The Raw Prawn, Cairns

Another dinner decision, this time we went to the Raw Prawn, again on the Esplanade, for some seafood. We briefly contemplated the main menu but decided to stick to the two-course set dinner, where for $35, you get a choice among:

  • 1 entree and 1 main
  • 1 main and 1 dessert
  • 1 entree and 1 dessert

Sounds like a deal!

We sat outside and both opted for the entree-main combination, because we would be having dessert at a gelato place that we’d been going to for the trip. The entrees took 10 minutes after order and no time to devour, and the mains quickly followed.

The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Prawn & Avocado Salad (Entree)
The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Prawn & Avocado Salad (Entree)

With the place named the Raw Prawn, I guess it’s only appropriate for Richard to choose prawns for his entree, and more prawns for the main! His entree was prawns (not raw) with an avocado salsa on a bed of salad and blobs of cocktail sauce on the side.

The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Chargrilled Prawns (main)
The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Chargrilled Prawns (main)

His main was chargrilled shelled prawns with a mango dip, more salad and croutons. Yum, but I reckon peeling prawns was too much work for me, so I had something easier.

The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Chicken Skewers (Entree)
The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Chicken Skewers (Entree)

For my entree, I got the chicken skewers, which appeared as 4 skewers of marinated chicken thigh pieces with bok choy. The menu said the barbecue sauce was Asian inspired, which I think they meant there’s soy sauce in it, but I could be wrong.

The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Cajun Barramundi (main)
The Raw Prawn, Cairns: Cajun Barramundi (main)

My main was the Cajun spiced barramundi fillets sitting atop a garden salad. Cairns restaurants seem to have a thing with heavily drenching their salads in dressing, as happened with this salad, Richard’s main, as well as my other one from another place. I did like the lemon butter dressing on my dish, and the Cajun seasoning was very flavoursome.

Quite enjoyed the light meal. I noticed they serve kangaroo and crocodile here as well. If I didn’t feel like seafood, I would probably have tried those to see if they could manage to cook them right.

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