Dine At Hop & Vine

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Nestled amongst the treetops of Hastings Street is one of Noosa’s best-kept secrets that combines the very best of craft beers, delectable wines and Asian-inspired meals. Jolene Ogle finds out just what you can expect when you dine at Hop & Vine.

It’s not every day a beer aficionado gets to indulge their passion for craft beer and superb wines by opening their own restaurant but that is exactly what Flux owner Malcolm Butcher has done.

Following the success of Flux on Gympie Terrace where diners adore the revolving range of beers on tap as well as an expertly-curated wine list and great food to match, Mal has taken his love of matching great booze with tasty food to a whole new level.

Introducing Hop & Vine on Hastings Street, an Asian-inspired eatery with an impressive range of craft beers and wines blended perfectly with an amazing location and exceptional service.

For Mal, this is a chance to serve his favourite beverages alongside the perfect accompaniment of Asian-inspired dishes. From crispy eggplant with dashi ginger caramel to the beautifully spicy chilli beef with egg noodles, beer is just the best side dish. Mal explains that the fusion of beer and spice is a taste sensation that was
rarely found in Hastings Street

“We wanted to offer a great range of beverages and encourage people to come together and reconnect. Share plates and beer are the best way to do that,” he says. “I love the huge range of craft beers coming out of Noosa and it’s a pleasure to include these on our drinks list. I’m clearly not the only beer lover! People are embracing the huge range behind the bar from cocktails to wine and beer.”

For families, the kids are catered for with a choice of fried rice, fried chicken pieces and battered snapper pieces. Even the fussiest eater is going to love that. Vegetarians, gluten-free and vegans are all catered for with the extensive menu covering all dietary requirements.

One thing I love to do, other than eat and drink, is people-watch and there is no better spot to indulge in a little people watching than from the balcony of Hop & Vine where the gorgeous trees of Hastings Street provide the perfect amount of coverage. Watch holidaymakers stroll past, eavesdrop or simply sit back and relish the hustle and bustle of this world-famous street.

At night, the twinkling fairy lights that hug the trees create a romantic ambience. With such a central yet private location, Hop & Vine is perfect for a relaxed yet intimate dinner for two or embrace the exclusive vibe of this venue and take over the whole restaurant for your next birthday, wedding or corporate get-together.

The staff are friendly and efficient, lingering just long enough to make sure your glass is never empty and that your food is perfect. They are well-versed in the latest craft beers and wines and can easily recommend a wine to pair with your favourite dish.

Similar to the sister venue of Flux Restaurant & Lounge on Gympie Terrace, the kitchen at Hop & Vine is open until late providing great options for those whose night is just beginning after 9pm!

It’s these simple yet important elements of service that set Hop & Vine apart. You can come back time and again and know good service, great food and delicious drinks will always be on the menu (along with some great people watching, too!).

With a menu designed for sharing, these are our top picks: Start with the BBQ pork belly served with chilli sesame sauce, burnt spring onion puree and a herb salad; plus the Wagyu beef steam buns with Asian ketchup and pickled green chilli relish. We love the mixed wok tossed Asian greens – and can’t go past the Crispy Chicken Ribs with Korean BBQ sauce. Ask the friendly and knowledgable staff for their drink recommendations.

Dine at Hop & Vine
18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Tuesday to Friday – 3pm-12am
Saturday and Sunday – 12pm – 12am
Closed Monday
www.hopandvinenoosa.com.au

About the Author /

jolene@innoosamagazine.com.au

Jolene has worked in the local media industry for more than five years. She is now a small business owner, mother to one sassy toddler and a newborn baby and loves to share stories about Noosa from its glorious food scene to the inspiring people.

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