Fact: dreams do come true. And when a restaurant like the one we’re about to tell you about opens on the Sunshine Coast, well, you stop whatever you’re doing, thank the restaurant gods and make a plan to check it out, stat.
Yep, Christmas has come early folks, because tomorrow we’re getting one of the best presents we’ve ever received—an incredible new seafood restaurant on the waterfront at Mooloolaba. Cue: excitement overload.
Brought to us by some of the people behind a couple of Queensland’s best restaurants, including Rick Shores on the Gold Coast (no biggie), Pier 33 is the place we never knew the Sunshine Coast was missing, until now.
Taking over the old Yacht Club Mooloolaba, along Parkyn Parade, Pier 33 is the brainchild of Andrew Hohns (co-owner of Rick Shores, The Coop & The Flying Cock), architect John Robertson and construction director Hew Williams. And if ever there were a winning combo, this surely would be it.
Since getting the keys to the space in August, this waterfront establishment has been completely transformed into a light, open and ridiculously stunning restaurant and bar. Tying in the interior style with what’s happening outside—boats, water, sunshine and palm trees—you’ll find a nautical, Hamptons-esque theme throughout, without being over the top. In fact, it’s just the right amount to help you remember where you are—by the water, on the Sunshine Coast—but pared back enough that it allows room for the views and the food to take centre stage.
Divided into different areas thanks to the clever use of furniture and textures, there’s a full sit-down a la carte restaurant where top-notch table service means your every whim is catered for, a lounge and bar area to sip cocktails plus two large private function spaces that we already want to book for any and every occasion in our futures.
But, perhaps our fave space, is the great outdoors. Overlooking the marina, it’s made up of solid white picnic tables that are perfect for groups, wire table and chairs for those daytime dates, and grass for picnicking with the whole fam including the kidlets. And yes, before you ask, you can bring your drinks and bar snacks out here, into the sunshine. There’s even whispers of DJs and live tunes adding to that whole summery vibe, come the end of the year. Sounds like perfection, huh? And it is!
Now, while we could go on and on and on about the restaurant itself, we really need to give you the 411 on the important stuff AKA the food and drinks menu.
We’ll be the first to admit, we had high expectations when we found out who was behind Pier 33, and with local Noosa chef Simon Taylor taking the reins in the kitchen, what we’ve seen so far has impressed the bejeezus out of us.
The seasonal a la carte menu is a true representation of the location and has been designed around a shared dining experience. With a strong focus on seafood and local produce, we’re already drooling over their signature share plates, including the whole market fish with lemon caper butter and the Cloudy Bay clam spaghetti with chilli, garlic, lemon and bottarga. Add to that a side of roasted cauliflower with machego and a Mooloolaba prawn caesar salad, and we doubt life can get any better.
Don’t want to go the whole hog fish? Pier 33 is prepared for that, with their just-as-delicious bar menu featuring fish tacos, Sydney Rock Oysters, and what will fast become a Sunshine Coast favourite—a soft shell crab roll with Japanese mayo and tobiko.
To wash down the tasty eats, we’d highly, hiiiiiighly recommend working your way through Pier 33’s cocktail list, starting with the creamy Deckchair On 33—vodka, watermelon, coconut, passionfruit and agave—and moving on to Marina Del Sol, a lip-smacking mix of gin, raspberries, egg white, sweet citrus and decorated with edible flowers They’re light, fresh and fruity, making them the perfect find for a day-drinking session.
Sophisticated but casual, next-level views, tastes and tipples that’ll quite possibly ruin every other future dining experience for you, Pier 33 actually has it all. And we’re not just saying that.
This place is going to change how summer lunches and afternoon sessions are done on the coast, and we couldn’t be more pumped if we tried.
Officially opening its doors for the first time today, Pier 33 will be open Tuesday to Sunday, for lunch, bar snacks and dinner from 11.30am. Go give ‘em a big, warm welcome and see why we’re already calling this place one of the best new openings in 2017.
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List