level you should expect. Recommend the king fish and the duck curry as well as the entree tasting platter of 3dishes. If you are staying at the Pullman reef you can charge to your room.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We got free breakfasts here since we were staying at the hotel, but we would have been happy to come here even if we hadn't been. The breakfast buffet was huge, with eggs, bacon, toast, muffins, potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, and so much more, including lots of juices and tea and coffee. They'll even make eggs to order, like omelettes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Can not fault this wonderful restaurant. From the moment we entered we were made to feel welcome. The atmosphere, service, decor, extensive menus and the food itself were all excellent. Will be back very soon!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Wow. I've eaten at Tamarind a few times now and have always left happier than when I arrived! The food is sublime; delightful and clever looking, and the flavours are off the hook!! I happily admit to going in just for the Cassava Pudding.. It is close to being my desert island dessert, and I've done a lot of taste... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Have been a few times with my lady and do not have a bad word to say about it... Great service, excellent food,care taken in food preparation, beautiful ambiance. A must to experience for yourself

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is one of the best dinning experiences my wife and I have had for a long time. The staff are very knowledgeable of everything that is presented to the table.The menu caters for a wide range of tastes and is lavish with each dish we ordered.The wine list is also extensive,but as always I'd like to see more straight... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This was the resturant i ate breakfasts at most days. you could pick from the smorgesboard .. hot .. cold. cereals panacota to die for . or do as i did.. selected off a menu for your hot food then had all the other part of the smorgesboard

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We booked for dinner for our family of four based on a recommendation by our hotel. Had high expectations based on the reviews we read and we were extremely pleased with every selection. The entrees were beyond wonderful both the ingredients, mix and presentation. The mains we simply the best we had in many many months. Service was extremely friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Staying in cairns solo, a friend recommended this as one of the best places to eat in Cairns. Well, she wasn't wrong! I walked in on a seemingly quiet Tuesday night, was seated straight away and ready to order. My waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgeably explained every detail on every dish that I ordered. Other wait staff were also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Visited with relatives from England and once again the food and service was quite simply outstanding which blew them away !

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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 11 - 69
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Fusion, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, 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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