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.
A little local secret worth knowing about is Berardo’s Locals’ Nights, on offer Sundays to Fridays. Despite the name, the deal is available to visitors and locals alike, and comprises a 4-course meal, home-baked bread and a glass of wine for just $39. Yes folks, you read correctly: included is an amuse bouche, entrée, main course, dessert and a glass of red or white wine.

The catch is it’s a set menu, meaning you don’t get to choose what you eat. Don’t let this deter you though – I take advantage of Berardo’s Locals’ Nights on average once a month and have not been disappointed yet. For example, when I dined there last week the menu was:

Prawn Bisque
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Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bruscetta
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Master Stock Braised Pork Belly with Asian Salad
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Nougat Semifreddo

Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bruschetta

The Amuse Bouche of Prawn Bisque was divine, and frankly I would have been happy having a large bowl of this for dinner! The smoked salmon I was told by the helpful waitress was Huon Smoked Salmon and was as beautiful tasting as it was presented. I can never go past pork belly, and Berardo’s did not disappoint. Braised in an Asian spice infused stock and served with an Asian salad, it was tender and delicious. The dessert was the least favourite dish, as the advertised “Nougat Semifreddo” was replaced with Chocolate Semifreddo, which was nothing memorable but still a pleasant way to conclude the meal.

Berardo’s Locals’ Nights are certainly one of Noosa’s better dining options if you don’t want to break the bank. Each week’s menu can be viewed in the Noosa News every Tuesday, or on Berardo’s website. When making your reservation, you must mention that you are having the “Locals’ Menu”.

Berardo’s Restaurant & Bar
50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Phone: 07 5447 5666

3 Responses to “Eat like a prince on Hastings Street for under $40”

  • Thanks for the heads-up, Gail. I often see these local’s nights advertised. Great to know they are good value and an excellent dining experience. Thanks!

  • Lisa:

    I must give the locals night a go soon. It sounds lovely.

  • gail:

    It’s definitely worth it ladies! And Lisa you’ll be glad to know that that do accommodate Coeliacs with the Locals’ Menu. I took my Mum there a couple of weeks ago for dinner (she’s Coeliac) and she was well looked after.

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