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When in the tropics, have seafood

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January 20, 2017 / Seafood / By
Aiko Cefre

 One thing you always must do when you're in the tropics is to try the seafood.

Queensland, Australia's sunshine state, is not necessarily in the tropics but it felt like I was! At 26 degrees celcius, I had beads of sweat on my face and arms, and the unsurprising chaffing... Nevertheless, you can never disregard the food, particularly in the seafood in this area.

It was the 27th of December, we ventured west of Sunshine Coast to the mountainous region of Maleny where the feature attraction was the restaurant, Terrace of Maleny. One of my brother's friends raved about this restaurant calling it having "the best seafood around". We couldn't pass off the opportunity of not visiting this place during our summer vacation.

We arrived fairly early into the lunch service so there was hardly anyone there - good thing too because all the waiters were at our beck and call. The menus were simple but seemed absolutely tantalizing. One that caught my eye was the Moreton Bay bug - a lobster-like shellfish from the nearby Moreton Bay - being a Kiwi, I had never heard of it before and having the word "bug" isn't truly appealing.

My family loved seafood and we couldn't restrict ourselves to just one course so we decided let's just go big time and order the seafood platter (it's around 80 p/h but it's so worth it!). The seafood platter option has 3 courses (an entree, cold platter and a hot platter) and a palette cleanser. Our waiter seemed very please when we chose this and right away he rushed back to get our order placed into the system.

So the first course was the seafood chowder: it's small (trust me, with what's coming up you would be glad for it) but absolutely delicious. Creamy and rich, it was well worth it.

 

The cold platter didn't take too long (we were early remember?) and when the waiter came with the tier stands as well as the finger bowls, our eyes lit up. Each tier platter feeds two so there is double of everything for myself and my dad.

On the platter were Moreton bay bugs, pacific oysters, Mooloolaba prawns, fresh sand crab, green lip mussels, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and sauces. I take it back, the Moreton bay bugs were delicious. The soft, cool white shellmeat was tantilisingly sweet and soft in mouth. It was lightly poached, so the texture was perfection. I can also say the same for the Mooloolaba prawns, they were cooked well and the sweetness of the meat was like a breath of fresh air - all the prawns I have ate before were bland but this was just perfection. Beware of the sand crab - you will need a nut cracker on hand and your fingers submerged into the fingerbowl often. The inclusion of the fresh fruit with the seafood was refreshing - eating too many sea creatures can get a bit tiresome on the palette.

After feasting on this, we were stuffed and had to catch our breath. The waiter came over and reminded us still of the second platter and the palette cleanser but reassured that they will bring only the palette cleaner and leave enough time for us to be ready for the next platter.

(From this point on, there wil be no pictures - too stuffed to take a picture).

The palette cleanser was a scoop of honey and ginger granita - very refreshing and a good way to start the next course.

As promised, the waiter did leave use alone for a good 10 minutes to re-organised out stomachs before he brought out the next course.

The hot platter consisted of: Grilled fish of the day, beer battered fish, coconut prawns, Spiced calamari, grilled scallops and a classic Caesar salad. All was cooked well and maintained their texture - the main highlight was the calamari. It was beautifully soft in the inside but light and crisp outside. The seasoning was perfect and it was the best I have ever tasted. The meat just melted in the mouth and I was very happy having tried it. The coconut prawns were sweet and the coconut breading made it all work.

Compliments to the chef at the this place - were very happy and delighted with the experience eventhough it sets us back by a few dollars, nevertheless would recommend it if ever you were in the Sunshine coast area.

 

 

Terrace of Maleny

Country: Australia

Province/State: Queensland

City: Maleny

Address: Landsborough-Maleny Road

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: N/A

Website:http://www.terraceofmalen...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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