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“Simply superb”

Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita
Ranked #22 of 335 Restaurants in Noosa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian, Sri Lankan
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Renowned chef, restaurateur and TV presenter, Peter Kuruvita, brings his signature style and focus on local seafood to iconic Hastings St. The relaxed holiday vibe of the open terrace and bar evolves into a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar as the day progresses.
Australia
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Simply superb”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Having eaten at Cato's previously and been underwhelmed, its reincarnation Noosa Beach House is a revelation. Not being from Sydney, I wasn't familiar with Peter Kuruvita's food, but I am a convert.

Our starters of the prawns and tuna respectively were very good but not outstanding, but unfortunately the different wines we had chosen to go with them were not great, so detracted a little.

With regard to the main course, my partner had the beef, which was excellent. My duck main was however outstanding. I had initially ordered two starters (instead of a starter and a main), and the duck confit was the second. The server asked would I like it as a main course if possible, and I said only if that's OK with the chef. When it came out I was so glad that I did, as it was outstanding. The duck confit was presented as cubes with some stunning accompaniments and looked amazing. A beautiful dish which I thoroughly enjoyed, plus the glass of pinot noir which I ordered to go with it was a perfect match.

The table next to us came in for dessert only, and when they arrived we could only look in wonder at the very beautiful desserts, one of which had what looked like spun fairy floss on top. Not being dessert eaters, we preferred to look, not eat, but they looked extraordinary.

All in all, a wonderful experience.

The reviews on trip advisor for this restaurant reveal a number of problems, particularly with service, after opening in 2013, but there are a lot of happy campers in 2014, and that was certainly our experience. There were however a few hitches for us also, but nothing that detracted from an excellent experience. In the spirit of helpful feedback, I am listing these below.

- the server wasn't very knowledgable on the menu, and I only found out afterwards (reading Trip Advisor), how good the starter tasting plate, and the Sri Lankan fish curry were. I wish we had known and tried these dishes. One for next time!
- The server also couldn't advise on wine and food matches, and it would be great if the matches were listed on the menu, or at least the servers were able to assist.
- The bread and olive oil suddenly turned up after the food had arrived. The server (not the first one) told us she had forgotten. There was also confusion when they switched servers during service - good idea to let the diner know.
- We had initially chosen to eat there because of the SPG 15% discount, which is even better at the moment, as Starwood are offering double starpoints at participating restaurants, which is a big incentive to go there. Normally the restaurant applies the SPG discount when you settle the bill, and on presenting my SPG card, I was told that it would be applied at checkout at the hotel. Fair enough, but the hotel on checkout said it should have been applied at the restaurant (which is in fact correct), but then the receptionist had little knowledge of the discount and 10-15 minutes later it was finally sorted. Reading this thread, it appears that several other diners at Noosa Beach House have been told they can't get the 15% discount, which is in not correct, as the restaurant is listed on the spgrestaurantsandbars.com website as applying the 15%. Anyway, we got it in the end, plus the double starpoints for the meal, so happy all round.

All in all, highly recommended, although you might need to overlook a few minor things while they are still in the start-up phase. Most definitely worth the visit!

  • Visited February 2014
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KuruFive, Guest Relations Manager at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Hi Tripper16
Thank you for your insightful and detailed review. We truly value guest feedback as it helps us to maintain standards and improve procedures. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience and we very much appreciate the time you have taken to let us know. We hope to see you again soon!
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious Food!”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

Recently went here and had an amazing meal! For entrée we had prawns which were cooked to perfection. For main between us we had the Eye fillet, Snapper Curry and Barramundi. All three were delicious with the most amazing flavors and presentation. Overall, one of the best restaurant meals we had while in Noosa - will definitely be back next time!

  • Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sublime food”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

For an entree we chose a seafood tasting plate, which had four delicious morsels of seafood, including a delicious scallop on pork belly......it would be worth driving back for three hours to eat the scallop again.

For our main course we selected the Sri Lankan snapper curry which was simple but exquisite.

Our only downfall was we were sitting on a table that was located near the stairs from the bar, and also where the wait staff walked passed at break neck speed, creating a draft. There are plenty of other tables but you do need to book beforehand and make sure you get a table near a wall.

Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, California
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delightful!”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Thanks Peter and all the team at the Noosa Beach House for a fantastic dinner. Every course was amazing - duck and prawns to start; snapper curry and gold band snapper Mexican special followed by lime tart and a cheese board. Really has been the most enjoyable dinner we have had in a long time made even more memorable and special when Peter took the time to serve us. Thank you so much - we will be back.

  • Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Great adults food, not so good kids”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

The service was impeccable, the adult food and wine was brilliant. The portions given to the kids was very generous. The only reason I didn't give them a 5 was that the kids steak had a salty sauce on it and the chicken breast was dried out. Kids want simple food, they don't enjoy 'gourmet' experiences. Would happily pay the prices to eat there again but would order the kids food without the sauces on it (1 portion is enough for 2 small children to share). The barramundi was wonderful.

Visited February 2014
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