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Ranked #9 of 591 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $73
Cuisines: Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We visited this place for dinner last night due to the raving views on trip adviser. Unless you love seafood and duck there is not a lot to choose from. I ordered the chicken dish which was 4 bits of fried chicken for $35.... Not what I expected! On the flip side my boyfriend loved it and it was the best duck curry he has ever had. Service was great.

Thank Alissa D
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Vicki L, Manager at Tamarind, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear Alissa,

Thank you for taking the time recently to review your experience with us at Tamarind. It is disappointing to read that our Asian Style Fried Chicken was not to your liking however we are pleased your boyfriend enjoyed our Penang Curry of Duck. It is one of our signature dishes and very popular with our regular diners.

We will be introducing some new seasonal dishes to our menu from next month and look forward to extending you a warm welcome you back to Tamarind to try Chef Paul Bowell's new creations.

Kind regards

Vicki Levin
Restaurant Manager
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Loved Tamarind”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Great food, great service, great ambiance and not too expensive. Food portions for main course were very generous, the duck was delicious, the tasting plate excellent and very friendly staff.

Visited October 2012
Thank Frances26_12
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Canberra Australia
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Something a bit odd about Tamarind”
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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Thank Xanthe_75
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4 reviews
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“Delicious food. Quick service”
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.

Thank Lovegoingonaholiday
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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”
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.

Thank P W
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