Over the weekend my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at the Mon Komo Hotel at Redcliffe, one of the Peninsula's newest and most exciting establishments.
Occupying the bottom level of the beautiful two tower building, primarily known for the modern residential and holidaying apartments, the Mon Komo did not disappoint.
What better way to spend a wet and windy lunchtime then inside the eye-catching restaurant which offers diners everything from a casual outside cocktail lounge bar to a more sophisticated inside dining area.
The location is superb with plenty of parking and gorgeous views over the bay all the way to Moreton Island.
Inside the décor is tasteful and appealing with a fitting Caribbean theme and excellent use of nautical materials and textures that bring the outside in, essential on a day too cold to venture outside.
The Mon Komo offers full table service for those ordering food off the extensive but not overwhelming menu inspired by the Caribbean, a nice touch that brings it above the standard local tavern or pub.
While it was a busy day when we dined in the staff were 100 percent on the ball and we felt well attended to the whole time. Offering everything from burgers and gourmet pizzas, a delicious sounding seafood plate for one or two, to more adventurous plates including Caribbean spiced prawns and panceta de cerdo crujiente, the menu really had something for everyone and with head chief Simon Pettigrew behind the scenes, we were excited to see what would be served up.
My husband chose a beef burger that was flavoured with harissa and I had a delicious bite. It was accompanied by hand cut beer battered chips which alone would have been filling enough.
I opted for the orecchiette pasta with slow braised lamb. The pasta serving was extremely generous, which didn't stop me from scraping up every last morsel. The lamb was tender and juicy, the flavours interesting and spot-on.
Prices were also very reasonable with the pasta setting me back just $20.90 and the burger $17.90.
There is also plenty on offer from the wok and the grill as well as a mouth-watering dessert selection that we will be trying for dinner next time including the Kahlua tiramisu.
Nothing looks to be bulk cooked here either, the open kitchen ensuring diners can see in and get a feel for the vibrancy going on in back.
The real highlight was not even our food but seeing the risotto being made from scratch in a single serve by one chef, plated up and decorated by another before being sent out to what I can only imagine would be a very happy diner.
For those that are after something a little less formal the Mon Komo Lounge Bar, on a fine day or evening, looks amazing.
Inside and outside seating with a relaxed feel would make the perfect place for an after-work drink, and from 11:30am each day a tasty menu is on offer with shared plates, tasty starters and a few from the more extensive restaurant menu available.
So next time you are on the Redcliffe Peninsula and looking for somewhere new to eat or drink, try the Mon Komo and be surprised.
Opening Hours: The Mon Komo Hotel is open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 10:45am and from 7am to 10:45am Monday to Friday, and lunch and dinner every day from 11:30am until late.