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“Something a bit odd about Tamarind”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
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Ranked #9 of 596 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $73
Cuisines: Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, 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 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
Canberra Australia
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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“Something a bit odd about Tamarind”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

The service we received at Tamarind was great but the food was a bit odd, and I'm not sure if it was in a good way. Their pork belly pancakes was a twist on peking duck but the rhubarb sauce was just strange. The pork belly main was also a bit wierd, more like a hunk of dried out pork than light crispsy pork belly. Having read the other reviews, we were disappoined by the fodd overall.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Delicious food. Quick service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner here and I had the chicken with salad and lotus crisps (yum). My partner had the Prawn dish with a mango and avocado salad and said that they were cooked to perfection.
Great ambience and friendly staff.
Allow $50-$100 per head for entree, dinner and a drink.
Book ahead as this place has received many food awards.

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Leonardtown, Maryland
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Another great meal and excellent service. The meal was fantastic, service friendly and staff cheerful. My wife and I love this restaurant and it continues to meet allof our expectations on each visit.

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Cairns, Australia
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A lovely Asian Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

This restaurant is one of the best in Cairns .Lovely atmosphere, good service and delicious food
It is in the CBD ,in the Casino building

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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40 reviews
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“Our best dining experience in Cairns”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

We kind of lucked into this restaurant because we were staying in the hotel where it is located and we were too tired to go elsewhere. But we were really glad we ate here because it ended up being the best meal we had in Cairns. It was Asian Fusion. Our appetizers were outstanding; my main was okay but my husband really loved his. He's vegetarian and there were a number of options that he was pleased with. The staff was great. Kind of regret that we did not get back to eat here again. We kept looking for other restaurants but nothing ended up matching Tamarind. Our total meal cost was around $100 AUD.

  • Visited September 2012
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