Is it just us, or does food taste better when you can choose (and pay wayyy less for) your favourite booze to sit alongside it?
We figure if we’re feelin’ that way, then you probably do too, which is why we’ve hunted down the best BYO restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
You’ve got $100 to spend on a special night out, but don’t want a glass of wine to cut into the food bill. We feel you! But that’s where Rock Salt comes in. Tucked along Noosa Sound, this is one of the only fine-dining establishments in Noosa that accepts BYO booze. We’ve already booked!
Siam Spicy Thai
Churning out some of the best Thai food on the Sunshine Coast, Siam Thai is tucked away in Peregian Beach. The only seating here is alfresco and overlooks the village square, making it a prime position to scoff some Duck Pad Thai (it’s not on the menu, but ask and they will whip it up) with your favourite white on a hot summer night.
A Taste of Spice
For a low-key, easy night out, A Taste of Spice in Noosa Junction is the go. Despite their main road location, these guys remain somewhat of a local secret with their scrumptious Asian cuisine. Add in that they’re a BYO restaurant in Noosa (with no corkage fee) and this, my friends, is what great cheap nights out are made of!
Thomas Corner Eatery
Ask anyone who knows their food where you can find the best high-quality, modern Australian cuisine along Gympie Terrace, and chances are they’ll say Thomas Corner Eatery. Headed up by chef David Rayner, this restaurant is the epitome of the Noosa food scene offering meals that’d easily fit into any city restaurant, but are instead served in a casual setting with river views. Lucky us! Oh yeah, and you can bring your vino. But it is capped at three bottles, so pace yourself.
Thursday nights at Corbin’s are kinda special. While every other night the Maroochydore restaurant is a licensed venue, come this almost-end-of-the-week day and these guys bend the rules with BYO permitted after 5pm. It’s a win-win. You still get to taste test your way around their innovative menu, and save cash on the drinking side of things. Which, let’s face it, is just as important as the eating side of things. Are we right?
Portuguese for the taking. Who’s keen? Start with the tasting plate to share at Karma Waters, and you’ll get to graze on oysters, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, salt and pepper calamari, and trinchado—a Portuguese braised beef dish. Wash it all down with your wine of choice and you’ll have to cough up a $6 per bottle corkage fee.But hey, it still works out cheaper than paying just under $10 for a glass of the stuff.
Authentic Italian restaurant Cala Luna will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Positano. Seriously. From the welcoming owners Osvaldo and Rita to the smell of garlic, olive oil and rosemary wafting from the kitchen, this place has all the Italian vibes you need. The best part? It’s BYO, which means you can enjoy your favourite Italian fare and your favourite bottle of wine, without the extra expense. Bellissimo!
Spice up your Sunday with a boozy Italian long lunch at Amici Cafe, the go-to BYO restaurant in Caloundra. Ripping at pastas, these guys do an incredible rigatoni gamberi with tiger prawns, garlic, onion, and chilli tossed in a house made Napoli sauce, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Trust us, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
Blue Orchid Thai
So it may not be exactly BYO, but when Blue Orchid Thai sell their drinks at close to bottle-shop prices, and you can drink a glass of house wine for $4.50, well we think that’s pretty neat.
If Indian is your jam, join the club! And if you want to combine the best Indian on the Coast (it was unanimous) with a bottle of your fave juice, then get your swagger on over to Curry Bowl. Dan’s place is just around the corner, which means if you make the horrific mistake of forgetting to grab the Pinot Noir before you close the front door, then you can duck in to Mr Murphy’s on the way. Problem = solved!
Montville Gourmet Pizzeria
When we think “BYO,” we think “pizza”. Scratch that, we’ve always got the slice on our minds. And Montville Gourmet Pizzeria is a casual gem that serves up mouth-watering pizza, perfect to team with those beers you have tucked in your back pockets. Yep, we see them!
Thai in the hinterland doesn’t come much better than Sukhothai Restaurant. This BYO restaurant in Maleny is one of our faves when it comes to affordable food, fast and friendly service, and a succulent red duck curry (yep, we’re fans of the quack).
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