Review: The Spirit House

20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina QLD 4561

The Spirit House has been the Sunshine Coast’s secret foodie hideaway for over 15 years. Tucked off the main highway in non-descript bushland in Yandina, approximately 25 minutes from Noosa, it usually takes months to secure a booking at this uber popular Thai feast house. After 3 years of trying, we finally made it. And on Valentine’s Day to boot!

We were surprised to see the place already packed for our 12.30 lunch appointment, and couldn’t believe our luck when we were seated at what I consider the best table in the house. The restaurant is built around a man-made lake, and our table was front and centre with the best outlook for admiring the Asian plants, water dragons, and Ernie the duck’s antics.

Our waiter Simon was pure class. Attentive, energetic, knowledgeable, friendly and discreet. It was like talking to an old friend when we discussed the various merits of different wines and spices. It was such a treat to have service like this, such a rarity in the fast paced, tourist obsessed standard restaurants in South East Queensland.

We started with a glass of Joseph Perrier champagne for me, and the Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc for him. It was a nice change to see the bottles brought to the table and poured into the glasses in front of us, which gave us a nice opening to talk about the superior merits of the Craggy Range vines. Alongside we ordered the Thai oyster duo. These oysters were claimed as ‘the best I’ve ever eaten’ by himself, which speaks volumes from an avid seafood lover. Shucked to order they were incredibly fresh with the favourite flavour being the granita, lime and chilli. The perfect aphrodisiac start to a romantic meal.

Following on I had the salt and pepper Moreton Bay bug served with sweet chilli syrup, the tiniest cubes of pineapple known to man, and pork floss on a rice noodle nest. The bug was sweet, the flavours were a delicate combination of all five taste sensations, and I loved it. Himself enjoyed the show piece dish, whole crispy skin fish. A squire (like a Snapper apparently), smothered in a tamarind and chilli sauce bought out to the table ‘upright’ and glaring at us in all its glazy eyed sharp teeth ferocity. That didn’t put us off and we devoured this sinful delight which was everything we imagined and more.

We could only hope that dessert would be as awe inspiring as the rest of the meal… and it was. Whilst I savoured every mouthful of a chocolate terrine with raspberry chilli ice-cream and pulled mint sugar, himself devoured the kaffir lime and white chocolate mousse with coconut cake and liquorice ice-cream. So often restaurants fall down in the dessert category but The Spirit House kept the taste enjoyment up right till the last moment, and long after we had gone, as we were still talking about and reliving every incredible mouthful.

As an iconic food destination this contemporary Thai restaurant is a must for anyone who takes their food journey seriously. Loved not only the patrons but with a string of accolades to their name, 4 best-selling cookbooks and a sell-out cooking school with over 20 classes you can join in on, and you realise The Spirit House is the place for lovers of tasty Asian food.

This place is beautiful. Not just your tastebuds but your entire soul will be nourished, just by being here, enjoying the vista, the glorious food and wine, and professional service. I can’t recommend this culinary experience enough. Book a special weekend away and make this the highlight.

1 Comment

  • Reply April 1, 2014

    Monty James

    Love the Spirit House and delighted how much you appreciated the distinction of Craggy Range wines 🙂

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