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“Wonderful Asian fusion combined with fine dining”
Review of Tamarind

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Mon, 27/09
Ranked #20 of 615 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$145
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, 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 14 August 2021 via mobile

Tamarind continues its position as the best fine dining restaurant in Cairns. The service is exemplary and the menu wide-ranging. There is a good wine list. There’s also a $120 degustation menu if you prefer.
We enjoyed the Moreton Bay Bug entree ( amazing sauces/accompaniments) and the duck liver cigar entree...lovely flavour.
For mains, a whole barramundi, and the Penang Duck curry were both brilliant. (I ordered a green papaya salad on the side which proved too much to tackle!)
We left room for dessert and coffee and staggered off to collapse in a food coma.
Prices are high but worth every cent . This is a terrific restaurant to celebrate a special occasion!

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank LynR209
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Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Staying at Pullman Reef Casino on a 3 day staycation. Had a wonderful dinner this evening at Tamarind where we have been many times over the last many years. We had a wonderful evening. Meals were so tasty and interesting and the service from our waiter Eason was impeccable. Thank you Eason for your very professional service.

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank redCairns_Australia
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Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

If you have an appreciation for fine wine and flavourful food.. this is the place for you! The food was just wonderful, the service impeccable and the atmosphere perfect for a special occasion. We started our honeymoon here and the staff surprised us with chocolate strawberries and a congratulations written in chocolate. We loced everything about Tamarind, even the bathrooms ooze luxury!

Date of visit: July 2021
Thank sarahlW666BM
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Reviewed 16 July 2021 via mobile

Exquisite restaurant, fine dining and the service was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal had been recommended by several different ppl. We ordered a tasting plate for entree (we’re NOT BIG eaters) was delicious and then had a main meal each

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank majorrus
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Reviewed 28 June 2021 via mobile

Food was delicious but such a tiny meal! There was a starter plate to share that was not even a mouthful each and it cost $44!!!
And my piece of salmon was so small it was maybe 4 bites. The fried rice was yummy.
We had planned on ordering the share desert plate but didn’t incase it was tiny too. What a huge disappointment!
Expensive and still hungry!

Date of visit: May 2021
Thank Simone L
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