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Paper Crane

131 -141 The Esplanade, 4870 Cairns City (QLD)See map

Average price A$55


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Restaurant menu

Average price A$55
Peking duck style breast
served with Chinese pancake, vegetables, charred onion, hoisin gravy, olive and yellow mustard seed crumb (GF)(DF)(NF)
Vodka flamed prawns
Vodka flamed Far North Queensland prawns in coconut and sweet chilli cream with rice noodles with coriander and crispy noodles (GF)(NF)
Grilled eggplant Asian style
with soy sesame sauce, Asian herbs, crushed daikon, crispy rice and seaweed salad (VG)(GF)(DF)(NF)

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chippie desert - Paper Crane, Cairns City (QLD)


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  • ALAN C.
    ALAN C.

    January 27, 20234 reviews


    Live music was great but way too loud even inside...

  • Kristy M.
    Kristy M.

    October 12, 20221 review


    Honestly the most disappointing meal, everything on the menu sounded amazing but everything we ordered had no flavor at all. We had the prawn betal leaf, pork and salt and pepper squid for entree and the red claws for main which we were told was lobster but more the size of a prawn. Very disappointing.

  • Bernie C.

    February 12, 20226 reviews


    Great location, food choice, service and price

  • Karen B.

    January 25, 20223 reviews


    Having spent 2 weeks in Cairns and dined out for most of it, this restaurant is easily the stand out. Flavours were creative and well balanced, service was prompt and pleasant, decor and ambiance perfect. We shared a number of dishes (a family of four) and we all found something to enjoy. Thanks for a fantastic evening!

  • Bailan D.

    December 31, 20214 reviews


    Poorly designed menu for New Year’s Eve. Waited for 40mins for my first drink and over an hour for the entrees. Poorly designed menu, 3 out of the four mains are curry - just too much for Cairns hot weather! Needless to say, the mains were over cooked and a lot of left overs from every table.

  • Feikje L.

    October 2, 20211 review


    Great food. Lovely service.

  • Bruce W.

    June 1, 202139 reviews


    We booked our reservation because of the menu on their website however, upon arrival the items we had selected were no longer on the menu. We ordered the Sand Crab Bao bun which was disappointing, no garnish no avocado pure as per the menu and the sand crab filling tasted like tin chill tuna. We ordered whole barramundi we received a fillet instead and were not informed upon ordering the whole barramundi was no longer available. We were very disappointed and refused to eat the main courses, The Restsurant supervisor was very apologetic and did not charge us for the meal. We left and had dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant near the night market which we enjoyed. Very disappointing evening

  • Stacy C.

    May 29, 20212 reviews


    Drinks service terrible, staff seem disorganised - food good but spicier than anticipated.

  • Raynee M.

    May 8, 20213 reviews


    The wait staff were polite and tentative. Entrees were tasty . Extremely disappointed in the mains though. Drinks took forever to arrive. Won’t be back for long awhile.

  • Andrea B.

    April 16, 20212 reviews


    The food was amazing but I think there must have been some minor timing issues in the kitchen. Our waitress was great and it is a beautiful venue. I will be going back again.

    Paper Crane (Owner)

    Hi There Andrea, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and for your kind words, I will be sure to pass them on to the team. We look forward to having you dine with us again at Paper Crane, Thank you again, Shaun Allen Food & Beverage Outlets Manager Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

  • Anne B.

    October 15, 20201 review


    The food was excellent and the locals special great value. Staff very friendly, despite having to wait a while for our drinks initially. Will come back again!

  • Elaine H.

    October 3, 20202 reviews


    We really enjoyed our evening. The waitress was very engaging and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their meal but perhaps the duck pancakes were the least. Small plates were all delicious!

  • Jenni E.

    October 3, 20202 reviews


    Great food with excellent service

  • Michelle N.
    Michelle N.

    September 19, 20201 review


    Delicious food and ambient feel sitting outside on the deck

  • Lady Jennifer R.
    Lady Jennifer R.

    September 4, 20202 reviews


    Tasty great atmosphere great service


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  • Patrick F.
    Patrick F.

    July 18, 20203 reviews


    Loved the food.

  • Norris C.
    Norris C.

    June 26, 20207 reviews


    Great new menu, friendly service to reopen after the covid break

  • Zz M.

    January 21, 20202 reviews


    Warmly welcomed by the charismatic staff, modern and open dining area with scenic views of the esplanade. Menu ranges from clean and suttle to bold and punchy with something for all tastes. A very pleasant experience, highly recommend the team here, they are excellent at what they do 5/5

  • - -

    January 16, 20201 review


    food was great , but arrived and had difficulty getting the attention of a waiter to sit us down, even though there weren't many customers there.

  • Steve C.

    November 9, 20191 review


    Slow and inattentive service, wait staff did not seem to care. The food was below expectations for the price: cafe level quality entree and mains.

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How to get to the restaurant

131 -141 The Esplanade, 4870, Cairns City (QLD), Australia

About the restaurant

Emulating the sights and tastes of Asia, Paper Crane offers a dining experience in Cairns like no other.

Taking advantage of tropical Queensland's fresh produce, the modern Asian inspired menu instantly transports you to the bustling streets of Asia.

Aromatic Asian flavours are accented throughout the dishes, from the zingy ginger, chilli and shallot mud crab to the sumptuously sweet pandan sugar and coconut pancakes. Say no more!

The theatre of the kitchen extends to the dining room where whole crustaceans and large cuts are shared and presented tableside.

Thirsty? There are plenty of drinks to keep you hydrated, with wines from all around the globe and a well-rounded collection of beers and ciders. The signature cocktails don't hurt either.

Neutral tones and raw surfaces are bolstered by strong design details, cementing this uber-cool eatery as a foodie's nirvana.


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