12 Jan 2011

Holidays in Cairns Day III continue... Tamarind Restaurant

27 Dec 2010

35/41 Wharf Street
Cairns QLD 4870
(07) 4030 8897


Mon to Fri - 6:30am to 10:00am
Sat to Sun - 6:30am to 10:30am

Mon to Sun - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

"Tamarind is the signature restaurant of the Reef Hotel Casino offering a contemporary fusion of Asian and Western Cuisine.

Thai artefacts and exotic décor abound to create a Restaurant ambience that is totally unique.
This Award Winning Restaurant was recently pronounced the 'Best Fine Dining Restaurant Of The Year' at the 2009 Regional Restaurant and Catering Queensland Awards For Excellence. This accolade follows on from the 'Restaurant Of The Year 2008' Award.

Tamarind was honoured at the 2009 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence, being named
The Winner of the 'Best Prestige Restaurant' category.

Sous Chef Paul Bowell has developed an exciting menu changing regularly to reflect the seasons and embracing the freshest of regional produce. The unswerving dedication of Tamarind staff's pursuit of exceptional service coupled with an impressive and carefully selected Australian wine list complement the Cuisine to create a truly sensory dining experience."

Tom Yum Gai Hot  & Sour Soup $14
poached chicken, mung bean sprouts, Asian herbs

Tamarind Taster Plate for Two $38
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
tofu, peanuts, pickled vegetables, lime and ginger dipping sauce

Tea Smoked Char Sui Duck Breast
Asian coconut coleslaw, tom yum mayonnaise, apple, soy & ginger dipping sauce

Salad of King Prawn and Blue Swimmer Crab
carpaccio of watermelon, lime salt 

Japanese Scallop with Lime & Ricotta Puree
beetroot, orange & pomegranate dressing

Singapore Style Squid $34
chilli shrimp filling, prawn & mushroom wonton, steamed greens, coconut sauce

Whole Crispy Baby Barramundi $37
tamarind, chilli & garlic sauce

Tamarind Desert Plate $24
Sweet Fried Cigar
baileys pastry cream filling, fresh lime zest, blood plum  & citrus dipping sauce, 
pair with the Innocent Bystander Moscato for a perfect finish

Miniature Kaffir Lime Brulee
 peanut biscuits

Grape & Lychee Jelly

Homemade Ice-Cream
ginger and coconut ice-cream

Tamarind is one of the most awarded restaurants
and without doubt one of the best restaurants in Cairns.
At least it's the best we've tried during the six days we stayed in Cairns.

It's located on the ground floor of The Reef Casino which was a must try place for us as we
were staying in the hotel.
The restaurant offers contemporary food with Asian influences and 

their chef sources seasonal produce locally, like their
signature dish of Baby Barramundi.
I ordered the dish as main course and I loved the presentation.

The fish was crispy outside and tender inside. 

The chili paste sauce is just right for this dish, well balanced of flavour and very taste.
For $37, it was well worth the money. 

My husband ordered the Singapore Style Squid with chili shrimp filling.
He loved it too. The coconut sauce was just right and not too rich or overwhelming.
Nice dish. Wish there were more on the plate.

My favourite dishes were the Tamarind entree taster plate.
Beautifully presented of a selection of four entrees on offer.
Salad of King Prawn and Blue Swimmer Crab were fresh,
Scallop with Lime & Ricotta Puree delicious,
The Duck Breast was tender 
and the Rice Paper Rolls were full of flavour.
Very dish met our high expectation!

We were so full but still ordered the Tamarind Desert Plate.
I didn't want to regret later that I didn't try all their thoughtful dishes.
I believed I made the right choice.

The deserts were unique and as all their other dishes, look so beautiful as well.

The restaurant decorates in contemporary style with South Asian influence.
It was dark and romantic with a small outdoor area on the deck.
The only thing I wish they could improved is to hire more wait staffs.
As there were only two of them on the night we were there.

Cuisine: Asian
Food: Excellent
Service: Average
Atmosphere: Good

Value: $$$
Recommend: Excellent 

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