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“Divine Food and Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 4030 8897
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Ranked #9 of 429 Restaurants in Cairns
Price range: $22 - $88
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Allow us to take you on a culinary journey with contemporary fusion of asian and western cuisine showcasing the best produce of Tropical North Queensland. Artefacts and exotic décor abound to create a restaurant ambience that is totally unique. This award winning restaurant recently won the "Best Fine Dining" category at the "2011 North Queensland - Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Association Awards for Excellence". In addition to this prestigious award, they also received an honorable mention in the "Wine List" category.
Airlie Beach, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Divine Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Whilst staying at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino we were told of how good this restaurant was and me not being a big fan of asian food we didnt dine there until our last night in the hotel. Well i can say what a mistake that was and i wish i had gone there every night the food and service was second to none you had to chase nothing there were always there to help and fill your water or get another drink whilst never being in your face.

The staff had a sound knowledge of the menu and wine and drink list they were highly experienced whilst being warm and friendly, i can honestly say this is one of the nicest 5 star restaurants i have eaten in.

I had the Sirlion Steak and it had a beautiful sauce and side items it was beautiful cooked to perfection and just divine i wish i had went there every-night and i can say when we are back there next time we will be indulging in dinner there at-least every second night.

I found the prices to very acceptable for a restaurant of this calibre and would highly recommend anyone who likes great food and great service to make the leap and have dinner there you wont be disappointed!!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vicki N, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this review, October 22, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review your Tamarind experience. Whilst it is a shame to hear we only got to welcome you once throughout your stay we are pleased to see we managed to exceed your expectations and look forward to welcoming you more frequently on your next stay. The Sirloin is indeed a beautiful dish and a great example of the world class produce our beautiful Atherton Tablelands has to offer.

See you next time.

Vicki Levin
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Cairns
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Went as two couples to have a slow yet pleasant dinner. Did Tamarind deliver - Yes! We all had the 5 course banquet with matching wines and it did not disappoint. The table was spacious and in a relaxed area allowing pleasant conversation. The service was personal and the meal courses nicely spaced. An Asian (with a few twists of flavours) experience that is up there with the best in Cairns. Recommend.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cairns, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Tamarind is tantalizing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

As locals we dont understand why it took us so long to visit Tamarind - we have only ever heard great things about the Restaurant ever since it opened.
We have already passed the word to our friends in Cairns
It was a very busy week night due to the Cairns Amateurs, however, all staff very
attentive and food fabulous - taste plate really gave us a taste of what was to come and we were not disappointed-the Duck Curry was superb! We will be back - in fact cannot
wait to try the Sunday Brunch!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vicki N, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this review, October 16, 2011
Thank you for your review Christine T. We look forward to welcoming you more regularly now you have discovered us and hope to see you at our Sunday Brunch on Sunday 30th October!

Kind regards
Vicki Levin
Restaurant Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Absolutely perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

I dined here with my family last Saturday for my birthday. I had read reviews on Tripadvisor and loved the menu. The food was absolutely amazing. The best food I have had in a long time! Our waitress Rebekah was fantastic. I work in the hospitality industry and it was refreshing to receive such professional and attentive service.
Thank you to everyone at Tamarind for such a wonderful night!! I will definitely be back and recommend you to my friends and family.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, wonderful service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

We ate here after reading other Trip Advisor reviews, and we weren't disappointed. The combinations of flavours were brilliant, beautifully cooked Asian fusions. Would recommend the mixed platter as a starter as it provided a great sample of the starters. For our mains we had the pork belly and swordfish, both really good meals especially the pork belly which was a generous portion. Also would suggest having the duck fat potatoes which were gorgeous. Service was great, and the staff uniforms matched the decor. This is a very good restaurant and deserves the reviews it gets.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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