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Published January 31st 2014
Seafood fiesta, beachside
Located in Noosa's trendy Hastings Street, Peter Kuruvita's Noosa Beach House and Bar is classy and elegant while exuding a relaxed, beachside vibe. Part of the Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa, the establishment has both a fine dining section (the Beach House) and the more laidback Bar.
The Beach House offers a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The Bar menu consists of main meals or bites to eat with a few drinks. The Bar is open for light breakfast on the weekend and all-day dining 7 days a week. Of course in order to write this review properly, I had to sample both sections that share a common focus on fresh local seafood and Mexican inspired dishes.
At the Beach House to start, the oysters with shallot and cabernet sauvignon vinegar tasted like they'd just come off the boat, their creaminess and oceanic taste balanced perfectly with the vinegar dressing. The seafood tapas got the tastebuds really excited about the food that was yet to come.
With Peter's Sri Lankan heritage in mind, I couldn't go past the Sri Lankan snapper curry, basmati rice and condiments for the main - amazing.
Other mains options include wagyu sirloin, braised short rib, smoked potato and bitter orange and local reef fish with a crab vinaigrette and roast cauliflower.
The prices are reasonable and although the restaurant is fine dining, the service was surprisingly down-to-earth and casual. Children are welcome and the dishes on the kids' menu were very high quality and portion sizes generous.
Kids fish and chips
In the Bar, the high standard and quality of food continued, accompanied by a tempting cocktail menu (the 'Cactus Cooler' - Calle 23 tequila, mint, lime juice, ginger and honey syrup - does taste like cactus). While the Bar menu took a more casual approach, the elements on the plate were just as carefully prepared, balanced and satisfying as the restaurant. Dishes include salt and pepper soft shell crab taco, Mexican citrus and jalapeño salad with ocean trout and crisp tortilla with shredded chicken, avocado and salsa. Local crab, lobster and bug cooked three ways is available to order in both the Beach House and Bar.
The service was friendly, and the décor warm but light and natural, with ferns in wicker baskets, cush-ey chairs in the bar and large glass windows. But the most satisfying component of the Noosa Beach House and Bar, is, as it should be, the food. Common to all the dishes served were the vibrant colours, beautiful presentation and a refreshing taste that only comes from cooking simply with the freshest of ingredients and allowing the natural flavours of food to shine.
Award-winning chef, tv presenter and restaurateur, Peter Kuruvita is famous from shows like 'My Sri Lanka' and 'Island feast'. This is his fourth restaurant venture, alongside the 'Flying Fish' restaurant in each of Fiji and Pyrmont, and 'Steakhouse' at Fiji's Westin Resort.