What’s on my plate – April

Prawn Star at Mooloolaba Wharf

Strictly speaking, because I’ll be in Queenstown when April ends, I’m writing this on ANZAC Day so it’s What’s been on my plate up to ANZAC Day. I figure I’ll tell you about Queenstown eats in the May edition…

Okay, without any further ado-ing, here are April’s foodie adventures…

Liliana’s Trattoria, Maroochydore

We shared a burrata to start and followed that with (again shared) a pizza and salad. The burrata was good, the salad great, and the red wine went down easily, but the pizza was disappointing.

See, Mooloolaba

the view from our table

My hairdresser has a loyalty program whereby you can use the points earnt from money spent to buy product or a $100 voucher to this restaurant… Given I’m not much of a product girl – a little anti-frizz and I’m away – that’s a no-brainer.

We took Sarah along with us and went for the $40 2-course lunch special.

Sarah and I went for the calamari while Grant chose the roulade.

For the main course, I had fish and chips and they both chose the spaghetti marinara. We didn’t bother with dessert.

Bocca, Bokarina

I told you about this place in the March edition…but we were back again in April, this time with friends.

For entree we shared the calamari, the garlic pane (garlic bread that is so much more than garlic bread) and burrata. To follow, I went with the pea and ricotta risotto (with an egg yolk) and Grant had the Spanish mackerel with an amazing bean salad.

Again, we skipped dessert.

Cheap Eats

Somewhere on Buderim

Vermicelli salad with crispy pork

Relatively new kids on the Buderim block, Somewhere has been open for just over a year and has been steadily building their business. It’s now our go-to whenever we feel like pho (their broth is so good) or something healthy and tasty. Their vermicelli salad and Vietnamese pancakes are also great.

Vietnamese pancake from a February visit

Plus it’s close enough that I can duck up for a workday lunch pho if I’m organised enough.

Pho Bui, Mooloolaba

This little gem in Brisbane Rd away from the busy esplanade has become a Sunday fave – partly because it’s one of the only places open where you can have something cheap and cheerful without being in the shopping centre or on the busy beach strip.

Their pho is good (but not quite as good as the one at Somewhere), and I love the Hue-style spicy noodle soup (below left) and the broken rice dishes (below right). Their salads are also a fave (above) and I love how the lettuce is misspelt on the menu as “lecture” and always joke with Grant about whether I can choose my own lecture.

We ate here a couple of times during April…

Linking up with Donna from Retirement Reflections and her co-host Deb The Widow Badass Blog in their #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge.

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

13 thoughts

  1. Hi Jo what a feast for the eyes! We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in April and I was reminded that we had our 3 day honeymoon at Maroochydore and another long weekend stay at Mooloolaba way back when. We have both suggested we need to revisit the Sunshine Coast and that is definitely on our list of date days/weekends. I would need at least a week to visit all of the restaurants you have mentioned and sample their delicious menus. What a great idea of your hairdresser. I would select the restaurant voucher too. Great post! xx

  2. It all looks so good!! Interesting loyalty program for a hairdresser. Wonder if she has a family connection to the restaurant. Bernie

  3. These all look great and Vietnamese food is a favourite of mine. Especially the Vietnamese crepe…I could eat it once a week easily! Beautiful photographs of amazing food. Lovely.


  4. Hi, Jo – Richard and I did a Home Exchange in Maroochydore several years ago and absolutely loved it. We did miss out on the great restaurants that you shared in this post. We will definitely need to go back (for this…and many other reasons)! 😀

  5. What a great idea your hairdressers’ had in allowing you to use points for a restaurant voucher – I would definitely choose that option and the set lunch menu looked really good value.
    So many wonderful food photos – I’m feeling very hungry. Thanks for sharing

  6. Wow that’s a lot of food! This month my eating out has consisted of a chicken roll and chips from Chicken Treat, and a few coffees. I’d have to increase my work days to be able to visit all those restaurants – and because I’m too lazy to do that, I’ll just feast on your photos instead.

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