Top 3 Contemporary food in Mackay, Queensland, Australia

February 17, 2020 Brain Ambrose

Discover Restaurants offering the best Contemporary food in Mackay, Queensland, Australia including Romeo & Juliet's Restaurant, Turbarlence, Golden Gecko Hotel
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1. Romeo & Juliet's Restaurant

309a Shakespeare St, Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia Australian, Contemporary Dinner, Breakfast Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Highchairs Available [email protected] +61 7 4969 0200
Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Romeo & Juliet's Restaurant

Romeo & Juliet's is a contemporary dining experience, with a huge emphasis on good quality, well presented food. We have an extensive wine and beverage list to complement the exquisite cuisine on offer.

Reviewed By AllenV50

Romeo and JulietLike its name sake our wedding anniversary dinner at the Romeo ended up on a sad note. ! In fact it did not start off well at all!Located the underground at the rear of the long bar is this intimate fine dining venue Being underground it was a long flight of steps to reach to please and being disabled by the time I got there I was one quarter dead. We were met by the restaurant manager, Michele introduce us to the staff who would be serving us at evening. The entry is rather interesting having come down a long flight of steps the flyer consist of a seafood bar fresh tantalising seafood which almost made us declined the celebrity chef menu for the delicious seafood!! There was live Alaskan crab super fresh snapper Oysters And a multitude of Seafoods!!Just so sad that we could not partake of it that evening!However we had reserved the celebrity chefs degustation menu. Gusepi was in town for only a week and he had brought with him a full bag of white truffles from the Tuscany region. we were so looking forward to his mouth watering salvinating menu. We were lead to the table and the chef de cuisine Enrico introduced us to the menu. The five of us and I will guess chose the media as installed however my wife and I being rather difficult again Chose to change some of the items. My dear wife doesn't eat anything which is not cooked I did so the tuna tartar was out. I am allergic to beef cheek that defeated that 16 hour slow cooked dish In this place in Rico offered a special cooked seafood entree base on the scampi lobster oyster etc. my wife states this was really well done and flavours truly awesome. I found the original seafood platter only beautifully presented but the freshness and effort made in combining the caviar and other fresh seafood out of this world. The photograph doesn't do it justice but the baby loves look just so cute I couldn't help but eat it all !The dinner was six costs and the next outstanding item was the vegetable beef soup. Really evoked memories of my recent trip to the region and to think this could be duplicated in Asia in competition with its wonderful street food saying something!The highlight of the dinner was the beef cheeks for my guests and a tenderloin fillet for my wife and myself. I have my meet rare n My wife likes a thoroughly cooked beyond well done. Tendinitis not easy to cook and it's not to dry out very easily however my wife's well done tenderloin was thoroughly well done, Still noist and flavoursome with and nice caramelised finished all round. I'm not sure who did the cooking Enrico or GuSeppi I wife thoroughly enjoyed it. On the other hand and in contrast my tenderloin was cooked perfectly ready and also with the wonderful then caramelisation of the Fillet. Before dinner I had warned Enrico that if the steak was not perfect I would send back. At this point most chefs would overcompensate and present the steak rare and still bleeding. A rare steak is blue and the meat well rested and thoroughly worn. I didn't send any of the steak back!!!The crowning glory of the meal was it a chocolate mousse that the Pistachio crumble ice cream. Need I say it was more than perfectHowever all things aside there are shortcomings. Service was professional and prompt in fact too prompt in that the delivery of the plates to the table was a bit rushed and the waitress in her shyness rush through the exclamation of the dish. The venue is a bit hidden away but yes decoration and the true ambience of a fine dining establishment is as good as La Bernadine in New York or any two or three Star Michelin restaurant in Europe A big well done to Michelle for presenting a fine celebratory anniversary dinner. The sad note at the end ! We had to leave ! Wish the memory will stay forever but our taste buds will never again be pleasured like it had been!Hello, I think you may have the wrong restaurant. We are Romeo & Juliet's Restaurant & Bar in Mackay Australia. We dont have have any steps to our restaurant and are not underground we overlook beautiful gardens. We also dont have a Michelle working here. In saying that wherever you are (and Id love to know!!) I am pleased you enjoyed your anniversary dinner and if ever to come to Mackay please come and see us and I hope your experience is as good!!

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2. Turbarlence

Christensen Crescent Hotel Ibis South Mackay, Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia Bar, Contemporary, Australian Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available +61 7 4898 0025
Overall Ratings

3 based on 39 reviews


Huge fans of local produce, we try to use what is local and freshest as much as possible! Head Chef Ashleigh Black completed her apprenticeship in Sydney, then spent time inland at Chinchilla, before moving to Mackay. Come out and have a drink in our beer

Reviewed By Strat4ds

Booked a table for our group of workmates and were the only ones in the restaurant area which we were hoping wasn’t a bad sign. Luckily it wasn’t! We were pleasantly surprised to find it was 2-4-1 meals on Monday’s. No table service and everything is ordered at the bar. Meals are ready for collection when your buzzer goes. The menu is not vast but covers all options. Meals were fresh from many locally sourced growers and farmers which are identified on the menu. My only gripe is that there was no one to take away our plates even when we ordered tea and coffee. Had to pile them up ourselves at the end of table and they still weren’t collected but I guess the waitress was busy folding serviettes and stacking cutlery!! A tip is that Ibis parking is free if you spend at least $25 in restaurant/bar so it should not be dismissed as a dining option just because you think you have to pay for parking

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3. Golden Gecko Hotel

97 Sydney St, Mackay, Queensland 4740 Australia Steakhouse, Contemporary, Australian +(61)49572625
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By ctaylor59

we have been to Golden Gecko on a number of occasions and so far have never been disappointed with the meals....the prices are also very very reasonable. the food is very good, i would say the steak is as good as the Austral and about half the price...well done

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