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Whole crispy fried fish, three flavour sauce, pickled garlic, toasted rice and crisp basil.

About The Tamarind Restaurant

Set in a lush rainforest near Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, award-winning The Tamarind Restaurant offers stylish dining infused with contemporary Asian twists. Head Chef Daniel Jarrett and team excite palates with exotic flavours of the Far East with a Thai heart while effortlessly combining sweet, sour and spicy flavours with the finesse of traditional and new techniques. An elegant open timber pavilion immerses guests in the natural beauty and tranquillity, while the menu offers choices of à la carte, degustation or banquet. Be tempted by a Thai-style mussel hot pot, tomato broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander and crispy garlic, or Massaman lamb curry, potatoes, roasted macadamia, pickled ginger and shallots. Finish with pandan panna cotta, pineapple salsa and ginger beer sorbet.

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A few words from The Tamarind Restaurant

Overlooking our flourishing market garden in the heart of the rainforest, learn the intricacies of the Tamarind's exciting cooking style from our expert chefs, from where to find the right ingredients, to creating the perfect Thai curry, then savour every mouthful of your very own creation. Daniel's passion for this cuisine is infectious; his knowledge and understanding of ingredients, techniques and the balance of flavours are enlighteningly conveyed through his relaxed and informal approach.

CLASSES - The Taste of Thailand, French or Italian classes. Please refer to our website.
JOIN US - Intimate classes with a maximum of 12 guests. Includes 5 dishes, lunch, wine, a Tamarind Cooking School apron and full recipes.
WHEN: Every Saturday 10am - 2pm approx | Booking is essential. $165pp.
Cook, learn, eat, sip, laugh, enjoy...

The Tamarind is a restaurant with rooms – so, come for dinner and stay for breakfast!
Immerse yourself in rainforest fringed luxury, infused with the seductive spices of Asia, on an 18-acre sanctuary of calm and elegance.
A getaway at the retreat is an extraordinary experience; an Asian-influenced oasis - a world away, surrounded by the natural beauty of an undulating lush forest.
Where western luxury meets eastern tranquillity, relax in Spa Anise, astonish yourself at the Tamarind Cooking School or just enjoy the stillness of a truly unique escape - just an hour north of Brisbane and 3km east of the Maleny township.

* Relax in the outdoor cedar hot tub on your balcony
* Cosy-up in front of your indoor wood-burning fireplace
* Be pampered in our serene, purpose-built Spa Anise Day Spa
* Learn the intricacies of Thai, French or Italian cuisine in the Retreat's cooking school
* Savour the culinary skills of award-winning chefs at our award-winning restaurant, The Tamarind
* Explore the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
* Stroll along Obi Obi creek and nearby Gardners Falls
* Take a bike ride
* Or immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of the waterfall and abundant wildlife.

Pure bliss!

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Location & Map

88 Obi Lane South, Maleny 4552 QLD - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Tue  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Wed  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Wed  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Thu  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Fri  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Sat  12:00:PM - 2:00:PM
Sat  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  7:30:AM - 9:30:AM
Sun  12:00:PM - 2:00:PM
Sun  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM

Groups & Functions

A lush rainforest setting for your wedding, conference or special event. This fully catered property has 13 villas, on-site luxury Spa Anise Day Spa with beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a spacious relaxation lounge and hydrotherapy room inclusive of mineralised spa, rain shower and steam room. Stroll along Obi Obi creek and nearby Gardners Falls or book our Cooking School classes. Perfect for romantic getaways, business meetings or special time with the friends and family.

  • Up to 120 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (5)


Outstanding food, service and surroundings
A peaceful and beautiful rainforest setting for an incredibly flavourful dinner. Michelle provided top tier, personalised service. Our 3-course meal was delicious but we left feeling a bit too full. Favourite dishes were the yellow curry and winter Thai salad. My shellfish allergy was handled skilfully.

jo anne52375

fabulous food and fabulous service...but...
Thank you to all those who served us...the hospitality was fabulous. As was the food. My only concern was that whilst my husband is a big eater and was very happy with the three course setting, I was content with an entree and a taste of his main course. I was told that this was possible. What I wasn't told is that my entree...a delightful, beautiful but tiny entree would cost me $35. Maybe I could have been told this upfront as it would have effected my decision making. And maybe there needs to be some consideration for the lighter eaters?


Just Exceptional
We have visited The Tamarind for dinner in winter, the fireplace in the venue set up great cozy and intimate ambience, food was exceptional, and service was beyond exceptional.

We returned yesterday for lunch, then had a little stroll on the property to appreciate the gardens. We were seated next to a window, the views to the garden set us up for a great mood. Ordered the three course again, tried different dishes on the menu, The Tamarind never disappoint, table service was warm and friendly. There was a little misunderstanding on the order but all sorted out quickly and exceeded our expectations.

We have visited hatted restaurants all around Australia, have to say The Tamarind has got our heart, we will definitely be dining here again. ??


We both had the degustation menu, and it was excellent. Any restaurant in Europe would be awarded a Michelin star with this standard of food and service