BOM­BETTA NOOSA

FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY VENUE TAK­ING PRIDE IN TRUE SER­VICE

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

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F there’s one thing that never goes out of fash­ion, it’s value- and Bom­betta de­liv­ers in spades.

Great food, ef­fi­cient ser­vice and well-priced wines are a recipe for the suc­cess of this top end Ital­ian venue that im­pressed our mys­tery diner on their lat­est visit.

Am­bi­ence and ap­peal

Bom­betta is sit­u­ated on the high side of the round­about where Noosa Drive meets Sun­shine Beach Rd. There are floor-to-ceil­ing trans­par­ent blinds that keep the weather out when needed and these are rolled up when it is warm and not windy.

There is an af­ter­noon buzz with lo­cals drop­ping by for a “se­cret so­cial” cock­tail and a nib­ble af­ter work, where you can sit at the bar and so­cialise or grab a ta­ble out­side and watch the world go by. When we ar­rived the room was half full and the small in­te­rior abuzz with noisy chat­ter.

The in­side is light and airy thanks to very high ceil­ings. For a small venue there are quite a few seat­ing op­tions, mak­ing best use of the avail­able space.

Clean­li­ness

Noth­ing but praise here with all ta­bles wiped clean and dry. The kitchen is viewed through a nar­row pass and the stain­less steel fix­tures gleam. A hands-on owner over­sees the floor and the bar, and bath­rooms are all clean and tidy. An ex­trac­tion fan ca­pa­ble of fly­ing a small plane en­sures no bath­room odours are no­ticed in the bar or din­ing room.

Pre­sen­ta­tion

Smart, grey aprons and branded white Tshirts dress the wait staff in a ca­sual yet pro­fes­sional way. There are ta­bles out­side, able to be set to ac­com­mo­date a few larger fam­i­lies and in­side there is a mix of booths and high ta­bles on the lower level and ban­quette seat­ing up­stairs near the kitchen. I’m com­ing again with some friends so we can book “the naughty cor­ner” which is tucked up and nearly out of sight on the top level. The fit-out is clean and mod­ern with a white and black theme, suited to the Ital­ian na­ture of the menu of­fer­ing.

Ser­vice

Hosts Pas­cal and Kristie Tursh­well had many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing owned Gas­ton Restau­rant across the hill near Hast­ings St.

And prior to that, stints man­ag­ing restau­rants in Noosa and Mel­bourne. There is good at­ten­tion to de­tail in the ser­vice, which is still con­ducted in a friendly and ca­sual man­ner. We were served by the owner and one of the staff, who was able to help us choose some en­trees to share as well as talk to us about wines from the list. With the split-level de­sign you are never far away from ei­ther the bar or the kitchen mak­ing it easy for the wait­staff to see if you are in need of at­ten­tion.

Food

When Bom­betta first opened the menu was a lit­tle too large. Thank­fully it has been trimmed down now with a fo­cus on sea­sonal pro­duce with spe­cials chang­ing daily. There is a good se­lec­tion of pizzas and a ded­i­cated chil­dren’s menu help­ing this to be a fam­i­lyfriendly place to dine. We shared a few fresh shucked nat­u­ral oys­ters, an an­tipasto plate and a gar­lic and rose­mary pizza to start.

For our mains my din­ing com­pan­ion en­joyed a melt-in-your-mouth Osso Bucco,

braised in red wine, car­rots and cel­ery and served with a silky po­tato mash. It’s clas­sic Ital­ian com­fort food, a lit­tle rus­tic but burst­ing with flavour. I en­joyed a chicken parmigiana, served with a zingy and crunchy vine­gar slaw and skinny fries.

The slaw helped bal­ance the rich­ness of the parmigiana. And we were told to leave room for the sig­na­ture dessert — the Nutella pizza, which, I’d imag­ine, wouldn’t be a very hard sell to eager younger din­ers.

Wine list

Bom­betta’s wine list is suc­cinct yet is per­fectly sized for the style of venue, with plenty of wines on of­fer for all bud­gets. There is a mix of lo­cal and im­ported — not just Ital­ian — and a se­lec­tion of six whites and six reds by the glass.

We chose an or­ganic Ital­ian pinot gri­gio which was full of flavour and a good all­rounder. Be­hind the bar there is an im­pres­sive ar­ray of top shelf spir­its and quite a few cock­tails to choose from, mak­ing Bom­betta a good venue to drop in for an af­ter­noon ses­sion.

Value

Value is good here with lots of choices for cre­at­ing a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that ranges from an af­ter­noon nib­ble and a drink to a quick fam­ily din­ner to a long ses­sion with a group of friends graz­ing through mul­ti­ple cour­ses.

The meals are nei­ther over or un­der gen­er­ous in size. We found our­selves full and sat­is­fied af­ter two cour­ses. Friendly and ef­fi­cient ser­vice and an in-house magician on most Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights help add to the score here. The essence of Ital­ian bistros is home­made food, rus­tic and flavour­some, served in a fam­ily friendly, wel­com­ing, neigh­bourly set­ting. Bom­betta achieves this across their whole menu and is des­tined to be the Noosa stal­wart that the owner’s pre­vi­ous venue, Gas­ton, once was.

Pic­tures: Pa­trick Woods

ITAL­IAN DIN­ING: Bom­betta wait­ress Ta­tiana Nery serves up a dish.

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