The eating out scene is not considered overly sophisticated. There are a number of pubs which do good counter-meals and there is a proliferation of cheap-eats catering for the backpacker crowd.
Restaurant styles are wide-ranging but seafood appears on most menus.
Some of the best are:
This modern Asian is at the Reef Casino and isn’t far off fine-dining. The Baby Baramundi (served up whole with
teeth and everything) done in their special sweet tamarind sauce is
to die for.
Perrottas at The Gallery
Situated one block back from the Esplanade in the city-centre Perrottas at The Gallery is very popular for breakfast, brunch and
lunch. All dining
is on a huge balcony overlooking the street.
Adelphi Greek Taverna
This is an award-winning Greek restaurant, but most people just go there because it’s managed by
Peter Andre’s brother (or more importantly Jordan’s brother-in-law).
Do yourself a favour and visit this fresh seafood market on the highway. It has awesome fresh seafood supports the local fishermen. It’s not just fresh fish, though. You can order fish and chips — chose any bit of fish you
want and have it cooked right there.
In town there are loads of pubs. The Woolshed is a rowdy affair with loads of backpacker having a good time. There’s a number of bars and restaurants which line the esplanade making it a nice spot for a drink in the afternoon.
If you’re looking for something with a view head to Ba8 Lounge Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel which is a trendy bar
overlooking the marina. It’s close to heaps of restaurants at The Pier which is a shopping/restaurant complex under the hotel. This place is popular with all ages.
The Pier Bar and Grill is a popular spot for Friday evening and Sunday sessions as it overlooks parkland and the ocean.
If it’s sports you’re after The Cock and Bull is an English pub with loads of televisions. It also has great steaks at reasonable prices.