88 Obi Lane, South Maleny QLD
1300 311 429
Travel through a unique and breathtaking rain forest setting before taking your seat in the beautiful pavilion style seating of The Tamarind restaurant at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. The restaurant serves up contemporary, pan-Asian cuisine in a memorable, romantic setting.
The Tamarind is named after the tamarind seed – the root of an ingredient traditionally used in Asian cuisine. Head Chef, Rory Thorpe, brings his passion for ancient cooking techniques to every dish on the menu. The ingredients are brought in from the grounds surrounding the area – lovingly grown in the warm, rainforest friendly climate of the locale. The climate and fresh produce provide an opportunity for the chef and his team to explore the depths of Asian and Thai ingredients, and allows them to continue experimenting with creative dishes.
The restaurant is located in Maleny, in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, and is surrounded by lush rainforests and some of the best landscapes in the country. The Tamarind restaurant is in the midst of miles of nature walks, renowned gallery trails and even a scattering of pristine waterfalls.
The beauty of the area is reflected in the restaurant – with modern, elegant decor and impeccable service to match. The team is dedicated to creating a relaxing, indulgent atmosphere for its guests, who come from far and wide. Holidaymakers at the retreat come for the luscious setting and seek out the restaurant for its delicious food. For breakfast, guests are spoilt for choice and can choose from chocolate, almond milk and raspberry chia pudding, to a cedar street halloumi baked frittata with charred corn, spring onions, green chilli jam and coriander with sourdough.
The Tamarind certainly has you covered for fresh meals at lunchtime (Friday to Sunday) and delectable dinners (seven days a week). If you’re in a meaty mood, there is a braised beef brisket with charred onions, wasabi pea mousse, woodier mushrooms and black tea jus. For something a little spicy you can’t go past the red curry of pork belly with bamboo shoots, snake beans and spicy pickled vegetables.
Close off your dinner with an inventive and beautifully plated dessert. The fennel and honey panacea with macaroon, malt milk ice cream, chervil gel and fennel pollen will melt your heart. For the chocoholics, there’s also a chocolate mousse with coconut pudding, kaya, young toasted coconut and chocolate shards. Tropical chocolate heaven.
The beverage list contains a number of imported Asian gems and a selection of more exotic choices. The cocktail list is similarly filled with exotic delights, like the Lychee Lemongrass Caipirinha and the Phuket Punch. The wine list contains wines for every plate on the menu – ask for help choosing and the team will be happy to comply. They also stock delicious imported spirits and liqueurs that you won’t find easily in other bars and restaurants.
The team at The Tamarind has managed to create an incredible experience. Whether it’s the rainforest setting, the delectable cocktail list or the creativity poured into every expertly crafted dish, The Tamarind will leave you with a dining event to remember.