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“Better than ok” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #10 of 592 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $75
Cuisines: Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
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
Sydney, Australia
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Better than ok”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Nice restaurant. Dimly lit and maybe a little too dimly lit. Service was friendly food came out fast; probably a little too fast .

Quality was very good. We both had the whole baby barra which is very common on menus in fnq. One can only guess the chefs move around and steal the idea from each. Other.

Would willingly go again but not necessarily race back.

Thank MaKelly71
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English first
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Cairns”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

As a local Tamarind has remained my favorite restaurant not only in Cairns but throughout my travels world wide. The menu continues to evolve through a contemporary Asian cuisine. Staff are always friendly and professional. I continue to recommend Tamarind to friends and family when in Cairns.

2 Thank Kpp82
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Cairns Region, Australia
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337 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
“Breakfast PLUS, PLUS....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

This would have to the one of the most extensive ranges of Buffet Breakfasts I have ever been to. My mouth is watering already....the usual hot breakfast selection ie. Bacon, chipolatas, grilled tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and eggs...scrambled, fired, poached or whichever way you like them the staff are happy to have them prepared for you. That's not all... you also have a variety of cereals, fruits, yoghurts, coffee, teas, juices, fresh fruit, breads you can toast to your liking and the list goes on. Just go and dine in so you can see for yourself. You won't be dissappointed. Oh and .. if you don't want to have the buffet, Tamarind also has a Breakfast Menu available.

Visited March 2014
Thank LizzinCNS
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Melbourne, Australia
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80 reviews
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“Best spot in Cairns”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

Brilliant food, tantalising and extremely unique selections that tingles ur tastebuds ! loved the unique combinations and really good dessert selection. would definitely come back. highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Ash K
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Townsville, Australia
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Still a favourite.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

We love Tamarind and always dine here when we pass through Cairns. Once again we had a lovely dining experience. The food is innovative and beautifully presented. I really like that the chef will split the dish (if it works) when we share. The waitstaff are so professional and always welcoming and friendly. Great martinis and a very good wine list. This time we managed to resist dessert - but only just!

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