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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding experience!

Brilliant, honest service and beautiful food. The red duck curry dish was divine. Don't hesitate to try this great restaurant :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Bartek R
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Brilliant, honest service and beautiful food. The red duck curry dish was divine. Don't hesitate to try this great restaurant :)

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Visit number (can't remember), 1st time I didn't have the duck curry. I had the vegetarian version, it was as good as the duck. My mates had entrees, that were exceptional. The dessert tasting plate was not on the menu, but our waitress and the kitchen was happy to accommodate our request, we were very happy with their efforts. Always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Read the Tripadvisor review that this place was awesome but we found it just standard Thai, nothing to rave about. Two dishes that tasted much the same.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Came here for our final night in Cairns expecting so much more than what we got. What I didn't realise is that, at the end of the day, this is a hotel restaurant. If I'd have know that, I doubt I would have booked at all. We did the 7 course degustation with the matching Wines. First issue, the first... More 

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Nick S, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this review

Dear Scot L, Many thanks for your feedback from your dining experience in July 2015. I was disappointed to hear that expectations were not met when you dined with us in Tamarind for your final evening in Cairns. I also appreciate you having taken the time to provide further specifics on where we could have improved with our food quality... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

"VERY" Friendly Staff Breakfast is Excellent Made even Better by Great Staff with emphasis on Customer Service. Special mention to Jessie & Cassandra Kass for Exceptional Customer Service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We had the Tasting Menu with matching wines. The food and wine was beautiful and the service exceptional. Would definitely eat here again.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Flavoursome and absolutely delicious food. Good ambience. Must try if you can do with a lousy service. Quite easily, the best thai food in Cairns region!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

From start to finish this was outstanding. We walked in on Friday night and although they were booked out found us a table as long as we were finished by 8.30. No problem. The waitress was knowledgable and courteous. Every dish explained as it was presented. Impeccable food. Had shares tasting plate. Melt in your mouth beef tataki, cured salmon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The degustation menu is to die for. I'm not usually a fan of the latest fads - gels and foams and suchlike..but in the skilled hands of this chef (or team) they contribute to the masterful flavour combinations that produce that 'party in the mouth' experience that's hard to find. Even the sorbet (carrot with an incredible yoghurt foam sprinkled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Hugh our waiter was superb with the right amount of attention given to us. The food was excellent and the new steak knives lived up to their price. I would like to congratulate all the staff on creating an excellent service.

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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 - 71
Cuisine: Asian, Thai, Contemporary, Fusion, Australian

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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 - 71
  • 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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