Boasting one of the best panoramas in Cairns, Rocco sits 12 floors above sea level with 270-degree views overlooking the picturesque coastline and city
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, which opened late last year, has unveiled Rocco – Cairns’ first and only rooftop bar and restaurant boasting 270-degree, jaw-dropping views of the tropical city and the Coral Sea.
The space’s interior showcases earthy tones, Mediterranean prints and tropical greenery, as well as printed textiles and ceramics designed to transport guests to a Mediterranean oasis of greenery from the moment they arrive.
Rocco’s food menu focuses on a simple offering of Mediterranean tapas classics with a modern twist and features dishes like herb and spice-accented vegetables and rustic dips, all designed to share. Among the standout dishes is the grilled sumac calamari with tomato and coriander salsa and caramelised limes, along with falafels with jalapeño sauce and chorizo; and churro bites with chocolate dipping sauce.
The drinks menu features an extensive variety of whiskeys and Champagne, and signature cocktails include ‘Puckerup’ – with local Tablelands honey, freshly squeezed citrus, 666 Pure Vodka, pomegranate and aromatic rose blossom spritz garnished with dehydrated rose petals. ‘Punch Pot’ (‘tea’ for two) is a tasty concoction of a Moroccan mint green tea reduction with Tanqueray Gin, served ritualistically from a vaporising tea pot.
Now, who’s thirsty?