TOP 5 Places to eat on the Sunshine Coast

Don’t miss out on amazing food here on the Sunshine Coast! We have made a top 5 list of places you should check out to indulge in some of the best food experiences on the coast.

1. Raw + Rice, Mooloolaba.


Photo: Raw and Rice

Raw + Rice in Mooloolaba is probably one of the best poke bowl bars on the Sunshine Coast, serving deliciously fresh and tasty bowls just a stone’s throw from the beach.

You have the option to build your very own poke bowl choosing from bases of brown rice, quinoa, sushi rice or mixed greens. Then, you choose your one preferred source of protein —salmon, tuna, poached chicken, swordfish or soy tofu. Then, by adding 5 different add-ons from the category ‘Freshness’, such as ginger, seaweed, cucumber or carrot, its time for the sauce and finally the crunch. You won’t be disappointed! (The Urban List, 2019).

2. Cafe Vie, Buderim.


Photo: Cafe Vie

Cafe Vie is situated on the corner of Main Street and Gloucester Road and this is where you’ll find this cosy, vegan foodie haven. Their motto is simple and appealing; it’s a plant kind of thing, and we could not agree more!

Serving dishes such as the falafel waffles with crispy chickpeas and mint tzatsiki, the crunchy Kung Pao Bao featuring steamed bao buns, kung pao dressing and crispy tofu are just some of the mouth watering dishes on their menu!

This place is not only just for people that are vegan by principle, but also for everyone else who sometimes feel like eating a bit plant-based now and then. Definitely worth a visit. (The Urban List, 2019).

3. Rice Boi – The Wharf, Mooloolaba


Photo: Rice Boi

We just can’t get enough of this pan-Asian restaurant located at the Warf in Mooloolaba. Hidden behind two massive red barn-style doors in Mooloolaba, Rice Boi’s interior is kitted out with red lanterns, cages used as walls, casual tables and stools and an open kitchen where diners can get a glimpse of their food be prepped and plated.

Created by a super-experienced trio of hospitality gurus—Tony Kelly (Hello Harry and Junk in Maroochydore), Elyza Molloy and chef Mitch Smith—the interior is only the wrapping around what is truly one helluva tasty experience. (The Urban List, 2019).

With an Asian street food menu featuring foods like bao buns, ramen, curries and edamame (of course!), the meals are as affordable as they are substantial. You might want to avoid the dinner rush time in between 5 to 7pm as it can get pretty busy (they do have a quick turnaround though!), so get in there early – you won’t regret it!


4. Il Vento – The Wharf, Mooloolaba


Photo: Il Vento

Hand’s down, this is a pizza and pasta experience you don’t want to miss out on! If you thought you had to go to Italy to get good, Italian food – think again. Il Vento gives you a real Italian experience right in the heart of Mooloolaba.

Named after The Wind which blew them from the shores of Italia into the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Il Vento brings to Mooloolaba traditional Italian cuisine to be enjoyed in a modern seaside setting. The only restaurant on the north coast equipped with a wood-fired oven, Il Vento promises to bring the people of Sunshine Coast perfect wood-fired pizzas and fresh handmade pasta! (Il Vento, 2019).

In addition, their service and professionalism are some of the things you want to come back for – not just their amazing food!

5. Riba Kai @ The Concept, Maroochydore


Photo: Riba Kai

Hidden right outside Maroochydore CB, you’ll find this hidden gem called Riba Kai. Once situated in the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre, Riba Kai presents itself as a custom, fit-out industrial shed with a modern and welcoming ambience. With seating both inside and outside under the large awnings, you can bring your furry friends too! (The Urban List, 2019).

You will be welcomed with a menu that have both tapas style inspired dishes and your classics such as the sliders or pizzas. They also have a huge breakfast menu which includes all the favourites ranging from poached eggs to sautéed mushrooms. This is just the perfect catch-up place for you and your friends!

Source: The Urban List 

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