Tralee's Tamarind ready to welcome this year's Roses

To celebrate its 12th birthday The Tamarind Asian Restaurant in Tralee will welcome all 64 Roses for dinner on Wednesday August 16, the opening night of this year's festival.

Then Mayor of Kerry, Ned O'Sullivan officially opened The Tamarind in June 2005 and since then the family-run restaurant has gone from strength to strength, winning the Gold Medal Award for Best Ethnic Restaurant in Ireland in 2007.

The owners of Tamarind Restaurant, Andrew Ong and his wife Angeline said they are looking forward to welcoming this year's 64 Roses, especially the first Hong Kong Rose, for dinner.

"We are truly honoured that the Roses will celebrate our 12th birthday with us next week. Just like our regular customers, from the minute they sit down, the Roses will quickly realise that Tamarind is different," said Andrew who worked in a number of restaurants in Dublin, Galway and Mayo before he settled in Tralee and opened the Tmarind.

"We aim to offer patrons an affordable and reasonably priced quality food in comfortable surroundings; flavourful foods that makes you come back for more," he said.

As you would expect with 64 Roses and their entourage dropping by for dinner The Tamarind is fully booked out next Wednesday night but Andrew and Angeline have extended an open invitation to everyone to come down and meet the Roses.

You'll be able to meet them at the front of the restaurant from around 6pm on Wednesday August 16.