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Roasted duck curry with lychee, pineapple, grapes and Thai basil.

About Iyara by Sakare

For a feast of Thai cuisine by the sea in Cairns, take to Iyara by Sakare restaurant located along the Esplanade. Sleek and suave in style, Iyara's polished timber floors and matte black fit out with touches of warm red hues radiate a sophisticated lounge bar vibe with diners perched on a balcony above the street, making the most of uninterrupted, oceanfront views and icy cocktails. Traditionally inspired Thai dishes are crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and spiced to suit all tastes. Share entrées like Thai spicy scallops with fresh herbs, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and mint, or chicken curry puffs with housemade peanut sauce and nam jim arjard; before devouring mains such as richly flavoured caramelised crispy pork hock with chilli vinegar dressing and a side of rice.

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Location & Map

Level 1/91 The Esplanade, Cairns 4870 QLD - See Map

Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Eftpos

Seats: 70   Chef: Sirinee Naiyachit (Sakare)  


Opening Hours

Mon  6:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Tue  6:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Wed  6:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  6:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 10:00:PM
Sat  5:30:PM - 10:00:PM
Sun  6:00:PM - 9:30:PM

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Member Reviews (4)


Great location. Disappointing food and service
Disappointing. Great location, Great ambience, and Great view get one star each. Cannot hive marks for food or service. Dismal wait time and food and service were mediocre. I tried hard to finish my meal because it was so expensive - $32 for a Tom Yum soup - but couldn’t because it was so super horribly salty that every mouthful was uncomfortable, and the prawns were over cooked and tough. My friend’s expensive ($38) smallish whole fish no accompaniments other than rice, was also over cooked and tough and the oil it was deep fried in wasn’t a great dining experience. We asked for glasses of wine but they got it wrong and brought a bottle we didn’t order. We arrived early at the start of the night when the restaurant was quite empty, but ended up being served long after the restaurant filled and other tables that arrived well after us were served their meals. Our entree of scallops was yummy and promising of delicious food to follow. They really got our digestive juices flowing, but we had to wait so long between the entree and the mains that it became uncomfortable. We then got a complete let down once we saw and tasted our mains. We’ve decided to give them one more try because we really loved the location, but if it’s not up to scratch on the second chance we will be giving it a miss in future. It’s too expensive to be served mediocre food and given poor service.


Neil Gordon

This is outstanding Thai food at its best. Great way to dine in Cairns.


Delicious food attentively presented in an elegant and friendly atmosphere.