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.
Beautifully situated on Gympie Terrace and overlooking the stunning Noosa River, Sirocco is a friendly laid-back restaurant serving Modern Australian cuisine with Mediterranean and North African influences. A popular spot with locals, the management have recently put on a number of themed lunches, 2 of which I very happily attended.
A fortnight ago Sirocco hosted a “One for the Girls” lunch, exclusively for the ladies. A gorgeous 3-course set menu was on offer with a welcome piccolo of sparkling moscato, for the bargain price of $35. The restaurant was completely full, a sight you don’t often see at lunchtime in Noosa these days. The menu was a well thought-out selection of dishes, perfect for a “girlie lunch”:
The entrée of a leek, pumpkin and pinenut tartlet was a lovely light start to the meal, and the main course of salmon was perfectly cooked with crispy skin and beautifully presented on a bed of mixed beans and peas. The indulgent tiramisu dessert was the clear favourite with the ladies at our table. In addition to the culinary delights, there were lucky door prizes and each lady went home with a goody bag – a lovely and unexpected surprise. All in all a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Today I attended their “Beer, Bugs & Beef” lunch. As the name implies, Bugs and Beef were on the menu as well as a decadent dessert, each course served with a matching beer. On this occasion, there were as many men partaking in the lunch as women, although my observations revealed that women enjoy a good beer as much as a bloke! The menu was as follows:
Sauteed Morton Bay bug tails with an oyster mushroom and braised leek pearl barley risotto
Pikes Oakbank Pilsner
Kilcoy eye-fillet of beef with grilled asparagus, potato rosti, roast baby onion and rich demi
Matilda Bay Big Helga Lager
Chocolate treacle pudding with a burnt caramel brittle
Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout
The food did not disappoint, with the entrée risotto having an interesting texture due to the use of pearl barley and a generous amount of bug meat. The Kilcoy beef was beautifully tender and again Sirocco blew us all away with their luscious dessert. The beers were well matched to each course, and did indeed complement the respective dishes. Tasting notes for the beers were provided – very helpful for a non beer connoisseur like me! My favourite: the Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout, a creamy chocolatey Irish-style stout. All this for $50, you won’t find value, quality and hospitality like this in too many local eateries. Another most enjoyable afternoon – thank you Sirocco, I’ll be back for more soon!
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2/ 257 Gympie Terrace
Noosaville QLD 4566
Phone: (07) 5455 6688