Michael has somehow managed to live in Noosa for the past 13 years. He still lives at home with his wife and daughter and, when not writing, he creates original business videos. www.vizualbiz.com.au
Published February 26th 2013
Think outside the square
I recently had to choose between a $45 lunch and a $12 lunch.
Which would you have chosen?
The $45 lunch had white tablecloths so crisp they could have stood by themselves without the need for a table and the impeccably groomed person serving me knew so much about the cut of meat I was considering, I'm certain she must have hand reared the animal herself and could trace its family tree back at least four generations.
The $12 lunch had plastic chairs and tables, no tablecloths and a glass with your beer was an optional extra. Both are restaurants in Noosa.
This decision got me thinking about why we eat out. Is it simply the no cooking, no dishes attraction ( that is a good enough reason), or is it more about the whole experience? You know what I mean - being waited on, feeling like you have way more money than the poor people working there, feeling special, being seen, and oh, yes, the food.
If the food is high on your list and the cost - then this is why you read 'Sunshine Coast' on WeekendNotes.
At some stage in your life, being seen, being waited on as if you were Nelson Mandela, and paying for the privilege become less important as opposed to good food at a good price and not having to cook or wash the dishes.
Well, lucky you, because I know the place and I will share it with you.
Thai food has been around since, ... well, Thailand, and if it is done well it is tasty, healthy, cheap and the Thai's are naturally hospitable.
Fish, duck, chicken, lamb, beef or pork - it is all available here in its many forms. And yes, you can pay big for some dishes come dinner time. But ask for the lunchtime specials at $12 and you will not be disappointed.
Thai Square has a view of a roundabout which is great if you like watching cars go by. My $45 restaurant had views of the Noosa River. Big deal. They also sat me at a table so close to another, I was bumping elbows and now know enough about his failing business exporting boat accessories to Papua New Guinea that I could start my own.
Simply put, Thai Square is the best kept lunchtime secret in Noosa. The location is not fancy .The decor is not fancy. They don't win fancy, self promoting, waste of time restaurant awards.
Thai Square is fully licensed, does takeaway, and they wash their own dishes which means you don't have to.
As well as that, my recent lunch for two plus dessert and a couple of beers cost less than one hand reared piece of steak.