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“Fantastic Food”

Flames of the Forest
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$156.47*
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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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Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic setting with amazing food. The story telling was very interesting and the information about the musical instruments from how they were made to the purpose of them. Torrential rain at the beginning disrupted the flow a little as the welcoming drinks and snacks couldn't be done outside as the people arrived. Mixed tables was very enjoyable and gave chance to meet new people.

1  Thank Highland81
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2013

Dear Highland81,

Rain rain!!! Glad to hear the rain did not disrupt your evening too much and that you enjoyed the food and company. We have recently included the history of indigenous instruments so are delighted to hear you enjoyed this new aspect of the evening!

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We had initially booked for a Tuesday evening performance, but then were notified that the bookings were low and we could either reschedule for that Thursday or get a refund (I think it's the beginning of the slow season in Port Douglas). We opted to rescheduled and despite the rain, the show still took place. The venue was beautiful, tucked into the middle of the rainforest.

Our shuttle ride over to the event had some guests aboard that were already drunk and belligerent. They even had the shuttle stop twice to use the bathroom - one time being on the side of the road! They were loud, disrespectful, and even smoking pot at the venue itself. Nothing was done to quiet them down and to have them behave in an orderly manner. You could tell the waitstaff was treading cautiously as they didn't know what to do with them as was the shuttle driver.

We were aware that there was group seating and had no problems with that. The food was good - there were many options, but mainly all meat! It would have been nice to have a side dish or two to balance the amount of meat/seafood.

The reason we even booked this event, was to be able to experience the Aboriginal culture in an authentic way, as it was advertised. So we dealt with the rainy weather, the crazy patrons on the shuttle and the slow start to the evening. BUT..... we were disappointed with how short the actual performance(s) were. I know in previous responses to reviews, they claim the performance time equaled about an hour, but that was definitely not the case. It was a few minutes here and there, and then at the end - a total of 10 minutes - with a total performance time of MAYBE 30 minutes. At the beginning, one of the brothers did a very short and brief introduction, leading you to believe there was to be great expectations for the rest of the evening. The whole evening, they built it up that the show was coming at the end, stay tuned, it'll be a great experience, etc etc - so when it finally happened, it ended before it barely began! I believe the two brothers took more time taking pictures with guests than they actually did performing.

For $212/person - you didn't get what you paid for. It would be more appropriately priced at $100/person, if the show remains the same. The marketing on the site as well as their brochures all give the impression that you are getting a full cultural experience, but I think I experienced more of their culture by just reading the content on their website! If I could do it again, I would have opted to spend those 4 hours differently on the limited vacation time we had left.

3  Thank Circa2004
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Circa2004,

Thank you for taking the time to send your feedback regarding your evening at Flames of the Forest. We are delighted you enjoyed our beautiful venue and the extensive menu despite Mother Nature turning on a bit of rain for the forest! It is indeed our quiet time in Port Douglas at the moment and we appreciate your flexibility in changing nights.

The past few weeks have seen us working with our indigenous partners to increase the content of the show in light of recent reviews. It is wonderful that guests are so interested in the history, stories and music of our ancient culture and we are working to make this content more of a feature for guests to take away with them.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

I consider myself a bit of a gourmand, and so I was really looking forward to this dinner during my stay in Port Douglas, even more so than the Aboriginal culture side of the evening (which I also enjoy immersing myself in). Despite the weather (raining) the staff were very accommodating and it didn't get in the way of the evening (except for the short walk from the bus to the gazebo, for which the staff provided umbrellas.) The food did not disappoint - There was plenty of food to share around with the ten people sat at each table, and each dish was absolutely delicious. I wouldn't recommend it for vegetarians! Kangaroo, Chicken, Wagyu beef, fish, prawns, as well as salad and then a pavlova for dessert...the only downside was I do feel it was slightly overpriced - I would have liked more Indigenous input (they only told one story). Overall can't fault the food or location, culture was great but would have liked more.

2  Thank estewart89
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear estewart89,

Thank you for providing such lovely feedback on our food and unique location - it is certainly different to dine in a forest! It is wonderful you enjoyed the menu - we do cater separately for vegetarians so if you have any friends wanting to visit us, fear not, our Chef does some sensational vegetarian meals!

We are delighted you enjoyed the indigenous content. Over the past few weeks we have been working with our cultural partners based on feedback such as yours which highlights the wish to hear more about this wonderful culture - it is great to read there is so much interest and desire to take home more knowledge!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The atmosphere was breathtaking! Nothing I can say can capture how beautiful it was! The music was beautiful and the food/wine was delicious!

We didn't care for the dessert but we were so full by then that it didn't really matter.

My only complaint was that by the time they were done serving dinner they played one song and that was it - no timing for dancing :-(

1  Thank Erica W
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Erica W,

It is fantastic you found Flames to be so beautiful - thank you for sharing your thoughts! We are delighted you enjoyed the food and our lovely guitarist Stu. Usually we have a little time at the end for those who want to get up and dance so I will check on our running times.

Thank you again for your feedback, we hope to see you in our part of the world again!

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

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.

2  Thank Phil R
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Natalie J, General Manager at Flames of the Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 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.

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback for our review.

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