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January 17, 2022
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Where to eat when in Cairns, Australia

Dr John Teshima bites into “bush” specialities with a 21st-century twist

Most people go to Cairns, Australia to see the astounding Great Barrier Reef and explore the nearby tropical rainforest. But another reason to visit is to sample the gourmet bush food at the Ochre Restaurant, formerly The Red Ochre Grill.

Emphasizing native Australian ingredients, the menu offers up unique flavours and textures. Instead of just regular bread to start, the meal opens with wattle seed damper loaf, which you dip in a dukka of native spices and nuts. Then go crazy with the Australian antipasto sampler, which includes smoked, wild-spice kangaroo, emu pâté with bush tomato chili sauce and saltwater crocodile wontons.

The menu changes frequently, but a main course might include roasted barramundi filet or a kangaroo sirloin with quandong-chili glaze. For dessert, the Australian classic Pavlova is accented with wattle seeds and complemented with a Davidson-plum sorbet. And to end the evening, inhale the intoxicating aromas of a pot of lemon-myrtle tea.

Ochre Restaurant

43 Shields Street

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Tel: (011-61-7) 4051-0100

A six-course tasting menu, about $80


Dr John Teshima is a psychiatrist from Toronto, ON.

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