Michael has somehow managed to live in Noosa for the past 13 years. He still lives at home with his wife and daughter and, when not writing, he creates original business videos. www.vizualbiz.com.au
Published November 10th 2012
Fabulous food ingredients from faraway places
This review was never going to happen because I don't drink coffee and I don't cook.
Oh, I can see your raised eyebrows already - this reviewer lives in Noosa and doesn't drink coffee? And what sort of bloke doesn't cook?
Well, me. Anyway, me writing a review on coffee and cooking ingredients is like asking a nun to write a sex manual. But I was in this place today and I saw something which completely changed my mind. And then I looked further, and then I ate lunch there and then - I almost wanted to rush home, make a coffee and whip up a gourmet dinner. Luckily that urge passed quite quickly, but the thing I saw that almost turned me was...Saffron Angel Hair Pasta. I have never seen an ingredient so beautifully described. Put me on an island for a year with a box of it and I would be happy.
Belmondos Fresh Food Market in Noosaville is found in an industrial area of town and, let's be honest, it fits in.
Their shopfront has all the street appeal of an industrial pipe manufacturer. But, like Dr. Who's Tardis, looks are very deceiving.
Inside the industrial entrance you will find food heaven. Now, food heaven for me is never having to cook, but I am almost tempted because at Belmondos I can get marinated artichoke hearts from Spain, hot South African peppers, Argentinian lemon juice, French cider vinegar with seaweed, shallots and fleur de sol (whatever that is), and for dessert organic hot chocolate drink from Italy (just add milk) or perhaps Irish jelly beans or duck pancakes.
We took our kids to France a few years ago and my daughter took quite a liking to Orangina. I've had not seen it since, until today at Belmondos.
There are over 60 International and Australian cheeses available, fruit, vegetables, deli, bakery, your own personal butcher shop, and of course, breakfast and lunch in their cafe. Belmondos is very bright, clean and extensively stocked.
So you can just shop there and take home some remarkable ingredients - or you can sit and eat. The atmosphere is lively. There are long bench tables and it's the kind of place where you feel happy about sitting next to a complete stranger and saying, "… hi, I don't drink coffee and I don't cook but what a great place this is, let's eat together ", without being slapped.
The daily menu stops at $13 - my Moroccan lamb pie was so good I would like to marry the chef. My three lunch companions had lavish praise about their meals too.
Clandestinos is the name of the seriously impressive coffee section - so called after a pilot who used to run gold, silver and coffee bean drops through New Guinea (way back). Perhaps that explains the plane inside Belmondos. His son now runs the place and if you are at all serious about coffee, or food, then I would strongly recommend Belmondos at Noosaville.
I love the review Michael! Especially the bit about the nun- very funny.
Plus, any place that has Orangina gets my vote! I used to have it all the time in Vietnam, and was devastated to come back to Australia and find out it just doesn't exist here. I've found one place in Adelaide that stocks it, and one place in Sydney. Now I know I'll be set if I ever go to Noosa. ;)