The Sunshine Coast has enjoyed a culinary Renaissance over the past decade. From classic cuisines to fusion fantasies, we’re counting down the five best dining experiences not to be missed on your next visit Sunshine State-side.
Make your way to Spicers Clovelly Estate high on the Montville ridgeline and be instantly transported to provincial France via the elegant and inviting Long Apron restaurant. A shining light among the generally lacklustre resort restaurant population, Long Apron will deftly guide you from terrine and cheese souffle entrée to bavarois and brûlée dessert with classic precision and fresh, modern execution. If you can, push the boat and stay the night in one of the estate’s stunning suites. C'est magnifique!
Consistently inventive and impressive, lauded and awarded, Sum Yung Guys is the tour de force of four wildly talented young pan-handlers, most notably former Masterchef favourite, Matt Sinclair. Since bursting on the scene in 2017, this beloved local hero has gone from strength to strength, its popularity even driving a venue to change from Sunshine Beach to bigger, better digs in Noosaville to accommodate the burgeoning waitlist. Share-style, pan-Asian flavour bombs remain the order of the day, along with sensational cocktails and ever-changing seasonal specials that are always a good idea. In fact, there really isn’t a misstep to be made on the menu. Go twice and try it all!
Arriving at Spirit House in Yandina, you’d be forgiven for thinking you stumbled across an Asian teahouse in the remote jungles Thailand. The fire engine red pavilion, lily-dappled lagoon and thick bamboo tree surrounds feel a world away from their Australian heritage town situ. Here, not only can you enjoy flawlessly executed traditional Thai dishes from curries to noodles to stir fry—all starring incredible local produce—you can also learn to prepare the wonderful recipes yourself at the onsite cooking school. It’s a feast for the eyes, the taste buds…all the senses, in fact! One not to be missed.
There’s no more iconic or fabulous long lunch table than the beachside beauty that is Sails. Overlooking the picture-perfect Noosa Main Beach, and with a local seafood-centric, modern Australian menu to die for, Sails is that relaxed yet elegant splurge meal every holiday needs and deserves. Long-term menu highlights like tuna tostaditos, sandcrab lasagne, and prawn linguine share the spotlight with daily-changing specials and hands down one of the best wine lists to be found anywhere in the country. We recommend pairing one of the many delightful Chablis labels with a dozen freshly shucked oysters. Sublime.
Flying the Asian fusion flag high in sweet hilltop ’hood, Buderim, new-ish kid on the block Dee Den has quickly made its mark for gorgeous looks and equally stunning flavours channelling the best of the east and serving it with a new and inventive punch. Small plates shine from spanner crab betel leaf to crispy chicken bao, while wagyu beef pad see ew and lamb shank rendang deliver the knockout blow. A must for the Asian-inflected palates!
All a short drive from home, these sensational supper spots (and more!) will be ripe for the savouring for the lucky winner of Mater Prize Home lottery No. 307. Plus, a top-of-the-line Range Rover Evoque will make exploring this thriving culinary region all the more enjoyable. Don’t miss out… buy your tickets today!