In an ochre- and plum-toned dining room, the changing menu at this innovative restaurant utilises native Aussie fauna (such as croc with native pepper, or roo with quandong-chilli glaze) and flora (wattle-seed damper loaf with peanut oil and native dukka; lemon-myrtle panacotta). If you can't decide, try a tasting plate, or go all-out with a six-course tasting menu.
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Fine-dining affair especially renowned for its seafood platters ($54 to $90 per person). The priciest include succulent mud crab.
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At the Beethoven Café the challenge is to squeeze in a slab of
poppy-seed cake or cheesecake after you've downed a huge roll or sandwich. Savoury
combos include Buendnerfleisch (air-dried beef, Swiss cheese and gherkin), and you
can get creative by inventing your own at this busy and popular spot. Upstairs
dinning is also available.
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There's love in the food at Lillipad. Breakfasts are excellent
value: the Full Monty is a mammoth fry-up with sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes and
mushrooms on toast. For something less artery-hardening, the muesli with fresh
tropical fruit is delicious. There are also great salads, panini and plenty of
choices for the non-carnivorous.
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Red Ochre Grill
Red Ochre's inventive menu utilises native Australian
ingredients and local produce, artfully prepared to pioneer its own culinary genre.
There are the animals (croc, roo and emu) and even Aussie flora - native peach
chutneys etc - appear on the menu. The Taste of Australia platter (around A$60 per
person) is a crowd-pleaser and finishes with wattleseed pavlova
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Fish and chips just got a whole lot classier at this sassy
seafood eatery. Think wasabi oysters; or crispy fried mud crab with sticky black
rice - washed down with a chilled white wine. Match your favourite fish, perhaps
coral trout or red emperor, with one of six methods of preparation. A selection of
meat dishes is also available.
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Be seated in chairs fit for Pacific Island royalty in this
ultimate 'event restaurant'. Whether it's French seafood broth or wild barramundi,
the experience is just being in the flame-lit rainforest surrounds. Don't miss the
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Soul 'n' Pepper
A fitting haunt for pirates, this weather-beaten outdoor café
is the place to come for breakfast. In the
afternoon, the menu shifts to seafood risottos and the like.
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