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“Disappointing food and Ambiance”
Review of Blue Moon Grill

Blue Moon Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $24
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Blue Moon Grill is the most awarded restaurant in Trinity Beach. It Offers a vast array of seafood, steak, Curries, Asian, Australian, Indonesian and much more. We have home made desserts and over 95 domestic and international beers
Guam, Mariana Islands
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
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“Disappointing food and Ambiance”
Reviewed July 31, 2009

The advertising of "award winning" is little guarantee of quality in Australia, where they seem to give awards to anyone for just about anything. Such is the case with the Blue Moon. Jammed in a too-small shop, all the seating is outdoors. Usually a good feature in tropical Cairns, however since no provision was made for lighting outside you're forced to breath burning kerosene from the tiki torches all night. Muzak way too loud and annoying. Restroom "around the back" like a petrol station - and this in a new building! People nicely dressed for a Friday evening, and kids without shoes. Despite being in Trinity "Beach", it's nowhere near the beach - the view of of a highway and roundabout. This restaurant can't figure out what they want to be, and they end up having no center.

The food? I had the Mahi Mahi special, my friend the Barramundi. My mistake ordering a Hawaiian fish in Australia, it was dry and overcooked. The Barramundi was tasty, but clearly not fresh. At $30 a plate, not particularly good value. Appetizers were grossly overpriced, as were the pasta dishes.

Service from what looked to be the owners was friendly enough, a step above the usual waiter disdain which is "the norm" in Cairns.

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1 Thank JimmyMc
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BlueMoonGrillTrinity, Director at Blue Moon Grill, responded to this review, September 1, 2009
We are very sad to hear that you did not enjoy your evening, and thank you for your comments. We notice that Cairns is not one of your favourite destinations in the world and are equally sad to hear this as you seem to visit us a fair bit. We do however refer all savvy diners and travellers to reflect on the rest of this persons reviews as he has a lot of good and positive information contained in his many other reviews.

Kindest Regards

Blue Moon Grill
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“Great food, great service”
Reviewed July 14, 2009

We stopped by this restaurant for dinner one night without a reservation. They were very busy so we didn't like our chances but they were very accommodating and pulled out a spare table and chairs and set it up for us. The service to follow was excellent, stopping by the table to make sure everything was to our satisfaction, or ask us if they could get us another drink.

The food was very nice. I had a Goan beef curry served with pappadums, rice and chutney. My husband had Linguine with Kangaroo fillet which he enjoyed very much. The kids had grilled fish and chips and the fish was succulent and fresh.

The menu is varied, with something to suit everyone IMO.

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1 Thank jenwayh
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“Not as good as expected”
Reviewed June 3, 2009

My wife and I ate here during our stay of May 2009. This place was given much praise by a number of people we spoke to and yet, while the food was quite ok, the atmosphere for us was a bit disappointing. You don't get the beachside ambience and ocean views that other Trinity Beach restaurants have, and the staff were pleasant but not overly friendly. Overall the food was reasonable, but not as good as I thought it would be and given the choice between Blue Moon Grill and Ci Fennali (new place that had just opened on the esplanade-I have reviewed it also) I would definitely choose Ci Fennali.

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1 Thank rogerleitch
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North East England
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“Probably The Best Restaurant In Trinity Beach”
Reviewed October 13, 2008

It was a pleasure to be introduced to this restaurant after finding most other restaurants in Trinity Beach average, however I have only sampled those along the beach front (Vasey Esplanade)

The food at BLU MOON was quite obviously fresh and of a class above others in the area. An amazing varied display of beers and wines were available at the bar and the food had that 'fine dining' twist and experience to it without being over fussy. Try the crab, pear, tomato Bruschettas or the barramundi spring rolls - absolutely delicious.

There is a fantastic varied menu of starters & main courses along with a daily specials board. Staff very warm and friendly, sit inside or outside and prices are comparable to those producing a lesser standard and quality of food. (BLU MOON Don't put your prices up, others put them down!!)

I have 7 nights left here and will be back there at every opportunity. They are also renowned for doing an amazing breakfast which I would try but I like to start the day on a light stomach!

As it happens I'm going there now, so try for yourself and hopefully you will agree. Booking is recomended.

5 Thank topcop999
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BlueMoonGrill, owner at Blue Moon Grill, responded to this review, November 13, 2008
Hey there guys, just wanted to thank you for your kind words. We are what we are and pretend to be nothing else. Our job is to make you feel good and compliment that feeling with some hopefully yummy food. In small business all the help you can get is appreciated and we certainly appreciate your positive review and sincerley look forward to the posibility of seeing you or your friends again and will strive to make your night with us an enjoyable one.

Kindest Regards

Matt Turner

Blue Moon Grill Pty Ltd
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