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La Fontaine, Hayman Island

Hayman Resort
Hayman Island
Tel: 61 74 940 1234's insider take:

With its opulent Louis XVI furnishings, Waterford crystal chandelier, original artwork, and cascading limestone fountain, La Fontaine is the culinary showpiece of Hayman Island's resort, an easy day-trip destination from the coastal town of Airlie Beach. The restaurant is open just two or three nights a week, and serves both à la carte and degustation dinners (reserve a table several days in advance). Chef Andrew Morrow's decadent mod-Euro cuisine combines classic French culinary techniques with premium local ingredients. Start with parfait of duck liver, Crystal Bay prawns with celeriac and saffron horseradish foam, or Iberica ham with fresh figs. Move on to Black Angus fillet with truffle gnocchi, or pan-seared fillet of ocean trout, and finish up with a dessert of perfect tarte tatin. While diners tuck in, a pianist plays and attentive white-clad waiters keep everyone's glass full. Uncork a special bottle: Hayman has 750 fine vintages to choose from.

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