Casual-fine dining is the description See Restaurant give themselves. It might sound a tad ambiguous, but I found was rather an apt description of this seafood restaurant, tucked away in a very enviable location at The Wharf waterfront in Mooloolaba.
You might remember that the Mooloolaba Wharf has been undergoing very extensive renovations and we have all these fabulous new eateries and pubs popping up along the Mooloolah River. We discovered the newly opened The Dock at The Wharf Mooloolaba in December - the very popular restaurant and bars (three of them), specialising in smoked meats, charcoal grills and boasting an astounding fifty-two beer taps and sixteen top quality beers.
Water so close you can run your fingers through it...
See Restaurant was on our radar for hubby's birthday and so we booked our Sunday lunch date, arriving at 12noon. See Restaurant's location is quite unique offering an over-water dining experience or so close you can literally dip your fingers into the cool, refreshing surrounding water.
The indoor intimate dining area can comfortably seat up to seventy people, which paves the way for functions, either corporate or private. The indoor dining area seamlessly flows to the outdoor seating, which lends itself perfectly to an alfresco night of dining at See Restaurant. This outdoor area is a fantastic viewing spot for sunset watching in the cooler months.
Outdoor dining AND sunset viewing
I particularly loved See Restaurant's choice of colours in their decor - the black and white successfully giving off an elegant ambience with a splash of colour in scatter cushions, achieving an ambiguously casual flair to the overall effect.
See Restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunches and dinners from 10.00 am until late and Sundays for lunch from 11.00am. See Restaurant's menu offers modern Australian cuisine, utilising the freshest seafood provided by local trawlers. I never had the opportunity to go through the whole menu, but did manage to capture a photo of See's blackboard specials. Please click here if you wish to browse their menu online.
For the mains, a Grilled wild caught Barramundi, served with crispy smashed potatoes, steamed broccolini, honey carrots and salsa aurura and a Grilled Tasmanian Salmon with beetroot risotto, carrot frittata with Chilean aioli, were ordered. Both of these totally sumptuous dishes were priced at $39 each and listed on the menu as gluten-free. There were 'other' orders at the table, but by now, I was, understandably, far more interested in relishing my lunch, than worrying about taking pictures of what everybody else was eating.
PS We haven't ventured to this venue during the week or in the evening, so I cannot guarantee that they won't be super busy at these times.
I still haven't been able to ascertain whether See Restaurant is brand, spanking new to the Mooloolaba Wharf precinct or if they're an 'oldie' with a new facelift. Either way, See Restaurant should be on your 'to do' list of spectacular waterside venues - and as we experienced on the Sunday, was not hectically busy, allowing diners to sit back and enjoy the ever-changing water views.
A great new find at the Mooloolaba Wharf precinct!