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“Decent food, disappointing otherwise”

Flames of the Forest
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$145.76*
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Cairns Flames of the Forest Dining Experience
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Flames of the Forest transports you into a world beyond your imagination so relaxing and uplifting you will never want to leave. A completely intimate, natural experience set within the candle lit rainforest under a black silk canopy highlighted by crystal and budlight chandeliers, Flames of the Forest will create an unforgettable memory at an extraordinary venue. Tuesday and Thursday nights feature two local Aboriginal brothers sharing their remarkable culture with you during the evening. The performance features a cultural background, story telling, didgeridoo playing and song. The rainforest is the natural, authentic backdrop for this spiritual and mystical culture, a performance unique to Flames of the Forest, where you will learn about their timeless oral traditions. Saturday night is for the romantic at heart in this magical place. This intimate evening features a six course tropical tasting menu and quality Australian wines whilst being serenaded by our solo acoustic guitarist. Perfect for honeymooners, small wedding receptions and those seeking a unique dining experience, Flames of the Forest is truly food for the soul.
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Boston
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“Decent food, disappointing otherwise”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

We booked the flames of the forest "experience" for our honeymoon and we are both so incredibly disappointed. We were looking for an interesting and informative dining experience. We wanted to actually learn something about the Aboriginal culture and history. Instead we got an empty gimmicky,10 minute story about the duckbilled platipus and a mediocre, but overpriced meal with 10 strangers (very nice people, but we were not looking for a mixer). If you are looking for a group dinner in a nice forest setting with a tiny bit of a show, go for it, but if you are looking for something with cultural substance, avoid.

Visited October 2013
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Dear Phil R,

We are disappointed to read your experience did not meet your expectations, particularly when we can see so many people have such an incredible evening with us.

The platypus story is a very significant one to our Indigenous partners - a story that has come from the Dreamtime and been told by generations. The Indigenous content of the evening amounts to approximately one hour of the three hour experience and includes the initial welcome, didgeridoo playing, second welcome, storytelling with didgeridoo finished with Rob's beautiful singing accompanied by clapsticks and didge. The content provided is written by our indigenous partners and presented in a way which is culturally relevant and sensitive to them. There are many types of Indigenous experiences in our region - all of which are very different - in line with the many, many different clans traditions, practices and dress - so it is a shame ours was not what you were looking for.

The evening is a shared dining experience in line with the traditions of our partners and we do go to great lengths in our marketing to ensure our guests are aware they will be seated with others for the duration of the dinner. Our Rainforest Dining Experience on Saturday night offers private tables for two guests and is particularly popular with honeymoon couples.

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Hove
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“Beautiful Evening”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Really enjoyed this evening and very unique in my travel experiences. The food, wine and entertainment were very good. Just wished there was more didgeridoo playing while we ate, would have been a nice touch and another story, but it was still a great night.

The transfers went well, just a very memorable evening, can highly recommend.

I would say, that it's not really an evening for kids, seems more of an adult affair.

Visited October 2013
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear DebbieBridge,

What lovely photos! It's not the easiest venue to photograph however your shots of our fantastic Indigenous partners are great!

Thank you for taking the time to add your thoughts to our evening - we do review the Indigenous content each year and will consider your ideas regarding the storytelling and didge playing.

Thanks again, delighted you had such a great time.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Stunning location - overpriced”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Simply magical dining in the rainforest. What an experience!.

Food was ok but not great but not worth the price. It was recommended by resort staff. Was worth going to see what it was like. The story telling by the local brothers was too short and I was hoping for more. The coach service was great.

Visited October 2013
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Summer1965,

Thank you for taking the time to review your evening at Flames. We are delighted you enjoyed the story telling aspect of the night, and will certainly take on board your feeling that this part of the night was a little too short. We want to make sure we get the balance right!
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“Lovely evening”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

My fiance and I recently went to the Saturday evening dinner at Flames of the Forest. What an experience it was!

The bus transfers for us (staying at the Niramaya) was seamless to the 'secret' location, where we stepped out to enjoy the magical scenery on the short walk to 'the forest'. When we got there it was like stepping into a candlelit heaven! Newly engaged, it was a brilliant atmosphere for us both as we shared a table for two and it was all very romantic!

The food itself- It was good and I did enjoy the presentation of the dishes. The beef for me was a little overcooked and very dry, however I really enjoyed the trout and the crab tortellini was good. Sampling different food like crocodile was certainly a great talking point.

I'd recommend everyone go to Flames of the Forest, if not for the food (it may not be everyone's style/taste), but for the ambiance.

Staff were lovely- glass was never empty and they were friendly.

The gentleman singing for the night was a highlight for us- he was fantastic and made a point of coming over to each table to say hello during his break. A true gentleman and a great singer!

I'd also love to go back on a Tuesday or Thursday night for the Indigenous Cultural experience and sit at a shared table- will go back next trip!

Visited October 2013
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Casey H,

Congratulations on your recent engagement - how exciting to be celebrating in the tropics!

It is wonderful you found Flames to be magical - I certainly feel that way each time I go out there. I have also passed your comments on to Stu our guitarist on the evening. It is a nice touch when he gets around to speak to everyone on the night - he really does enjoy that part of his role!
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“Magic of the Flames”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the flames of the forest. On arrival the road was lit by fire and we followed a candle lit path to a nice reception and complimentary drinks.The setting for the meal was in the rain Forrest and lit by candles. We enjoyed the aboriginal show especially the tale of the duck bill platypus. The food was a selection crocodile mousse canapés, kangaroo loin, Fresh local tiger prawns, reef fish, chicken and Black Angus sirloin. Copious amounts of good red wine and beer were served with the meal. We met some nice Americans who we had a good laugh with. The staff were very friendly and attentative which added to a memorable experience. (Next trip Travelling onto Sydney )
Neil and Louise
Blackpool

Visited July 2013
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear carly64,

Thank you for joining us recently at Flames of the Forest. We are delighted you enjoyed the evening and have passed your kind comments on to our staff regarding their attentive service!
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