The setting is beautiful, but the overall experience was very disappointing. While the management appeared to be trying hard, with not much more effort this could be a great dining experience. A few nights after going to the Forest Dining Experience we went to Nautilus in Port Douglas and had a truly first class dining experience amongst the rainforest (for less money).
On arrival we were greeted with a glass of cheap champagne and then seated at our rather oddly decorated table. The paper serviettes and tacky chandeliers set the scene. An OK musician crooned over the sparsely filled tables into the surrounding forest. The kangaroo carpaccio was drowned in a "balsamic glaze" so that it was difficult to taste anything of the kangaroo. We had to wait until after we had finished the first course to receive our first glass of wine (long after we had finished our champagne). The wines could have certainly been better for the price of the meal. The second course was a smoked crocodile rillette and spanner crab tortellini, which sounds fantastic. The waitress started to announce what was being served, but forgot what the food was half way through her spiel. She thought it might be fettucini? It was so bad it was funny. The crocodile was bland. which is probably good for crocodile, and the tortellinini was OK but certainly not great. The main courses were an extremely tasteless coral trout and a good beef cheek. The "black sappote pave" desert was like a stodgy chocolate brownie. We were hoping for a really special night out, and this certainly wasn't it. It was all so average and cheesy. There is a reason why this is listed under attractions and not restaurants. The frustrating thing about it all was that it wouldn't take much to make it so much better. Obviously from the reviews a lot of people have enjoyed the experience, but from our perspective if you want an excellent meal in a spectacular rainforest setting, go to Nautilus.
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