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Modern Australian

There's a subtle British theme in play at this far north bastion of tropical fine dining. Most of the action takes place on the deck of an old colonial-style building, where candles flicker, tables sport double linen and dishes, such as Tongue and Cheek, a witty entrée with herb-jellied brawn, croquette of pig's tail and golden strips of crisp pig's ear, show chef-owner Spencer Patrick's skills to advantage. Anglo-favourite lemon (thyme) meringue pie gets a look-in for dessert, albeit in a deconstructed rendering with sherbet, shortbread, curd blobs and toasty marshmallow. Apple crumble appears, too, but as a savoury, lightly fennel-scented take on the classic pud, giving texture and butteriness to roast duck breast, embellished by a wonderful jus. A well-considered wine list that's calibrated for all occasions adds to the experience. Floor staff need a jolt of enthusiasm, though, and addressing women diners as "ladeez" irks.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $21-$24

    M $32-$40

    D $17-$19

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Spencer Patrick


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