Vanessa: Family-friendly holidays are appealing at this point with our energetic toddler and Noosa has so much to offer for all ages. From the Hasting St hotspots to the Noosaville cafes, I was really impressed by Noosa’s dining scene and all it has to offer.
One place that was high on my priority list was Noosa Waterfront Restaurant. I had read the reviews and seen the beautiful images of its elegant Italian menu and was determined to experience it for it myself. Located in the idyllic location of Noosaville, away from the bustle of Hastings St, the restaurant is situated right by the river. We were blessed with a perfect winter’s day to enjoy a leisurely lunch at this beautiful spot.
The menu is inspired by the Chef’s Italian heritage and is carefully crafted to showcase the elegance of Italian food. The interior is open and bright with tasteful decor which lends itself to whittling the hours away over great food and wine. You can see why it is a popular choice for weddings and functions.
We began with the antipasto misto all’italiana ($29) which was an excellent way to start off our lunch experience. A very substantial board with cold meats, cheeses, olives and pickles with crostini bread. We loved every aspect of this, my only thought was it would have been great to have some oil and balsamic to soften the bread slightly. This was beautifully paired with two glasses of crisp riesling.
Next up we tried two of the pasta dishes. The Gnocchi ($37) with buffalo ricotta, goat ragout, sultana and pecorino sardo was delicious. The texture of the gnocchi were perfect with just the right amount of firmness. The ragout was subtle and the buffalo ricotta added a wonderful creamy element.
An absolute standout is the raviolo ($36) . Fontina stuffed ravioli with a smooth chestnut cream sauce and incredibly generous amount of Tasmanian black truffle shaved on top..what’s not to like!. This is a unique and refined pasta dish and one I would highly recommend trying.
For our mains we decided to share the mailale ($39) and I’m thankful we decided to share as it was a very generous portion. The Schultz farm suckling pig is soft and tender with a beautiful layer of crispy crackling. Served up with roast potatoes and a side of rocket and apple salad. Absolutely delicious and again, a very decent portion size.
We ordered two side dishes. The perfectly crisp and moreish zucchini fritte ($12) were lightly fried, well-salted and smothered with parmesan, served with a fennel and yoghurt dip.
The insalata caprese ($14) is full of plump and juicy tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil. Fresh, light and delicious, it’s one of my go-to salads and this one didn’t dissappoint.
Unfortunately Baby V woke up and disturbed our peaceful lunch at this point meaning we missed out on trying dessert. We left feeling immensely satisfied and I was delighted we had the opportunity to experience Noosa Waterfront Restaurant on our visit to Noosa. I highly recommend it for a long lunch or dinner, for a special occasion or just to treat yourself.
*For Foods Sake were hosted by Noosa Watefront Restaurant