Restaurants & cafes

The Noosa Longweekend Festival: Duck Waddle

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.

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Authentic Thai Food in a Gorgeous Setting

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.

Crispy Pork Belly

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Spice up Your Life at Mystic India

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.

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Organika offers something for everyone

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.

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Konnichiwa Jardin Japonesque!

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!

Owner/chef Kisa and Tomo from Jardin Japonesque

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Tea on the Terrace

Newly opened and a welcome addition to Gympie Terrace is Metal Tiger Tea Emporium. Specialising in teas from around the world, this teahouse is a new concept for Noosa.

The view from Metal Tiger Tea Emporium

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The Noosa Longweekend Festival: Crab Crawl

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!

The star of the show: Noosa Spanner Crab

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Luscious lunches at Sirocco

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.

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Eat like a prince on Hastings Street for under $40

Eating out in Noosa has never been a cheap experience. The average price of a Main Course in Noosa is around $35, regardless of the calibre of the eating place or the quality of the food (both which vary enormously, but we won’t go into that right now…).

Berardo’s Restaurant and Bar on Hastings Street is one of Noosa’s better dining establishments. Beautifully appointed with an all-white interior, Berardo’s prides itself on creative cuisine using local produce. But it you’re ordering from their a la carte menu it’s going to cost you – with main meals around $40, 3 courses and a glass of wine will normally set you back at least $90 per person.

I’ll have my coffee with views, please

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.

The view from Sails

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