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“Phenomenal cuisine! Service impeccable.”

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: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, 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 1 April 2024 via mobile

We stumbled upon this fabulous eatery while walking in downtown Cairns and decided to give it a try. We didn’t have a reservation but that wasn’t an issue, they accepted us right away. The steak rib eye and chicken fried rice and potatoes were amazing. The deserts were a work of art, the texture and taste were out of this world! A highly recommend Tamarind!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2024

Dear RJB,

Thank you for the great review of our restaurant, we are glad you have enjoyed the food and service.
I will pass your comments to the team as I am sure they will be happy to hear.
We look forward serving you again soon.
Kind Regards
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO

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Reviewed 31 March 2024 via mobile

Unfortunately great expectations that didn’t deliver. Obviously understaffed for the night. Friendly but generally poor service by inexperienced staff. One waitress plonking dishes on table as she was so rushed. Scallop entree was cold. Whole fish was dry and generally lacking. Duck curry was ok. Steak dish was ok. Cheese platter was just awful. Worst cheese platter I’ve ever been served. It was like hide and seek finding any cheese. Over $500. Paid $200 more than worth. Average bistro quality at best.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2024

Dear FitzHour,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize that your dining experience did not meet your expectations and for any inconvenience caused by the service and quality of dishes you encountered during your visit.

We are truly disappointed to hear about the issues you faced with our service and food quality. Please know that this is not reflective of the standards we strive to uphold. We take your feedback seriously and will address these concerns with our team immediately to ensure that improvements are made in all aspects of our service and culinary offerings.
If you would be willing to provide further details about your experience, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we appreciate the opportunity to make things right.

Sincerely,
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO
miki.cugini@reefcasino.com.au

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Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

From the moment we arrived, we felt like we are in a different place.Good atmosphere and very friendly staff. The food had interesting flavors and presentation.
Will be back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2024

Dear Voyage,
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are proud to hear you have enjoyed food, service and looking forward serving you again soon.

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

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Reviewed 17 March 2024 via mobile

I was looking forward to my first dining experience at rhe Tamarind Restaurant. The service was slow and not the best (especially for the price). We ordered a bottle of red wine from the menu, only to be told 10 mins later that particular wine was not available. We then ordered duck curry from the menu, only to be advised it was not available. There is no choice but to have a 2 or 3 course menu which did not suit all of us at the table.

Date of visit: March 2024
Thank Linda M
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2024

Dear Linda,
I'm truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Tamarind Restaurant. It's disheartening to learn that the service fell short of expectations and that certain items from the menu were unavailable, especially during your first visit. We understand how frustrating it can be to encounter such issues, particularly when you're looking forward to enjoying a special dining experience.

Rest assured, your feedback is invaluable to us, and we will address these concerns with our team to ensure improvements are made in both service efficiency and menu availability. We appreciate you bringing these matters to our attention, as it allows us the opportunity to rectify any shortcomings and strive for a higher standard of excellence.

Sincerely,
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
PULLMAN REEF HOTEL CASINO

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Reviewed 29 February 2024

Food was great and service was really good.
Opened a new bottle of red wine for me.
And delivery of the meal was smooth, we did not have too long for the next course

Date of visit: January 2024
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Wayne Reynolds, General Manager at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2024

Dear dafnib,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
On behalf of the team at Tamarind, we are happy to hear you have enjoyed great food, wine and service.
We look forward serving you again soon.

Kind Regards
Miki Cugini
Food and Beverage Manager
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

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