SPIRIT HOUSE RESTAURANT
SETTLE IN FOR A WORLD-CLASS DINING EXPERIENCE OUT OF CBD
Adestination dining experience serving up world-class dishes may be a journey to get to, but promises it’s worth the drive. Set in lush tropical gardens nestled around a tranquil pond, Spirit House at sunset is a perfect recipe for dining.
The multi-award-winning menu changes seasonally, and impressed the latest reviewer for the Sunshine Coast Daily Restaurant of the Year Awards.
AMBIENCE AND APPEAL
Simply a stunning setting. It feels like you are sitting in the middle of an enchanted garden, and that’s because you are.
Make a night of it.
The bar for pre-dinner drinks is a must with a great list of cocktails and my favourite: an ice cold Singha in a chilled glass.
The venue is spotless. With a mostly outdoor restaurant, it would be almost impossible to score a 10, but they came very close.
Perhaps some would mark them down for their decision to abandon tablecloths but I think the quality of the tables and the nature of the setting makes it all work nicely.
Our server was very attentive, and did everything right.
Our head waitress had been with the restaurant for more than 10 years, so it was like being waited on by the owner.
We had a trainee also waiting on us, who exemplified how good this venue’s hiring policies and training must be.
She was friendly and attentive and had a great attitude towards customer service.
Judging the food at this multi-award-winning restaurant is no more appropriate than me trying to tell Greg Norman about his golf swing.
I am just not worthy. For entrees, we had the soft-shell crab with yellow egg curry and the Moreton Bay bugs on betel leaf. We absolutely loved both of them. The mains were the duck with red curry sauce and the signature dish of whole crispy fish.
Again, they were both faultless. The signature dish is a must for anyone visiting for the first time. It is an experience just to look at.
While selecting our dessert, we asked ourselves: “How often have we ordered four dishes and literally cannot split them for a favourite?”.
The sticky rice panacotta with mango sorbet made it five from five.
The walls of the restaurant were lined with plaques for a variety of accolades. This reviewer would not dare say any different. In my opinion, the range of regions, variety and price range was spot on.
It is never going to be the cheapest meal on the Coast, but it is priced fairly. Just superb.
I hadn’t been to this restaurant for a few years and had forgotten just how good it is.
It is truly world-class and I will be back again very soon.
It is a destination restaurant, but having said that, probably not as long a drive as you may think.
There’s no doubt the Spirit House has been setting the benchmark for destination dining for many years.
It’s more than a touch out of the way.
But the venue is always packed, thanks to the appeal of the setting, service and epicurean offerings.
LEFT: Head chef Aaron Tucker at the Spirit House (main photo); and bar manager Yann Audran.