HUN­GRY FEEL BUD­ERIM

FRESH FOOD AND COSY DIN­ING SCENE A PER­FECT MATCH

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | FOOD & WINE -

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.

Clean­li­ness

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.

Pre­sen­ta­tion

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.

Ser­vice

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.

Food

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.

Wine list

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.

Value

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

Web­site: hun­gryfeel.com.au

Open­ing hours: from 7am, Tues­day to Satur­day

PHO­TOS: PA­TRICK WOODS

COSY FEEL­ING: Hun­gry Feel Bud­erim own­ers Chris and Larissa White.

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