Here’s what I ate while I was on holiday, more or less. Special highlights are given more explanation.
We stayed at Santorini which is a holiday apartment complex up a level from the street. Underneath the apartments are four restaurants: Barchino, Buono Sera, Chiang Mai Thai and Bistro Cheers Japanese. Five if you count the cafe in the cycle shop, which I do not.
On our first night we had pizza from Buono Sera, the friendly Italian place. I had a corona with lime in it and we shared garlic bread and a really very good pizza with olives, meat, mushrooms, etc. Basically a supreme, but a proper Italian wood fired oven gourmet pizza. Lee didn’t like it as much as I did, but then you know how I feel about pizza.
On the second night we tried out Barchino, which is a flash cafe open all day for breakfast, lunch and tea. The waiting staff were very friendly and we made friends with one in particular over the course of our stay because we really liked the food there. We shared a big seafood antipasto platter. I loved the breadsticks wrapped in smoked salmon, the calamari and the pickled fillets of fishy the most. It was all good, although I don’t like mussels unless they’re smoked and I can’t stand oysters from the shell so I didn’t eat those. The king prawns of course, were the best.
On Friday we checked out the Thai place and were quite disappointed. Lee’s pad Thai was made with a lot of tomato and didn’t taste right at all. My food was about 15 minutes later to the table than his, which was annoying and although the beef was good, it was spicier than advertised. We didn’t go back there.
Nick’s seafood cafe was always busy. We walked past it in the evenings after dinner on our way to the beach a couple of times and although the smell was somewhat off putting (think fish’n’chip shop) and the sign rather inelegantly advertised the “great barramundi burger”, but after seeing be so full so often we decided to give them a try.
Oh. My. God. Instead of deep fried you could ask for grilled fish with a variety of sauces. I chose a garlic butter grilled barramundi fillet and it was completely divine. Just so fresh and delicious. We went back there twice over the course of our stay, although the second time they messed up out order and the fried fish they gave me upset my tummy.
Barchino did wonderful breakfasts, and once we ran out of cereal we ate there pretty frequently. I especially liked the thick raisin toast with maple butter, pancakes with pistachios, carmelized bananas and butterscotch sauce and best of all, they had a juicer so you could order all sorts of smoothies and juice mixes. My favourite was a Great Barrier Reef with watermelon, apple, pineapple and fresh mint. *bliss*
At Sea World we weren’t impressed with the range of fried takeaways that seemed the same at every different ‘cafe’ so we tried out the $18 all you can eat buffet at the Paradise Room. It was the right choice. The day we went to Sea World it was swelteringly hot and the sun was quite relentless so the air conditioning was much blessed by the both of us. The buffet was good. A giant plate of King Prawns started it off and there was a huge variety of hot food, salads, cold meats, asian goodies like fried rice and bits of fish and a huge table of little desserty treats. We sat inside for about an hour gorging on the grub and watched the waterski show right in the lagoon in front of us.
I also liked a little chocolate shop in Pacific Fair called Chocolicious which had lovely lemon truffles, Red Rooster in the airport just before we came home and another chicken place in Pacific Fair called Otropo. Or something like that.
Hopefully you’re hungry now.
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