By: Katie Roberts
The Prawn Star
21 Duxton Hill
A clever name like The Prawn Star is a not-so-subtle hint about the food on offer at this Duxton Hill newcomer, the brainchild of Chris Chong of Dempsey’s The Disgruntled Chef fame. Here, seafood reigns, with crustaceans and molluscs dominating the menu and smoky tze char overtures courtesy of the charcoal-grill. Lose your inhibitions at the door. The menu is about sharing – and finger-licking! – with grilled king prawns in kimchi-miso butter ($26) and more-ish, spicy-sweet sriracha caramel popcorn ($8) leading the charge. The bánh mì shoestring fries topped with barbecued pork and jalapenos ($12) is irresistible, and you definitely won’t want to share your Moreton Bay bugs in black pepper ($24).
Ask the friendly staff about the daily specials, which include whole grilled fish. The girls make a mean cocktail, too, so try the refreshing Island Romp ($15) or a craft US beer from Lost Coast and Modern Times. Whether you sit outside under the trees or inside the shophouse – decorated in an industrial chic-style with a twist of grunge – you’re in for a good time.