So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here but with good reason… Earlier this year Boyfriend and I went on a holiday to Palm Cove where B proposed!
The past nine months I’ve been incredibly busy planning a two-part wedding and a multi-stop holiday/honeymoon (we’re having a small family-only celebration in Florida followed by a party when we get back from an overseas adventure – more on this later, I’m sure), in addition to working my very busy full-time job and tackling several side projects at the same time. Sadly AYDIE had to take a backseat, but now that I’m feeling more in control and just about everything is booked and ready to go, I’m back with lots of foodie updates. I may have been too busy to post, but I definitely haven’t been too busy to eat.
I thought it was only fitting to share the culinary highlights of all the places we loved in Palm Cove as my first post back. So here it is – the best of eating in Palm Cove!
Beach Almond is the first restaurant we ate dinner at in Palm Cove. It’s a delicious modern Asian seafood restaurant in a cute little cabin-style building right across from this incredible view:
We had a scrumptious dinner that included crab and prawn spring rolls with dipping sauce:
and banana leaf barramundi.
You can’t see much of the barramundi in that photo, but I can assure you that it was delicious and we really enjoyed the accompanying sauces, rice and salad too.
If you’re in need of an Asian food fix in Palm Cove, Beach Almond has you covered. But be prepared to pay Palm Cove prices.
Vivo, another restaurant across from the beach, was one of our favourite places to eat. We loved it so much we went three times. The nasi goreng and spanner crab linguine were particular standouts. Especially that crab. It was fresh and sweet and so tasty and each piece was generous, as opposed to other varieties of crab which tend to be quite small and flaky.
The nasi goreng featured gulf prawns, shredded duck leg, fried jasmine rice, sauteed wombok/bean shoots/asian herbs/spring onion, crispy shallots, toasted peanuts, housemade sambal, and fried yamagishi egg:
And the crab pasta was spanner crab linguine with chili, garlic, white wine, confit cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and crustacean oil:
We also ate other delicious dishes here, including a burger – house ground wagyu beef, smoked bacon, Spanish onion, grilled Jarlsberg, rasta’s special sauce, dill pickle, toasted brioche bun, with lemon pepper fries:
Spaghetti Marinara – sauteed tableland red claw yabby/gulf prawns/baby calamari/reef fish/boston bay mussels, roasted garlic/basil/roma tomato napoli, extra virgin olive oil:
And bruschetta with bush tomato, basil pesto, spanish onion, extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic:
Yum. Thinking about all these dishes is making me very, very hungry. We highly recommend stopping at Vivo – at least once – if you’re ever in Palm Cove.
FOOD AT PEPPER’S BEACH CLUB AND SPA
We stayed at Pepper’s Beach Club and Spa which was a stunning resort with the most amazing pool. We loved our stay here (including our daily buffet breakfast – always a must when booking hotels in our opinion), and really recommend it if you’re planning a trip to Palm Cove. Which we also recommend.
We basically lived in this pool when we weren’t out hunting for food (seriously, the chlorine killed my hair), and every now and then we even had food delivered to us on our sun-loungers. Like this mouthwatering steak sandwich and fries:
As well as our fair share of cocktails from the swim up bar.
We also enjoyed a big bucket of prawns at the front restaurant, with another spectacular view.
JACK AND SHANAN’S
One of my all-time favourite foods is crepes. Savoury or sweet, I could eat them every single day. These amazing crepes from Jack and Shanan’s didn’t disappoint. I chose the classic lemon sugar combo and it’s safe to say this plate was licked clean.
Again, the view across the road was breathtaking.
If you need a sweet fix, Jack and Shanan’s is your go-to for dessert in Palm Cove.
Nu Nu is probably the most fancy restaurant in Palm Cove, and we went here to celebrate our engagement. It was an incredible meal from start to finish. So incredible I’ve decided it deserves it’s own post. Watch this space. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at what we ate:
There were plenty of other places to eat in Palm Cove, but since you can’t do it all we’ll just have to go back and check the rest out later.
All in all, it was an incredible week of swimming, reading, relaxing and eating delicious food. Our idea of perfection.
Would we go again? To all of the above in a heartbeat.