I am a busy soccer mum who loves finding interesting places to enjoy a meal
Published September 22nd 2016
Indulge your senses in this mystical place
Amidst tropical gardens, surrounding a tranquil pond is a truly unique dining experience in the Sunshine Coast area. This restaurant is situated in Yandina, about an hour north of Brisbane.
The Spirit House restaurant is an amazing delight for all your senses. As soon as you enter the premises and meander your way through the garden path you are greeted with sights and sounds that transport you to somewhere in Asia. The restaurant is a blend of different Asian tastes. The smells and sounds also are very much Asian, largely Thai I believe.
The restaurant has indoor/outdoor seating in which most tables have a view of the pond which has a number of local water dragons to entertain you if you are lucky.
Tranquil pond settings
We had a seat at the bar overlooking the pond. (Need to book early to get a table near the water) We dined here on last Tuesday for lunch (opened every day for lunch and Wednesday to Saturday for dinner) to celebrate our anniversary.
We started with the crunchy pork scratchings with satay sauce ($8) and the caramelised pork and prawn on a betel leaf ($14) which went down nicely with the Sauvignon Blanc we ordered.
The meals are designed to be shared and enjoyed by all at the table. For our mains my husband chose the braised duck legs with sweet fish sauce, watermelon, ginger and mint ($36) and I ordered the Mooloolaba king prawn stir fry with Thai basil, kaffir lime, peppercorns and krachai ($36), which I was told by our friendly waitress that the prawns were the hottest dish on the menu.
Braised duck legs
We were happy with our selections and enjoyed them both in taste, flavour and appearance. The meals for lunch were quite generous and very good value for money. They cater for gluten free, vegetarian and other dietary requests.
Mooloolaba Prawn stir fry
They are fully licenced and don't BYO. The drink menu is extensive with beers, wine, spirits and cocktails. We never made it to the dessert menu as our stomachs were happily full from the mains. But the desserts sounded very tasty. I would have loved to have room to try the White Chocolate Sponge cake with coconut rum mousse and pineapple sorbet. Maybe next time.
The Spirit house is home to a cooking school where you can experience and learn the secrets to their wonderful contemporary Thai cuisine (you can book a class online at www.spirithouse.com.au).
Overall our experience here at the Spirit House Restaurant was truly memorable and certainly a feast for all the senses. It's a wonderful place to dine and to tell your friends and family about.