Halal Culinary Adventure in Australia: Luxe in Hayman Island

A five-part special from the creator of Halal Dining Club.

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Travelling to Australia has for some time being on our family bucket list of places to go visit together. However, as it is literally on the other side of the world from our home in London, it was a destination that seemed like it would be on our list for a while. Our move to Singapore brought us a whole lot closer to Australia and with much excitement, we began planning our trip. Pretty soon after we listed all the places we wanted to visit that would be suitable for all of us given that we have three children in tow, my husband brought up the question of whether it would be difficult for us to find halal food.

 

This is the fourth part in Siddika’s four-part Halal Culinary Adventure. Catch up on her first adventure in Sydney, her fun family time at Gold Coast and her brief stop in Brisbane.

The Great Barrier Reef has to be one of the most spectacular sights on this planet and it is really humbling how much beauty we have been blessed with. Despite the remote location and price tag, we were determined not to leave without visiting.

We really did not expect much in the way of halal meat options on a fairly remote island but when we called to book and discuss our dietary needs, we were assured that all the meat on Hayman Island is halal except for the fact that they do serve pork as well. However, they were aware of our dietary needs and again assured us of special care in preparation.

Even at breakfast, the chef at the egg station had no trouble with using separate utensils and cooking area for us.

We were spoilt for choice with Italian fare at Amici’s, Asian flavours at Bamboo and haute cuisine at Fire.

 

From Hayman Island’s One & Only Resort:

Amici

Amici Hayman Island
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Typically Italian, our resident Chef revels in the noisy enthusiasm of a family meal. He encourages sharing dishes so everyone explores the authentic flavours he has created; not just antipasti but that day’s speciality be it braised rabbit or lobster linguine. With a wood-fired oven, Amici’s menu stars pizzas. Each is hand rolled and finished with fine ingredients: porcini, truffle, blue cheese or prosciutto, everyone will find one they love.

Amici Menu

Opening Hours:
Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Bamboo

Bamboo Hayman Island
Image Source: One and Only Resorts

This is technically perfect Asian cuisine from many different quarters including Thailand, Korea, India and China. The Chefs seek the freshest and most flavoursome ingredients, creating marinades and infusions with subtle skill; dashing in with some Thai basil, spearmint and other fresh herbs from the kitchen garden. This is an exotic setting nestled in a bamboo grove, with two teppanyaki tables seating 8 each, and an oriental tea house for private dining.

Bamboo Menu

Opening Hours:
Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Fire

Fire Hayman IslandImage Source: One and Only Resorts

The resort’s signature restaurant showcases the creativity of an elite culinary team which has devised its own style of haute cuisine with a strong Australian influence. Premium produce is king such as the Wagyu beef selected for its marble score of 9, and even the detail with gourmet salt soaked and dried in Cabernet Sauvignon. Scroll down the wine list and the Sommelier’s passionate sense of exploration is evident, with many tantalising wines from new producers.

Dress code: Elegant

Fire Menu

Opening Hours:
Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

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