It’s said that 52 languages are spoken around Broome – which translates to a lot of different flavours in its restaurants and cafes.
We asked Paul Coggan, general manager of local accommodation secret The Pearle, for the best local eats. He didn’t disappoint:
The Mango Place
At first, it doesn’t look like much – a ramshackle collection of plastic chairs and wooden tables in the red dirt, beneath a canopy of fringed palms and multicoloured lanterns – but this mango farm (which makes its own mango wine, port, jam and more) does the best wood fired pizza in Broome, or just outside of it.
To get to the Mango Place, drive north from Broome towards Derby, until you come to a sign called ‘12 Mile’ – it’s a satellite suburb 12 miles north of Broome.
Location: Lot 4, 12 mile/120 Kanagae Dr, Broome
Runway Bar and Restaurant
Situated right in the heart of Broome, Runway Bar and Restaurant is the kind of local institution you’ll hear about time and time again.
The atmosphere is bustling and unpretentious: a theme that extends to the swiftness and pleasantness of both the service, and food.
We’ve heard good things about the burger and the steak, however it’s hard to look past the extensive seafood menu in a beach-centric town like this…
Location: 17 Carnarvon St, Broome
The Thai Tea House
It’s a real treat to be able to venture just out of town to 12 Mile, and during the dry season there is another really laidback venue here that does ‘real’ Thai food – Thai Tea House.
It’s not something a lot of visitors know about, but the locals certainly do. Highly recommend.
Location: 100 Yamashita St, Broome
Little Indian Restaurant
This is new kid on the Broome block and it’s quickly becoming a regular for the locals – the food is absolutely phenomenal.
Not only do they proudly boast Indian food at every stage, but they also feature the best quality ingredients, best preparation and quality, friendly service.
Location: 3/16 Frederick St, Broome
Cichetti Club Restaurant
Handmade pasta, fresh seafood, unexpected flavour twangs from around the world – Cichetti Club is the Cable Beach Club Resort’s answer to modern European dining fare.
Come together to bond over small share plates, a glass of wine and modern Italian food big on both heart and flavour.
The Boardwalk Café at Club is also open daily for lunch, coffee and delicious pastries.
Location: Cable Beach Road, Broome
It’s not really visible from the street, but located inside the Cable Beach Club Resort in Zensai, a melting pot of Japanese flavours that needs to be smelled to be believed.
The Resort’s Executive Chef invites you on a culinary journey to Japan at Zensai ( which translates to small pretty things.)
Reflecting this, the menu allows you to taste a sample of traditional Japanese favourites, from fresh sashimi to tempura, yaki-tori and yaki-ton.
Select an array of dishes that tickle your fancy, or order ‘Omakase’ – meaning ‘leave it to us’.
Location: Cable Beach Road, Broome
Town Beach Café
This café is out on its own at Town Beach, so if you were staying at Cable Beach you’d miss it. But it has a beautiful ambience, an amazing beach view and great coffee. You can’t go past it for breaky.
Location: Robinson St, Broome
Not such a secret – Matso’s fantastic home brews are very well known. Among the many flavours, my favourite is the desert lime and wild ginger cider. It goes down perfectly with Sunday lunch.
Location: 60 Hamersley St, Broome
Zanders at Cable Beach
If you go to Broome and don’t take a sunset photo at Zanders, did you really go to Broome? The beachfront location makes it a spectacle for both tourists and locals alike as they all crowd to watch the sun sink into the ocean.
Once the sun goes down, the menu is the thing that really starts to excite diners. Expect a wide-ranging menu to suit all taste buds, emphasised by plenty of locally caught seafood and produce. However, many insiders say the trick at Zanders is to grab some take away, then head to a secluded spot on the beach to enjoy it.
Location: Cable Beach Rd W, Broome
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