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“Fabulous...but” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Songbirds in the Forest - Rainforest Retreat

Songbirds in the Forest - Rainforest Retreat
Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine, Queensland 4272, Australia
(07) 5545 2563
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Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Fabulous...but”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a fabulous restaurant in a magical setting. The menu is horrendously expensive and the portions are incredibly small. It's more like "food art" than an dining experience. The wine selection is good, but again very much overpriced. The service is good, but at the prices I would expect the staff to be a bit more attentive. Certainly go for the atmosphere but expect to pay probably 3 times what you would normally pay in a silver service restaurant for much more satisfying portions. We were seated outside without air-conditioning. I think our Queensland climate calls for air-conditioning and at those prices it should be a given.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Songbirds10, Owner at Songbirds in the Forest - Rainforest Retreat, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Firstly many thanks for your comments, especially on our ambience and our ' art food'. Songbirds relies on it's gorgeous rainforest setting and to provide air conditioning in an outdoor space we would have to close the whole restaurant in and that would ruin the ambience you experienced. Re our prices for food, if you check other restaurants of a similar quality that are also providing wonderful dining experiences you will find our prices are lower then most, especially our wine prices... in fairness you cannot compare them to bottle store prices. Our wines are especially chosen for their organic and bio dynamic qualities from vineyards that grow for passion and cannot be compared to profit driven, mass produced wines.
I appreciate your comment on sizes of our dishes especially if you are used to large meals, though I must share with you that our food is based on quality rather then quantity. Songbirds has been recognized Australia wide by both guests and food judges - our recent accolades include a hat from both AGFG and the Brisbane Good Food Guide. We are fortunate enough to have many return customers that understand and appreciate our 'food art' and our wine selection
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Cedar Creek, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Faultless in the Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Being fortunate to live in the area, we are able to visit Songbirds without the need to travel far, although I would if necessary.

This is a special occasion venue, not just because the food is supreme and the service outstanding, but because of the unique setting which is unequaled even by the stunning standards of Mt Tamborine.

Human nature being as it is, to visit Songbirds every week would surely dilute the feeling of peace and awe which overcomes every visitor as they make the final approach to the restaurant along the surreal rainforest driveway.

Our most recent experience here was for my partner's birthday, and again the dining experience was superb. Much of the food is grown organically on the premises, and the meticulous preparation and presentation of the dishes is truly world class.

Songbirds makes any occasion a special one.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Gourmet cuisine in Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Great setting in the rainforest - go for a garden walk before your meal and see the multiple sandstone sculptures. Fantastic service (thanks John) and excellent michelin star rated cuisine. Trent Davies, the chef, is hugely talented and a best kept secret. We didn't even look at the bill when it arrived - just happy to pay whatever it was for the wonderful all round experience.

Visited December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“An Experience to be Repeated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I have just returned from my 5th meal at Songbirds - spanning 4 years. Food excellent - looks a picture and tastes to be remembered. Service attentive and not overpowering. All of our party of 14 have voted to go back to Songbirds again ASAP! I noticed on the menu that the Chef was Trent Dawson - well done Trent and the SB team!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Truly magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Wonderful to see head chef Trent Dawson back at Songbirds in the last few months, Dining there is such a pleasure again - amazing food, relaxing atmosphere and efficient friendly staff.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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