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24.01.2017

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Spirit House
Thai
  • 20 Ninderry Rd,
    Yandina, QLD
  • (07) 5446 8994,
    www.spirithouse.com.au
  • Lunch daily noon-5pm

    Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

Spirit House
-26.550208,152.958813

Spirit House shouts "special occasion" from the moment you arrive through its gateway arch. Set in the lush Sunshine Coast hinterland, the restaurant has its own rainforest and lake, where statues of elephants and the Buddha keep watch. The welcome is picked up by knowledgeable staff taking you through the shared plates menu. A teapot of coconut soup with chilli oil infuses smoked salmon in a beautifully balanced entrée; more substantial dishes include whole baby snapper baked with a tamarind and chilli sauce, and chicken, succulent in a fiery khao soi-inspired broth with a mix of cooked and crunchy flash-fried egg noodles. Desserts mostly reflect the region - berries star in a luxurious selection of ice-creams and chocolates. The spice-friendly wine list shines with aromatics, and regions represented range from Margaret River to the valleys of Austria. It's a restaurant demanding a celebration.

 


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At a glance

  • Price:
  • Tapas $12-$24

    Shared plates $28-$40

    D $15

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Ben Bertei

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