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“Don’t miss this dining experience ”

Tamarind Restaurant
Ranked #35 of 766 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: AU$30 - AU$200
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The pinnacle of dining at The Reef Hotel Casino is the world renowned Tamarind Restaurant. With a coveted Chef Hat award and a recipient of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards continent winner for Fusion Cuisine in Australia and Oceania, Tamarind is celebrated as Cairns’ most awarded restaurant. Treasured by locals for special occasions, Tamarind is elegant and exceptional with its exquisite dishes handcrafted from the freshest local produce. The setting, a low-lit dining room with crisp white linen tablecloths, the gentle glow of light reflecting on the timber walls, creates a sophisticated, enchanting ambience for any evening celebration. Tamarind offer a delectable menu of ‘Australian Freestyle’ cuisine. The chefs embrace cooking styles and techniques from an array of cultures. This brigade de cuisine, with their passion for food, creates a culinary experience to savour. Changing seasonally to align with the season’s harvest, the menu at Tamarind boasts only the finest in local
Reviewed 22 October 2023

We went to Tamarind as it was recommended by a friend. Great food, service, location and value. I would definitely go back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

Dear Jdonnac,

Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you.
I will pass your comments to the team, they will be glad to hear. Looking forward serving you again soon.

Kind Regards,

Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL & CASINO

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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Delicious food served by friendly staff that went out their way to make sure everything was perfect. The decor was tasteful and the restaurant was comfortable and immaculate. The menu had lots of options and everything we tried was great including the extensive wine list.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank Roz1965
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Dear Roz,

Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you.
I will pass your comments to the team, they will be glad to hear. Looking forward serving you again soon.

Kind Regards,

Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL & CASINO

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Reviewed 11 October 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is worthy of the hype. Service is A+. Menu delightful incredible value for money with a 2 course or 3 course option. We opted for a 2 course and wow the pork belly was spectacular and the duck fat potatoes soooo good. We had the signature dessert and cheese platter again flavour plus. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Date of visit: October 2023
Thank Julia M
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2023

Dear Julia,

Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind, we are thankful you choose to spend your occasion with us, and proud that it was a memorable one and that the team took such good care of you.
I will pass your comments to the kitchen in regards to the food, as we have only recently launched our new menu, they will be glad to hear.

Kind Regards,

Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL & CASINO

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Reviewed 3 October 2023 via mobile

Nicolas was amazing. We asked him to pair our wine dinner and it was flawless! Thank you so much and a wonderful special treat to myself and fiancè, who’s birthday it was. Very special. Thank you Nicolas and team

Date of visit: October 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2023

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we could not be happier and will pass the lovely note to Nicolas and the team.

Looking forward serving you again.

Kind Regards
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL & CASINO

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Reviewed 2 October 2023

Very dissapointing. We made reservations online. On arrival they wanted to seat us in the very drab entrance hall where you had a view of the lovely restaurant down the corridor ! WTF why be so greedy to seat more people in this inferior area?
After the waiter first had to go away and consult the manager, we were seated at a lovely table by the window. Lovely interior, friendly waitress, although a bit awkard and very unsure at times. The food needed seasoning. Halfway through our mains a random waiter came and asked our table and tables around us if the food needed salt and gave us two grinders ??? The food was overall boring, lacking much flavour. The chicken & shitake dumplings had no shitake flavour served in packet miso broth. The steaks were okay but not presented well with dangling bits of sinew and fat and the bone marrow bones still pieces of dried sinew stuck to it. So strange for the standard this restaurant claims. The tarragon hash was oily and did not taste of any tarragon. The dessert….Macadamia & Coffee- was almost as if there was nothing on the plate, just small piping spots. I have no idea why this restaurant has any awards and many positive reviews on here.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2023

Dear JudgeDreadd,

Thank you for the detailed review of Tamarind Restaurant, rest assured I have shared with the rest of the team in regards to food and service and we will utilize your words of advice to improve our service and offering.

On a positive note, I am glad that the team managed to change your table to one which suited you better.

Kind Regards
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL & CASINO

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