A variety of fresh, seasonal produce in a tropical setting, with expansive views of The Coral Sea, where you could see whales, dugongs and turtles while you eat. This is what you’ll experience at ‘Osprey’s Restaurant’, located at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas.
Besides its unrivalled views, which stretch uninterrupted for 110 kilometres across this tropical wonderland, Ospreys offers guests food from its seasonal herb garden, local suppliers and the Coral Sea. In short, the experience will make you feel you’re very much a part of this spectacular setting.
Chef Catherine Pacy hints at what to expect at Ospreys Restaurant. “We use ingredients from the backyard and the sea, so a lot of fresh fish, poultry, vegetables, fresh herbs”. Catherine adds, “if you’re lucky enough you may get to watch the sea eagle dive for fish”..“and breakfast with the cheeky lorikeets is a must”.
Situated adjacent to forest treetops, guests are also likely to experience sunbirds, lorikeets and honeyeaters flying in and around the treetops as they dine. All while this unique Port Douglas restaurant serves up starters like sand crab miang with shredded coconut, zesty pink pomello and lemongrass wrapped in betel leaf.
Other treats to get you started include yellow fin tuna, prawn and scallop sashimi with wakame salad and sake sorbet. There’s also fresh barramundi and local mud crab for main courses, served with any number of seasonal accompaniments.
Winter time in Port Douglas is comparatively warm, with little rainfall, making it an ideal time for deck loungers and ocean ponderers to visit. Ospreys’ winter menu will help you settle in with its selection of fare such as freshly shucked Pacific oysters and Greek-inspired saganaki cheese served warm with a drizzle of honey and fresh lime.
Winter mains at this Port Douglas restaurant include succulent calamari with bok choy and snow peas, wok tossed with homegrown garlic, chilli and lemon grass, served with a pandanus of rice. Or for something with a little more traditional heart, there’s twice-cooked pork spare ribs, with a house made hickory smoked glaze, served with red cabbage coleslaw and warm turkish bread.
Not to mention the extensive selection of Australian wine available. And did we mention the view? When it comes to eating in Port Douglas, there’s none better.