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“A total dining experience”
Review of Spirit House

Spirit House
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Yandina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $78
Cuisines: Thai, Australian, Fusion
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Thai style open pavillions around an ornamental lake in a beautiful asian garden setting are revealed when you step through the gate from the car park and follow the winding path through the grounds. The scent of incense wafts through the air, chimes tinkle in the breeze and little water dragons bask in the sun. A visit to Spirit House is so much more than just eating and drinking. Our waitperson was very knowledgeable and explained the philosophy guiding the style of food served as well as describing the individual dishes and recommending the most appropriate wine to accompany them. She helped us choose dishes that were not to chilli hot and that went well together, the beef on sticky rice for entree, the coconut prawn lon with crispy fish and the spatchcock with peach main courses followed by syrup teacake for dessert. The reisling she recommended complemented these dishes very well. Once we had ordered she bought over a little book for us to look at about the history of Spirit House and a newsletter with more information and recipes that we could keep. The food was excellent and the main courses with a seperate serve of rice were just right for 2 people to share. The beef entree was exquisite and a real highlight but the serving was far too small consisting of 2 pieces each being just a spoonful of sticky rice shaped into a patty and topped with 3 tiny shavings of beef.
We were suprised to find the restaurant so busy on a Monday lunch time and were lucky to get a table as we had not booked. It is expensive but worth the money for what is a very special dining experience. Dinner at night time would be even more magical and we hope very much to be able to experience this on a future visit to Queensland.

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Thank dandylionlady
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Ok you used your little bit of power to remove my unbiased review, let me be a little bit more precise why my experience was not that endearing.Entree, four bait size prawns on skewers,over cooked served in a egg cup with a spoonful of dipping sauce wow wee.16$.Confit of duck 39$, yes folks we got the three legged skinny duck ,covered by penang sauce(main course)Also we got Green curry loin of pork.$40,pork was tender ,green curry no different from out of the jar,with the australian infusion of two strips of granny smith apple peel!!!!!! The desert was a confusion of five overly sweet flavours.Once again nice location ,attentive staff over priced,small portioned meals.use your power to delete this honest unbiased review.

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Thank chris t
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I can’t remember when was the last time they changed the menu here so I am surprised that rather than perfecting the dishes, i have found that the standard is slowly falling off. Maybe the chef is tired of cooking the same dishes day after day. Regardless they charge top dollar and for a remote restaurant like this they can only survive on their historical good name for so long.
The last two times have been groups of 6 and 8 and the view is shared by most that had been before.
I think I’ll wait for the menu to change before venturing so far again.

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Thank justcruizen
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Beautiful local produce food. Worth the 3hr drive. Make sure your given table facing the water and not facing the entrance pathway as several chefs choose to have a smoke sesh...disgusting and quite rude.

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Thank Rubixcube_0
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spirithouse, Manager at Spirit House, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

We're glad you enjoyed the food and just wanted to say: the people in the smokers' courtyard you describe as our chefs were actually clients wearing their cooking school aprons from the Cooking School. They were simply having a break in the designated smoking area for the restaurant and school

Obviously, during lunch service our chefs are all in the kitchen working.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

While i won't fault the food I will do so as far as service and cleanliness of this restaurant is concerned.|On the night we went for dinner it was raining and we were seated in a grubby area surrounded by plastc to keep the rain out it was like being in a dirty sauna room.No table cloth to cover the dirty ugly table and wobbly to boot.....our bottle of wine was placed on the bare concrete floor with no container provided and as this was meant to be a special occasion it sure didn't feel that way.As I said before the food was fabulous but we went there for a romantic dinner and the restaurant knew this.....they did not deliver and we felt let down.Sitting in a makeshift shed with no flooring and ugly plastic flapping around my head did not make me feel special.

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Thank 46susan46
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