Friday, 4 April 2014

Coca Chu-Hamilton Island

The family dined at Coca Chu restaurant on Hamilton Island for Pa's birthday dinner. It had a lovely ambiance with a delicious Vietnamese Thai fusion menu. Our meal consisted of many scrumptious share plates, most of which weren't safe long enough for me to take a photo of them as they looked and smelt so great that we couldn't wait to taste them-Lara included. I doubt there is a six month old in the world with better defined taste buds than Mark's and my child. We can't have a meal without her demanding to taste some these days, its hilarious.

The duck was our stand out course with the perfect balance of flavours. It was lovely to share a whole spread of different dishes, however, some of the waitstaff weren't as experienced as the others, and we had to request that the next dish wasn't brought to the table when there wasn't any where to put it....not to mention that our tummies weren't ready. But that said our main waiter Sam provided exceptional service, he was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about his job, it was obvious that he had tasted everything on the menu, and he could enthusiastically talk us through his favourites.

The restaurant has a lovely fresh ambiance.
When it came time to order dessert Mark and I struggled to decide on the mango pudding with raspberry, coconut, lychee and kaffir lime salad OR the roasted coconut icecream sundae with spiced donuts, chilli chocolate fudge and peanut salted caramel. So instead of doing our usual and sharing a dessert we got one each and shared so we got to have our cake and eat it too. As Sam said, you can't pick between the two, but the mango pudding is great if you are feeling a bit full and want a lighter sweet dish, but if you still have room in your tummy go for those delicious donuts and fudge. Yummo.

Overall the food, service and ambiance at Coca Chu was enjoyable, I would recommend it....along with some patience just in case you need to manage the new waitress who seems to think it is your job to figure out where to put a plate on an already full table.

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