The Raw Prawn, Cairns

Oh how I love my lunches in town on the weekends and again I thought I would take advantage of another one of the lunch specials going in the city but this time at The Raw Prawn on the esplanade.  The Raw Prawn is a local seafood restaurant situated in a great spot on the esplanade that has been open for over 10 years.  I have been here for lunch a few times and always enjoyed it.  There is $22.50 lunch specials which includes two courses plus a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.  There is also a $14.90 lunch special which is just for a main but my friends and I opted for the more expensive one ordering an entree and a main along with a couple of glasses of white wine and a beer.  There are 9 entrees to choose from, 10 mains and 3 desserts.  Again, its not all just seafood and there is a couple of non-seafood dishes for the non-seafood lover.  AL ordered the Soft Shell Crab with Crisp Garlic Flakes and Sweet Chilli on a Thai Salad for entree and for a main he ordered the Chicken Pasta thigh pieces tossed with garlic and olive oil, since he isn’t that much of a seafood lover.

Soft Shell Crab with Crisp Garlic Flakes and Sweet Chilli on a Thai Salad

LL went for the Natural Oysters for entree and the Pacific Fusion Reef Fish, Prawns, Calamari and Mussels poached in coconut basil sauce with rice and bok choy for main.

Raw Prawn oysters

Natural Oysters with Cocktail Sauce

I order the Mussels in homestyle napoli sauce for entree and Tempura Prawns with salad and chips for main (I tend to get these everytime I come here because the prawns are pretty good).

Mussels in Homestyle Napoli Sauce

I asked the waiter if the seafood was local and he assured me that the mussels and the oysters were from Tasmania.  We didn’t wait very long for our entrees to come out and they all came out at once which is always a good start.  All the servings were of a good size for an entree and we were all very happy with them.  The mussels weren’t very big but apparently its hard to find big mussels these days.  The soft shell crab was crispy and the oysters were juicy.  Next up our mains came out, again all at once and we only waited about 10 minutes.  My prawns were big and the tempura was extra crunchy just the way it should bewhile AL seemed pretty pleased with his pasta, so much so that he hooked into it before I got a chance to take a photo of it.

Tempura Prawns with Chips and Salad

LL said that his Pacific Fish was really good but he got a bit of food envy when he saw my main.  The only problem with Luke’s dish is that the prawns were small and imported which was a little strange considering that my prawns were big and local.  A little disappointing but he didn’t mind too much.

Pacific Fusion Reef Fish, Prawns, Calamari and Mussels poached in coconut basil sauce with rice and bok choy

The Raw Prawn = good atmosphere, good service, great price.  I’ll be back.

The Raw Prawn

101 Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870

Ph: (07) 40 315400

Website: www.rawprawnrestaurant.com.au

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Posted on May 15, 2011, in Cairns and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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