We love holidaying at Mooloolaba. It seems to have somehow found the balance between tourist mecca without the tackiness of the Gold Coast. Being a foodie I also love that it seems to be quite hard to get a bad meal anywhere. Some certainly do stand out above others however, and I believe that Karma Waters may just be one of them.
Karma Waters is a Portuguese influenced restaurant located beneath the Mantra Mooloolaba Beach building. Initially drawn by its slightly alternative we were also very happy to discover that it is one of the few BYO wine restaurants along the esplanade. Having bought a couple of a favourite bottles of red along for the drive from Brisbane, this was definitely a big plus in our books. They also state that they try to source most of their produce locally which is also a concept that appeals to me greatly.
We wandered downstairs from our unit around 6pm. This is an early dinner for us but it was a Sunday night and we were heading home early Monday morning. Mooloolaba is a very different place when its not a Friday, Saturday or school holidays and surprisingly to begin with we had the restaurant entirely to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and happy to help make suggestions on our dining options. My partner is a great lover of bruschetta so we ordered one of those to share to begin with - not the best I've ever had, but certainly not the worst!
For main course I went for the Portuguese Beef Curry. It had just the right amount of spice and had a lovely light consistency, ensuring that I didn't end up with a belly ache like I usually do from Indian cuisine! My only complaint was that it was very light on vegetables but the tangy apple mango chutney was so fabulous that it just about made up for that fact.
The other half went for the slow cooked lamb shoulder and was also suitably impressed. The meat was tender and juicy and perfectly accompanied by honey carrots, minty pea puree and a chilli, garlic, thyme and lemon jus.
The portion sizes were generous without being ridiculous and we certainly had no room for desert after emptying our plates. Karma Waters is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is definitely worth a try. We will gladly return next time we are in Mooloolaba