Located on Noosa’s famous Hastings Street, Bistro C Beachside Restuarant & Bar can be found by either strolling along the beautiful Main Beach or via Hastings Street. Normally, the view from this restaurant is spectacular with yellow sand and beautiful blue waters, unfortunately the area has been overwhelmed with monsoonal rain of late. It was bucketing down with rain the afternoon we dined, so we had to settle for a table inside.
The restaurant, headed by Chef Dayle Merlo serves a mix of Modern Australia and Seafood dishes, and is fully licensed, with an extensive list of wines and beers to choose from. The prices range from $6 – $17 for entrees; $24 – $35 for mains and $10 – $14 for desserts.
For our entrees we ordered the “duck and pistachio terrine with nectarine chutney, pickled walnuts and sage crostini” and the “Japanese prawn cocktail”, which was on the specials menu.
The duck came out and looked absolutely beautiful (we hope the photo has done it justice). All the components of the dish fused together very nicely. It was full of punchy flavours from
the sweetness of the duck, to the slight tartness of the nectarine chutney, and the freshness of the rocket salad, finished off with the crunch of the walnuts and crostini.
Visual eating aside, the prawns were large and very fresh, as you would expect from a place right next to the sea. They were sweet and succulent. Mixed with the Japanese mayonnaise which enhanced its flavour together with the wakame (seaweed) and avacado. It was a refreshing start to the dining experience. The two entrees certainly set a high benchmark for the afternoon. We were both looking forward to the rest of the dinner.
We demolished the delicious entrees in no time, and were looking forward to the mains. We had a difficult time deciding on what mains to have. Considering we were close to the beach, we thought a seafood dish might be the obvious choice, but we both decided to go for the unusual dishes (well unusual for being by the sea). It was interesting to note that there was only 3 main dishes from a possible 8 that were seafood.
We chose the “caramelised pork belly” and the “eye fillet of beef”. We think the rain and colder weather had an influence on our choice, as these dishes seemed to provide us the feeling of warmth and comfort, something you tend to associate with a winter’s night, snuggled in front of the fire place.
The caramelised pork belly was served with a prawn and pea nasi goreng, along with a pinapple-chilli relish and topped off with some sticky tamarind jus.
When the dish came out, it looked like the pork belly had been over cooked, with the meat looking very dry and tough. However, it did not taste the way it looked, as it was cooked beautifully, the meat inside was very tender and juicy. It was complemented very well with the nasi goreng, cooked to perfection, the rice still moist and full of flavour infused with the aroma of curry. Mixed together with the tamarind jus, we were in food heaven! The only let down of the dish was the pork crackling, it tasted very old and was tough – we thought that it came from one of those packets that you find in the asian grocers – it would have been so much better if it was fresh crackling, giving that wonderful crunch.
The eye fillet of beef was served on a bed of sour cream smashed potatoes with a beetroot and red wine jus and a truffled mushroom and shallot pate. It was cooked the way that we had asked, (that is always a good start for a beef dish). The fillet was tender and juicy.
The potatoes were very smooth and tasty, although there were still some lumps left, which did put a slight taint on an almost perfect dish. The truffled mushroom and shallot pate was delicious and helped compliment the already tasty beef and beetroot, red wine jus.
The meals were very filling and we could not fit anymore food into our bellies, so we had to give dessert a miss. We’ll have to try them next time.
We were very satisfied with the dinner that we had at Bistro C. The service however, we thought could have been improved with more attentiveness (not sure if it was because they were a little short-staffed), which would have made the whole dining experience exceptional. The standard of food is very high and Chef Dayle Merlo should be commended, which explains why this place was full of people and buzzing. We would highly recommend that you make a reservation if you visit this restaurant. Hopefully, when you go the weather is much nicer
We would like to give Bistro C a rating of 4 bellies out of a possible 5.
Bistro C Beachside Restaurant & Bar
49 Hastings Street (#39 on the Beach)
Noosa Heads QLD 4567
Tel: +61 7 5447 2855