Welcome to Noosa, the culinary mecca for savvy travelers to Queensland aka Australia’s Sunshine State. When you visit, be sure to divide your time been the wonderful beaches and excellent eateries, for a foodie themed vacation in Noosa is an absolute treat.
The following restaurants have been carefully selected based on their fabulous menu’s, overall ambience and dreamy Noosa views. Now all you have to do is choose…
Sails is perfectly positioned overlooking brilliant Main Beach and is also adjacent to the stunning Noosa National Park. Take a stroll around the headland, after an incredible lunch and you might spot a koala in the gum trees as you watch surfers catching turquoise tubes in point break waves. Chef Paul Leete has reigned at the helm of Sails restaurant for an impressive 20+ years and he knows how to create excellent modern dining options that compliment the sub-tropical climate here. The venue continually receives a myriad of industry accolades and is always utilizing the gamut of fresh local produce in their array of outstanding dishes.
Hint: The Rumba Wine Bar located directly downstairs is a pleasure to visit for pre or post dinner drinks in a stylish supper club environment complete with plush furnishings.
Seafood lovers rejoice, because the Noosa Boathouse is absolutely your calling. This tri-level glass fronted bistro features precious waterfront views and offers up magnetic sunsets time and time again. It’s the ‘go to’ Sunshine Coast destination for lovers of modern Australian food and has a keen emphasis on maintaining a mouth-watering extensive seafood menu along with other juicily carnivorous and yes, vegetarian friendly dishes. Locals and tourists alike rave about their gourmet fish and chip take away meals available too.
Tip; Stop by Little Boaty, the on-premise coffee bar at the front deck entry. It’s the top spot along Noosa River to get your morning coffee skilfully made by the local barista.
Locale Restaurant & Bar
Look no further than Locale, at the Paris end of Hastings Street for authentic Italian cuisine. The house made pasta dishes here, are in all honesty, exquisite. It’s sublimely located just a few steps from the golden sands of Noosa’s iconic Main Beach and on balmy evenings, guests are treated to cooling sea breezes filtered by tropical leafy green trees. All this natural beauty serves only emphasizes their al fresco coastal Mediterranean inspired dining. Wander up from the beach and relax with a stone fired pizza, taste their traditional Cicchetti and wash the goodness down with a bold Italian vino, cold Peroni lager, or both.
Tip; Locale is the place to go for those who take their passion for classic Italian food zealously.
Sum Yung Guys
Personality plus! The team at Sum Yung Guys have designed a gourmet menu and an energetically inviting dining room based on their adoration for Asian food and culture. Be sure to book ahead because this is one of Noosa’s newest and most popular eateries for good reason. All the dishes here are created with skilled flair and expertly prepared – ideal for sharing with family and friends. Hence, their collection of standout cocktails (try the Jackie Chan!) is further evidence of the celebratory vibe inside. Sum Yung Guys is situated in the classy yet friendly enclave Noosaville, the trendy village that runs alongside the pristine Noosa River region. Overall this venue is a true mark of excellence in a casual, coastal setting.
Hint: We loved the entree of Wagyu tartare, cardamom, coconut, curry leaf and taro and the Thai green curry, smashed prawns, green tomato, apple eggplant for main.
Alba by Kuruvita
Book a table at Alba and you’re essentially entering the gates of a gastronomic heaven. Chef, author and TV host, Mr Peter Kuruvita has masterfully made a restaurant space that reflects his love for merging Pacific Rim, Asian and Modern Australian cuisine seamlessly. Interestingly, Peter also has a strong Fiji ‘foodie’ connection too, since the all-star chef is behind the Sheraton at Denarau and Tokoriki Islands respectively, award winning Flying Fish establishments.
Alba is also home to Noosa’s only state of the art cooking school – the classes cover a range of cuisines and skills and are hosted by Peter Kuruvita, plus special guest chefs, all working together to promote this beautiful region and its people.
Must Try Dishes – the Sri Lankan Snapper Curry and the fabulous Alba Land and Sea combo consisting of
a 150gr A5 Wagyu sirloin, WA crayfish, roast cauliflower, lentils and masala sauce. Superb!
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort – the premier Noosa property for visitors that desire their Sunshine Coast holiday to be the epitome of seaside elegance. It’s Noosa’s only 5-star residence and boasts a host of immaculate suites featuring ocean or riverside views. Add to that the convenience of staying right in the Hastings Street dining precinct and being directly adjacent to Noosa’s world-famous beaches. The Noosa Sofitel’s enviable swim up bar area and catered cabana set up is an indulgent addition to this stylish resort too.
Pictured above; the Riviera Bar & Lounge at the Sofitel, Noosa Heads.
*Images courtesy of the featured restaurants & http://www.visitnoosa.com.au/
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