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“Dining in the restaurant or "overflow" area...”
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: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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 August 3, 2013

We visited the Tamarind last night after making reservations for 2 the week prior. The restaurant came recommended so we were eager to try it out. Unfortunately, on our arrival we where shown to our table which was clearly not part of the "main" restaurant but rather in a thoroughfare between the restaurant "proper" and what looked like an "overflow" area. This space is was totally deprived of ambiance, had harsh lighting and was generally unpleasant to dine in.

On request we did move us to a table (1 removed from the original) which took us out of the thoroughfare and on the edge of the "overflow hall" from where we had a lovely view of the restaurant itself some 15 meters away.

The food was reasonable and the service was competent and friendly but the night's experience was overall poor due to the lack of atmosphere in the area where we were seated.

We did mention this to the staff on paying for our food and drink and were told that at our next reservation (somewhat optimistic of them) we should mention that we wanted a table in the restaurant part of the premisses.

Perhaps they should mention equally that a reservation at the Tamarind means that your table will most likely be in the overflow hall. If this is where your table is, don't expect a romantic night out; you do better at a good pub...

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

As asian fusion goes, this place was something special. All of the dishes, be it the whole fried baby Baramundi to the scallops to the duck were delicious and beautifully presented. The service was also excellent, with the staff very pleasant and efficient.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

What a let down we did there early bird special a waist of $60 p/p. we had 2 pork belly and 1 chicken dish both OVER COOKED. pork was in a bowl it was like rubber and sauce just taste of star anise, chicken was just over cooked it had pulled away from the bone! I will say the rice was nice and veg
wait staff err for a classy restraint when you fill up some ones glass with a different wine get a new glass!! when asked how our meal was we said everything was over cooked when paying for it they just said oh sorry. this food should not of left the kitchen if your looking for a nice place to eat that's classy and foods nice try Ochre Restaurant

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had a delicious meal at Tamarind during our 3 day stay in Cairns. Not only was the food delicious but the service was really exceptional. Attentive without being overbearing and not at all pushy- quite refreshing!

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed last dinner in Cairns here ... Ambience is elegant casual, service is very good. Maitre d' keeps watchful eye and creates great sense of welcome. My prawns were either not fresh (ie frozen) or overcooked and beans were french rather than snake but this was slight jar on otherwise very good dish. My friend's lamb was much to her liking. The bottle of Tassie sparkling was super.

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Thank tassiejane
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