Restaurants & cafes
One of the many things I love about living in Noosa is that they really know how to throw a party. In the case of the Noosa Longweekend Festival, it’s a 10-day party filled with arts literature, food and fun. This annual event has grown over the past 10 years to become one of Australia’s best multi-genre festivals, and this year’s program offered a fantastic selection of food events, including the return of the popular Duck Waddle.
I am a big fan of Thai food – I love the balance of flavours, the diversity of ingredients and textures, the bold taste sensations. Surprisingly for a country that has many ties to Asia and numerous Thai restaurants, only a few seem to get it right and create that “wow” factor. One such restaurant is Sprit House in Yandina, who serves up not only exquisite food but creates an authentic Thai experience in its setting and service.
I love a bit of spice in my life, so when I heard about a new Indian restaurant opening at Noosa Junction I did not need any encouragement to check it out. Noosa already boasts several Indian restaurants, but in my opinion they are in the “same old” category, offering your typical average Indian meal. Having heard only good things about Mystic India, I ventured there with high hopes of finding an authentic Indian restaurant that stands out from the rest.
I’m fortunate to live within walking distance of Queensland’s premium organic grocer and café par excellence, Organika. Located on Weyba Road Noosaville, Organika is owned and operated by brothers Josh and Kris Barry, who have many years of experience in the hospitality industry and the fresh produce market as well as boutique fine foods. Organika’s tagline is “a passion for organics” and Josh and Kris are committed to quality and purity in supplying organically honest produce.
Tucked away in Arcadia Street at Noosa Junction is another welcome addition to the Noosa dining scene. Jardin Japonesque opened about 4 months ago and is run by Owner/Chef Kisa Juri Kobayashi who was previously a full-time chef at award-winning Wasabi restaurant in Noosa. Serving a scrumptious selection of Japanese dishes at very reasonable prices, this place is exactly what Noosa has been missing!
Everyone loves a long weekend, but you’ve gotta love Noosa for organising a 10-day long weekend festival! The Noosa Longweekend Festival is a 10-day festival of theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and forums. Naturally the cuisine events were my priority interest, so when the tickets went on sale a couple of months ago I was quick to secure my tickets for the Crab Crawl lunch. Lucky I got in quickly, as apparently the tickets were sold out within 24 hours!
It’s no secret that a growing number of restaurants and cafes in Noosa are doing it tough at the moment. The combined consequences of the economic downturn, the adverse Queensland weather earlier this year and the strong Australian dollar mean that the number of visitors to Noosa have dropped significantly. As a result, restaurant patrons are down and in a bid to stay afloat, local eateries are having to put on their creative thinking caps and come up with ideas to put bums on seats. One such restaurant doing that successfully is Sirocco at Noosaville.
I like to think I’m not a creature of habit, but I do have several rituals that I wouldn’t miss for the world. One of them is a bi-weekly morning swim on Noosa’s Main Beach with my mate Carol, followed by a coffee at Sails. Okay, the temperature has dropped a few degrees in recent weeks and the swim has been replaced by a walk, but the coffee routine remains the same.