Sur­pris­ingly good food

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I THOUGHT I’d share my ex­pe­ri­ence of a newly opened take­away in Port Dou­glas dur­ing a re­cent trip there be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

The name of the take­away is The Hot Pot.

While walk­ing along the main street I no­ticed a sign that of­fered the prom­ise of “Port’s best pizza, burg­ers, fish and chips ... and much, much more”.

As some­one who lives in Syd­ney’s Surry Hills, min­utes from the Ital­ian quar­ter in East Syd­ney - a bevvy of bril­liant burger joints such as Grill’d and Burg­er­li­cious and the Syd­ney Fish Mar­kets - I thought I’d give it a try.

I must ad­mit I wasn’t ex­pect­ing much - but how wrong I was.

So much so that af­ter or­der­ing one of the most mouth-wa­ter­ing burg­ers I’ve had in my life for lunch, I went back that evening to or­der a pizza and was de­lighted to find it too rated among the best I’ve had (ap­par­ently they even make their own pizza bases).

I just couldn’t re­sist go­ing back the next evening to com­plete the hat­trick.

This time, the beer-bat­tered fish and chips, and yet again it was right up there.

The amaz­ingly light and seem­ingly oil-less bat­ter even snapped, rather than crum­bled and flopped when bit­ten.

Yet, the fish was still moist and ob­vi­ously very, very fresh.

I don’t know if they catch their own fish too, but it wouldn’t sur­prise me in the least.

A huge congratulations to Adrian, Pip and the Hot Pot crew for mak­ing an other­wise un­event­ful (but very rest­ful and en­joy­able) trip to Port Dou­glas one to savour for years to come.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Happy cus­tomer: the newly-opened Hot Pot hit the spot

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