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“Amazing breakfast - bit pricey at $32”
Review of Tamarind

Ranked #18 of 644 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $151
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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 December 22, 2012

Amazing a la carte breakfast, nicely presented and good quality. Service was efficient and with a smile and great coffee too!

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I had the 5 course set menu. It was very filling and I loved all the different tastes and textures.the oysters could have been a little larger. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank Flowerdog
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

While this was a lovely restaurant with great service, I'm not convinced they have thought through the consistency of the experience they are giving. There's a suprise and delight moment at the beginning with a complimentary taste of a cold roll but for mains my husband had the duck curry $38 and then had to order a side of rice which was $6 extra. That to me just irritates when of course you are going to want rice with your curry. I had the fried chicken. It was nice but too greasy for the price you pay, you expect the grease to be minimal. A little disappointing.
Service was fantastic, a nice little touch with a chocolate square with the coffee but again, irritating to find out there's a surcharge on using a credit card to pay. Not Amex surcharge, credit card surcharge which just annoys you in a place where thousands of international tourists would pass through.
I think Tamarind needs to really think through the customer experience and remove those irritations because it's a very pricey restaurant for what you get compared to other places.

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2  Thank Caroline P
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Although the food was tasty enough, it was rather expensive for what you got. Toast and cereal for $20 odd dollars? Disappointed. Lunch and dinner maybe a different story, but breakfast leaves a lot to be desired.

Thank BucketListTicker
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

A great recommendation when we booked into the Cairns Reef Hotel. No idea what to expect but we were lucky enough to get a table. I'm gluten free so often I don't get the really great food. However this dining experience was brilliant,the food was amazing. The tea smoked King fish and the duck curry were delicious.

We took the degustation menu with matching wines which exceeded our expectation. Others had different dishes which looked great and we wished we could have come back for another dinner but didn't have time. We were able to use our Accor card which had given us some great dining experiences- value for money as we had our annual free night in the Reef Casino Hotel that night.

It was such a great dining experience in this marvellous region city in Far North Queensland.

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Thank AnnePicnictraveller
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