Executive Chef Marcel Stammeier grew up on a farm in Germany. It’s there he developed a profound respect for the land and the farmers who dedicate their lives to growing quality produce. As a result, Marcel understands the importance of working closely with his local suppliers and producer friends to ensure the ultimate culinary result. These select producers hail from the food bowl of the Atherton Tableland and beyond.
Marcel first experienced the beauty of Tropical North Queensland while on holiday in 2006. With a passion for travel and a love of nature, he was immediately enamoured by this beautiful region. Today, Marcel continues his love affair with the area here at Harbourside Bar & Kitchen. His mission is to introduce guests to wonderful local ingredients and tastes through his culinary creations. Furthermore, Marcel brings his unique tropical interpretations of World Food to your table as Cairns Cuisine. He showcases the best local produce, including Daintree Saltwater Barramundi, finger limes from Yungaburra, Wondaree macadamias, Bingil Bay Beef, Kingaroy peanut butter, dairy and eggs from Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy, cheese from Gallo, Cairns Microgreens, Licks gelato and rainforest honey from Honey Providore. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Cairns that serves delicious food made from select local ingredients and has the best views, you’ve found the right place.
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Our carefully curated world-class wine list represents the best winemakers from Australia and around the world, who understand that Nature is much greater than themselves. Their organic, biodynamic and sustainable viticulture and natural vinification not only protect the environment, but also produce wines that embody the power and magic of Nature. In essence, we believe that these wines taste the best, expressing both terroir and the true character of the grapes. They are healthier too.
Possessing an expert palate, our highly qualified Sommelier and Natural Wine Educator, Chris Ford, is passionate about Natural Wine. In fact, just like the Harbourside Bar & Kitchen ethos, Chris loves the fact that these wines are created with great respect for the environment.
Hailing from South Africa, Chris lives and breathes the captivating world of wine. His experience ranges from serving prestigious first growths in the middle of the African bush, to planting vines in Cyprus. Chris has enjoyed extensive opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the vineyard and he loves to share his love of wine with people from all over the world.
Chris now calls Tropical North Queensland home. It’s here he continues his vinous journey discovering the grapes and wine styles that perfectly suit the region’s tropical climate and dining culture. Chris is thrilled to be able to impart his knowledge about lo-fi wine to guests at Harbourside Bar & Kitchen. He’ll recount the enchanting stories behind each wine, and answer any questions about HB&K’s Natural Wine List.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring the world of Natural Wine with us.
Read what our guests have to say about their experience, and when you visit us, please do let us know how much you enjoyed the experience!
Part of the Holiday Inn hotel, the bar offers light meals and reasonably priced drinks. The kitchen also serves the restaurant and this can affect the length of time it... read more
Visited here as close to our accommodation at end esplanade. Nice ambience and good food well presented with an individual twist. We had kangaroo linguini and veg curry. Excellent. Good... read more
An outstanding team - despite being crazy busy, Lincoln and the two ladies are as attentive and professional as they could be. Place appears to be slightly understaffed in the... read more
Although there seemed to be a staff shortage, the service was slow but precise. The food presented was excellent and tasty. Anthony who served us was great value. He had... read more
We had breakfast and dinner at the hotel, staff helpful and friendly, good service.
varied menu offered, coffee, drinks and food good quality and not over priced for a hotel in... read more
I booked this as a wee change for Mother’s Day! It’s along the quiet end of the esplanade & being a Holiday Inn probably a bit overlooked! The staff were... read more
Went to Harbourside Bar&Kitchen for the first time. What a amazing place. The restaurant is lovely decorated with flowers and trees. The service are so welcoming. Quick service. The food... read more
Recognised as a leader when it comes to protecting our environment, Harbourside Bar & Kitchen is a Green Table Award winner. Green Table Australia is an education and certification program that supports and recognises Australian restaurants, cafes and catering businesses that are doing what they can to reduce their impact on the environment.
With our proximity to the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, we take great care not to contribute to pollution of the marine environment and wildlife endangerment, making sure we don’t use plastic straws and using biodegradable coffee cups and lids.
One of the most challenging aspects of the catering industry is the distance food must travel before it ends up on the customer’s plate. HB&K is dedicated to offering slow food, using as much local produce as possible on its menus thereby reducing the emissions caused by food transportation, a choice which also supports local growers and suppliers.
HB&K is wholeheartedly committed to Natural Wine because the techniques employed in the vineyard and winery to make these wines not only ensure that the wines are vibrant and flavoursome, but also that they are better for the environment.
HB&K is located at Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, an IHG hotel that uses the IHG Green Engage system. This innovative online environmental sustainability system gives IHG hotels the means to measure and manage their impact on the environment. It enables them to utilize over 200 ‘Green Solutions’ that are designed to help them reduce their energy, water and waste. Together with Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside, HB&K is implementing many environmental initiatives under the IHG Green Engage program.