With French-style roasted coffee, a middle-Eastern inspired menu, an intimate bar area, hand-picked wines and local beers on tap, there's a lot to like about the new-look Harvest Moon. Tucked up a little arcade in the heart of bustling James Street in Burleigh Heads, Harvest Moon has been under new management since former barrister Diana Awad Nairn (who owns the revamped eatery with husband Jason) swapped her wig and gown for an apron and corkscrew.
Harvest Moon is tucked away inside Burleigh's Central Arcade. Author image.
The popular 'goodmornin' menu includes bircher muesli with rosewater, poached pear and toasted almond, French omelette with choice of fillings, or potato rosti with smoked salmon or bacon and free range poached eggs. The rich, smooth coffee comes courtesy of Windomal's Serge Siboni, a French-born local trained in traditional roasting methods who has a talent for translating these to modern tastes.
Also on the menu are 'lunchy things' such as the mixed grill - chicken, lamb and kafta skewers served with za'atar pita and lashings of salad; or the vegetable ragu served on couscous or quinoa. I selected the grilled vege burger served with hand-cut paprika chips. With its fire-engine red oven-roasted peppers and salsa, it was a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Salads including the honey-roasted pumpkin and quinoa, or zucchini with orange and burnt leek, are also available.
Harvest Moon's bar is Burleigh's latest hot spot. Author image.
From Friday to Sunday, the Harvest Moon tapas menu comes into play. Think sumac prawns with a hint of chilli, haloumi and preserved lemon cigars, slow braised chorizo in apple cider or sweet potato chips served with tzatziki. The bar area at the end of the restaurant is both classy and casual (and available to book for private functions if you're looking for somewhere new). On offer is a handpicked selection of wines, Stone & Wood and Burleigh Brewing beers on tap and cold-pressed juice cocktails.