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“Drinks package scam”

The Tamarind Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 75 Restaurants in Maleny
Price range: AU$65 - AU$95
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, The Tamarind Restaurant, brings a taste of Thailand to the foothills of Maleny. Set in a tranquil outdoor pavilion designed to make the most of the peaceful location, our in-house restaurant The Tamarind specialises in innovative modern Asian cuisine. Headed by Executive Chef Daniel Jarrett, the team have created a menu that allows every dish to be a harmonious balance of flavours that will leave your mouth watering and your stomach begging for more. Fully licensed with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. The Tamarind is open to both in-house guests and the public for lunch and dinner. Lunch - Friday to Sunday with Breakfast & Dinner - 7 days a week.
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.

Date of visit: October 2022
Thank bluemanna
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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.

Date of visit: July 2022
1  Thank RBH58
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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.

Date of visit: July 2022
1  Thank 409prudences
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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.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Thank f0rded
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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 directly

Date of visit: May 2022
Thank 713marilynf
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