Looking for lunch or dinner while holidaying on the Sunshine Coast?
Benchmark at Perigian Springs is well worth the drive from where ever you are staying.
Recently renamed after changing hands from the previous 'chez andre' Benchmark promises to be an admirable replacement offering Tapas - a la carte dining - cafe-style light lunches - wood fired pizza - take aways.
Breakfast is served seven days a week.
Stop by for coffee and a great selection of cakes from the display cabinet , any time.
Wood fired pizza is a feature : take away or eat in.
Easy wheelchair access from the parking area behind the restaurant.
Opening hours - 8:00 am - late : Monday to Saturday : Sunday 7 am to 11 am
Favorite Dish: My family enjoyed lunch alfresco & chose to eat a selection of tapas washed down with obligatory New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Your scribe had BLT with fries for an unbelievably inexpensive $10.
No doubt we will return.
Harvest is one of our favourite restaurants in Coolum. The original owner and chef have recently moved further up the coast to a new venue. We were curious to see if Harvest was as good as it has been in the past.
Harvest has received accolades from better food judges than your scribe. Among them Gourmet Traveller and the Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide in 2010. Also "Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant on The Sunshine Coast from the industry 's professional association judges in 2010 and again in 2011.
We were not disappointed by our visit finding the menu much the same as it has been in the past.
Four pizza bread dishes suitable for sharing around the table for starters are offered ($14-17) . eg Kalamata olive and parmesan pizza bread $14
Entrees: There are six entrees listed ($18-25).
For example Goats cheese fritters with beetroot puree, apple and caramelized walnuts $18. For $25 there is a BBQ seafood antipasto plate.
There is a choice of eight mains plus specials of the day. Prices range $26-36. The dearest is beef fillet, potato, caramelized onion & celeriac tart, mushrooms , red wine sauce. Selections from most food groups are available. Vegetarians catered for.
For big eaters there are six side dishes available $6-9.
Sweet Tooth? Five Desserts $14 and three cheese plates to top off the meal.
A big range of drinks is available and there is a reasonable wine list.
A couple of dozen white wines and the same number of reds sourced from premium Australian wine regions and from New Zealand and France are featured on the list with five sparkling wines (Champagne $105). There is a selection of wines by the glass.
Kids meals are available and when we turned up with our grandson, I was delighted by the waitress asking him what he would like as we sat down. She placed the order to ensure he was fed early.
The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Most we recognized from our previous visits.
Open for dinner seven days a week and for lunch at the weekends.
Harvest is easily accessed by wheelchairs and there is a disabled toilet.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish: With five of us dining, we got to see and taste a good cross-section of the menu. Two of the party, locals, had eaten there many times previously. We all voted the food - very good. Service - excellent. Ambience - beachy & busy...(that's a positive).
I had the pork belly entree and highly recommend it. For main, I tried Pan fried Snapper, fatuous salad, preserved lemon and sumac dressing $32. Others in the party had crispy skin duck. Some of us shared the bbq seafood tasting plate and agreed it was a cut above the average.
We'll be back!
photo 1: Awards and Write ups (2010 & 09)
photo 2: Harvest from the road in front.
Castro’s is a long established institution in Coolum providing Australian Cuisine with a Mediterranean touch offering Wood–fired Pizzas, Pasta & Risotto, Substantial Mains ranging from fish to steak, light meals and desserts.
Children’s meals are available and the place is child friendly and easily accessible by wheel chairs.
The bar offers Happy Hour Specials each evening between 5 and 6 pm and themed wine/cocktail evenings.eg Becks or Corona beer with lemon slice $4.00. House Wine (still or sparkling) $4.00. Wine of the month : $5.00 during Happy Hour ; $7.00 normal times or $27.00 per bottle.
An extensive list of Australian Wines is available.
Many of the items on the extensive menu are available as takeaways which suits the occupants of nearby holiday accommodation units.
Staff are always friendly and obliging. Parking in Frank Street.
We have eaten at Castro's many times over the years and have never been disappointed. It's our "local" when we visit Coolum.
Typical Menu Choices: Light meals include: Tapas selection $22, Brushetta $9.50, Oysters ½ doz $6.00, Mixed cooked $18.50/28.50, Mussels $22.00
Pasta & Risotto: 8 choices $18 – 22. Wood-fired Pizza: 10 choices $12.50 to 20.00
Mains: Fish Stew for 2 persons $52 . Choice of 2 steak dishes, barramundi, salmon, lamb,duck $28.50 - $31.00. Desserts: $9.50.
Daily Specials on the chalk board.
Favorite Dish: Three of us shared two wood fired pizzas $20.00 & $18.00 and a mixed Tapas plate $22 washed down with a bottle of Jim Barry 08 Watervale Reisling $27.00. It was more than enough and we took home half a pizza.
The child in the party enjoyed his chicken and chips with fruit and salad side, followed by ice cream and washed down with a generous glass of apple juice $14.90.
The pizza was tasty as was the selection from the mixed plate. Will be back for more!
The Sandbar at the Surf life Saving Club provides a beautiful venue to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or a complete bistro meal while checking out unsurpassed views of sand and surf.
The bistro is open seven days a week for lunch (1200-1500) and dinner (1800-2100) and is a big hit for Sunday breakfast/Brunch (0800).
Coffee and cake is available after 1100 daily.
There is a huge range of meals available at reasonable prices.
five Appetisers - $7 to $28 dearest being 12 oysters Kilpatrick.
five Burgers – all $16 served with accompaniments
three Salads - $16
five Pasta dishes - $19 -24.
At least a dozen Mains from every food group - $21 – 29
Plus from the grill, a range of steak types and weights (average $26) all served with salad & chips
Seafood Platters are a big hit - cost depending on daily product prices.
The bar serves a good range of draught and bottled beers and a wine list that will not break the bank.
Childrens' meals are available plus vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Plenty of parking near by.
Favorite Dish: My wife and I are pretty set in our ways when we visit for lunch. She has a Coolum Mediterranean style Salad with feta cheese, roasted eggplant & zucchini, olives etc - served with toasted ciabatta bread. He opts for a hamburger with the works - a steal at $16.00 and usually more than I can eat for lunch.
We are talking casual no frill dining here. No white table cloth. Meals are delivered to table after orders are placed & payment made by diners at the service area. Drinks service is at the bar.
However, this does not detract from an enjoyable meal and the gold plated view from nearly every table.
We are not the only visitors enjoying the scene at Sand Bar. In September 2011 it was awarded Restaurant & Catering Queensland's "Best North Coast Family Dining Award".
Indulge in gelato on the Sunshine Coast! Right opposite the Coolum Beach Caravan Park entrance, a small unassuming ice creamery offers dream gelato. Cool off on a hot day with a host of flavours to choose from. My wife's new favourite is ginger and macadamia nuts!
The Coffee Club has a promotion with Coolum Beach Caravan Park - vouchers offering two for the price of one! At the intersection of David Low Way and Elizabeth Street, the street side tables offers some good people-watching, and the coffee is tasty!
Favorite Dish: Caramel latte
Dave is the lovable owner of this small restaurant. It's hidden on the road between the pharmacy and the PRD real estate agent and is worth finding. expect to have a variety of thai food cooked by actual thai people!
Favorite Dish: love love love the spring rolls, they come with this honey sauce and it's just SO GOOD!!
Carmen & Chris bring to life the flavours of Europe with a great selelction of anti-pasti options.
Favorite Dish: Great coffee and plenty of cheeses and cured meats to try. Be adventurous and try something different - we did and were pleasantly surprised... easy to call in and choose a few things for a picnic on the beach too.
Right on Noosa Beach, this is relaxed dining at its best. One lunchtune, we watched as 5 dolphins came into shore to play in the shallow waters.
Favorite Dish: The prawn & mango salad is fantastic, and surprisingly filling for a salad - when you're too full for dessert, have an affogato (coffee & ice-cream together).
Wish I were back there...