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“Never ever disappoints!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of A Touch of Salt

A Touch of Salt
Ranked #1 of 364 Restaurants in Townsville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$29
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Soak up waterfront views in style, perched on the edge of Ross Creek at A Touch of Salt restaurant, accessed from Ogden Street. A Touch of Salt has an area to suit many an occasion, whether meeting for casual coffee catch-ups under the verandah, holding lunchtime business meetings indoors or enjoying an ambient evening out on the deck, dining under the stars. A collection of ever-evolving menus are complemented by an impressively stocked wine cellar to suit dishes bursting with the flavours of seasonal ingredients, each artfully plated to please the eye.
Townsville, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Never ever disappoints!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

My favorite restaurant! Always a joy to visit. Have taken friends and business associates to dine here as expectations are always met and often exceeded!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SuperSleuth_13
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Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Some problems but good management”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Our family went to have an afternoon lunch in this place located next to the riverside. The decoration inside is elegant and modern.

Since it started to be a bit late for lunch, perhaps the staff was not anymore so carefully attending. Instead of grilled fish, the kids got battered fish. I took octopus but they were so burned that I had to, rare for me, return the food. The second attempt was good, tasty and properly done, slight taste of chilly, as it was promised. Also the battered fish was good, the kids liked it, so we did not changed it.

What makes a good management is that in the unfortunate moments of problems, the manager steps up and takes care of the issue. He brought personally the 2nd octopus and asked a couple of times if that was fine and did not start to question if the 1st octopus was burned or not (well, it was one side black…).

Without any requirements by us, he offered the kids (battered instead of grilled) fish for free. So, there were some problems but they were solved in the way customers left the restaurant satisfied.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jusaja
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lLondon, England
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“The best vegetarian degustation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

Fabulous menu for this special evening. Each of the five courses was well designed and incredibly tasty and came with well chosen wines. Wish we lived closer!

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Brisbane, Australia
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“Avoid Morten Bay Bugs Main”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

I have to warn people about this main. The bugs are shredded with some other salad component added and served as two small mounds on the plate. Each mound consisted of about 4 tablespoons. This was supposed to be a main meal costing $36! I am a small person of 52kg and I dont each that much, but this was a ridiculously small serve more like an entree. Very different from the other mains served at the table which were a good size. However I went home hungry which should never happen at a good restaurant especially when you are paying that sort of money. This is the first time I've ever ordered bugs and they have been shredded, they are usually served whole, also the dish was bland. This meal needs to be taken off the menu. It is a total rip off. I found the service slow and we had long waits between courses. It was a busy Saturday night but the management know what the bookings are and should employ enough staff to deal with it. After ordering and still no bread after 30 minutes I had to resort to asking the waitress for it and later a second glass of wine was forgotten with the mains and we had to ask for this as well. Bread should come out fairly quickly as it doesn't take a lot of effort to put some on a plate. It also seemed that a few staff, the younger female waitresses, were doing all the work with other staff doing very little. To the owner of A touch of Salt, the Moreton Bay bugs dish should be taken off the menu immediately, honestly would you be happy paying $36 for that size meal? This has put me off ever ordering bugs again. Also you need to do something about the service. It's all too chaotic. Look, otherwise the venue is in a very nice location down by the river and lovely decor. The other meals at the table were great and tasty. I would have been writing a good review, in spite of the slow service, if my main had been reasonable. It was very disappointing and ruined the evening. If you don't order the bugs and don't mind a wait you will probably have a very nice evening. However, I wont be going back here in a hurry.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RedPanda27
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Bellerive, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“lovely location, excellent steak”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Pleasant accommodating staff. Excellent cocktail from extensive menu. High quality wines by the glass. Nicely cooked and presented eye fillet. Only wrong note was the disappointing Scallop starter - slices of scallop not whole so inevitably overcooked and drowned in over flavored sauce.

Visited March 2014
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