Dry times for relocated Nu Nu at Palm Cove

Natascha Mirosch
The original Nu Nu restaurant.
The original Nu Nu restaurant. Photo: Supplied

Diners at Palm Cove's Nu Nu will find it's a long time between drinks for the next few weeks.

The much-lauded restaurant has moved from its previous Williams Esplanade location further along the beach to the former Angsana Resort (now called Alamanda) but due to liquor licensing problems will be opening from Friday March 28 sans liquor licence.

“We've had to re-activate the resort licence, reduce its area to not include Nu Nu and then re-apply for Nu Nu as a new consideration – even though it has traded as a restaurant for 20 years,” owner Nick Holloway says.

He hopes that they will be at least able to offer BYO in the next couple of weeks, but it will be about a month before the wine list will be activated.

As a result, Holloway says they'll only be opening for breakfast and lunch until BYO is at least a possibility. Diners can get a taste of what's to come with lunch dishes such as wok-fried North Queensland mud crab, with chilli tamarind caramel, sweet pork, market greens, jasmine rice and ginger broth, or lemon and almond crumbed pork with mustard fruits, pumpkin and lemon, while a dessert of coconut snow egg with pandan sago, cassava cake, coconut sorbet and spiced pineapple soup is a true reflection of the restaurants tropical setting.

Holloway is also continuing Nu Nu's long tradition of superior breakfasts including weight-busting cider doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and passionfruit curd and Sichuan fried mince with tofu, shitake, pickled eggs and rice.

With the incredible location, a stone's toss from the water we have no idea why anyone would want to eat in their hotel room, but with Nu Nu also taking over the in-room dining, we reckon drunken chicken with green tea noodles, eggplant, sesame and ponzu will beat a club sandwich hands down.

Details: Nu Nu Restaurant, 1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, 07 4059 1880, nunu.com.au