A complete guide to Cairns Restaurants

Cairns Family Friendly Japanese Restaurants

Japanese

Once upon a time, eating Japanese food was a scary prospect for Cairns diners. The food looked weird, had unusual ingredients, and hard-to-pronounce names. But over time, Japanese food has infiltrated our dining circles and it has become one of the most popular choices when choosing a restaurant.

Japanese food is hard to beat for its health benefits. It is low in cholesterol, far, and calories, and is high in fibre. The emphasis on noodles, fresh seafood, and vegetables makes Japanese food light and healthy.

Here is a short list of common Japanese dishes:

Sushi - Small pieces of raw seafood typically prawn, tuna, squid, sardine or salmon placed on top of a ball of rice. Wasabi, an extremely hot horseradish sauce, is usually added.

Sashimi - Raw seafood such as salmon, tuna, shrimps, scallops and octopus eaten with soy sauce and wasabi.

Shabu-Shabu - Thin slices of beef, chicken, prawns and squid are simmered with bean curd, vermicelli and vegetables. The slices are dipped in sesame or soy sauce.

Ramen Noodles - Chinese-type noodles cooked in a meat broth with thinly sliced meat, spinach and leeks.

Tempura - Battered vegetables and prawns fried in vegetable oil. The batter is made of eggs, water and wheat flour. Tempura is eaten hot and is dipped in specially prepared soy sauce and grated radish.

Sake - Fermented liquor made from rice. This is a highly alcoholic drink and you need to be careful not to drink too much or you may rapidly find yourself unconscious.

Noodle Box

Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns
(07) 4041 4681

Exciting food option at Cairns Central, the menu consists of 9 Stir Fry's encompassing a wide variety of Asian flavours, 5 soups ranging from the most traditional of Hot and Sour to Rich and Creamy Laksas and 2 amazing rice dishes that explode with mystical flavours from the East.

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North Food + Wine

PierPoint Rd, Cairns
(07) 4031 1411
email/slmc)(shangri-la.com

With million dollar views across the Cairns harbour, Tides Restaurant is superbly positioned for a special meal. Tides utilises their buffet in sohpistocated way for breakfast with extensive hot and cold dishes available as well as an egg chef. Lunch features an authentic curry bar with a range of interesting Indian delights. Dinner is contemporary Australiasian a la carte cuisine. Shangri-La formerly had Sirocco Restaurant in a similar location.

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O'Cha Cha Modern Japanese Dining

34 Lake St, 4870 (Palm Court Floor 1 / Shop F7-F8)
07 4051 7055
ochacha.cairns

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Sushi Express Cairns

Shop 28 Abbott Street, Orchid Plaza, Cairns
(07) 40414388

Sushi Express chugged into town long before its identical twin, Sushi Train arrived. It serves delightful little Japanese treats on a genuine miniture train upstairs at Orchid Plaza.

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Sushi Train

Shop 144 Cairns Central, Cairns
(07) 40315444
http://www.sushitrain.com.au/

Rush in for a quick hit of Japanese food plucked from a moving conveyer belt, or relax and sit green tea while perusing the delicacies passing under your nose. Sushi Train is a treat for kids and adults alike.

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Yummy Noodle House

508 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville
(07) 4054 6380

Yummy Noodle House is the latest chain of stores to open in the noodle craze gripping Cairns at present. They're quick & efficient, making Yummy Noodle a great work lunch option. The food is tasty, and prepared to order.

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