Mediterraneo

Albert Park is a bit away from our usual eating haunts, but friends thought we should try Mediterraneo.  We weren’t disappointed:    the menu had a lot of variety and it was hard to choose between the offerings.

There seemed to be a lot of staff, some more professional than others, and just occasionally there seemed a little confusion about who was doing what!    However, overall, the service was good.  Certainly, the kitchen seemed to have its act together, both in the standard of the meals we received and the timing.  Some of our group started with the cevapcici, but I had the pumpkin soup.   For mains, I had Hungarian goulash, others had the venison, seafood kebab and kangaroo dishes, and without fail, all were good.   Of course, the restaurant promotes its steaks, but our group appears to have moved beyond these, so didn’t sample the offerings — especially not the 550g T-bone (there are others of course).

Prices were quite reasonable for what we received, although we couldn’t “BYO” wine.  And on the weeknight we were there, parking was plentiful.

Kuranda

Yes, you’re supposed to get to Kuranda by train and return by cable car (or vice versa), but we took the more economical  option, and drove.   Certainly many overseas visitors travel by train and/or cable car.    The road has many bends as it climbs up but it’s in good condition and the traffic is well-behaved.

We looked around the markets and had lunch at a somewhat “alternative” stall, and of course checked out the station and cable car termini.

 

The Surf Club

We’ve eaten out every night (and for quite a few lunches, too), so the meal we had at the Palm Cove Surf Club on Sunday night wasn’t exactly the most stylish of meals that we’ve had since we’ve been away.   But it deserves a mention for other reasons:  the Surf Club is a bit of a barn, it’s basic, and although the menu doesn’t have a lot of “flair”, they deliver at a reasonable price on what they say (as in steaks, chicken schnitzels and pizzas)!

Eating in Port Douglas

One of the joys of Port Douglas is the range of places to eat.  True, there aren’t quite as many this year as there were last year, as at least two restaurants that seemed to be quite busy when we were here last year have gone to be replaced by vacant spaces and “For Lease” signs.  And there are some other vacancies, too.  Not a good look in the main street;   what does that say about the rentals being asked?

Just the same, that still leaves a multitude of eating choices.    There’s Sassi (where we had great barramundi) and Salsa, just to name two at the top end:  both stylish and reliable.   We had a great Sunday lunch on the deck at the marina, at the Hemingway (micro) Brewery:   innovative, great flavours and a really good outlook.   I liked their pilsner, too.    We had Thai at Siam by the Sea, which we enjoyed.   Just off Four Mile Beach is the surf club, but when we went past thinking about a coffee, it was closed for Mossmn Show Day.

Surf Club – closed on Show Day!

Overlooking the inlet is the Tin Shed (aka Combined Services Club), which has a great deck if you arrive early enough.   Not far from the marina is On the Inlet, where we had a great meal last year.  And there are two pubs, although we prefer the slightly less down-market Court House.  And that’s before mentioning all the other places up and down Macrossan Street (including Bel Cibo, where we had excellent pasta), far too many to mention, let alone to eat at.

We haven’t been to all these places this year, but isn’t it great to be so spoiled for choice?

Coffee drinkers

Do coffee drinkers really live longer (there have been some recent reports along these lines)?

However, it seems that although the study makes a good headline, it’s pretty hard to be definitive as there are obviously lots of other factors that could potentially be involved.

I’m fairly careful about how much coffee I drink, otherwise I would drink even more than I do.    But next time I’m having “one too many” cups of coffee, I’ll ease my conscience by remembering this research!

 

Jackalope

After checking out from our accommodation, we spent a bit of time around Mornington.   We then decided to head for a winery for lunch.  Our first choice was closed (notwithstanding that the map I’d got from the information centre said it would be open)!   So we headed down the road, and found we were at Jackalope.

Well, with the benefit of hindsight, I now realise that it had been mentioned to me, but I was not prepared for the stylish atmosphere that we encountered.  We had a lovely lunch at the Rare Hare, all designed around “tasting plates” of various sizes, for sharing.  We had the chargrilled squid, roasted pumpkin and the ducklegs.    Very innovative, good flavours and interesting presentation.  Our only minor quibble is that we’re sure the quince jelly mentioned on the menu as accompanying the duck legs had been replaced by a tomato relish;    kind of an interesting touch, and I was OK with it, but S wasn’t impressed.

Seating was at benches (but no problems with these), and the number of patrons even though we were there early in the week attests to the fact that this place has clearly earned a name for itself.

Hotel reception, accommodation block behind
The Rare Hare restaurant
View over the vines while at lunch
More vines!
So trendy for up-market chefs to have a kitchen garden!
..and yes, lots of things growing in the kitchen garden!
Accommodation wing at Jackalope