Published on March 17th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


Bristro C Restaurant

I told you last week about Bistro C’s sassy refurb, albeit briefly, so let me expand.

The popular Hastings St restaurant is looking brighter than ever, more inviting with a new white palette as a backdrop to colourful decorator pieces, some in contrast, some in-keeping with the beach views.

I visited on a sunny Saturday morning when the ocean was mirror-like with the sun sparkling on its surface.

Bristro C

It is on days like these you have to wonder at your good fortune just to be here in Noosa.

Bistro C staff must love the daily changes the weather brings to the beach.  What a place to work.

The decor features many intriguing concepts that reveal themselves the longer you sit over your coffee, cocktail, lunch or dinner.

Those hand sculptures embedded in the ceiling are a bit spooky at first, but you get used to them. And they’re holding beautiful teardrop light fittings.

Dividing beams have been painted white creating an all-together different look to the restaurant.

Bristro C

Chairs, banquettes and cushions vary in colours and textures resulting in a layered appeal.

You’ll have to see it for yourself. There is a lot to look at.

Bistro C is open every day of the year from 7.30am until late, except for Christmas Day. It rarely has a quiet moment.

The secret? The beautiful beach and expansive ocean views don’t hurt of course…but it is more than that. It is a je ne sais quoi, I guess.

That certain intangible quality that makes something what it is.

Bristro C

“I think it is consistently good food served with consistently good service,” Manager Cassie Banks said.

“We never aim to be fine dining. We strive to create a fun, family-friendly environment so when our guests are in here, they feel like they are in their own home. We encourage our staff to create a rapport with the guests. We change our menu every three to four months to always have new and exciting appeal.”

Signature dishes that stay on season after season, year after year, include the coconut chicken salad. I’ve had it a number of times.  It is fresh and colourful and a perfect lunch dish with its Asian herbs, cucumber, wombok and tofu…all a back-up for poached chicken with a lively nuoc cham dressing (a Vietnamese sauce) and toasted cashews for crunch and spice.Bristro C

The calamari never comes off the menu. We don’t know how chef Dayle Merlo gets it so tender. With a chilli, lime and coriander dipping sauce I think every Bistro C regular has had it more than once.

The seafood spaghetti is another dish ordered over and over again by regulars. Good local seafood tossed through hot spaghetti with basil, olive oil, tomato and garlic is a winner every time…it doesn’t require anything clever or cheffy, just a bringing together of good ingredients and presenting them in rustic tradition.

The wine list stays mostly in Australia visiting every good region, with a trip over to NZ and a long-haul over to France.

Breakfast with two lively grandchildren on our visit proved challenging.

Our little ones got into the vanilla pancakes with syrup and left just enough for us to have a taste.

Bristro C

They quickly polished off scrambled eggs and bacon, while I went the more ladylike way with poached eggs on ciabatta with feta and mint and a zingy salsa of cucumber and red onion.

Bistro C is a place of constant buzz and seaside vibe and a perfect choice when you want something that is wholly Noosa.

Bristro C

You could easily start your day there every day (many do) out on the boardwalk with a coffee watching the sandcastle guy create his magic, and you could just as easily go back for lunch, linger on for a frou-frou cocktail and stay on for a casual dinner.

Not a bad Noosa day in all.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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