Whet – isn’t that just a perfect name for a restaurant in the Wet Tropics? Worthy of a visit just for the name alone. It was also on the list Andrew printed out for me of good restaurants in far north queensland. He knows the way to my heart!
We had lunch at Whet after a fantastic morning snorkelling around the reef. Yes, I am happy to be able to tell you that the Great Barrier Reef truly is magnificent off Cape Tribulation. And it was only a half hour boat ride away in one of those semi inflatable adventure boats. Maximum capacity 25 (compared to 300+ up at Airlie). The water was crystal clear, and luminous once the sun came out. The coral was amazing – heaps of hard coral and gorgeous colours. Lots of fish, sting rays and turtles. In some places the coral was so close to the surface that we felt like we had to suck in our tummies for fear of bumping into it.
Tara was scared to try snorkelling but Andrew patiently convinced to get into the water, then put the mask on, sit on him as he swam out to the coral…and then to take a tiny peek underwater. As soon as she half dipped her face into the water and caught a glimpse of what was there, she was off and happily snorkelling around. I was so proud of her for overcoming her fears. Much braver than I was at 7.
At Whet we had line caught wild barramundi in a tempura batter. Garnished with crispy fried shredded taro. The chips were fantastic but sadly I had asked for salad with mine. Luckily I managed to steal most of Andrew’s!