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“Very Enjoyable”

Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 30 Restaurants in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
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Good for: Business meetings, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The exclusive, romantic and private restaurant venue on the island with delicious and world-renowned Pacific cuisine. Away from the crowds and the public eye, a fine dining evening with your loved ones or a wedding at Tamarind House is an extra special experience. Whether your requirements are large or small, we are eager to accommodate you with an event that you will long remember. Tamarind House is a versatile venue offering five different areas to suit any occasion. Tamarind House Restaurant on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is situated on a large oceanfront property, with it's stately beautifully restored historic colonial house, huge verandas and french doors, and a lovely garden shaded by coconut palms and green lawns sweeping down to the ocean. It is just a 3 minute drive from the town centre, and the round the island bus stops just by the entrance. You can enjoy a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in the peaceful seclusion of our truly unique tropical setting..
Whangamata, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Last minute decision on somewhere to dine for dinner. Arrived at restaurant , friendly greeting and asked if they could do four with no booking. No problem. Our friends arrived, the boys decided on the Seafood Platter for two. We are platter experts, this was one of the better ones we have had.
Some standard, but some very different dishes for a seafood platter, but well worth it. The girls had the chicken curry, and the Tina salad, both very good.
Service spot on, but unobtrusive , and the best part, the bill was very reasonable for the standard of dining, highly recommended!

  • Visited August 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

This place was recommended by a friend in the restaurant industry. She'd been there for dinner a few years ago and still remembers the meal. We were quite disappointed with the evening.

I had the chicken coconut curry with totally inappropriate plating for a 'fine dining' restaurant - no taste of coconut, no flavour, no life! My friend had the Wahoo Wellington and it was a large meal and she loved the pastry and the sauce but not a lot of flavour from the fish. I had the Crème Brulee for pudding - nice texture but not a lot of flavour. My friend had the Sticky Lime and she enjoyed it.

There was however a great view and we got to see the sunset.

  • Visited August 2014
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“get the platter”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

we all loved the tamarind, we thought the platter was the best value $80.oo but would feed four people cant wait to go back there next year

Visited July 2014
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Inverloch, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Setting, food just”
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Magnificent setting, but the food was just ok. If you are going for dinner make sure you get there 30 minutes from sunset so you can enjoy the view.

Visited August 2014
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Auckland
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stunning location and food”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

The location and atmosphere were amazing - we had booked for dinner for 4 of us and the service and attention to detail was fantastic. Many cocktails later our food arrived - vegetable lasagna, oxtail and the seafood platter (serves 2). Beautifully cooked and tasted wonderful - no complaints at all. I would highly recommend and we plan to go again although for lunch next time so we can appreciate the views.

  • Visited July 2014
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