Whether you’re after authentic Asian cuisine or craving heart-warming Italian, Broome delivers, thanks to these fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes.
For a town its size, Broome punches way above its weight when it comes to places to eat – not surprising when you consider the strong influence that Chinese and Japanese migrants have had on the town, plus the quality of local seafood such as threadfin salmon and that distinctly Broome delicacy, pearl meat. Many of Broome’s best restaurants are at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, including the elegant Japanese dining room Zensai. It's been gracefully winning over hotel guests and locals alike with its refined share plates. The menu includes chicken karaage, tempura and all the Japanese standards but chef Joji Iwama’s best-on-ground might just be his sashimi assortment: precision-cut tiles of pristine seafood served with traditional condiments.
Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach; (08) 9192 0471
Cichetti Club Restaurant
Club is the resort’s handsome modern European dining option. Handmade pasta, fresh seafood and bold international flavours – cranberry and orange-glazed duck breast with parsnip purée and roast witlof, say – are the orders of the day, while a thoughtfully stocked cellar and liquor cabinet help turn any dinner into an occasion. The Boardwalk Café at Club is also open daily for lunch, coffee and delicious pastries.
Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach; (08) 9192 0400
Although Son Ming in the centre of town offers a connection to Broome’s Chinese past, those in the market for more modern Asian food should get to The Aarli posthaste. Winners such as mini pork belly bánh mì, mussels in a Thai broth and Sichuan-spiced quail suggest chef Nick Wendland has a solid understanding of how spice and great ingredients can bring out the best in each other. And did we mention that guests dine in a courtyard under the shady cover of frangipani trees as they cherrypick from one of the town’s better drinks lists? Life in Broome, it would seem, is very, very good.
Shops 1 & 2, 16 Hamersley Street, Broome; (08) 9192 5529
The Deck at Kimberley Sands Resort and Spa
Surrounded by Boab trees and Pandanus palms, this poolside restaurant (pictured) at the town’s only five-star resort focuses on contemporary Australian dishes all day. Breakfast options include a supercharged avocado on toast topped with cured salmon, a generous dollop of herby crème fraiche as well as cinnamon-spiked pancakes with an abundance of condiments including apple-cranberry sauce, maple syrup and honeycomb butter. Come nightfall, the a la carte menu highlights Australian seafood – scallops from Shark Bay served with a spicy combination of curry oil and salsa verde of pearl meat delicately decorated with finger lime and herbs – though there are meatier and vegie-friendly options available.
10 Murray Road, Cable Beach; (08) 9193 8388
Broome Courthouse Markets
It would be remiss not to mention the weekend markets as a popular option for breakfast. Among the handmade candles, soaps and psychedelic tie-dyed garments are vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and doughnuts to chicken wings and Filipino-style empanadas. The Kimberley Coffee Company, meanwhile, is on hand for your caffeine fix. During full moons and the appearance of the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon (when a full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at low tide), market vendors also set up night-time markets at Town Beach.
Corner of Frederick and Hamersley streets, Broome