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Basking in the sun in Noosa…

Decided that I had to escape Victoria for a short trip interstate and decided to head to Noosa, upon recommendations from friends.  On the whole, I loved it!  It was quite and quaint, the beach was lovely and the hotel (Sheraton) was awesome!  Things that I didn’t quite like:  things are expensive there!  Whilst there are some dining highs, there are definitely some lows.

The hotel was fantastic, we were really lucky to get a good deal on the room there.  Central and close to everything, food there was decent (we had breakfast included) and of course, it had a nice pool (which we had burgers by one day).

Food worth traveling for:  Wasabi (pics attached) – fantastic Japanese by the river, authentic and delicious.  River Cottage – a bit out of the way but the food was stunning,  Modern Australian and great service.  Ricky’s – we didn’t actually get to dine there (booked out every night!) but the people there were lovely and referred us to River Cottage.  Local surf lifesavers – good size and well priced pub grub.   Lindoni’s – good italian, authentic but a tad overpriced and snooty.

Food that’s not worth traveling for:  Cafe on Hastings:  overpriced and really average.  Bercaros:  overpriced and average.  Bistro C:  overpriced and average.  Sheraton Seafood Buffet:  don’t do it, radioactive orange prawns.

(11th – 16th October 2010)
 

More info and reviews on Wasabi:
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More info and reviews on River Cottage:
River Cottage Restaurant on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Rickys:
Rickys River Bar on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Lindoni’s:
Lindoni's on Urbanspoon

Food pilgrimage to Dunkeld

Probably my most hyped up gastro-drive was to the Royal Mail.  I’d heard stories from various friends regarding the excellent food, free flowing wine and excellent service…. but alas, my visit did not live up to the hype.

Our dinner reservation was for 7pm, and we didn’t get out till 1am.  The table next to us arrived at 8pm and got out sooner.  For some reason, the pacing of the meal was out.  We had the full degustation and the time between dish 2 and 3 was 45 minutes!  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photo’s of the food for this trip.

The next morning, we tried the cafe opposite (changing owners) for a quick brunch before departing and it was lovely – nice home made food with a decent coffee.

Dunkeld felt really strange to me.  It was like a small town that was built around the restaurant.  The bush walk around the grounds was lovely and we saw native animals, but just didn’t feel quite right.

Warning:  do not stop by Beuford for coffee… it’s terrible!
 (9th – 10th October 2010)
 

More info and reviews on Royal Mail:

Royal Mail Hotel on Urbanspoon