Mission #5: Tides Restaurant
So my recap on my Queensland adventures begins! We stayed in the “heart of the Whitsundays”, Airlie Beach. It’s where most cruises depart from and is about three hours from Mackay Airport. There’s also an airport in the closer town of Proserpine but less flights go there (the number is growing though).
We booked a travel package including accommodation. Our first hotel was not too close to the main town and foreshore, but the town is so full of tourists that you can call and instantly book cabs for short trips to anywhere. Our view from the hotel room above.
Our package included breakfast and dinner vouchers, so our first night we headed up to Tides Restaurant. Unfortunately our travel agent must be new, because most of the restaurants had not heard of our vouchers. We still managed to use them at most places, but it just made things awkward for us.
Nevertheless, service was lovely even though the place seemed very busy and like a popular dining spot.
We started off with “Four Tastes of the Sea”, a platter available as both a main and entree. It features a prawn cocktail salad, Hervey Bay scallop, champagne mornay Coffin Bay Oysters, tempura soft-shell mud crab and salt and pepper prawns.
For mains, we had the Moreton Bay Bug risotto ($36). We quite enjoyed the Moreton Bay Bug in Tassie, so we were excited for this one.
The pan-seared king prawns ($39) were slightly more exciting with some beautiful presentation and several contrasting flavours.
It’s lucky we did not have to pay for much because of the vouchers, but without them I’m not sure I would feel like the meal was worth it. As it’s attached to a resort, I understand that prices are high but the dishes were not amazing for the price tags.
There were plenty more eateries in the main town that are probably better value for money. I’ll have quite a few more food posts for Queensland than Tasmania, as we didn’t have much of a kitchen and ate out most of the time!
More on the food and our first island day trip next!
Tides Restaurant is a part of Peppers Resort. Check out their full menu here.