With eight days in Palm Cove, we were looking for variety and found it in many places including Lime & Pepper.
We had heard good things from locals given the changes Thomas (Head Chef) had made over the past 12 months and after arranging a baby sitter, booked a rare night out with the better half on a Friday night.
Must say, we were not disappointed. After starting with cocktails and moving to wine, this was accompanied by several dishes from the Tapas menu. We chose five dishes and found that was enough for two. A couple of the dishes were between entree and main so don't get carried away ordering too many from the start - you can always add on.
We had the bugs, prawns, soba noodles, pepper slaw salad and wontons and they were all great, followed by Creme Brûlée and sweet wine. The service was excellent, friendly and the team looked like they were enjoying themselves and we even met Thomas. When it was a little quieter, he introduced himself to several tables to get our feedback along with providing more background on the the dishes we chose. Talk about passion. He seems to LOVE his job.
Great night. Thanks for a great date night.
Lunch a few days later - well - was not so great. While the food was still good (very good), the team serving (no one the same from Friday night) looked like they would rather be somewhere else. The list is long e.g. had to ask three times for our order to be taken and with kids you don't have the luxury of a long lunch, server forgot drinks, wrong dish came out and another missing, asked for high chair twice, plates left on table and given 'look' when I asked one of the three staff chatting if they could clean table.
I'm not sure if the night team is different to the day team, but the experience couldn't have been any more different. If not for the great food again, you would think you were at a completely different restaurant. Got a foul look when I didn't leave tip. Very rarely do I not tip, however given the experience we had night before....
Sorry Thomas, great food but the team let you down this time. I've given my rating based on our dinner experience. Had it been the lunch, service would have been 1-2.
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