Remember a couple of weeks ago I posted about our delicious week in Palm Cove and promised a follow up post on our dinner at Nu Nu Palm Cove? Well, here it is!
A special occasion calls for a special dinner, only I didn’t know it at the time we booked our table at Nu Nu. We locked in a table for dinner at Nu Nu for the Sunday night of our stay in Palm Cove and right before we went to sleep on Saturday B proposed! So, this dinner became our (first) celebratory meal together.
Nu Nu is the only truly beachfront restaurant in Palm Cove. It opens right out onto the beach with amazing views of the Coral Sea.
The internal decor is also stunning, with a lot of greenery to bring the outdoors in and keep the tropical vibe alive and well no matter where you’re sitting.
Nu Nu Palm Cove is award-winning fine dining with prices to match. It wasn’t cheap but every bite was worth it. They take a very local approach, embracing local flavours as well as fresh local produce. Their menu consists of modern Far North Queensland cuisine, and with so much to choose from, B and I decided to order as much as possible and share it all.
Here is everything we ate at Nu Nu Palm Cove.
1. Cassava and taro crisps with citrus and thyme salt
2. Fresh oyster, shucked to order, hibiscus granita and lime
3. Melaleuca smoked red emperor, peanut and papaya relish, salmon pearls
Another phenomenal dish celebrating local ingredients. The seafood on that betel leaf was so fresh and it was the perfect combination of flavours and textures.
4. XO bun, Hervey Bay scallop, pork and ponzu
If I’m being honest, this was probably our least favourite dish of the evening, but that’s saying something because it was still incredibly delicious.
5. Spanner crab brioche bun, iceberg lettuce and lime
I love crab and I love brioche, so this one was a total winner as far as I’m concerned. The biggest problem was having to share that tiny roll with B.
6. BBQ tiger prawns, rainforest honey, dried grapes and walnut toast
You can’t make out much of the detail in this photo thanks to the lighting and the dark plate (and my photography skills, let’s be honest), but this was a very intricate and detailed dish. Every component played its part in making this dish a standout.
7. Mussaman curry of wild ginger pork belly, ginger caramel, green papaya, Thai basil and crackle
Wow. This was the world’s most inventive take on mussaman and B and I loved every bit of it. It’s probably one of the best curries we’ve ever had. The pork was delicious and tender, and the reduced sauce (hiding under all that good stuff) was so darn tasty.
8. Coconut snow eggs, black sticky rice, passionfruit ice cream and spiced pineapple soup
This wasn’t quite the Peter Gilmore Snow Egg made famous by Masterchef, but it was an amazing dessert nonetheless. Coconut and pineapple really is a match made in heaven and everything about this was perfect. I also loved the slight crunch of the black sticky rice and I could have drunk that spiced pineapple soup straight from the jug.
I know reports of Nu Nu Palm Cove have been mixed, but we really enjoyed our experience here. Every dish was excellent and this was definitely a meal we’ll remember for a long while.
Would we go again? Perhaps for the next special occasion 😉