Jan 19The Spirit House Restaurant
For many years we have intended to visit the Spirit House Restaurant, at Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.
Today we learnt that it was worth waiting for.
As well as the restaurant, there is a popular cooking school on site. Helen and Annette Fear (the original chef) have published a number of cookbooks,. Some recipes from the school are available here.The menu is innovative, contemporary Thai. The ingredients are delivered daily to the kitchen door by local growers – ginger, lemongrass, tumeric, chillies, kaffir lime are just a few of the Asian ingredients grown in the area.
The ‘signature’ dish is Whole Crispy Fish with Tamarind Chili Sauce. We also had
Chargrilled Beef Ribs with Sweet Chili Dressing & Orange Mint Salad
Lemon Grass Curry of Chicken with Kaffir Lime
Pineapple Fried Rice in Egg Net with Cashews & Vietnamese Mint
BBQ Tamarind Duck with Ginger Lychee Glaze & Crispy Egg Noodles
and a Watermelon and Coconut Salad.
The menu is available here.
http://www.jimmyliks.com/ Cathy would also rate Longgrain, in Liittle Bourke St, Melbourne.
http://www.longrain.com.au/ We think the combination of food, atmosphere and setting at the Spirit House topped them all. PS The Spirit House has an interesting blog at http://www.spirithouse.com.au/funstuff/