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“Divine Food and Service”
Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
Ranked #11 of 635 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $75
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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
Reviewed October 16, 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!!

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Vicki N, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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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!

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Thank Christine T
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Vicki N, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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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.

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Thank pebs71
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