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Cairns Top 5 — Andrew Johnston

By nicky  //  Restaurants  //  2 Comments
Andrew Johnston of moved to Cairns a few years back from the bustling metropolis of Sydney. He's a mad keen diner, and once roamed the culinary delights of the big city with glee. Now having established himself firmly in Cairns with his wife and young children, Andrew's lifestyle is a bit more laid back, and his dining preferences certainly reflect that.

Andrew Johnston's Top 5

  1. Blue Moon Grill, Trinity Beach
  2. Golden Boat, Cairns CBD
  3. Coolums, Holloways Beach
  4. Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, Cairns
  5. Oliver’s Australian Fine Cuisine, Cairns CBD
He concedes Oliver's is a restaurant for special events like his wife's birthday and their wedding anniversary, but all the other restaurants are child friendly. We are pleased to see Oliver's on Andrew's list, as that is our own favourite restaurant. This proves to us he does indeed have good taste. Do you agree with AJ's selections? Let us know by commenting below.

Gourmet Traveller Likes Cairns Breakfasts

Gourmet Traveller magazine has published a 2 part list outlining their best breakfast choices around Australia and a couple of FNQ regions are lucky enough to be on the list. Here's the best Cairns breakfast dishes, according to Gourmet Traveller:

#3 Mud crab omelette, Nu Nu

Steamed North Queensland mud crab meat juiced up with a slick of ginger caramel and softly enveloped in a fluffy omelette, served with a tangle of watercress that’s been dressed with an ajad redolent of kaffir lime leaf, mandarin peel and coriander root. Could it get any better? But of course. At the table, they pour on a warming broth of chicken stock, white pepper and fresh ginger. Ocean views are strictly optional.

#18 French toast, baked pear and raspberry coulis, Perrotta’s at the Gallery

Sweet but not too sweet, Perotta’s crisp-edged French toast made with brioche is served with a baked half pear, a generous splodge of King Island vanilla bean yoghurt and a caramel-rich raspberry coulis. It’s a good-looking breakfast that warrants artistic praise from its Cairns Regional Gallery neighbours.
  • Have you been to Perotta's at the Gallery? We would have chosen their Carazzo Toasted Sandwich. Tell us what you have had there.

#20 Steak and potatoes, Reef House

Sometimes you just need a steak. And sometimes that time is in the morning. Chow down here on a Morganbury sirloin from the Atherton Tablelands, a grilled tomato, and buttery sautéed kipfler potatoes and garlic.
  • Have you been to Reef House Restaurant? Let us know your favourite dish on their menu.
...and if you'd like the read the whole list of best breakfast dishes from all over Australia you read part 1, and part 2. This list was originally published in the October 2010 edition of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

New Website Launched

By nicky  //  Food News  //  1 Comment
We have been working diligently behind the scenes for months on our new Cairns Dining website. Not only does it have a spunky new look, but we've also done a major rework of the database, for speed of searching and to clean out the old data. We have some grand plans in adding providores and producers soon too, so the website will serve as a Cairns foodie central, as well as a spot to find out about restaurants. As well as many other people I'm craving an iPhone version, so that too is high on the agenda. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new site, and of course any feedback on how we could improve it further.

Off the Eaten Track

Anyone unlucky enough to be at home last Saturday night would have caught a number of Far North Queensland producers showcased on the new Channel 7 series, Off the Eaten Track. Off the Eaten Track – a collaboration between the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and Tourism Queensland, to air on Channel 7 in the lead up to Christmas. The series promotes Queensland’s finest regional produce, boutique wine and passionate primary producers. Hosted by Alastair McLeod of Ready, Steady, Cook fame, and executive chef at Bretts Wharf restaurant, Hamilton and Tank restaurant in central Brisbane, the series explores the diversity and abundance of Queensland produce.

Episode 1 - Tropical North Queensland

In this episode, Alastair takes in the sights at the Tastes of Burdekin Festival, enjoys sumptuous tropical seafood, savours the coffee and dairy products of the Atherton Tablelands, and finally explores the fruits of the tropics (including the achacha, an exciting new imported fruit). A couple of our much-beloved local producers are also featured on the 1st episode too, including: The four part series Off the Eaten Track can be viewed on Channel 7 on Saturdays, at 7pm – check out for more information.