Maleny is a great little town perched high above the Sunshine Coast. My husband and I go there once every few months to enjoy the brilliant views to the Glasshouse Mountains, rolling green hills, deep pockets of rainforests and spectacular views. Having been to Maleny a few times, we wanted to discover something different each time we go. Last time, we discovered Key Restaurant Maleny.
Key Restaurant Maleny delivers the tastes of Africa, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and beyond. Their Ghanaian chef, Simone, is an innovative chef who uses a lot of different spices and is fascinated in combining all sorts of spices and herbs making food interesting, delicious and different.
When we arrived at the restaurant, the owner, Luke, showed us a table on their spacious verandah which had great views of the Coast, Mt Coolum, the Hinterland, and Glasshouse Mountains in the distance. Being the first time in an African restaurant, we were both relieved and thankful when Luke took time to introduce their cuisine and went through some of their menu items. It was difficult to choose as there were so many things I wanted to try. Finally, we decided to share the chicken Ghanaian light soup, Moroccan lamb tagine, and beef palaver sauce.
The Ghanaian light soup was absolutely divine. It was a tomato based soup with some vegetables and had some punch to it. It was spicey, sweet and a bit sour. Not only did it warm our bellies, but also we were fascinated by the flavours. It was similar to what we've had in the past, yet different. It was amazing. If you love spicy food, I would definitely recommend this one.
The beef palaver sauce was delightful. There were pieces of scrumptious, flavoursome, soft, beef in a spinach tomato based sauce with rice. Perfect combination of spices! What's more, the Moroccan lamb tagine did not disappoint either. The lamb, which just melted in my mouth, was complemented by chickpeas and couscous. Yum Yum! The attentive waiters, superb food and spectacular views made our dining experience a real treat.
Not only was their food impressive, but also their comprehensive wine list. With over 150 wines, I'm sure there is one to suit your palate and plate. Just ask one of the waiters for your favourite or their recommendations.
If you are ever in Maleny, try Key Restaurant Maleny as it will not disappoint.