Chef Goran Zonai

Head Chef, Goran Zonai, has a wealth of experience and is committed to serving mouth-watering dishes.For over seventeen years Salsa Bar & Grill has been serving ‘modern Australian cuisine’ to locals and tourists alike. As the winner of numerous Restaurant & Catering awards including Best Restaurant, Best Alfresco Dining, Best Caterer, Best Modern Australian and People’s Choice, it is easy to see why Salsa has developed a reputation for having great food and fantastic service.

So, what is it that draws them back? Salsa has a string of internationally-trained chefs including head chef, Goran Zonai originally from the Schwarzwald, Black Forest – the team is truly global.

With a career spanning over 22 years, Chef Zonai has a wealth of experience, instrumental to the mentoring of his brigade and apprentices.  “It is important that when the apprentices go elsewhere they can say… “I learnt that at Salsa.” he explains with pride.  He believes that if you can’t get the quality of product you want, then you should know how to produce it from scratch.

With several years of experience in Europe at a number of Michelin Star establishments, Chef Zonai embarked on his career in Australia at The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne. But the style, elegance, sophistication and charm of the luxury hotel could not keep Chef Zonai in the cooler southern state.  After a suggestion from a friend, the temptation of the warm tropical weather and the lure of being part of increasing the culinary profile of Port Douglas – Chef Zonai made the move and after almost 8 years had never looked back.

It has been Goran’s commitment to serving mouth watering, eye-catching dishes, from the best and freshest local produce that has been instrumental in the development of  a reputation that Salsa Bar & Grill enjoys – ” A Local Favourite” restaurant in Port Douglas.

Inspired by the bountiful produce of the tropics and described as tropical Modern Australian Cuisine, a visit to Salsa Bar & Grill combines the best the tropics has to offer and epitomises Port Douglas’ reputation of a destination that offers world class cuisine.

Staff welcome you at the door with big smiles and a vibrant, friendly and professional attitude. Combine that with fantastic food and it is no wonder locals and tourists keep coming back again and again.  This reflects the philosophy of Chef Goran Zonai…”the most important thing to me is that customers are happy and want to come back.”

Chef Goran Zonai Cooking Demonstration