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“Good food and great value particularly for an advantage plus member” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nouveau

Nouveau
Novotel Twin Waters Resort | Ocean Drive, Mudjimba, Queensland, Australia
(07) 5450 9521
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Ranked #7 of 11 Restaurants in Mudjimba
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Maroochydore, Australia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good food and great value particularly for an advantage plus member”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The seafood buffet was excellent with sandcrab, prawns, oysters and baked fish. Plenty of variety of food. The desserts are exceptional - loved the lemon pie! Just managed to leave enough room to partake of the chocolate fountain!

Also visited for lunch and had lovely chicken cooked with tomatoes and olives. Topped off with passionfruit cheesecake for dessert. Nice outlook from the restaurant overlooking the pool. A most enjoyable place to eat.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
“Regular guests of two-decades terribly disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have been guests of Nouveau restaurant since the resort's opening in the early-90s. During that period, the fixed price buffet dinner became a mandatory event for our family at every visit. In fact we usually dined there at Nouveau most nights of each stay as the experience used to be fantastic.

However, if we are to be honest, the quality of food and service has been in steady decline over the last 10 years. Much as we were disappointed in our last two or three visits, we thought we might go back and check it out. After all, we may be pleasantly surprised.

Sad to say, it was the worst it has ever been! Service was ok, if a tad lacking in enthusiasm. Slightly disappointing given the cost per head.

But...... the food was downright awful. There is no other way to describe it. The buffet was slow to be topped up and, in some dishes, never topped up. The buffet range was lacking compared to say 10 years ago. Some food were tough and tasteless.

The worst thing was paying $48pp for an experience which would have struggled to please even if priced at $20pp. Absolutely poor value for money. The cost does not correspond with the quality of food nor service.

Last weekend might just be the very last time we dine at Nouveau. Shame on Novotel Twin Waters to allow its best restaurant experience to go to waste. Given that it is one of the main attractions (as far as our family is concerned) at the resort, we wonder if we will ever go back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Perfect for us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

I'm hard to please but this place was perfect for us (travelling with 3 kids). Big restaurant, great variety of food, exceptional service and good value for money (lunch buffet $28 adult, $13 kid, <5 free).
The decor is dated but views are lovely through glass and timber floor-to-ceiling windows. Very light & bright. Nice background music. I wish we knew about it sooner.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Palmview, Australia
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Seafood Buffet good if you are an advantage plus member”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We have had the seafood buffet on a few occasions here at Nouveau Twin Waters. I wouldn't want to be paying full price for the meal though. With the membership your partner dines for free so it makes it quite good value. It is comparable to other seafood buffets and in all cases the seafood has been previously frozen - it gets frozen on the trawlers! The quality has varied but the past couple of times the quality was good. I will go back and use my half price on meals membership card again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“International Buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had dinner at the Nouveau and although would be expensive for a family for the two of us the price was very reasonable. The service as generally very good, mind you it did take awhile to get drinks. The buffet was set out in courses (so could be eaten like 5 course meal), although all food was available at any time. The food was always plentiful and there were plenty of choices for each course. The night we had dinner it was an international theme reflected in the menu.

If we were to go back to this part of the world would definitely go back and have dinner there.

Visited March 2013
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