My Pilot & I are trying to make the most of the time off we have together by exploring Cairns & its surrounds. Yesterday we decided to take a trip up to Port Douglas, which is about an hours drive from Cairns, and takes you along an amazing winding coastal road – you feel very much as though you are in paradise looking out over the many untouched beaches!
I am working through my Table 52 cards and we had a choice of 6 options for Port Douglas, all of which sounded excellent. In the end, Seabean Cafe & Restaurant won out as I was excited at the prospect of ‘the famous coconut creme brulee’.
Upon arrival at the cafe at 12pm, it was completely empty so we had our choice of seating. We chose a table just inside the open doors, so we could take advantage of the air conditioning but still feel as though we were eating outside. We received quick and friendly service from a gentleman who I think is the owner and being super hungry, I was secretly thrilled that there was no one else there as I would be guaranteed to get my meal quickly!
Since I am trying to embrace seafood, I chose the Grilled local fish with a garden salad. This meal does come with fries, but I sacrificed the fries for extra salad (after a quick negotiation with my pilot who agreed I could have a dessert if I ditched the fries). The fish was lovely – light and flaky with a lovely smoky kind of flavour from the grill. I would eat fish all of the time if it tasted like this!
My pilot opted for the Roast Pumpkin salad, with toasted almonds, feta, baby spinach and onions. I was thrilled with this choice, as it was my second option and now I could steal delicious roast pumpkin pieces from his plate. The pumpkin was slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, which is exactly how I like it and there were many good sized pieces of feta throughout the salad, which I stealthily stole at every opportunity. To me, pumpkin and feta are a perfect match and I could eat this salad by the bucket load.
Thankfully, I was not too full for dessert and as the dessert menu approached our table, I waved it away as I had my heart set on the coconut creme brulee. But at the last minute, the Lemon Myrtle Pannacotta caught my eye and and an intense internal battle started as I tried to decide between the pannacotta and the creme brulee. The pilot made it clear I could not have both, even when I suggested that we get both and then only eat half of each. As he isn’t a fan of creme brulee, the pilot was pushing for the pannacotta despite not having any idea what pannacotta was, so we ordered that after he promised we could return to try the creme brulee. I described the pannacotta as a kind of opaque, creamy jelly and that description was enough to make him wish we had ordered the creme brulee!
The pannacotta arrived and it look amazing. It was served with a passionfruit sauce and a white chocolate/passionfruit cream/ice cream – from my first bite, I wanted to snatch it away so I could eat it all myself. I am having a love affair with lemon myrtle at the moment and this has only made me love it even more – everyone should go to Port Douglas just to try this dessert! The pannacotta was smooth and not overly creamy or rich, I could honestly have eaten 10 of them without stopping. The white chocolate cream/ice cream (it was kind of a cross between the two) was ridiculously good and accompanied the pannacotta beautifully. I complimented the gentleman who served us on the dessert, and he said that the lemon myrtle comes from the tree in his yard – I need to track down one of these trees for my own yard!
I will definitely be returning to Seabean to try out the dinner menu and also the famous Coconut Creme Brulee – as an enormous fan of both coconut and creme brulee, I feel that the combination of the two may just blow my mind! If the creme brulee is even half as good as the pannacotta, it will be a winner. – can’t wait to go back!