Food and Wine

What Katie Ate at the Feast

What Katie Ate at the Feast

While we were being delighted at qualia by Ali Waddell and Guillaume Brahimi at the Great Barrier Feast we met Katie Quinn Davie and her dashing husband Mick from Sydney. Katie, an Irish native, has a gorgeous blog called What Katie Ate. Have a look at her great pictures of the Feast and take a [...]

New Asian Restaurant – coca chu – Opening Soon

New Asian Restaurant – coca chu – Opening Soon

The cat’s out of the bag. Hamilton Island’s newest dining destination will be opening its doors any day now. coca chu will feature modern South East Asian cuisine and will be headed by Australian chef Adam Woodfield. Adam has recently returned from New York with his family where he was chef-partner at West Village restaurant [...]

Guillaume Brahimi at Great Barrier Feast

Guillaume Brahimi at Great Barrier Feast

Guillaume Brahimi is an absolute gentleman and a wonderful story teller – and a good cook to boot! The Great Barrier Feast last weekend was fantastic. The master classes were informative and entertaining, and both dinners were outstanding. I’m not sure how it usually works in Sydney at Guillaume at Bennelong, but up here in [...]

A window table at Bommie

A window table at Bommie

We had a lovely dinner at the Bommie restaurant last night, the signature restaurant at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Now in its third year, Bommie Restaurant is now headed by chef Nicholas Gomez Duran. Nic was born in Pamplona, Spain and has bought a new vibe to the Bommie menu. This evening we had [...]

Great Barrier Feast with Guillaume Brahimi

Great Barrier Feast with Guillaume Brahimi

We are gearing up for a major cook-off this weekend at qualia’s Great Barrier Feast. Guillaume Brahimi is travelling north from his iconic restaurant at the Sydney Opera House Guillaume at Bennelong, to present a showpiece degustation dinner this Saturday night in qualia’s Long Pavillion restaurant. Waiting for his old mentor will be qualia Head [...]

qualia Fine Dining

qualia Fine Dining

Everything at qualia is divine, and Alastair Waddell’s food is no exception. In fact, after lazing by the beautiful pool (at Pebble Beach or in your room), lazing in the spa and lazing with a glass of champagne at sunset, dinner at the restaurant in the Long Pavilion is a fabulous way to end your day. [...]

Romano’s Italian Dining

Romano’s Italian Dining

My new favourite place to dine on the island is Romano’s. In fact we have eaten there twice in the last month! Both times we have taken the children early in the evening and enjoyed a lovely Italian meal. Romano’s has a great Italian inspired menu for adults with kid’s options too. All that plus [...]

Pizza at Manta Ray Cafe

Pizza at Manta Ray Cafe

Manta Ray Café is on Front Street overlooking the marina. It is a great spot to watch the sun set from the bar or from a table on the deck. Manta Ray serves café style meals, but my top pick is the pizza. They have a great range of toppings and if you can’t agree [...]

Fish & Chips at Popeye’s

Fish & Chips at Popeye’s

Fish & chips beside the marina is the perfect way to end a busy day on Hamilton Island (or a great way to start the night!). Popeye’s is the fish and chip shop on Hamilton Island, and can be found on Front Street between the chemist and Bob’s Bakery. I’m told that the name Popeye [...]

Wild Weather

Wild Weather

We experienced some wild weather on Hamilton Island last week as a great mess of thunderclouds drifted across from the mainland and treated us to an awe-inspiring hour of thunder claps and lightning flashes. Strong winds were felt all over the island and the roads became littered with twigs and small branches that had snapped [...]

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