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“Dining in the restaurant or "overflow" area...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
35/41 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
07 4030 8897
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Ranked #10 of 428 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, 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.
Cairns
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Dining in the restaurant or "overflow" area...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We visited the Tamarind last night after making reservations for 2 the week prior. The restaurant came recommended so we were eager to try it out. Unfortunately, on our arrival we where shown to our table which was clearly not part of the "main" restaurant but rather in a thoroughfare between the restaurant "proper" and what looked like an "overflow" area. This space is was totally deprived of ambiance, had harsh lighting and was generally unpleasant to dine in.

On request we did move us to a table (1 removed from the original) which took us out of the thoroughfare and on the edge of the "overflow hall" from where we had a lovely view of the restaurant itself some 15 meters away.

The food was reasonable and the service was competent and friendly but the night's experience was overall poor due to the lack of atmosphere in the area where we were seated.

We did mention this to the staff on paying for our food and drink and were told that at our next reservation (somewhat optimistic of them) we should mention that we wanted a table in the restaurant part of the premisses.

Perhaps they should mention equally that a reservation at the Tamarind means that your table will most likely be in the overflow hall. If this is where your table is, don't expect a romantic night out; you do better at a good pub...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“certainly not lacking in spice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

As asian fusion goes, this place was something special. All of the dishes, be it the whole fried baby Baramundi to the scallops to the duck were delicious and beautifully presented. The service was also excellent, with the staff very pleasant and efficient.

Visited July 2013
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Cairns, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“KEEP WALKING”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

What a let down we did there early bird special a waist of $60 p/p. we had 2 pork belly and 1 chicken dish both OVER COOKED. pork was in a bowl it was like rubber and sauce just taste of star anise, chicken was just over cooked it had pulled away from the bone! I will say the rice was nice and veg
wait staff err for a classy restraint when you fill up some ones glass with a different wine get a new glass!! when asked how our meal was we said everything was over cooked when paying for it they just said oh sorry. this food should not of left the kitchen if your looking for a nice place to eat that's classy and foods nice try Ochre Restaurant

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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South Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Exceptional service, outstanding food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had a delicious meal at Tamarind during our 3 day stay in Cairns. Not only was the food delicious but the service was really exceptional. Attentive without being overbearing and not at all pushy- quite refreshing!

Visited July 2013
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Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Quite a delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed last dinner in Cairns here ... Ambience is elegant casual, service is very good. Maitre d' keeps watchful eye and creates great sense of welcome. My prawns were either not fresh (ie frozen) or overcooked and beans were french rather than snake but this was slight jar on otherwise very good dish. My friend's lamb was much to her liking. The bottle of Tassie sparkling was super.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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