Harrison's Port Douglas

Harrison’s is a somewhat unassuming restaurant located on the relaxed Wharf Street in Port Douglas. We enjoyed our dinner on the big front patio and I must say, this was by far the best dinner we had in Port Douglas.After hearing everyone rave about the seafood in Port Douglas, we took notice when our waitress informed us that Harrison’s is known better for its meat than its fish. We asked for her recommendation and she didn’t hesitate to recommend the “Chateaubriand”—700 grams (that’s 1.5 pounds) of Black Angus for two. This is a piece of beef I will remember forever.

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Harrison’s has a very simple decor; most tables are located outside on the patio.

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Morton Bay Bugs… like small lobster tails.

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On the left: Chateubriand. Brilliant French cooking. Center cut tenderloin seared then roasted to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Middle: Bone marrow. Personally, I didn’t care for the texture. But some people think it’s a delicacy.

Right: Buttery green beans seasoned. Crisp and delicious.

Not shown: Truffle mashed potatoes.

The flavour is out of this world. And at $98 for two, it’s a tremendous deal.


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Esther was desperate for a chip so she was quick to order the triple cooked chips. But we didn’t realise that the Chateubriand came with full side dishes. We had assumed when the menu read “green beans and truffle mash” that probably meant a couple of beans and a smear of mash. Yeah, we were way wrong about that. We looked ridiculous with all the food on the table.

But luckily the chips came with this little spray bottle for vinegar. Esther loves an accessory, so it was worth it.


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We usually don’t talk about wine a whole lot but this one was very good. The label is “Yalumba” from Coonawarra, SA. I haven’t had a lot of wine from this region but I definitely plan to keep my eyes open for Cabernet from Coonawarra and more wines from this winemaker.

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Harrison’s schmancy take of Eton Mess. It was delicious but their version doesn’t include yogurt—only the meringue, cream, and berries—so it’s missing that sourness that clashes so well with the sweet.

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Harrison’s stacks up against any posh Sydney restaurant and it’s a MUST do when visiting Port Douglas. Make sure you make a booking in advance because we saw a family get turned away even though there appeared to be open tables. Not sure if they bring in more waitstaff if they have more patrons but for whatever reason, they’re not walk-in friendly.
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