Food & Drink

Get Out Your Diaries, Alanna Sapwell Is Launching A Pop-Up Restaurant In Noosa This Month

By Claire Plush
2nd Jul 2020

Chef Alanna Sapwell drinks a takeaway coffee.

Get out your diaries! In what could be the biggest foodie news for the Sunshine Coast in post-corona times, Brisbane’s ex-Arc Dining head chef is set to open a pop-up restaurant at Wasabi this month. 

With Covid-19 halting the sale of Wasabi, owner Danielle Gjestland is handing over the reins of the stunning Noosa waterfront restaurant to one of Australia’s hottest young chefs, Alanna Sapwell, for what will be the first ‘Chef in Residence’.

Alanna, previously of the now closed Arc Dining at Howard Smith Wharves, will take over the Wasabi kitchen and launch Esmay, a restaurant she’ll drive for an incredible three-month stint. 

Opening Wednesday 15 July, it’s less than two weeks before we get to taste the creations of this Queensland chef, and we can hardly wait.

Unlike the exquisite but pricey Wasabi, Esmay is set to be a restaurant of now, with a focus on affordability—a clever move considering lots of us are finding less coin in the money jar of late. 

On offer will be a mouth-watering two and three-course set menu, featuring a range of hyper-seasonal snacks, centred around produce from Wasabi’s very own Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Noosa Hinterland and other local suppliers. We can already taste the freshness. 

While we can’t say exactly what will appear on the menu in terms of dishes, there’s whispers of standout seafood and iso-inspired dishes, although this will likely change on the regular due to availability.

With prices starting at $60 per person, we’re already calling it a brilliant bargain for the standard Esmay will soon be known for.

Esmay will open for dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, with a long lunch taking place on Sunday, and seats are already being snapped up. So, if dining at a pop-up by one of the country’s most exciting chefs sounds like your kind of jam, head here to book.

Looking for more spots to check out in Noosa? Somedays Pizza is the newest pizzeria you need to know about. 

Image credit: Alanna Sapwell

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