HUNGRY FEEL BUDERIM
FRESH FOOD AND COSY DINING SCENE A PERFECT MATCH
Acosy restaurant with fresh ingredients straight from its roadside herb garden is as fresh as it gets for a small venue that can be easily missed if you aren’t looking.
Hungry Feel at Buderim specialises in breakfast, lunch and dinner service – all with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.
Quality and consistent food keep locals coming back to the Main St haunt, with our mystery judge agreeing it’s one of their new favourites.
Ambience and appeal
The Hungry Feel is a locals’ venue that trades on its consistency of quality fare, rather than bells and whistles like outlook and quaintness.
For a venue on the main drag, Hungry Feel plasters over the roadscape with well-positioned greenery.
For an informal café style of venue, it works much better than others on the strip.
For a venue located in an older Buderim building, it does well.
There’s a freshness to the internal paint and all surfaces are dust-free.
The open kitchen seemed pristine from the diner’s perspective.
The venue is a casual dining hall and priced accordingly.
For a café-style operation, the décor was appropriate and the staff were well-presented in branded polo shirts.
It would have looked out of place for the staff to be any better presented, given its niche as a casual bistro café.
The Hungry Feel staff were welcoming, attentive and anticipated every need.
From a friendly chat on arrival to a discreet inquiry as to whether our meals were satisfactory, the service was spot-on for a bistro type of premises.
It’s great to see genuineness from the service staff and a real smile goes a long way.
It adds to the experience when the approach of the wait staff makes you relax and just enjoy the dining occasion.
The wait staff got the balance into Goldilocks territory: just enough attention to let you know that they value your custom and aim to please, but not so much focus that you feel stifled and intruded upon.
Texture, flavour, balance. Perfect!
We tried the tempura fried zucchini flowers, oven-dried tomatoes, cucumber and Cedar Street haloumi with puffed grains.
This entrée was a real winner.
I guess there’s a reason that it’s been a staple on the menu for several years.
For the main meal, the Bang Bang chicken salad, noodles, slaw and sesame seeds was outstanding.
It was a dazzling array of colour on the plate and a kaleidoscope of flavour in the mouth.
Texturally, the crunch and chew worked very well, with noodles and spiced chicken leading the way and the sesame sensations lingering on the tastebuds.
This was the perfect autumn lunch. Perhaps most impressive were the snake
beans served with the fish of the day. They were hand-picked that morning from the vegie patch grown in planters on the footpath.
Any fresher and they’d have been asking you on a date.
It’s hard to be critical of a casual venue for not having an extensive wine list.
To its credit, the Hungry Feel team has been brave with some of the selections.
After all, how many venues have only a handful of wines and still shy away from mainstream regions?
I guess I’d like to have seen a slightly more expansive offering for a venue, albeit a casual one, that opens for lunch and dinner.
There’s a reason why the locals flock to the Hungry Feel: quality fare, great service and terrific value.
It’s priced like a café but delivers the quality of a restaurant from the older part of the town.
And it delivers appropriate, though not stifling, service. HUNGRY FEEL BUDERIM Address: 29 Main St, Buderim
Phone: 5477 1331
Opening hours: from 7am, Tuesday to Saturday
COSY FEELING: Hungry Feel Buderim owners Chris and Larissa White.