On the last night of our holiday in Noosa we went out to dinner as a family. Choosing a family-friendly restaurant isn’t as easy as you would think as most of the restaurants in Noosa are fine-dining and therefore expensive and even if you’re prepared to pay the high prices they are not always as welcoming with kids.
Earlier in the week I’d been walking along the beachfront and I bumped into one of my mother’s friends. She said, ‘Have you been to Samba Grill yet? It’s fabulous. You have to take the kids’. Samba Grill has only recently opened and is in Gympie Terrace, a few minutes away from Noosa on the riverfront. The suburb has a more casual and relaxed feel and the restaurants are less expensive and more suited to families.
Samba Grill is a South American Churrasco restaurant where prime cuts of marinated meat is skewered and cooked over organic coals then brought to your table and carved in front of you. A few months ago Arabella was a non-meat-eater but there is one of these restaurants close to where she works and she has been taken there for dinner by her boss and has become a convert. These Churrasco restaurants are now her favourite (it’s probably all about the cocktails rather than the meat!)
And Arabella isn’t alone because I’m starting to see these restaurants popping up all over the place and they are always packed and doing two sittings a night. This is not only because of the good food but because we’re being given a refreshingly new dining experience.
We arrived at 6pm and found the restaurant to be totally empty of other diners but within minutes the fairly small space was packed to capacity with the outdoor tables being filled as well.
A waitress explained the menu saying there was a set price of $38.00 for adults and $15.00 for children and that there was a vegetarian option as well. Freshly bar-be-cued meat would be continually brought to the table until we let them know we’d had enough. You choose four sides to go with what comes from the BBQ and we chose the hot chips, potato salad, mixed green salad with pears and vinagrete, a mixture of onions, tomato and parsley in vinegar.
When we’d had enough meat and sides, bar-be-cued and caramelised pineapple was brought to our table. You could order desserts for an additional charge but we didn’t bother because by then we’d all had more than enough.
If you haven’t yet been to a Churrasco restaurant, do look one up and give it a try because these restaurants aren’t only about great food, they give you a fun, entertaining and interactive dining experience as well.
251 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, QLD. Ph: 07 5449 9577