IN YOUR CORNER

An up­dated kitchen has made a great restau­rant even bet­ter as this hid­den gem on the Sun­shine Coast serves up win­ning dishes THOMAS CORNER EATERY: RE­VIEWED BY ANOOSKA TUCKER-EVANS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Stellar - - Eat Out -

IT MAY have taken chef-owner David Rayner six years to get his dream kitchen at Noosav­ille’s Thomas Corner Eatery, but it’s been worth the wait.

The up­date has made ex­pe­dit­ing dishes eas­ier and the im­pres­sive food is shin­ing even brighter for it.

Also shin­ing a lit­tle brighter is the din­ing room’s freshly pol­ished con­crete floor, and the walls, which were touched up dur­ing the re­furb.

The ren­o­va­tions, too, gave the restau­rant the chance to hook a fresh contract with a Mooloolaba fish sup­plier, which is now de­liv­er­ing stun­ning, ex­port-grade prod­ucts like sword­fish, mar­lin, mahi-mahi and the blush­ing tuna in our raw en­tree. Topped with diced tomato and shiso, the thickly cut fish is pepped up by a dust­ing of tog­a­rashi, while a sub­tle horse­rad­ish creme fraiche helps it all slide down.

Rayner shows off his del­i­cate touch with bar­be­cued oc­to­pus, served just ten­der along­side a rain­bow of roasted lo­cal cap­sicum and dots of whipped feta; while his affin­ity for seafood also shines in a light and clean dish of daily long­line fish (to­day it’s sword­fish) gar­nished with a mod­ern take on a Wal­dorf salad and licks of tahini yo­ghurt.

Con­versely, a beef ragu is the stuff of cosy nights in around the fire – bold, com­plex and hearty with al dente pap­pardelle, chunks of Dutch car­rots and curls of kale.

Con­fit duck sits some­where in be­tween. The skin on the abun­dant leg por­tion is ex­pertly crisp while a pear poached in bay leaf adds sweet­ness and cumquats con­trast against the fat­ti­ness.

The wine list is well matched to the food; ser­vice is fine-din­ing stan­dard, with ev­ery need catered to, while the open space keeps the vibe ca­sual.

One of the Sun­shine Coast’s most un­der­val­ued res­tau­rants, Thomas Corner is well worth get­ting to know.

4/5 $$$ 1/201 Gympie Tce, Noosav­ille thomas­corner. com. au

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