It seems I had been celebrating my 40th birthday for the past few days and who was complaining - so I wanted our first night in Cairns, which also happened to be the first night of our first holiday together, a little bit special.
The Salthouse was the only place I wanted to go and belive me when I say I did alot of food research for this holiday.
Strolling through the park watching the sunset set and the tree line walkway lit up was magical. I could breath - we were on holidays.
beautiful sunset views from the park
life is flat without bubbles
Feeling a little peckish we headed into the restaurant and were seated by a bubbling fountain on the outdoor patio area (which is undercover).
Salthouse restaurant on the patio
The menu is mouthwatering, however we both knew we wanted the chilled seafood platter. It consisted of king prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, natural oysters (from Tasmania), local red claw crayfish, baby octopus, Tasmanian smoked salmon, glazed yellow fin tuna and matching condiments.
We also added a caprese salad with plump balls of boccoccini, a variety of tomatoes and aromatic basil.
We also choose a bottle of the 2012 Fat Bird Saviougon Blanc. Crisp, cold and pairs well with seafood. We cannot help people watch in the restaurant and drooling over others dishes. The woodfired steaks coming out of the kitchen look devine.
However, that changed when I had big cheesy grin on my face when the platter was placed in front of us. I was in my seafood happy place and we dug in with gusto.
The Tasmanian oysters were sprinkled with fish roe and tasted like the briny sea, fresh, plump and absolutely delicious, in fact the best oysters I think I have ever eaten. I love a good bug and the Moreton Bay bug was simply steamed. Easy picking out the tasty flesh and dunking it in a thousand island style dressing. The local red claw crayfish were yummy and the baby octopus was so tender and juicy. What more can I say. This platter was perfect.
Niether Mr C or I are big dessert people (okay, maybe I should word it that we are partial to dessert occassionally but try not to indulge to often)...but we are celebrating and we both eye off the Chocolate Terrine. So we share - how romantic (and better on the waistline!). Three heavenly wedges of chocolate terrine with peanut brittle, raspberry gel, chantilly cream, forest berry sorbet - I'm kinda of wishing I didn't have to share. Do you think I could pull the 'it's my birthday' line to get more dessert? No....
heaven on a plate
Satisfied, content and happy we revel in the atmosphere and the moment and thoroughly enjoy our evening here. As far as seafood platters are concerned, this has to be one of the best platters in Cairns with a fantastic price tag!
Being a Tuesday night, it's quiet and not much happening but we do come back a couple of times during our stay (but more on that another time).
6/2 Pierpoint Rd,
Cairns, QLD 4870
+61 (0)7 4041 7733