EAT OUT

The Sun­shine State’s pre­mier beach is boom­ing, with a new wave of din­ing and re­tail spots mak­ing a splash, writes FIONA DON­NELLY.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - News -

Noosa’s new wave of din­ing and re­tail spots are mak­ing a splash.

COOK

The Cook­ing School Noosa Wasabi is Queens­land’s top-rated re­gional restau­rant and one of Aus­tralia’s best Ja­panese eater­ies. But the team’s cook­ing school is less well known. Hands-on classes in the same precinct ex­tend be­yond Ja­panese tech­nique, fea­tur­ing guest chefs and pro­duce grown at the restau­rant’s Hon­ey­suckle Hill farm. The re­sults can be en­joyed in Wasabi’s din­ing room on the Noosa River. 2 Quamby Pl, Noosa Heads, (07) 5449 2443, the­cook­ingschool­noosa.com

A rus­tic-chic mi­cro­brew­ery and diner, Cop­per­head Brew­ery Restau­rant brings un­fil­tered beers, lo-fi wines and gas­tropub-style meals to the hin­ter­land town of Cooroy. cop­per­head­brew­ery.com.au

STREET FOOD

Sum Yung Guys Street art and neon sig­nage con­jure an up­tempo Asian aes­thetic at this first-floor ven­ture. The long ban­quette and semi­cir­cu­lar booth are good for groups and there’s a good haul of dairy- and gluten-free op­tions, such as man­darin-cured lo­cal sword­fish with punchy nahm jim. 8/46 Duke St, Sun­shine Beach, (07) 5324 1391, sumyun­guys.com.au

MEX­I­CAN

Noosa and Cali-Mex flavours go to­gether like Mar­gar­i­tas on tap and hip-hop – all found at grungy Par­adise

Ar­cade (shop 8b/14 Arcadia St, Noosa Junc­tion, par­adis­earcade.com.au). In Noosav­ille, Border­town de­liv­ers Tex-Mex with via burg­ers, tacos and booze (1/253 Gympie Tce, Noosav­ille, bor­der­town­noosa.com.au)

ITAL­IAN

Bom­betta The for­mer own­ers of French-ac­cented Gas­ton have opened a breezy Ital­ian bar-eatery in Noosa Junc­tion. Try a bom­betta, their take on the Pugliese meat­ball stuffed with pro­volone and Ta­leg­gio, wrapped in pro­sciutto and dusted with le­mon zest and parme­san. 1/77 Noosa Dr, Noosa Junc­tion, (07) 5343 1778, bom­betta.com.au

SHOP

Noosa Deli keeps its fo­cus on Italy, with house-made pasta, sa­lumi and cof­fee by lo­cal Clan­des­tino Roast­ers (9/21 Sun­shine Beach Rd, Noosa Junc­tion, noosadeli.com.au). In Noosa’s back­blocks, Bel­mon­dos

Or­ganic Mar­ket casts its net wider and houses Clan­des­tino’s roast­erycafé, Tan­gle­wood sour­dough bak­ery, Bio Shop’s or­ganic fruit and veg, and Eumundi Meats. (59 Rene St, Noosav­ille, bel­mon­dos.com)

FRENCH

Noosa Hot Bread Shop There’s Padre cof­fee on pour, crisp Vi­en­nois­erie made with French but­ter be­hind the counter, and long-fer­ment sour­dough on the racks. Plans are afoot to open the bak­ery as a wine bar af­ter dark. Shop 2, 62 Hast­ing St, Noosa Heads, (07) 5449 2135 ●

Noosa is a two-hour drive north of Bris­bane, and 40 min­utes’ drive from Sun­shine Coast Air­port.

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