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Sunday, 22 November 2009

More comings Less goings ....

Disappointing to see that one of our faves, Sacred Spice at Stratford, has gone ... to be replaced by Amaru Jay's. Sacred Spice brought welcome diversity with spicey flavours beyond the typical Asian offerings. Kitchenslut will miss his West Indian goat curry! A quick look at the new lunch menu offering is not inspiring but we will refrain from judgement until some feedback arrives from the suburbs.

More promising the Chapter One / Ti Adora site next to the jelly babies is to be reborn this week as 'A Lemonade Tree'. KS bumped into one of the new owners while peering in the window this afternoon and understands the kitchen will be run by the chef previously at Star Apple in Yorkeys Knob. Diversified Asian influences are intended and a prompt visit is planned to suss this out.

Cocoa Amour, which emerged from the ashes of the old Chocolat with it's HQ down on Grafton St, has opened on The Esplanade where Jamaica Joes was, beneath the Chapel. Some much needed diversity of style on the 'narde and we can only hope it drives away the likes of Gloria Jean's next door. It appears that Jamaica Joes will be moving upstairs to replace the Chapel bar(wrong will be a new Thai like we need another one?). KS doubts he will bother climbing the stairs after his only previous experience with a lamb shank that was more like a ball of mutton fat on a bone.

The old Mangostin's which has been dead about a year is now posted with signage promising an 'exciting new concept' from Rattle & Hum next door. Hmmmmm? Work continues down Shields St at the old Verdi's and Red Apple as the franchises move in. There was a report of a previous Masterchef contestant opening a seafood cafe down Shields also, presumably where the Liquid Bar is now defunct.

I'm sure there are more ..... but thats enough for now .....

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Hanuman Numero Uno?

The only question is by how far is Hanuman, inside the Hilton, the best in Cairns just now? Excluding Palm Cove and PD ...... but then again value adjusted maybe not and that it deserves to be rated with the salubrious award winners such as Nu Nu etc? Hanuman is exceptional value for quality which makes diners downstairs at Mondo's look like mugs!

Hey, go to Mondo's for a drink and the waterside, but slip upstairs for the food! Too many Hanuman oysters can not be enough! The tasting entree for 2 at $32 is simply exceptional value for comparable quality and quantity against anything in town (maybe Bay Leaf risstafel?). The crispy Thai fish was a standout at a previous visit. The waiters are informed to guide you on what's 'hot'! The spicey aromas wafting around are almost enough to make a visit worthwhile on its own!

The key competitor here is Tamarind at the Casino which is more expensive for a lower ambience location and a recent shocker feedback report to KS of yet another appalling Cairns service experience. Service at Hanuman on two visits equals the best experienced in Cairns ever.

The website link above includes signature recipes but Kitchenslut still just can't get those oysters right .......

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