Fish on Parkyn

If you’re looking for quality seafood and a fine dining experience, don’t miss out on Fish on Parkyn, near the end of Parkyn Parade. It’s near the Yacht Club and where the fishing boats unload the freshest fish you’d ever want. It’s also across the street from a beautiful sandy beach and a lovely playground for children.

Fish on Parkyn

Parkyn Parade is a strip of land along the ocean and the river so finding water isn’t a difficult job. Once you’ve had your meal, you can walk off the extra calories on a level footpath along the ocean.

The Beach on Parkyn

The service at Fish on Parkyn is attentive, deferential and efficient. Our drinks were never empty, we were asked by not one but two people if the food was good and did we need anything. In a country where tips are not used to encourage good service, I was pleasantly surprised.

The quality of the food didn’t disappoint either. We began with a celebratory frozen lychee daiquirie which went down well on a hot day.

Frozen Lychee Daiquirie

Then we moved on to lychee oysters and oysters kilpatrick. Everyone counted the shells and all were gone.

Oysters Kilpatrick

oysterskilpatrick

With our emergency hunger taken care of, we tucked in to their famous BBQ seafood plate filled with 1/2 Moreton Bay Bug (a type of lobster that looks rather like a crab), prawns, oysters, salmon and chips.

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BBQ Seafood Platter

Being one that’s always a bit different, I chose the eye filled with roasted kipfler potatoes, dutch carrots and braised mushrooms sitting atop of the most delicious sticky jus.

eye fillet steak dinner

The fish and chips were lightly battered and freshly cooked. Served with a sliver of lemon and homemade tomato relish, the fish was delicious and the chips were the plump hand cut variety.

Fish and Chips

Every time I dine at Fish on Parkyn I must have their Vietnamese Salad. I don’t think they would dare take this off the menu because everyone loves it. It’s filled with fresh bean sprouts, cucumber, coriander and fresh mint leaves, red onion, Asian fried onions and cashews and lightly coated with the most wonderful sweet and sour dressing filled with ginger. If you don’t get this salad, you’ll regret it.

Vietnamese Salad

Fish on Parkyn has been around since 2003 and is one of our favourite spots for a great meal. The restaurant seats 170 and can be separated for private functions. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner – closed Christmas and Boxing Day. Head chef Faizel Hiranil goes out of his way to ensure that his diners leave happy.

25 Parkyn Parade
Mooloolaba, QLD

Reservations (07) 5444-4711

Wild Rocket @ Misty’s in Montville

I love visiting Montville in the hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast.  It’s not that far away and I’m instantly transported to holiday mode when I’m there.  Being a food lover, there’s always new food to try, book shops, souvenirs, toys and as the lawyer in The Castle said, “It’s the vibe.”

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining at Wild Rocket @ Misty’s on the main street in Montville.  Joining me were Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella fame and Ranee Veerassamay of Rani’s Cuisine and Martin Duncan of Freestyle Escape Art and Cooking School as well as Freestyle Tout in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. Nearly forgot, my husband John was with me too.

Lorraine was on the coast to give a talk and we’ve been friends for a long time.  It started out by me stalking her blog but that’s a story for another day.

Chef Peter and Belinda Brettell from Wild Rocket at Misty's in Montville

Wild Rocket was first opened in 2010 by British chef Peter Brettell and his wife Belinda and everything they serve is made onsite from bread to stock, sauces, jams, chutneys, scones,  cakes – you name it and they’ve made it themselves.

Food Tales, The Photographer, the chef and the bloggerPeter and I, along with photographer Chris Klaas from Chris Klass Photography and food stylist Leanne Cameron are presenting a workshop in Maleny on the 22nd of June called The Photographer, the Chef and the Blogger for Food Tales sponsored by the Queensland Writers Centre and the State Library of Queensland.  It should be fun. Come on along!

Not that  I had any worries, but I wanted to see what Peter’s food was like.   I was SO glad we went.

We arrived in Montville just after dark and the restaurant, one of the most historic buildings in Montville, was brightly lit and we were hungry.  It was a chilly night and we were all smiles when we walked through the door and were seated next to the glowing fire.

Wild Rocket at Misty's Dining Room

The service at Wild Rocket is claimed to be the best in Montville and we weren’t disappointed.  The most difficult thing was trying to decide what to eat.  What do a group of food lovers do?  We agree at the outset to share, so instead of 1 appetiser, 1 main and 1 dessert, we each shared 5 appetisers, 5 mains and 5 desserts.  Win!

I chose the pork cheek entree and I wasn’t disappointed – it melted in my mouth.  John had a goats cheese salad that was full of apple, creamy goats cheese, fennel and honey.  Lorraine had steamed wontons that were plump and and moreish served with a green paw paw salad — and it had a bit of a kick.  She could have used more spice and I was fanning myself.

Steamed Pork & Prawn Wontons with Spicy Green Paw Paw

Rani had Thai spanner crab cakes that were generously filled with crab, crunchy on the outside and soft and wonderful on the inside.  They were served on a bed of saffron aioli with a side of pickled vegetables.

Thai spanner crab cakes on saffron aioli

I won’t bore you with all the photos from our dinner but if you’re asking yourself, “where to eat on the Sunshine Coast?” and you haven’t been to Wild Rocket @ Misty’s, you should give it a try.  The place is clean as a whistle, the food is full of flavour and homemade and the owners take such pride in making sure that all their customers go away satisfied (and full!)

There was no flourless chocolate cake left when we were done eating so I need to go back for that.  The honey and vanilla bean pannacotta served with a red wine poached pear and a sesame tuile was a great second choice.

This is now one of my favourite Sunshine Coast restaurants.