A word from our Chef about what it means to prepare delicious meals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
When I think about the ocean, I always have the fondest memories of salty air, sun-bleached sand and the distinct sound of gallons of water crashing over rocks and onto the beach…
So when it came time to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I never imagined it would change what the ocean meant for me… but it did and had for so many others too.
The most striking impression is the colours, shades upon shades of blue on blue dotted with shimmers of green and turquoise, white sand cays and lush green island’s.
It’s like navigating a maze of beautiful, you have to keep your eyes open and ready for the smallest creature to surprise you with its uniqueness.
This is really where the inspiration comes for our onboard service with food and cuisine – Fresh whilst nourishing and surprising.
We love the flavours of the tropics, mango and coconut tempered with the exotics like mangosteen, dragon fruit and lychee. Herbs are our chefs favourite compliment, the exquisite flavours of mint, basil, dill and then the more earthy notes of thyme and sage.
We like a continental and cooked breakfast, after all; variety and choice go hand in hand today, and we understand that breakfast is a personal preference, a few of our favourites are Ricotta, fresh raw honeycomb, lime and blueberries, smoked salmon, capers and fluffy scrambled eggs with homemade Mexican beans.
We are staying with the running theme of choice for lunch and serving our fresh luxe buffet, consisting of a variety of different salads changing daily, some of which are:
Rocket, poached pear, ricotta, lime and chilli salted cashews with lemon and honey vinaigrette.
Roast Pumpkin with sumac, pinenuts and goat feta with pomegranate molasses.
Papaya, lime, mint, chilli and peanut salad.
Organic Quinoa, Cranberry, pinenut, mandarin and herb salad.
Also changing daily is a selection of mains, which could be filled croissants or filo pastry of stuffed pita pocket, burritos or homemade quiche.
We love the fruits up here so voluptuous fruit platters are part of our staple followed closely by sweet or savoury home baked treats or grazing platters for afternoon tea.
Dinner gets a little bit fancy, being the plated meal for the evening, take a seat, we will serve you.
Imagine casual sunset dining over the water, but with restaurant quality, delicious food and all your friends, both old and new are there to share it.
We use high-quality cuts of proteins and take pride in flavours and colours’ of the evening. We aim to cater for all dietary’s with care and respect and value each individual’s uniqueness and requests.
With that in mind, dessert is a little bit of fun, pastries, cheesecakes, mousses, pannacotta, sponges, crème brulee and lemon meringue, with a selection of ice cream and sorbets.
This floating hotel is a lot of fun for a chef and the food lover alike, creative freedom and the ocean, what more could you want!
I guess you could say; we are inspired by the greatness of the Barrier Reef and all its wonder.