5 Queensland restaurants owned by celebrity chefs
It’s a tantalising prospect – dining at a great restaurant while also getting a sneak peak at the celebrity chef who owns the venue.
But eating at restaurants owned by celebrity chefs is not just about getting a selfie with a well-known identity. Although they are backed by star power, these eateries are also some of the best places to grab a bite in Queensland.
SUM YUNG GUYS (MATT SINCLAIR)
Growing up, Noosa was a favourite holiday spot for Matt Sinclair and his family, so when the ex-Masterchef contestant wanted to set up a restaurant with his three best mates, Sunshine Beach was top of the list. Sum Yung Guys is a fun and funky restaurant that takes food very seriously.
The dressings, pastes and sauces are all made from scratch and it shows in the bold, punchy flavours of the southeast Asian-inspired dishes, such as the sesame encrusted king prawn toast with gochujang mayo and the tangy yellow curry with roast pumpkin, snake beans and silken tofu.
But whatever you do, don’t miss the handmade, hand stretched roti – it’s flaky, crispy, salty and worth the trip alone.
A: 8/46 Duke St, Sunshine Beach
FAT NOODLE (LUKE NGUYEN)
Brisbane’s food scene has come of age in the last few years and chef Luke Nguyen wanted to capitalise on the local hunger for all things Vietnamese.
Fat Noodle, a buzzing restaurant at the top end of the Queen Street Mall, serves Luke’s traditional family recipes and champions fresh local produce, such as local king prawns and grouper fish.
A: Treasury Brisbane, George St & Queen St, Brisbane
MODA (JAVIER CODINA)
It’s not uncommon to see chef Javier Codina, known for his appearances on Channel 10’s The Living Room, trawling Brisbane’s markets before the sun rises in order to find the best and freshest produce for his Spanish-inspired restaurant Moda.
Local ingredients feature heavily on the menu, such as the Brisbane Valley quail served with a creamy parsnip and vanilla puree, and the blini with Moreton Bay prawn and avocado rillettes.
Depending on your mood, you can sit upstairs in the more formal but secluded mezzanine, or dine outside in the tranquil courtyard.
A: The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
NOOSA BEACH HOUSE (PETER KURUVITA)
With a passion for the ocean and seafood, it makes sense that after enormous success in Sydney and Fiji, chef Peter Kuruvita would open a restaurant just a stone’s throw from one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Fresh, local seafood is the speciality here – try the plump koji glazed Hervey Bay scallops or delicate Noosa spanner crab served with an aromatic and fiery egg yolk curry. With exceptional food, cascading greenery, white walls and warm timber accents, Kuruvita has created the kind of place that will make you want to extend your holiday.
Luckily you can maximise your time here as they do a killer buffet breakfast too.
A: 16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
ALCHEMY (BRAD JOLLY)
He may not necessarily be a household name, but Brad Jolly is a superstar amongst many in the restaurant business. The former personal chef to the Queen Mother, Brad has also worked alongside Marco Pierre White and Jamie Oliver.
After working abroad, Brad wanted to make the most of Australia’s incredible produce and so returned to open Alchemy in Brisbane.
The menu showcases the best, seasonal produce, such as in the impossibly light Queensland blue swimmer crab soufflé. And if all that doesn’t impress you (which it should), if you spot Brad in his chef’s whites ask him about being the world record holder for the highest number of flips of a pancake in 60 seconds (he clocked up 140).
A: 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane