Aside from being one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Sunshine Coast is also brimming with gourmet cuisine. From fresh caught seafood to seasonal vegetables to unique and innovative flavourings, your palate is in for a real treat. It was hard, but we’ve managed to create a shortlist of our favourite restaurants, so be sure to have a look and take some notes. Your stomach will thank us for it.
Wasabi – Noosa Heads
Wasabi offers its guests authentic Japanese cuisine using locally sourced ingredients for that little touch of Aussie charm. Located in Noosa Heads, you’ll be enjoying some delicious dishes in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. What could be better?
One place you just can’t miss, we recommend you try a few different dishes from the restaurant’s Oshinagaki Menu. The pan-steamed dumplings and Shiromi Sashimi alone are enough to make you want to come back here time and time again. If only there was a way they could deliver to London…
The Long Apron – Montville
Benefitting from the direction of acclaimed head chef Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron is a restaurant that is revered for its European inspired cuisine. Located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, choose a seat within the beautiful dining room or out in the garden terrace and prepare for some serious gourmet treats. The Hervey Bay scallops served with fermented rhubarb, buttermilk and dulse oil was like nothing we’d ever tasted before.
The Spirit House Restaurant – Yandina
The setting of this unique restaurant is truly breath-taking. Nestled within tropical gardens around a beautiful pond, you’ll be feeling charmed by The Spirit House before the food has even been served. But as soon as those dishes come out, well, that’s when it just gets even better. Serving contemporary Thai cusine, the restaurant is an advocate of the shared dining experience, encouraging its guests to choose a variety of dishes to share amongst themselves. Instead of ordering individually, guests can experience the unique blend of flavours together and thus, enjoy the same incredible flavours together. Our recommendation? The crispy pork belly and the whole crispy fish.
Noosa Beach House – Noosa
Oozing an undeniably chic vibe, the Noosa Beach House serves its incredible offerings from 10:30am, but it’s at night time that this place really comes into its own. Upmarket yet unpretentious, this is the perfect choice when you’re really looking to treat yourself (and why wouldn’t you, you’re on holiday after all).
Begin your evening here with a classic cocktail before finding your table in amongst the modern furnishings and settling down to some of the best food to be found along the Sunshine Coast. Since you’re here, we say go for the full three courses. Starting with fresh seafood tapas, move onto a main of lobster steamed with ginger and finish with a passion fruit soufflé. Yep, you might not be able to move from your seat for a while, but Noosa Beach House’s menu is worth the temporary food paralysis.
Spice Bar, Mooloolaba
The clue is in the name at Spice Bar, which artfully mixes flavours of the orient with delicious local produce – and as a result, is one of the most highly acclaimed Asian restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. This place caters for all levels of hunger by serving a choice of snacks, small plates, mains or three different tasting menus – or ‘degustation banquests’ – each allowing you to chomp through several, generous courses. We’ll hazard a guess you’ll go for the latter when you see that the menu is littered with the likes of Hervey Bay Scallops with soy, ginger and sabayon, and fillet of beef with papaya, lemongrass, tomato and chilli tamarind. There’s a reason this place has done a roaring trade since it opened, but we suggest you find out for yourself.
Cooking Classes, Farm Stays and Festivals
For something a little different, why not spend the day learning some new skills and spend a day at one of the Sunshine Coast’s exceptional cooking schools. With so much wonderful local produce available as well as the surrounding natural beauty, it’s little wonder that the area attracts many top chefs who are happy to share the tricks of the trade with you. For a further taste of country life on the Sunshine Coast, many local farms offer farm stays, where you can enjoy a holiday with a difference. Farms such as Noosa Farm Cottages and Maleny at the Old Dairy offer visitors the chance to pick fresh fruit in the morning, walk through old forests and feed the farm animals. There is also an assortment of food festivals and markets held throughout the year, showcasing the area’s tasty food and vibrant culture. One thing’s for sure; foodies will be in their element at whatever time of year they choose to visit the Sunshine Coast.