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The Rising Sun Bar & Bistro

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published September 8th 2013
The perfect place to chill

If staying in Cairns or Port Douglas, it's well worth making the short drive to beautiful Palm Cove for lunch. It has a long shelter stretch of beach, and nearly all the restaurants make good use of their sea views.

We dropped in to The Rising Sun for lunch, a relaxed little bar in the Sarayi. It offers both indoor and outdoor dining, but as a very popular lunch spot, you need to get in early for an outdoor table. It also has the bonus of an open wall, so even if inside, you get the benefit of the breeze and sea air.

The kids ordered the massive, and very popular with the other diners, burger, which included beetroot, bacon and egg on a huge crusty roll.

The kids pizza was huge, and great value.

We ordered off the bar style menu instead of the mains, and four smaller items proved a little too much - three would have sufficed. But try narrowing down your choice to just three!

The salted cod and potato croquettes were fantastic - crispy on the outside with the soft tasty filling contrasting.

The sang choi bao was pork and prawn with lychee, giving it a very tropical flavour, It was delicious!

The caramelised pork belly sticks were teamed with the sweet Thai vinegar, and possibly the best thing we ate our entire trip. Cooked perfectly, and simply sensational.

We also had the crispy spicy calamari, which was neither that crispy nor that spicy, however that worked in our favour as the kids needed to finish it off for us, as we'd greedily ordered too much.

Washed down with a Lychee Mojito and Asahi, this was my favourite meal in Far North Queensland - location, food, and atmosphere hit all the right notes.

As the song says 'it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one'
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Why? Great food with sea views
When: 11am - 12pm
Phone: (07) 4059 5600
Where: 100 Williams Esplande, Palm Cove
Cost: Varies but good value
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