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“Best food on Sunshine Coast”
Review of Reserve Restaurant Cellar - CLOSED

Reserve Restaurant Cellar
Price range: $18 - $41
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Reserve Restaurant Cellar is the premier fine dining experience on the Sunshine Coast. Situated only 7 km from Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Reserve is housed in a landmark colonial Queenslander with sweeping views of the Coast and Hinterland. Reserve offers a warm and intimate dining experience with polished timber floors, high backed leather chairs, crisp linen and crystal glassware. Like the spectacular views, its reputation since opening in 2007, now stretches far beyond Maleny. Testimonies to the combined talents of Chef Kieran Reekie and Sommelier Steve Heffernan include: • one star in the Courier Mail Food and Dining Guide in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011• a listing in the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide Top 400 Restaurants in 2009, 2010 and 2011,. • one goblet in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Wine List of the Year Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010• Restaurant and Caterers Association – Best Contemporary Restaurant, 2009; Best Fine Dining Restaurant, 2010.Chef Kieran combines modern cooking with traditional methods and is passionate about taste and keeping flavours simple, so as not to confuse the palate. With an eye for detail and a love of beautiful ingredients, the resulting dishes are always superb. The menu is available online and rings in seasonal changes. Firm favourites include an entrée of Twice Baked Moreton Bay Bug and White Truffle Oil Soufflé with Vinegar Spinach and Salmon Caviar while mains include Slow Braised Shoulder of Junee Lamb with Roasted Pumpkin, Onion Relish and Seeded Mustard Crust and desserts on offer include a divine Vanilla Pannacotta with Cinnamon Beignets, Caramel Sauce. A degustation menu complete with wines for each tasting is a popular choice.Reserve Restaurant Cellar is not only innovative in the kitchen, but in the wine cellar as well. The cellar is an ever growing, and at times all consuming, foundation for Reserve. Currently holding 450 varieties, each wine is carefully chosen to create a list that appeals to all tastes and budgets and is supported by Steve, a professional sommelier who adores “talking wine” and assisting with wine selection. Reserve features two levels of dining: the ground floor, which seats a maximum of 50 people, and the Cellar, which seats up to 25 people, for a more intimate unique dining experience. Both spaces at Reserve are available for functions and events, with optional menu and beverage packages. Locals and visitors alike are able to enjoy personalised, professional service that begins from the moment they are greeted at the door. Reserve’s commitment to delivering the perfect dining experience extends to offering a drop off service to Range customers in their luxury car.
Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Thank you Reserve for giving us the most amazing memorable food. My husband is vegetarian and he will generally get a choice of a pasta or risotto when we go out but he does all the time at home. Boring!!! There are so many terrible restaurants on the Sunshine Coast that get away with charging heaps for basic boring food. The experience at the Reserve is consistently creative interesting and blown us away with the amazing flavours they create. We have been 4 times and have enjoyed being surprised with the degustation menu and their vegetarian options are outstanding! Thanks again Reserve, can't wait to get back there soon

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Thank Nelly4321
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We have eaten here twice now for the $50 degustation lunch. Having eaten at some of the top restaurants around the world, we have yet to find better value for money fine dining anywhere. the cost of the meal and the matched wines is cheaper than just the meal at many equivalent restaurants. the staff are extremely knowledgeable about the wines and food and everything is matched perfectly. Having to guess the sorbet flavour is a quirky gimmick that we love - we have always got close but never quite got it all perfect - one day we will!! If you manage to get the goats cheese soufflé - it is one of the best dishes ever. I would challenge anyone who regularly eats at quality fine dining restaurants to find better value for money anywhere in the world. A hidden gem on the Sunshine Coast

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1  Thank rockangel007
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Following an Impromptu visit to The Reseve, for lunch on sunday 13/10, the food and friendly service confirmed the reason we continue to return . My partner and I chose the popular degustation menu . 4 courses , for $50, together with the mystery sorbet, which the dining guest is invited to guess the two ingredients .(we did not have the additional wine package) The Menu had recently changed, so slightly disappointed that our wonderful soufflé was not available. However the disappointment was short lived, as the replacement dish was delicious . In fact all 4 courses were good and well presented. All in all , this is a little "gem" on the Sunshine coast hinterland, near Maleny, and is far better value and more interesting dining than the more well known venues close by,

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Thank Doug B
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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We come to Reserve every time we are in Maleny and have yet to be disappointed. Excellent slow cooked crispy pork belly, and amazing goats cheese soufflé.

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Thank cassandra83
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Dined here back in August and I'm still annoyed.

Went with 4 adults and 2 Tweens , after being seated it took ages to be asked for our order. We then waited over an hour for our entrees. Our booking was at 7 and it was at 8.20 that I asked the waitress when we would receive some food. The response was - I was wondering that as well - if you were wondering why didn't you do something?? No offer was made to give us bread or something the waitress just looked at me blankly and said the kitchen was quite busy . That would be because you seated everyone at the same time and didn't stagger the orders..when the food did arrive it was lukewarm. It was nice but nowhere near the quality it should have been for the price. For the 2 Tweens we ordered the steak and chips. The steak I wouldn't have served to my cat. It was tough and clearly the end of a piece of meat - not good enough for what we paid..
The final insult was the maître d who clearly left the young waitress to deal with the issues. Whilst our food was not being delivered and the kitchen was under pressure he thought it appropriate to stand around drinking wine with the other patrons. He continued to make his way around the restaurant stopping at pretty much every table but ours and never ever coming to apologise for the delay. Maybe we weren't worth the effort because we weren't drinking the expensive wine. Or maybe you need to be a local to be appreciated..
Not good enough it was supposed to be a nice evening out for my husbands birthday but instead just made us angry.

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1  Thank Paula C
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