This is big news for Maroochydore, peeps!
Orléans—the stunning old-world restaurant that blends New Orleans with the French city of Orléans—has thrown open its doors to the masses, and it’s going off.
How do we know? Well, Metropolist dropped in for a quick look-see to find out what all the buzz is about and let’s just say other than “awesome,” “epic,” “stunning,” “incredible,” we’re not entirely sure we actually constructed a single sentence. Read: #blownaway
At the helm of Orléans, Maroochydore’s newest culinary and cocktail hotspot, is Executive Chef, Liam Brown and Brendan Bryant—a property developer slash co-founder of Maroochydore Revitalisation Association slash one-half of Nights on Ocean’s pop-up bar Captain & the Duke (hey, a guy can never have enough titles).
Together, along with the input of their trusted mates (who they treated to a soft-opening on Thursday night), they’ve turned an old florist on Duporth Avenue into one very sexy restaurant in a short three months.
We don’t want to give too much away—as we’ll be revisiting these guys soon on Metropolist for a closer look—but if you can imagine exposed brick walls, smooth jazz tunes, sleek Chesterfield-style booths, an indoor vertical garden (herbs are picked from here for the dishes), and dimly-lit pendant lights (some even custom-blown in the UK), then you’re half way there.
The other half is the tastes and tipples. Personally, we’re dying to try the Pumpkin Beignet with holy trinity vegetables, pumpkin crisps and creole feta, and the Pressed Pork Shoulder with creamed corn, apple vincotto, and crackling. Drooool… Then there’s the small plates menu and don’t even get us started on our dessert bucket list. There really is no end.
For cocktails, we’re eyeing off the Vieux Carre—a tantalising blend of rye whiskey, cognac and Benecitine, named after the oldest neighbourhood in New Orleans. And the Sazerac, which brings the 1830s to the Sunshine Coast with a lip-smacking combo of Bulleit rye whiskey (we like our whiskey, okay!), Peychauds bitters, and sugar with a little more than a drop of Absinthe. Oh lawd!
Alright, that’s all we’re going to say for now. Because, mystery.
If you wanna nab a booth in the near future (which, trust us, you do!), then save yourself any disappointment and book. Deets below!
Where: 1/24 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 5387
Image Credit: Declan Passlow