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Port Douglas' Top 5 Delectable Dining Venues

Queensland Australia
Salsa Bar and Grill Port Douglas
Bazaar Port Douglas

Port Douglas' Top 5 Delectable Dining Venues

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Port Douglas is a lush land that's full of forests and right near the vibrant and thriving Coral Sea. You'll be welcomed with open arms and encompassed by the relaxed tropics that have a hearty dose of sophistication.

After adventuring and exploring, these delectable dining options will give you the boost you need by lunch time or take you into the balmy evenings when the stars come out in their dozens.

Salsa Bar & Grill
The dinner menu here combines classic flavours with a few surprises. Start off your dining experience with Thai chicken spring rolls and homemade Turkish bread. This comes with sundried tomato, basil pesto straight from the bush and extra virgin olive oil, or roasted macadamia dukka and kalamata olive tapenade - delicious!

A highlight from the mains section would have to be the rare seared yellowfin tuna with kipfler potato tian, mushroom vichyssoise, eggplant and raisin jam. This stellar combination of flavours will leave you wanting to hunt down the chef to get a year's supply!

Located central Port Douglas, opposite Anzac Park, Salsa Bar & Grill is relaxed, light and fresh, just like the food and the service. 

Beaches Café
Those who stumble on this place can't get over what a great find it is. The laid back cafe is humble and comfortable. It’s a great place to get delicious coffee, iced chocolates and freshly made sandwiches.

On The Esplanade, pop into the cafe after you've taken a dip in the ocean and are still dusting the sand off your feet and shaking the salt water from your hair. Sit outside and dry off as you enjoy your food and drink.

Watergate Port Douglas
You'll find this restaurant and lounge bar on the corner of Grant and Macrossan Street, which is right in the centre of the lively town of Port Douglas. 

Try some innovative meals that highlight modern Australia, created by chef Lee Neate, who has worked his magic with the freshest seasonal produce. Make the most of your location and take a seat outside to enjoy your meal.

If you feel like a lighter meal for the warm evening, head to the bar and choose something from the lounge menu along with a delightful bottle of wine. A wonderful indulgence for your holiday is a dessert - such as the vanilla bean panacotta with blackberry jelly and lychee coulis - or cheese platter, along with your red or white.

Bazaar Port Douglas
Marketplaces are a fabulous way to try many different cuisines at once, and meet the people behind the dishes. The passionate chefs man the stalls and will likely be more than happy to chat about their food. You never know, you might even pick up a couple of tips and tricks!
Bazaar is a modern twist on an old favourite. It's very much a traditional marketplace, with the bustling eatery packed with energy and mouth-watering smells.

Your main problem here is choice. Do you go for the organic salad with colourful and crunchy produce, pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven, Asian wok cooked goodness or seafood dishes with fish caught that morning? Arrive with an empty stomach and try it all!

Once you've got your meal, you can choose from the extensive wine list and take a seat in the modern and chic dining room to tuck in. Bazaar is part of the funky QT hotel group, attached to QT Port Douglas, just minutes from the township of Port Douglas and Four Mile beach.

Rasa Restaurant & Bar
Rasa is an Indonesian word that means taste, sense, feeling and flavour, and at this restaurant and bar you will get all of the above. 

Andrew Saville, Jared Jones and Louise St George have worked together to create an eatery that brings together top quality food, friendly service and a cool and relaxed ambiance.

The Asian fusion meals, inspired by street-food and authentic dishes, are made from a few select flavours that enhance your dining experience. The tapas meals are great to share, and have been matched with signature cocktails to make for a stunning Port Douglas night out. Rasa is attached to Niramaya Villas & Spa, a short stroll from Four Mile Beach.

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