Cairns: Where the locals dine
In Cairns, the restaurant scene is booming and diverse, but as you can expect, the locals know the best places for value, hospitality and taste. The following are locally owned and operated favourites.
Tamarind is part of the Reef Hotel Casino complex-atmosphere, service, food and wine in one superb experience. Modern Asian Thai cuisine created with the freshest ingredients and a twist of the far north's local flavours dinner only.
EL Mundo Collins Avenue Edge Hill excellent tapas bar tucked into a suburban setting. Open for dinner but stay all evening and enjoy diminutive dishes made with imagination and flair dinner only.
Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant Lake St Balinese food comes to far north Queensland with so much flavour and authenticity. Best to order a collection of small dishes and share the delectable tastes around. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Overlooking Trinity Inlet has gorgeous and generous antipasto dishes and good wine by the glass. Watch the passenger boats cruise into the wharves at sunset and try the pasta. Dinner only
Spoons Aplin Street is my favourite place for the hardest to find good meals breakfast and lunch. Salads are concocted of the best fresh and arrive looking as good as they taste. Excellent service, supreme omelets and airy pancakes for breakfast.
On the Pier Cairns is the epitome of Far Northern atmosphere. Under a huge post and beam open air structure enjoy scrumptious fish and chips and loiter with a drink overlooking Trinity Inlet leads as night falls in the tropics. Lunch and dinner with bars open from 10am
Sushi Express is the best for sushi. A model train delivers the freshest rice, seaweed and fish combos and much more to you. Authentic with Japanese pro sushi makers in full view. Lunch and dinner
Naked Nut Collins Avenue Edge Hill. The very finest hospitality in town with international cuisine and unique atmosphere. A true Cairns experience. You will meet the who's who of Cairns here. Lunch on Sunday and dinner.
On the Esplanade at Trinity Beach. Supremo view with pasta and pizza to match. Try the angel hair pasta with mussels. Wear your bathers to lunch. Lunch and dinner daily.
At Angsana Palm Cove. Heavenly languid dining. Light meals on the open air patio under coconut palms within metres of the Coral Sea. Try a calamari salad with a light white wine and the afternoon melts away. Breakfast lunch and dinner daily.
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