For a long while the Hi Tide Beach Cafe and Seafood Bistro has been a local’s breakfast and lunch secret, and no wonder because this is as close to a beachfront hideaway as it gets in the middle of Port Douglas. It is now a ‘must do’ - indeed, if you’re looking to get away from the so called fine dining scene and enjoy a little modern cafe/bistro style, a cocktail sesh or a drop of rum then the tide will bring you here.
Nestled oceanside in the boutique Peninsula Hotel, Hi Tide looks directly out onto the Coral Sea. It’s cool without being over designed, warm and welcoming without sacrificing a certain sophistication and, well, they have the most amazing cocktail and rum selection. The best place in Port to capture the breeze.
Hi Tide’s great strength is it’s diversity and intimacy. Their fully revamped cafe/bistro seafood style menu, with Mod Oz, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean dishes, underlines this. It‚’s simple, approachable cuisine with a contemporary edge; and it’s delivered in a classic ‘esplanade’ setting.
Sit back and relax with the daily newspaper over breakfast or take time out to just enjoy the beautiful views with mouth watering sweet temptations‚ Lavazza coffee – when only the best will do.
On the other hand, the good ol’ bucket of prawns, served straight off the trawler with garlic aioli is very hard to beat. It’s tropical, it’s tasty and it goes down well with a beer. Enjoy the signature hot and cold seafood platter, or for something nice and casual – fish and chips. Hi tide’s Signature Seafood Chowder is just one of the many temptations to begin an awesome dining experience.
What – don’t eat fish! – then no better place to partake of the superbly tender eight hour slow roasted lamb shank. Accompanied by a lush tomato sauce with wilted spinach, served on a bed of mash and finished with a herb gremolata, this is a simple but outrageously satisfying classic. The Chef’s daily blackboard of specials will temp every palate.
Hi Tide is regarded by locals as a very chilled and cosy little bar, where the cocktails are renowned and the wine list is easy to get your palate around; a fine Brookwood Mellow Rouge from the Margaret river Region and the wonderful Tasmanian Jansz Sparkling amongst them. The wine list really is one of the nicest and cleverest selections to be found in Port, guaranteed to accompany and complement any menu choice.
A small but amazing selection of boutique and local style beers. Rum is the drink that conquered the world, and Hi Tide has a Rum style for everyone. The Cocktail Menu by day or night is refreshing and uplifting.
The daily roster of ‘sea breeze’ drink specials means that your afternoon by the beach is now looking even better.