Ok, I'm decidedly biased, I admit, Buderim being our home town and all, but have you recently (or ever) visited Buderim? Buderim is a quaint little village, sitting atop a volcanic plateau, a mere 180 metres above the Pacific Ocean. The perpetual ambience of this charming little hamlet is peaceful and laid-back, characterised by leafy streets and majestic poincianas, with their flamboyant show of bright orange to red flowers, heralding the arrival of summer.
Majestic Poincianas herald the arrival of summer - Image: MemoryCatcher to Pixabay License
Depending on where one is positioned, visitors and locals to Buderim can enjoy spectacular views towards the ocean or take in the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Glass House Mountains. Buderim's all-year-round mild climate and location slightly more than ten minutes from the pristine beaches of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland, give Buderim-ites the best of both beach and hinterland environments. Not that we want to brag or anything …
The common belief is that the name 'Buderim' is derived from a local Kabi Kabi Aboriginal word, meaning hairpin honeysuckle (Badderam). However, in days of yesteryear, even before the British occupation of Buderim, the environment on the mountain was actually dense rainforest and not Banksia heath, leading those in the know to believe that the name Buderim may, in fact, have originated from the Yugambeh word, budherahm, meaning sacred or spiritual. As a local, I am content with either explanation, as it all adds to the allure and magicality of living in this quirky, friendly little village. Besides which, it's a great conversation starter!
Always on the lookout for new eating spots, we came across the recently-opened Honeysuckle Restaurant, a fabulously cosy and inviting restaurant at the top of Ballinger Road in Buderim. The menu has been designed to be shared as a 'banquet style' dining experience and perfectly showcases owner/chef Seung Joo Kim and his team's passion for Modern Asian food, expertly combining the flavour of East Asia and Modern Australia.
Our first serving, including the duck spring rolls and grilled swordfish with citrus salad
The dinner menu offers the diner a polished modern standard take on classic dishes, using locally sourced ingredients, with an experienced technique.
Now, never having really experienced a Yumcha meal, I was excited to find out what all the 'fuss' is about. According to our very attentive wait person, the Luncha Yumcha Banquet for $29 per person was the perfect way to experience a 'little taste of heaven' with eight different menu items.
Our Luncha Yumcha indulgences included -
Wagyu beef Gyoza | Soy apple vinegar
Fried Mapo tofu
Grilled market fish (on the day we visited the market fish was sword fish) | Citrus salad
Duck spring roll | Tamarind chutney
Hervey Bay scallop and the totally delicious Red chicken
Honeysuckle Restaurant re-create their Menus on a regular basis, and I believe that this scrumptious creation has been replaced with something possibly even more tempting?
All meals at Honeysuckle Restaurant are served on fine dinnerware, designed and handcrafted by Peri Ceramics and of course, I absolutely loved the uniqueness of every asymmetrical piece.
Honeysuckle's 4-Course Dinner Menu smacks of yumminess too, but I'm particularly keen on trying the 8-Course Dinner Banquet for $49, promising everything from Hiramisa Kingfish to a delectable Chinese five spice Panna cotta, poached pear, gingerbread (it is Buderim, after all) and Gula Melaka.
Can you spot the two Galahs? Our in-house entertainment ...
If you're feeling energetic and need to walk off that delicious lunch you've just had, the Buderim Palmwoods Heritage Tramway walk, on the corner of Mons Road and Telco Road in Buderim, is a history-enriched 4km return walk, dating back to the early 1900s when Buderim was a thriving community of farms, producing high quality fruit and timber.
If you would prefer to finish your lunch off with a great coffee and spectacular views, then Rue Bourbon at 89 Burnett Street - look out for the shipping container - is the place to head to. As with the majority of coffee spots in Buderim, you may need to grab your caffeine fix earlier rather than later, as our local baristas are usually up and about at the crack of dawn, winding down soon after lunch.
Take a seat at Buderim Village Park to admire mementoes of Buderim's heritage
Perhaps you're just looking for a bit of 'me' time, then Buderim Village Park, with its panoramic views forever, is an inviting green space with paths zig-zagging in and around the lawned areas, fringed by ferny gardens, trees and Buderim volcanic rock. During excavation, the Council found numerous bottles and jars, mementoes of Buderim's heritage, which are now beautifully displayed in a custom-designed coffee table. Take a seat to admire these quirky finds and ponder on their narrative.
We welcome Honeysuckle Restaurant to Buderim, with its fabulous, affordable dégustation experience
Hubby and I thoroughly loved the quality, variety and flavours of our Luncha Yumcha and welcome this fabulous affordable dégustation experience to Buderim. Bookmark a date and savour the sweet nectar of the Honeysuckle Restaurant in Buderim.
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