A Chef's Tips to the Top Eats in Noosa

Posted by Casey Warrener on Friday, April 6, 2018

As any traveller knows, planning a luxury getaway is more than just booking accommodation. After all, even if you are planning on holing up in your stay with nothing but R&R on the brain, chances are you'll have to venture beyond the front door for at least once.

Having some local intel on top activities and eats goes a long way in making sure your experiences while away are top notch. Our friends at Cooked caught up with Sunshine Coast local and chef Peter Kuruvita, to find out his top five recommendations for the region, shared below. Expect tips on where to buy ocean-fresh seafood, and where to find that all important coffee. Plus there is even something for those looking to catch a wave while on the Sunny Coast.

1. Fresh Finds

I would start with the Noosa Farmers Market for buying pretty much everything you need. SoulFish, the seafood guys there, bring the freshest catch each weekend. There are about three organic meat suppliers, plus heaps of co-op fruit and vegetable suppliers. All of the restaurants bring their wares and there’s a great little ‘eat street’ with organic food. There are handmade bits and pieces too – there’s a guy there who used to be a jazz musician, but who now makes without a doubt the best buffalo mozzarella on the Coast. So that’s a one-stop shop for all of your food.

2. Caffeine Fix 

If you want a coffee, find one of the three Bean Drop cafes. There’s one in Sunshine Beach, one near Eumundi Road and another in Noosa Junction.

3. Local Gem

If you’re after a fun night out, eating hand-food at a bar and hanging out with local surfers, then check out Village Bicycle. An ex-apprentice chef of mine opened it and it’s gone crazy with the locals. It’s one of those places that most tourists don’t know about unless they’ve been here a few times. You’ll find lots of young people there drinking tequila, having a good time and listening to good music.

4. Cut Above the Rest

If you want a haircut, go to Captain Sip Sops. They do great cuts in a cool environment with tattooed barbers and blaring music. After having your haircut there, you can buy one of the best surfboards made by Thomas, who is a local shaper and a bit of a legend. If you can’t buy one off the rack, however, you’re going to have to wait about four months for the board. I have a few of Thomas’s boards.

5. Dine and Dusted

Other than of course my Noosa Beach House restaurant, you can’t go past yum cha at Embassy XO for Saturday or Sunday lunch. We don't have many Asian restaurants in the Noosa area, so XO is excellent.

For more than 33,000 tried and tested recipes from top chefs, including those from Peter’s cookbook My Feast, visit cooked.com.au.

Hero image: Noosa Good Food and Wine Show. Tourism Noosa.