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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