Tamarind House was built in 1904 as a home for the management of the Union Steamship Company. Later it was the home of the British Consul. It was refurbished and opened as a restaurant in 2004 by Sue Carruthers Brown and her husband, Robert Brown. Sue is originally from Kenya and Robert is a Cook Islander from the island of Mangaia.
Sue and Robert have been in the restaurant business together since 1988, originally with The Flame Tree restaurant, and then Ambala Garden Cafe in their private botanical garden in Muri before opening Tamarind House.
They named the new restaurant after the tamarind trees that once grew on the roadside at the property but unfortunately were destroyed in a cyclone. They have planted a tamarind tree on the edge of the parking area, which like the restaurant is flourishing.
Inspired by her years living and working with food in the Cook Islands, Sue published a cookbook in 2010 called simply South Seas Cuisine. It features tropical recipes from Rarotonga and the Pacific Islands. South Seas Cuisine was a tribute to the wealth of tropical fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and other foods found in the Pacific islands. She also earlier published the Tropical Garden Cookbook, inspired by her extensive travels through the Tropics.
Sue and Robbie also own La Casita Mexican Café and The Rickshaw Asian Cafe, both simple street cafes in Muri offering delicious flavours of very affordable ethnic cuisine. Also, The New Place in town is a trendy cafe with lots of delicious food options and coffee.
Tamarind House is one of the most recommended restaurants in the Cook Islands. The restaurant is spread over two levels and overlooks the beach, lagoon, garden and beach deck.
The Summerhouse is a private roofed deck with a bar overlooking the private beach and lagoon. This is a popular daytime venue for corporate meetings of up to 50 people. Evenings bring a backdrop of the setting sun and a venue for up to 35-45 seated for a set menu dinner or up to 80 people standing for cocktails. (We are unable to confirm large groups after February 2019 as the main restaurant will be under renovation. The Summerhouse will be available for groups of 12 to 40.)
Celebrate your next occasion at the Tamarind House. We can easily accommodate weddings, corporate events, private parties, birthday or anniversary celebrations for both lunch and dinner.
Your special occasion can either be held at the Tamarind House Main Restaurant (only applies until February 2019 – after that the Main Restaurant will be under renovation and the seating capacity will be for 50 or less) or at the Summerhouse for a private event overlooking the beach and ocean (the Summerhouse will remain open and will not be affected during the Main Restaurant renovations).
If you are interested in making a reservation or would like more details, please call us directly at (+682) 26487 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.