Food Bites

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What’s cooking and who’s hot


Charlie and the boys at Mr Drifter have created a stir since popping up in Noosa Junction. With a sense of adventure and exploration, the food is based on the local street foods throughout Asia, from aromatic curries of North India to the fresh produce and balanced flavors of Indonesia with a hint of cocktail culture to balance it out.


Fiona’s Fancies has officially signed up a first-year pastry apprentice, Audrey, who just has finished year 12 last year. She has settled in very well over the last 10 weeks and is working with Fiona to create some tantalising treats. Don’t miss Fiona’s High Tea throughout autumn with stands laden with sweet and savoury goodies for adults and kids; and celebrate Easter with cupcake decorating throughout April.


Miss Moneypenny’s has again made the cut as a finalist for Regional Bar of the Year in Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bar Awards which take place on the 18th of September in Sydney. Three cheers for Miss Moneypenny’s, we hope they take home the big win.


Café Le Monde keeps serving up $1 oysters Thursday’s 5pm – 6pm with drink purchase. Also, on offer is a dinner special (for two) for $69 that includes a 12hr slow roasted lamb shoulder with Noosa Reds, goats’ curd, roasting juices, duck fat rosemary roast potatoes, two glasses of wine (from selection) 7 days from 5pm. Kids Eat Free Sun to Wed from 5pm to 6pm with an adult main meal purchase. For lunch, dig in to minute steak frittes and beer for $26, it’s a chargrilled rib fillet, pickled beetroot salad, hand cut fries, red wine jus & parsley butter or béarnaise sauce with a schooner of Stone & Wood or XXXX Gold. Don’t miss their $10 bar menu with great drinking food from 4pm – 5pm daily!


View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa was recently awarded the Australian Good Food Guide Readers’ Choice Award. Perched on the second floor of Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, the fresh, contemporary restaurant features a plethora of local food expertly and lovingly prepared. Don’t miss the daily lunch special serving up two delicious courses with a glass of house wine for $29; and kids under 12 can eat free with any adult main meal after 5.30pm every day. To take advantage of this great deal, join Mantra Members at the restaurant or reception.


There is a definite Asian flair in the air with the opening of Hop & Vine, little sister to Flux Restaurant & Lounge; O-Ren Brewhouse, little sister to Copperhead Brewery; and Light Years Noosa Junction, sister venue to Light Years Byron Bay. Not that we’re complaining! Each venue has fantastic fresh flavours fused with influences from different parts of Asia. Explore them all to find your favourite dishes.


Keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-released Sake Supper Club at O-Ren Brewhouse.


Light Years Noosa Junction has finally succumbed to pressure (mostly from us!) and is now open for lunch on Friday and Saturdays from 12noon with $12 cocktails $6 house wines and $5 Tiger Beers all afternoon. WE can’t go past the LYFC – Light Years Fried Chicken with Srirach Mayo and lime!


With the birth of their second venue still fresh, Mal and Shannyn from flux Restaurant and Hop & Vine are preparing to welcome a new bundle of joy – one with ten fingers and toes. Good luck guys, we look forward to meeting the future restaurateur soon!


Josh Smallwood is now overseeing WOOD FIRE GRILL and Rickys while former WFG chef can be found at Mr Jones & Me.


The boys at Whisky Boy are reveling in their revamped space with the increased deck attracting lots of customers who are content to while away a few hours capturing the river breezes and sampling the impressive menu – both drinks and food.


Heads of Noosa Brewing Co. was awarded its first two silver medals at the Queensland Beer Awards as part of the Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show. Pretty impressive considering that the Japanese Lager and the Summer Dusk Lager have only been available from the brewery Taproom and select venues around Noosa since Feb.


When Danny Giannarelli opened 250 Grammi with business and life partner Daniela Pellizzato, he prepared Tortellacci Di Montagna from his Mama Fio’s recipe to convey the type of venue they wanted to be. It was a hit and the traditional ricotta and spinach tortelli with butter and sage sauce has been one of the venue’s most popular dishes.


Since creating an expanded outdoor space, Organika’s café been kept very busy with customers seeking organic coffee from Flying West Roasters with a choice of organic milks, nut mylks, soy and tea.

​The everything organic store also serves up coldpressed juices, smoothies and acai, dragonfruit and coconut bowls from 7am every day and a variety of cakes and slices and breakfast jars (think chia, muesli, yoghurt) or fresh organic salads and wraps made fresh daily.


Sunnies Bottleshop at Sunshine Beach has a soft spot for Tassie wines and claims to have a foot – maybe even leg – firmly placed in Tasmania from where the family originate. They even claim to have the BEST range of Tassie wines on the Sunshine Coast including The Ridge, Aspley Gorge, Tertini, Home Hill, Josef Chromey, Kreglinger and Moore’s Hill. Every Tuesday will be dedicated to wine lovesr with a VIP Wine Lover’s Club in the works. Follow their Facebook for more.

About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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