Dundee's Restaurant Ultimate Seafood Platter

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Seafood lovers’ guide to Cairns

TNQ Writer

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is teeming with an abundance of restaurants offering fresh, local catches and exceptional seafood. Find the stand-out seafood dishes in Cairns below.

Dundee’s Restaurant

Dundee’s Ultimate Seafood Experience

Chef’s Choice Seafood Platter

Dine with marina views

You’re going to want to wear stretchy pants because Dundee’s platters are sure to loosen the belt buckle. Indulge in the Chef’s Choice Seafood Platter for two with a huge selection of chilled and hot seafood as well as fresh tropical fruit. Or really take it up a notch with a Dundee’s Ultimate Seafood Experience that includes an even bigger array of seafood sure to please the tummy (and your Instagram).


Tempura Gulf Bugs

Dining al fresco doesn't get much better

Enjoy dinner with beautiful views

Ochre’s contemporary Australian cuisine is always a crowd pleaser and their seafood is no exception. Skewered on lemongrass with green papaya salad and a sweet chilli, lemon myrtle dressing, the award-winning Tempura Gulf Bugs epitomise Ochre’s dedication to native produce and beautiful flavours. And with a constantly evolving menu, there’s always something new and fresh for you to sample.

Calyspo Rum Bar

Calypso Club, a spanking new (opened 19th October 2023) spirited rum bar and seafood kitchen, channels the essence of coastal holidays with playful sophistication. Located at Crystalbrook Riley, it’s curated music program sets the perfect vibe for guests to unwind, immerse themselves, and embrace the lively seaside spirit.

Bellocale Italian Seafood Restaurant

Pappardelle Bugs

Risotto alla Pescatora

Interior of Bellocale

Bellocale has gained a well-deserved reputation for exceptional, gourmet Italian cuisine. With a menu featuring out of this world (or sea?) dishes such as Risotto alla Pescatora, with Moreton Bay bugs, Gulf prawns, calamari, fish, mussels and clams with a saffron Pernod bouillabaisse and Napoli sauce; or Pappardelle Bugs, a seriously mouth-watering ribbon pasta served with sautéed ginger, garlic and chilli, flambéed with brandy and finished with spanner crab meat and rosa sauce. Sorry, you might want to wipe up your drool on the table…

With generous servings and bonus points for freshly grated, quality parmesan cheese, Bellocale gets a double thumbs-up.


Whole Crispy Baby Barramundi

Dining at Tamarind

Interior of Tamarind

Appropriately served in a sticky tamarind, chilli and garlic sauce, Tamarind’s Whole Crispy Baby Barramundi is a flavour explosion and a favourite of many. Tamarind’s menu also features a range of other quality seafood entrée and main options and coupled with the ambient atmosphere, it’s the fine dining destination of choice by many locals and visitors.

Tha Fish

Whole baby barramundi

Coral trout

Tuna & watermelon

Joining the hit-list is the ultimate mix-and-match Fish List at Tha Fish. Choose between five different fish types and pair it with one of five cooking styles. The Fish List changes monthly, with each month featuring battered, pan seared, chargrilled, baked and crusted options and an ever-changing menu of flavours and styles. The hardest part will be picking which combination you’d like the most.

Samgasat Thai Cuisine

Whole crispy fried market fish

As a nation also renowned for its seafood, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a Thai restaurant makes this list. With a range of incredible seafood dishes packed full of flavour, the poached chicken and crab salad deserves a special mention – its fresh, herb base ideal for a balmy tropical evening – but it’s the whole crispy fried market fish that is the real showstopper. While the name partially hints at what to expect, the dish is drizzled in a sweet, spicy, tangy and sticky sauce that will blow you out of the water (pun intended). It’s best to preorder this meal as there is a limited number available each day. If you miss out, fear not, there are plenty of other seafood sensations and other options sure to impress on the menu.

Prawn Star

Dine aboard a fleet of retired seafood trawlers

Seafood al fresco on Prawn Star

Prawn Star takes the cake for the most exciting location, dining on one of their two boat decks situated right on the water at the marina. Teamed with their Jumbo Platter featuring fresh oysters, prawns, sashimi and bugs (and only $5 for beer and wine), it’s fun, it’s tasty and it’s perfect for those warm tropical days.

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