Tweet Manookatoo Adventures: Waterfront dining

Monday, 23 December 2013

Waterfront dining

There is nothing like waterfront dining at every opportunity - and we make the most of it!
Some of our loveliest breakfasts, favourite lunches and most romantic dinners have been on (and by) the water. We have enjoyed waterfront dining in Australia from the Kimberly Coast in Western Australia to the West Coast of Tasmania. When cruising on the Coral Princess we have even dined on a sandy cay off the coast that disappears with the tide!
Waterfront dining Kimberly style near Montgomery Reef
Meals are often more relaxed when by the water, with shoes often an option and hats sometimes a must.  If a sunset occurs before or during the meal it is always a bonus. It is lovely to look across the water at the setting sun - whether it is setting across Westernport Bay, The Indian Ocean or The Baltic Sea.
Sunset before a delicious seafood dinner at Bintan Island, Indonesia

And the restaurant - over the water, with tanks of fresh-caught fish to choose from!
Seafood is regularly on the menu; sometimes caught that day just before the meal. We have enjoyed Barramundi in Darwin, Sea Bass in Spain and fresh oysters and prawns in Port Douglas. We are not really what you would call fishermen, but we appreciate the efforts of others in bringing our meal to us!
We have the rods....but don't count on us for the fish!
Of course, the waterfront doesn't have to be the ocean - a riverfront is just as special, as is a lake....even a dam will do!! From a steak sandwich on the banks of the Wyangala Dam (Cowra, NSW) to prawn rolls on the Myall Lakes (Port Stephens), roast lamb when camping along the Darling River, spaghetti bolognese camping on the Cooper Creek, kangaroo cruising on the Franklin River and snails while cruising on the Soane River in Lyon, France - every culinary experience has been wonderful.
A dining table with a view of the Baltic Sea
Waterfront dining in our own little dining room on our boat is something special though - knowing that we have planned and cooked a delicious meal in the confines of a small kitchen with just a barbecue or a small oven makes it taste even better - and washing our meal down with a red from our own "cellar" is an extra wonderful experience, one we continue to enjoy.....
Meals are always special on the water!

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