If you’re an all-round seafood enthusiast, Bellocale Italian and Seafood Restaurant has a dish that will reel you in like a fisherman with a big marlin on the line. The Saffron di Mare Bay is overflowing with bugs, prawns, calamari, fish, mussels and vongole finished with saffron Pernod bouillbaisse and Napoli Sauce. Bellocale Italian and Seafood Restaurant has some extremely passionate chefs that are eager to whip up a storm in the kitchen of this Cairns hotspot. The guys at Bellocale Italian and Seafood Restaurant pride themselves on incorporating the freshest local ingredients in their menus, so be sure to book a table to avoid disappointment on date night.
Where: 62C Shields Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
If you want to feast on some of the most authentic Italian food available in Cairns, La Fettuccina Restaurant and Bar has a menu that will even impress your Nonna. They incorporate locally caught fish into old-time Italian favourites like their sautéed fillet of succulent Aussie fish with white wine and rosemary sauce. Another seafood bonanza perfect for sharing with the kids or your partner is the mixed seafood dusted in flour and deep fried in olive oil, this is one of the most delicious ways of traditionally serving seafood in Italy. Maybe you’re feeling like a local prawn dish, if so order the sautéed prawns in a creamy garlic sauce, served on a bed of spinach fettuccine.
Where: 41 Shields Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870
This is fine dining at large. The C’est Bon French Restaurant is an explosion for your palate, with local Australian fish being utilised in modern French cooking. They offer a special two and three course business lunch along with the a la carte menu. The three course lunch is oozing with fresh Australian fish beginning with the entrée of salmon, tuna and mango with tomato and basil covered in mint and lemon dressing. For the main course, indulge in quality market Australian Fish with corn fritters, braised spring onion, popcorn, and virgin sauce. Complete this dining experience with a Créme Caramel – the most classic French dessert.
Where: 20 Lake Street Cairns, QLD, 4870
This place is a success story. Starting from a singular restaurant, Caffe Suprimo is now found in over 20 locations around Australia. The reason for their success is their consistency in producing quality meals for locals. Cairns Caffe Suprimo has an amazing Australian fish dish that will satisfy even the pickiest seafood connoisseur. The oven baked Barramundi brushed with pesto, topped with garlic and served with chips is a hit for everyone, from children to grandparents. They make sure they obtain the highest quality Barra fillet and the tantalising combination of flavours makes it a popular choice on their extensive menu.
Where: 611 Pier Point Road, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Situated in Hotel Pullman Cairns International, Coco’s Restaurant does a fine job of displaying fresh Australian fish. A tropical inspired dish that’s a real crowd pleaser is the macadamia crumbed Barramundi and Flathead skewers served with mango and kaffir lime aioli, a petite salad and lemon. Being the fish of the area, Barramundi is incorporated in another delectable way on the Coco’s Restaurant menu that is bound to satisfy your hunger. This includes a local Barramundi fillet served with wasabi mash, accompanied by baby bok choy, tempura prawns and lime hollandaise. This dish boasts freshness and is the perfect way to try quality Australian fish on your dinner plate. Coco’s is one of the best restaurants in Cairns to try Australian fish, they even have a nightly seafood buffet that is a delicious plethora of local and international seafood of all kinds.
Where: 17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870