Long lazy lunches are one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s completely acceptable to polish off a bottle or two of wine if you’re devouring plates of seafood and mountains of pasta, plus you can go home and snooze off the food, waking up refreshed and ready to carpe that diem.
Spice Bar | Mooloolaba
Located on the bustling Esplanade, Spice Bar is a world away from the tourist throngs below. Sit on the balcony and eat your way through the ten-course degustation. Treat yourself to small plates of Mooloolaba prawn betel leaf, beef tataki, Hainanese chicken rice before chowing down on duck with nash pair and sweet and sour orange pork cheek. All over several generous glasses of wine.
Long Apron Restaurant | Montville
Take a seat at Long Apron’s table and order the tasting menu. Attached to the super luxe Spicers Clovelly Estate, Long Apron is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most innovative dining experiences. Savour heirloom beetroot with figleaf curd, spanner crab, suckling pig, coal grilled duck breast and the best goddamn carrot cake you’ve ever experience. Don’t tell mm we said that.
Noosa Waterfront | Noosa
Nothing screams Noosa quite like draping yourself in white linen and enjoying a glass of wine with a view of the river. Indulge in local, seasonal produce like freshly shucked oysters, platters of antipasto, spanner crab tortellini and fresh wild rocket salads. Become the lady of leisure you’ve always wanted to be.
Pitchfork | Peregian
Hidden away in sleepy Peregian, Pitchfork is a total foodie heaven. Gorge yourself on Hervey Bay scallops, pork belly with lime and black pepper, pan fried fish and duck and mushroom pie whilst sipping on boutique wines. We can also attest that several excellent dogs will wander by, just adding to the ambience.
Flame Hill Vineyard | Montville
Long lunch at a winery? This could get dangerous! Set amongst the rolling green hills of Montville, Flame Hill Vineyard is our idea of absolute paradise. Sip your way through vintages before settling into lunch on the deck overlooking the vines. Start off with a tasting plate of cured meats, pickled vegetables, cheese and vegetables, before devouring braised pork collar with sweet potato puree or barramundi fillet with mussel chowder. Order a third bottle of wine before indulging in dark chocolate and cherry bread and butter pudding – just don’t forget to try some of the Kenilworth Creamy Blue with truffle honey. Life changing.
So clear the day, and maybe the day after. Get ready to slump into the ultimate post lunch coma on the Sunshine.
Words by Emma Callaghan – the Sunshine Coast export that actually lived on Charcoal Chicken chips.