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AU$65 - AU$95
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Asian, Thai
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to enjoy a special restaurant for a special occasion and weren't disappointed. Tables are well spaced, the rain forest setting ambience is calming, service solicitous and the food is delicious. We enjoyed the two course à la carte @ $75 a head (including...a glass of wine). The combination of flavours in my entree of wagyu beef tataki and main of massaman slow cooked lamb curry were both subtle yet complex, and I savoured each succulent mouth full.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi boydj395, We are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience with us to celebrate your special day! The flavours of the dishes are punchy and delicious and the ambience is quite tranquil. We look forward to welcoming you back again...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous restaurant, beautiful surroundings make for very exotic seating arrangements, the running water is very calming. The staff are very friendly and efficient. We ate at this restaurant twice, it is a very special place and the quality of the food is excellent. Very reasonable...price and difficult to faultMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kilcullen, We are very happy to hear that you have thoroughly enjoyed your dining experiences with us time and again. We hope to welcome you to the restaurant again soon. Warm regards, Michelle Currie Restaurant Manager

Reviewed 7 November 2023

We were staying at the resort and took advantage of Spicers advertised special, which included dinner. The dinner package is 3-course a-la carte, normally $ 99 pp. The waitress offers (upsells) the upgrade to a banquet "for only $ 30pp more". We stuck to the...3-course, which had a good choice of about 4 or 5 of each entree, main and desserts. All dishes are delicious and well presented ; unlike last time we had dinner there, the mains came with a decent bowl of rice, so there was enough food. The Tamarind offers a lovely ambience and gives you different seating options : outside overlooking the garden (there are heaters), lounge style on the terrace or casual/formal inside. Staff are very much on the ball and friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good Afternoon Dirk, We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience at The Tamarind and took in the lovely view and outdoor area. It is a remarkable setting we have here. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Michelle Currie Restaurant Manager

Reviewed 1 August 2023

Our package included breakfast and a 3 course dinner or 4 course banquet for extra $$. The al a carte breakfast each morning was delicious and filling. For dinner we had the 3 couse al a carte dinner which was exceptional. Highly recommend the food.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2023

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and our wonderful breakfast and of course the dining experience at night. Thank you for the recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Tamarind in the...More

Reviewed 25 July 2023

Amazing food. We loved every bit of it and it was a lot. We sure left very full. Yum yum yum! Lovely staff and great ambience.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2023

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience here at The Tamarind. I will be sure to pass your lovely feedback along to our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Michelle Currie Restaurant Manager

Reviewed 16 April 2023

Our first time dining at tamarind and it did not disappoint! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome. We sat outside to have a drink before dinner. We chose a bottle of French rose and an Australian Shiraz, from an...extensive drinks menu, so something for everyone. It was so beautiful, with a fire pit alight, birds busy around us and the sun going down. We then went in for dinner and were seated at a gorgeous table overlooking the water feature and gardens. We felt like we were in a restaurant in Laos or Cambodia! The decor is gorgeous. We checked out the menu and decided on the 3 course A-La-carte menu as we wanted to try the whole crispy fish which wasn’t included in the banquet. We chose market sashimi and wagyu beef tataki for starters (we were literally drinking the sauce from the beef with our spoons)whole crispy fried fish and oanang curry of slow cooked beef cheeks for mains (with the two side dishes offered) and the sticky black rice and the pandan pannacotta for dessert. Oh, my, god! It was all absolutely fantastic! Fragrant with layers of flavour. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive and we enjoyed every minute of the night. Can’t wait to go back! I have attached some photosMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Ryan Dillon, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2023

Hey Jo! Thank you for your review and for coming in! So glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 19 February 2023

Our family visited Tamarind in January 2023, we’d heard great things about it and considering it has a cooking school next door, expectations were high. Firstly two of the entrees were great (baked tofu & duck salad), unfortunately that’s where it stopped. The curries, and...in fact all the main dishes were unbalanced - the very essence of Thai cooking! It was evident nobody has tasted the dishes, far too sweet, no depth of flavour, massive chunks of chilli in the curries yet none in the actual flavour base with vegetables overcooked and mushy, which was a consistent theme to the mains. The crispy fish did not live up to its name with the skin a soggy mess, paired again with an unbalanced, overly sweet sauce. The pork dish was inedible. The service was lacklustre at best and the sommelier pretentious and condescending. For the exorbitant price we walked out feeling terribly disappointed and annoyed nobody even asked about uneaten dishes. Total failure. Please don’t waste your money. It is not worthy.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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GoPlaces49969409266, Restaurant Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2023

Hi lindacS6633EW, Thank you for passing on your feedback with us. I am sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to expectations. I would like to discuss this further with you. Please call me on 0459 466 631 at your convenience. Warm...More

Reviewed 23 January 2023

We went as a party of 7 for my wife's birthday. For simplicity on behalf I of the group ordered the Banquet of 8 dished to be shared. It started well with a Coconut soup and then some lamb ribs, then the meal to a...turn for the worse, much worse. The remaining 5 savory dishes were all terrible. We ate the Desert as we were still hungry, and my wife doesn't eat sugar It was as if the Chef went home and left the dish washer to cook. The dishes were just stewed mess, without any depth to flavour. the fish dish was hardly touched , nor was the Eggplant Salad. The fish dish would be lucky to have 50g of protein in them. Had the Chef been there he would have seen the dishes come back untouched. When 2 of our party asked for the menu to order alternate food as it was that bad, you would have thought the chef would have been informed. There was no comments or questions from the kitchen. This used to get 5 stars from me.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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GoPlaces49969409266, Restaurant Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2023

Hi justcruizen, Thank you for letting us know about your experience. I am sorry to hear that it did not live up to past moments with us. I would like to discuss this further with you at your convenience. Please contact me on 0459 466...More

Reviewed 6 January 2023

Cocktails by the fire pit and kookaburras watching nearby as we relaxed prior to entering for incredible food, wine and service. Thank you for a fantastic, flavoursome evening. It was a delightful taste sensation and every dietary requirement was met by the amazing chef. Thank...you. Highly recommend and understand why you have such a great reputation.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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GoPlaces49969409266, Restaurant Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2023

Hi Marina S, We are happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time at The Tamarind Restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Warm regards, Michelle Currie

Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

Here is an idea. Sell a dinner and two hour drinks package to a local accommodation provider. Start the two hours at 6 pm before the quests arrive. Don’t tell the quests when it starts or finishes. Hit them up for all drinks after 8...pm and when challenged start talking about how you catered for dietary requirements. Truly a crap experience.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022 via mobile

Really disappointing. Had really high expectations. Setting was nice and the staff and service was spot on, but the food just doesn’t cut it. It’s been dumbed down to the lowest common denominator and any resemblance to Thai food is coincidental. The food lacked balance....The Sashmj was boring and all citrus. Yes, it’s Jopanese but not attempt was made to fusion it. The Mooloolaba Prawns were nothing special. The Vegetarian Curry was too sweet with no salt to balance it. The Mussels had a nice amount of sour but none of the dishes had actually seen a chilli. If you eat there let the kitchen know if you expect ANY amount of chilli to be added to the dishes. Deserts where pleasant but unremarkable. Probably the only area where they were authentically Thai. Yandini’s Spirit House and Noosa’s Bang Bang do this so much better.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022 via mobile

We waited 45 min for our table after sitting in the bar area. We had to ask for our table before they finally came to seat us. The waiter then tried to offer us a drinks menu over the food menu (which we had memorised...by this point). The menu offers nothing special in terms of Asian inspired cuisine and does not cater for many dietary requirements. After over ordering main meals we were told they did not provide take away containers for left over curries (even though the cooking school appears to be next door..?) This was hyped up and we could not understand why. Service was average, waiters pretty much apologising for the fact they work at this establishment. Can recommend The Long Apron if you are after a lovely meal in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 9 May 2022

My wife is a coeliac and booked the restaurant because it advertised most of the dishes were gluten free. False! The restaurant pays lip service to providing genuine gluten free meals. We ordered from the Al la carte menu but could find nothing that satisfied...the gluten free requirement. The restaurant did not have or use gluten free free soy or other sauces, only wheat based sauces. It claims to be an Asian inspired menu but it does not provided the main gluten free sauces used to cook the food. My wife eventually agreed to have a pork dish but couldn’t finish it. The pork was not tender, sliced in large chunks, accompanied by a stir fried book Choi (no sauce or condiments Were used). We mentioned this but the only response by the restaurant was that the chef would be informed! My wife is allergic to oysters, mussels, octopus etc so those items were ruled out and all other entree items had wheat in them even though they claimed to be gluten free. I only art the entrees. oysters were heavenly, but the others were terrible. the kingfish was sliced to thickly and came in a cream type sauce. The beef was covered in a sticky tasteless glue and the octopus was chewy. My mouth and tongue reacted badly to the kingfish as the sensation of numbness removed all semblance of flavor. Again the waiter gave no explanation other then to say he would inform the chef. My wife had to wait 1hour and 55 minutes for her pork. Service was dilatory and certainly below standard for a restaurant that charges $110 per person and $22 for a cocktail. The surroundings are however, very pleasant but with food and service not up to its reputation, we left feeling depressed, disappointed and a trifle sad. As seniors who only want value for money we have been disillusioned by a restaurant that promised so much but gave so little.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

Although awarded five stars by others we cannot agree. It does have a lovely setting and Balinese ambience. However a much anticipated evening was ruined because this restaurant does not genuinely understand what is meant by gluten free’. It turned out none of the dishes...labelled GF had GF sauces so were only suitable for the rare person who eats GF by choice. On top of being a coeliac, I admit to other issues and not being easy to feed. However this menu would not suit any person who can’t eat GF and the restaurant did not understand this. In addition while it is fine to have a pre dinner drink, no food was offered and it was some time before we were seated ( it was not that busy). Eventually after arriving on time for 6.45, I ate at nearly 8.30. Other issues including these I have conveyed to the restaurant directlyMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022 via mobile

Absolutely exquisite food! We had a beautiful evening here with attentive and professional service, amazing food and a lovely ambiance. Cannot recommend more highly

Date of visit: April 2022
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