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  • Tamarind Restaurant

    Japaneses Restaurant in Banyan Tree Phuket Resort


    Tamarind Restaurant in Banyan Tree Phuket is a poolside haven of peace with cooling breezes, discreet background music, well-trained staff, and comfortable seating arrangements. Located in the five-star Banyan Tree Phuket – a leading light in luxury accommodation in Phuket and host to some five top-rate food outlets, the Banyan Tree is certainly no slouch when it comes to fine dining.

    Tamarind is an authentic Japanese restaurant helmed by Master Chef Shiraishi who has, over the past 40 years, travelled the world over in many five-star hotels due to his talents in the kitchen. As you’d expect from such a prodigious aptitude, his Japanese cuisine and especially his sushi and sashimi arrangements are pretty much beyond compare and are an experience in itself – the definition of genuine Japanese cuisine with absolutely no compromises.

  • Open sided; 32-seater Tamarind sits aside a swimming pool and is complemented by bird of paradise plants, potted baby bamboo shoots, with heavy wooden seating, black marble tabletops, stand-alone fans, and soft lighting. If dining during the day there is plenty of natural light but no direct sunlight while breezes keep things beautifully cool.

    A nice aural effect is the natural and uncannily complementary mix of the restaurant’s soft piped-in music with the local birdsong – almost the equivalent of musical bonsai. In short, Tamarind is all about exquisite tastes in many forms of the word and to ensure that peace and tranquility reign supreme the restaurant has a no-children policy. 

    The extensive and varied menu at Tamarind covers all the bases, from sashimi to sushi to soups, to makimono, to grilled dishes. Perhaps one suggestion to sample the best going here would be to try one of the four Japanese set menus which include sashimi bento, a whole bento set, a sushi set, and a sushi bento.

    Still, our sashimi five-piece set which includes yellowtail, sweet shrimp, and tuna belly is the absolute last word in seafood freshness – each factor interchanges with the other, right down to the sweet ginger and the almost tangy taste of the tuna. For mains a grilled snapper filet in sweet soy sauce, accompanied by fried garlic rice, is a tasty and filling dish.

    Perhaps the most surprising element of Tamarind’s culinary repertoire is its dessert range: several dishes (Master Chef Shiraishi’s creations of course) are completely unique and include Shiraishi tea cake (white chocolate, green tea brownie); kohimisu (tofu tiramisu), and azuki crème brûlée made out of red beans. This is innovative stuff and it’s well worth a visit to Tamarind to try out the fantastic flavours there. Tamarind also has an extensive list of quality wines, mixed drinks and, of course, Sake.

    • Azuki Crème Brûlée
    • Shiraishi Tea Cake
    • Kohimisu
    • Sushi Bento

    Tamarind Restaurant

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
    • Location: Banyan Tree Phuket
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