For its size and isolation, Broome punches well above its weight in the food and drinks department.
The Aarli: This little restaurant with its lovely outdoor seating under one of Broome’s many frangipanis is a town gem.
Its share plates have an Asian influence, with the steamed sticky beef buns with pickled cucumbers, red chilli and coriander a big winner.
Matso’s Broome Brewery: No visit to Broome is complete without a visit to Matso’s.
Overlooking Roebuck Bay, with wide verandas and a big beer garden, the brewery offers a unique take on beer.
Try a tasting paddle ($12.50). Fans of beer go for the Hit the Toad Lager, Pearler’s Pale Ale, Bishop’s Best Dark Lager and the just released IPA.
For those who don’t enjoy beer, try the mango or lychee, or a combination — chilli mango (chango) anyone? Then there is everyone’s favourite in hot weather, ginger beer.
The brewery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mangrove Hotel: The perfect spot to see the Staircase to the Moon, the renovated hotel sits high above Roebuck Bay with panoramic views from the big beer garden and deck.
Azuki Japanese Fusion: Serves daily specials, bento boxes and sizeable servings. Locals get their Japanese food fix from this little restaurant.
The barramundi sushi has nice flavours with a chilli kick.
Bali Hai: Head chef Karl McPhail, formerly of Eco Beach fame, has jumped on board at Bali Hai this season.
If the ocean trout with citrus, dill and wasabi mayonnaise and Cone Bay barramundi croquettes in red curry sauce are anything to go by, the restaurant will keep diners in good stead.
The Zookeepers Store: In the grounds of what was once Lord Alistair McAlpine’s zoo, the dining venue now turns out great food. If you have a sweet tooth at breakfast, don’t miss the delicious and pretty crunchy zoo granola (pictured at top).
Check out the wall of plastered newspaper clippings to learn the fate of the zoo.
Zanders and Sunset Bar and Grill: Both venues hold prime positions over Cable Beach.