Port Douglas Food Recommendations?
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Sassi at Bale got on the shortlist for regional restaurant of the year in Aus Gourmet Traveller.
There's a really famous one, been there years, Clinton went there(!) but I can't remember its name. Anyway, food was fine to good - but the outdoor setting in the palm trees was a very northern experience. Their speciality was a whole deep fried coral trout.
On The Inlet is great - but make sure you book! And if you arrive early for cocktails and prawns, you can watch them feed George the Groper - who is HUGE.
I think the restaurant mr_gimlet was referring to is Nautilus, which is also very good, but significantly more expensive. And the coral trout looked amazing.
I think the hardest thing to find in Port Douglas is *cheap* eats - but the Chinese restaurant on Macrossan St is great (another Clinton favourite) as well as the RSL, which is just next door to On the Inlet.
Salsa in Wharf Street-always great food, great atmos.
The Beach Shak in Barrier Street-sand floor, great wood fired pizzas.
There is a card you can buy that gives you discounts up to 20% off ats some Restaurants in Port. It is called My Holiday Reward Card it costs $10. go to www.myholidayrewardscard.com.au
I ate at Harrisons Restaurant and Bar , Nautilus and Salsa. Harrisons was by far the best - great food and good wine list. Nautilus is more about the setting, which is beautiful, however the food is overworked and a bit contrived. I had the famous snapper which was very dry and overcooked. Disappointing, considering the price. The locals will tell you that Salsa is a great restaurant, but it is not. The food was clumsy and unappealing,very large servings and a weird mish mash of flavours,totally lacking in good kitchen skills. Screaming children running riot. I didn't eat at Sassis' but have it on good authority that it is not to be missed.
Thanks for all the suggestions! We've made a booking at Sassi at Bale, and even if we just go for an early cocktail and prawn snack, I'm not sure I can resist the George the Groper feeding. As for Salsa, I've heard mixed reviews, but "screaming children running riot" makes that a miss for us. :)