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“One of my favourite restaurants”

The Tamarind Restaurant & Cooking School
Ranked #5 of 53 Restaurants in Maleny
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$51 - US$75
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.The Tamarind Cooking School offers a cut above the rest with a purpose-built cooking school headed by Chef Phil teaching the intricacies of Thai, French & Italian cuisine. The school features state of the art cooking stations, air-conditioned comfort and spectacular views perched amongst the beautiful green grounds overlooking the rainforest. Each class is highly informative, hands-on and intimate (limited to maximum 12 people). Chef Phil teaches in a simple, approachable way, enabling you to recreate delicious dishes at home to impress family and friends. Demonstration classes are also available, where you can learn unique tips in a short 2 hour class. Take home the skills to make dumplings, desserts to tie for or impress your friends with a range of great dinner table options.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Ok Spicers is always top shelf but of the two restaurants, you go to Tamarind to eat, to The Long Apron for the event.

We have been to Tamarind 6 times now for both lunch and dinner. It has been excellent on every occasion.

It is not really a Thai restaurant but an Asian Fusion restaurant. The menu is innovative rather than traditional and very well done.

It has an open kitchen which is always a positive for me.

The decor and setting are standout.

My highest recommendation though goes to the staff they have mastered the art of attentive but never intrusive. Some of the finest floor staff I have struck in Queensland. Though The Long Apron is only a fleas whisker behind. Who ever hires the the staff at Spicers truly knows their game.

Not cheap but if the Long Apron and Spirit House are just a little out of your range then the Tamarind will be no poor relation as an alternative.

Put it on your "must" list when visiting Maleny or Montville.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We ordered a selection of dishes which we shared between us. All of the dishes were tasty, refined and innovative and showed remarkable depth of knowledge of Thai, Korean, Japanese and Chinese flavours. Most restaurants I have been to that try to cover a number of Asian cuisines usually drop the ball on a few of them or the flavours get confused - but not here. the desserts in particular were excellent - fresh and delicious without being too heavy.

The service was attentive and they have an excellent wine list with a diverse selection.

The dining room is cosy and intimate. If you forgot you were at the end of quiet road in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast you could easy mistake this restaurant for a good restaurant in Sydney or Melbourne.

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asst_gm_tamarind, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant & Cooking School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thank you for your recent review, we appreciate your feedback regarding your dining experience here at The Tamarind. Our chefs have a great passion for Asian cuisine, and I am pleased that you found the menu to be a good representation of the different styles of cuisine.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Tamarind richly deserves its recently awarded second star. Chefs Daniel and Philip plate modern interpretations of fresh crunchy Thai salads, rich curries and spicy delicacies from a regularly revised menu. Staff are pleasant and professional, showing exactly the right amount of attention as needed, The wine list is not extensive but is carefully chosen to complement the dishes served, The decor is modern but relaxed, A weekend lunch on the large balcony overlooking the gardens and rainforest is a delightful way to while away time.

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asst_gm_tamarind, General Manager at The Tamarind Restaurant & Cooking School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

"Thai-riffic' I love it!!
Thank you for taking the time to review your dining experience at The Tamarind and providing us with valuable feedback regarding your visit.
I am pleased you enjoyed not only the menu, but also the beautiful setting that we have here on the mountain.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
Regards,
Bobbie M

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We dined here while stopping at the Tamarind Retreat, we also dined here last year when we stopped at Tamarind for our wedding anniversary.
We had high hopes after such a great experience last visit the service and food were good. Beef Rendang was good, although not quite as good last time. The Massaman Duck was nice. We tried a special dessert, chocolate pannacotta, which was being tested out before making it on to the new menu, the flavours were good but the pannacotta was much too firm.
One of the reasons for our stay at Tamarind retreat was that we had booked on the cooking school to do the Italian menu. Cameron was our chef/tutor for the day, he made the day interesting and fun while being informative and professional. We both really enjoyed the cooking school and there was enough to take home which we had for lunch the next day!

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

About 6 months ago we dined at Spicers "The Long Apron" restaurant, and had an excellent meal. I wrote a review about it at the time. This time we decided to try Spicers "Tamarind' restaurant nearby. The cuisine is of course very different, but the quality of the food and wine and service were every bit as good at "The Long Apron". These are both (to us anyway) "special occasion" restaurants; they are certainly not cheap but you do get a gastronomic experience for your money. My wife is superb cook herself, and it is always disappointing if we go to an expensive restaurant and she is thinking "I could do this dish just as well myself at home". Definitely not the case for Tamarind, we had an amazing range of dishes by ordering the Degustation menu with matching wines, and they easily accommodated my wife's need for gluten-free food. Several of the dishes really were "Wow". In terms of decor, the Long Apron does feel somewhat more up-market ; i.e. Tamarind is delightful, but not quite as "posh" as Long Apron. But that is a minor (and largely irrelevant comment) Food is superb at both, but very different, so preference really comes down to personal taste. Anyway, we had a fantastic meal, and a great celebration of my 50'th birthday ! I have absolutely no hesitation strongly recommending Tamarind. I have lived in Melbourne with it's wonderful array of restaurants, and Tamarind is right up there with the best that Melbourne can offer.

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