Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Gourmet gluten-free on Hamilton Island
While not every restaurant on the island offers gluten-free food there is more than enough to ensure you definitely don't go hungry. Down at the wharf area where most of the restaurants and cafes are situated both the Manta Ray Cafe and Romanos (Italian restaurant) offer gluten-free pizza bases and pasta. Romanos is the more expensive of the two, but I found the seafood pasta tastier at the Manta Ray Cafe. While we didn't eat at the Reef Hotel just before we left I saw the hotel's Pool Terrace Restaurant menu which offered many gluten-free options all highlighted on the menu with (gf).
One of the culinary highlights of the week was a lovely degustation dinner on the beach in front of the resort's infinity pool. Called the Watersedge experience, the chef made a few adjustments for me at this romantic candlelight meal. Our meal included tomato consomme with green asparagus, prawns, a Moreton Bay bug and basil followed by pork belly and scallop, sauerkraut, porcine jusrette. Our main dish was poached flathead with smoked fish cake (mashed potato for me) and wilted spinach. This was followed up by a desert tasting plate. As I was unable to eat a number of the sweet options, Bruce had this all to himself. I wasn't left out with the chef providing my own gluten-free desert tasting plate. Suffice to say we were rather full at the end of this gourmet experience and had to go for a walk before calling it a night.