AWARDING EXCELLENCE / Congratulations to Zinc Restaurant


The team at Zinc Port Douglas have been rewarded for their exceptional efforts in an extraordinary year. Last night they were announced as the winner of the Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant in Queensland and the Northern Territory at last night’s Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Association Awards.

Zinc joined fellow local venues Salsa Bar & Grill, Melaleuca and Nautilus, for the esteemed Best Contemporary Australian-Informal restaurant award nominations. The Award is sponsored by American Express, and other nominees include JAM Restaurant in South Townsville and The Waterline Restaurant at Keppel Bay Marina in Rosslyn Bay.

If you would like to view the full list of Queensland and Northern Territory winners and finalists click here:

The Awards for Excellence gives restaurants, cafes and caterers recognition for their hard work, exceptional food and outstanding service in the vibrant hospitality industry. Awards are held in each State, recognising operators in metropolitan and regional centres. The R&CA awards are the only industry awards with an independent judging system with over 280 judges reporting to state Judge Chairs and a National Chief Judge.

Zinc owner Chris Bower, head chef Adam Wech, and sous chef Francesco travelled to Brisbane for the presentation, a glamorous sit-down black tie gala dinner held at Victoria Park Function Centre. Chris describes receiving the award as fitting recognition of the resilience and commitment of his full team, and family, in what has been a clearly challenging year.

Team Chef, Zinc Restaurant Port Douglas

Zinc worked right through COVID-19, pivoting their business practice to include takeaway and delivery options throughout the lockdown. Despite the challenges of 2020, Zinc will close the year on a high note. Last week’s KIND Melbourne Cup gala lunch was highly successful, kicking off a festive season that is already looking to be heavily booked over the Christmas-New Year period.

“We are tremendously lucky to have so many absolute gems in the hospitality sector spanning the width and breadth of the sunshine state. After suffering so much this year, it is incredible to be able to bring the industry together for such an iconic night”

R&CA CEO Wes Lambert
Queensland and Northern Territory Awards for Excellence winners via Facebook


Zinc’s menu is described as a progression of beautiful local ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount. The menu presents fine, contemporary Australian cuisine, utilising the abundance of fresh seafood, local meats and tropical fruit and vegetables.

Zinc has become one of Port’s iconic venues, a must do while in Port Douglas. Whether on vacation, celebrating that special occasion, or a casual catch up with family or friends, Zinc offers an elegant space to connect and create memories. Located on the vibrant Macrossan Street only a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Four Mile Beach, Zinc takes full advantage of the warm sea breeze adding to a unique tropical dining experience.

Boasting a large open air al fresco layout seating up to 180 patrons, Zinc has many areas which will fit perfectly with your mood. Dine outside under the stars surrounded by lush tropical gardens, or inside with an elegant, romantic atmosphere. Whether a couple wanting a romantic quiet dinner through to large corporate events, weddings and birthday parties, Zinc is the perfect location for you to indulge and unwind.

”Dining out is an opportunity to connect, friends and family, old and new and the meal should complement these moments”

Zinc Head Chef Adam Wech

The Portico Building, Shop 3 Macrossan St, Port Douglas 4877 Qld

(07) 4099 6860

Zinc Restaurant, Port Douglas

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