FAMILY-FRIENDLY VENUE TAKING PRIDE IN TRUE SERVICE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
ITALIAN DINING: Bombetta waitress Tatiana Nery serves up a dish.