Restaurant Guide

Nu Nu

In a world of paint-by-numbers restaurants, Nu Nu is a welcome one-off.
Nu NuKara Rosenlund
1 Veivers Rd Palm Cove, Qld

It’s no mystery why almost everyone elects to sit outside at Nu Nu, even on a lukewarm, windy afternoon. A table on the timber deck is a premium spot in the stalls of the vibrant theatre that is tropical north Queensland, fluttering palms high above, the roiling Coral Sea on full display. Switched-on staff sporting shorts and sunnies scurry about, doling out candid advice. Begin with a cocktail, they’ll suggest, and you’d be unwise not to listen; a vanilla and ginger Mojito roars with throat-tingling spice. Everything here, from a two-bite-sized snack of smoked reef fish in a tangle of papaya relish on a wild pepper leaf, to a salad of watermelon offset by dollops of quark, dehydrated olives and malty molasses crumbs, expresses the region’s colourful palate (and palette) in high-definition. A blitz of seeds, mustard fruits, pickled radishes, chilli butter and fluorescent pumpkin purée takes the more-is-more mantra one step too far in a main course starring sourdough-crumbed Tablelands pork loin, but then a chocolate brownie emerges: a chewy, toffee-rich reminder that life’s most gratifying pleasures are often the least complicated.


(07) 4059 1880



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Outdoor dining

  • Private room

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Nick Holloway

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

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Nu Nu
1 Veivers Rd Palm Cove, Qld
Nick Holloway
Opening Hours
Breakfast daily 7am-11.30am Lunch daily 11.30am-4pm Dinner daily 5pm-9.30pm

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