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“Excellent Christmas Buffet Lunch”
Review of Maheno Restaurant

Maheno Restaurant
Price range: $16 - $51
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: A selection of hearty and healthy breakfast options provide the energy needed for the day's exploring. As lunchtime rolls round, the sun-dappled waters of the resort pool and surrounding wallum scrub set the scene for a leisurely afternoon on the deck of the Maheno Restaurant with the family. Guests can relax with a coldie or a glass of red over dinner and take time, between visits to the buffet, to soak up the sounds of Fraser Island.Note: This restaurant is open daily for breakfast. Lunch and Dinner times are seasonal - please check with the resort.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Buffet Christmas Lunch provided at the Maheno Restaurant, Kingfisher Bay Resort has to be the best in Queensland. The service and variety of hot and cold food, sweets and particularly the seafood was unbelievable and perfect. This was our second year for Christmas Lunch at this Restaurant and it just seems to get better. For seafood lovers this is a must for eating out for Christmas Lunch.
Also, as the restaurant is a part of the resort, the large pool which the restaurant overlooks is available for patrons to use.

For people who are only going to the Resort for the Luncheon the service is terrific. Provided in the price is a bus transfer from Urangan, Hervey Bay to the Ferry at River Heads and the Ferry from the Main Land to the Island and return.

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KingfisherBayGroup, Manager at Maheno Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Dear Bob S
Always great to host our locals over on Fraser Island during Christmas and take you for your five star review, it's much appreciated by all the team who worked on Christmas Day. We hope to see you on Fraser again soon.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We took the Saturday night 'Fast Cat' from Hervey Bay to the Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island for the seafood buffet. The evening started poorly when the boat operator showed up 3/4 hr after we were told to be at the head of the dock. People waiting on the dock were contemplating leaving, because no one was showing up. As a result we got a super fast trip to the resort just to get there at the time the buffet started. Didn't quite make it, but within 10 minutes. Standing around on a dock with nowhere to sit for 45 minutes was not a great start to the evening.

When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a mediocre rock band playing so loud that no matter where you were in the restaurant, conversation was impossible. Certainly not the type of music or level of volume one would expect during the dinner hour. Ok for later but not then. Not good! Other than a couple of short breaks, the band played continuously during the evening. The volume started loud but soon progressed to painful and we had to move outside the restaurant for our coffee. The band ruined the night for us. It would have been fine if they had started at 9:30 after dining was winding down, and played for people who might want to dance, but to play at that volume from 6:45 when we arrived (and likely earlier) during the time people were eating and might have wanted to converse, was poor judgement on someone's part.

After being seated, we waited a few minutes for a waiter to show so we could order a bottle of wine but none came. Had to stand in a long queue at the bar and then handed a bucket full of ice with the unopened bottle of wine in it. While waiting a couple of customers were complaining that their $15 drink was not made correctly as they had watched it being made. For me. it was a little awkward, carrying this pail of ice & wine through a packed restaurant. Once back at the table and after several minutes, the lady clearing the table noticed the pail on the table, and got us a stand for the pail.

As always the 'all you can eat' buffet was excellent with great selection of hot and cold seafood. They really do know how to do seafood. This is why we have been so many times over the past few years. If we were rating the food only, we would have given 5 stars.

So all in all, the overall experience was less than enjoyable, what with the wine, the ear bashing from the rock band (playing within metres of diners) and the standing around the dock in Hervey Bay for 45 minutes. Management needs to address these issues or this time is the last time, for us.

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KingfisherBayGroup, Manager at Maheno Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 28, 2013

Dear 17larry
Thanks for taking the time to post and for letting us know that your night did not meet expectations. Your comments and feedback has been noted by our Food and Beverage team. We're pleased that you did enjoy the all-you-can-eat Seafood buffet.

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