Have you ever had that strange feeling when you get to a place that you’ve been there before? Last time we were in Noosa it was quite different – but then we were different too. This time though we could dine out in style, baby!
The last time we were in Noosa, we did it on a backpacker’s budget. It wasn’t bad – far from it – but the run-in-run-out fish and chip tea we had at the surf-lifesaving club was probably the furthest cry from our dinner we had this time.
Noosa Beach House restaurant right on the ever-popular Hastings Street is the place to go if you want a top-quality meal without a lot of the pretension most fine-dining venues like to flaunt.
I mean, there is a bit of pretension – but you want that, don’t you? You’d be disappointed if the service wasn’t impeccable or if the wait staff didn’t allow you to inspect the wine label before pouring out – even if you’ve got no idea about wine.
The bar’s good too, with some signature cocktails to get your night going. Mrs Romance enjoyed her passionfruit mojito, which was a bit too sweet for me, and I went for the French Kiss (every time!), which was made with strawberries, Chambord and vodka and soda water.
At the table, you’ll find there’s a strong Sri Lankan theme running through the menu here. That’s to be expected as the owner, Peter Kuruvita, grew up there. Peter’s certainly one of Australia’s leading chefs, and has seen his books and TV series receive critical acclaim.
With this in mind, Mrs R was absolutely right to choose the Sri Lankan snapper curry for her main course.
At first, when the dish came out, she felt a bit underwhelmed; the fillet of fish was on its own with just a few blobs of tamarind sauce to keep it company. Then the waitress brought the separate plate of sauce and rice. She poured the sauce for Mrs R with the gusto of measured pretension I mentioned earlier. It was a very nice touch.
The curry wasn’t bad either!
For me, I had the barbecued spatchcock with candied peppers, almonds and yoghurt. The spatchcock had been artfully deboned and butterflied, and then grilled to crispy perfection. However, it was a little bit fatty for me – but that’s spatchcock for you. The sourness of the yoghurt, the sweetness of the peppers and the savoury crunch of the roasted almonds set the dish off perfectly.
Dessert time and Mrs Romance couldn’t resist the pavlova topped with local tropical fruit and passionfruit curd, and house made cotton candy. Talk about food envy. This was amazing.
And I might indeed have had food envy if I hadn’t ordered the flourless chocolate cake for myself! Rich, dense and very sweet – just how I like my benefactors 😉 – this dessert was fantastic. The raspberry sorbet cut through the choc and allowed me to eat the whole thing!
As for wine, we enjoyed the Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling, which was nice and dry and savoury. Ever since our Riesling wrap-up a while ago, we’ve become quite snobby about this variety but this hit the spot.
I also tried the Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz, which was good too, but I preferred the Riesling.
We had a great night here and will definitely be coming back here again for dinner next time we’re in Noosa. And especially since the Sheraton around the corner has had a facelift and is no longer that salmon pink nightmare it once was!
The Beach House is perfect for a romantic dinner with lots of space to find a secluded spot away from everyone. It’s also great for groups if you’re here with a few people. The staff are incredibly professional and the food’s superb!
The Beach House Peter Kuruvita
16 Hastings Street
Have you ever been to Noosa? Where did you eat? What’s the snobbiest place you’ve ever eaten at – and didn’t you secretly enjoy it?! Tell us all about it in the comments!