Timeless tastes travel well
For decades in and around Noosa the mod-Oz dining genre has been well and truly stitched up, from casual hotspots such as Thomas Corner to the subtropical elegance of Berardo's, Sails and Rickys. Another stalwart is Humid (now Little Humid). About a year ago, owners Mary Morrison and Michelle Gordon-Smith swapped their Weyba Road location (which also used to house Paul Blain's much-loved Chilli Jam Thai) to the riverfront in Noosaville. The decor is similar to the previous incarnation – dark wood tables and chairs, leather banquettes and a classic bistro seating plan for the long, narrow room that mushrooms out to a covered courtyard with water views. The menu is similar as well.
It's been a few years between visits but my memory of the rabbit, leek and macadamia pie, made with suet pastry and sitting in a luminous verjuice glaze, is still vivid. To our surprise, and probably by popular demand, it's still on the menu, as are tempura-battered wasabi prawns with a tangy lemon aioli. There are no dud entrées – sticky pork belly with seared trout gravlax and breaded calamari on an interesting-sounding salad of goat's cheese, tomato, cucumber and chilli. I'm sold on two – baked French onion and goat's shanks and gnocchi with peas and mint.
There's more winter bistro fare on the roasted beets, egg-dipped baked snapper, veal loin escalopes and roasted mushrooms, and a juicy spatchcock with a caramelised
eschallot and crème fraîche tart tatin. My onions and a punchy stilton cream dial up the richness. Half a quail, deliciously roasted to crisp dark golden, sits over baby cos leaves. There's a generous coating of soft egg, and parmesan dressing and some
soubise alongside tender, medium-rare veal and oven-roasted mushrooms. There's also soft potato and leek ravioli, which is gorgeous and takes the dish up a notch.
My lamb shank gnocchi ( left) features a slightly sticky, meaty jus that pulls all the elements together – pillowy gnocchi, fresh fried garlic chips. Italian meringue piled on individual lemon cheesecake is another cracking dish – the sweet/salty balance makes for a perfect end to a lovely meal.
There's nothing faddish about Little Humid – it's all about produce and of us want to eat. There's no need for change when nothing's broken.