While the Prawn Star setting on a boat in the marina is very pleasant, the dining experience overall left a lot to be desired. Yes, its promoted just as a seafood experience but was comprised of merely fresh prawns, oysters, bugs, Salmon sashimi, and Crayfish....This could easily be extended to include crabs, mussels, baby Octopus, and Salmon roe perhaps, all of which are available in Cairns that would then give more variety and choice to patrons.
We did not try the Crayfish but had the rest. The bugs were rather flavourless and the oysters had been washed in fresh water making them less than flavourful: that is a cardinal sin for oyster lovers like me. The Salmon sashimi was very nice as were the prawns but the lack of anything else on the side was an issue. I can understand Prawn Stars not being able to cook (fries may have been nice) as there is no full commercial kitchen and I assume their licence does not allow cooking. However, what about a small bowl of salad per person (garden salad, potato salad, Coleslaw, Greek salad), or some bread, surely that’s not too much effort especially as the seafood is not what you’d call inexpensive.
Also the wines were a single label choice of just one Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot, Chardonnay, or Bubbly by the bottle or glass. Without being totally dreadful, our experience was underwhelming. As Cairns locals, we will not eat there again nor could we recommend it to friends and tourists.More