Our recent trip to Port Douglas gave us the perfect opportunity to sample dining out at a ‘fancy’ restaurant as a family. It was our first real attempt at a ‘proper’ restaurant and a nice a break from the pub cuisine that we normally opt for when going out as a family unit. The good news is that we loved our experience at Watergate Restaurant for these 4 reasons……..
While we were soaking up Watergate’s lounge bar atmosphere and planning our next big day of activities in Port Douglas, the kids were happily burning off that last bit of energy (that they always seem to have) at the park nearby.
The good news is that parts of the cocktail bar area overlook the gardens so we were able to keep a sharp eye on their antics, and they could easily return to refuel on their lemonades. For families with younger kids (ours are 9 and 11) this probably wouldn’t be an option, as there is a road on the other side of the park.
I’m sure there was a small army of wait staff on attendance at Watergate the night we were there (and there probably is every night). Everyone on the staff were smiling, attentive and there when we needed them.
Anyone who dines out with kids truly appreciates the ability to wave down a waiter when you really need them. The staff that we dealt with were more than happy to provide an extra serve of fish with our sons ‘kid’s meal’ and thankfully the wait on their dishes was next to nothing…..another crucial factor when taking kids out on the town to eat.
Always a biggy for us (as I’m sure it is for most). The presentation of the dishes were impressive and thankfully it was followed through with the all important ‘taste’ test.
Both kids gave the crocodile starter a BIG thumbs up – this was after we had cruised the Daintree River and admired these creatures in the wild…..(go figure!!).
And of course the desserts were their number 1 favourite course, although it must be noted that my son didn’t get through all of his ‘icecream’ dish – a real turn up for the books (I think he very nearly overdosed on sugar)!
I’m sure every family dining out wants to see value for money. I’m a big fan of fancy food but I’m still keen to see a plate of food that will serve my appetite and my kids and not leave us hungry after a night of eating out.
I’m happy to say Watergate Restaurant fulfilled this requirement easily. The serving sizes were more than substantial and easily made you feel satisfied at the end of the night.
SO, would we return? Absolutely!! Although I may have to work out a way to sneak away and have some ‘Adult’ time here for a change. Even if it is just the opportunity to ‘pop’ in and take full advantage of that decadent cocktail lounge of theirs…….
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Are you a lover of a good restaurant, even if you are towing kids along with you? Any other Family Friendly Port Douglas Restaurants that you’d recommend?
We received a complimentary family dinner BUT all views, opinions and photos in this article are %100 my own.
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