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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has been a little while since we have visited the Spice Bar and it is now being run by a different team than that on previous visits. We were keen to see how that change might be reflected in the food and service. We...were very pleasantly surprised. Nods to the innovative Spice Bar menu remain covering (in a non-traditional way) a number of Asian styles with perhaps Japanese dominating, but with some unique twists. We had the 7 course degustation with matching wines. Stand outs were the sashimi with dashi cream and toasted buckwheat for a novel textural touch, and, Makhani Goat with shallot roti. The staff were everything you'd expect in a fine dining restaurant, thoroughly professional yet warm and attentive with a real grasp of the food and wine they served. There was not a misstep the whole night in a restaurant that now really challenges some of the fine dining experiences in capital cities. Another great night in possibly the top restaurant on the Sunshine Coast.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

Have been meaning to try this restaurant for some time. We had the best table overlooking the beach. After deliberation we decided to go with the banquet and what a great choice it was. All the food was wonderful with the King Prawns the standout....That spicy sauce is worth bottling. All other dishes were cooked perfectly and presentation was spot on. The service was friendly and waitress informative. Will certainly be back here soon.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mikey, thankyou for your review, we really appreciate it. Ill pass it on to the team. See you again soon!

Reviewed 5 January 2024

This restaurant is touted as an absolute must go to for dinner so we made reservations but which weren't needed as the place was almost empty. Talk about a huge disapointment Service was okay for getting a bottle of water and two glasses of wine,...after that ... no-one checked back to see how our food was. We ordered the Makhani Goat with a side dish of rice. It was a tiny little ball of pulled goat in the middle of the plate which was dry and no flavour at all. What was supposed to be roti was some deep fried thing that looked old and burnt and would definitely not be acceptable in any Indian restaurant. Wine was okay but the food itself was disgusting and all for $40! Not recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2024

Hi Maggie B, Could you please email me at accounts@spicebar.com.au with more details of your booking? We have been close to capacity every night since the new year so I would love to clarify when this experience occurred.

Reviewed 26 November 2023

The long lunch is magic. From the moment that you arrive, you are treated like royalty. The food is an absolute treat for the senses and the service is top notch. You can really feel the team's passion for the food in the variety and...blending not only with the food types, but with the matching cocktails for the long lunch as well. In my opinion, ladies get along and give it a try, and as a blokey bloke, you men out there, let your guard down and give the long lunch a go. Flavours that you may not have considered trying, but will definitely stay long in the memory as a fantastic coastal must do. I will definitely be telling my friends.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

This was a day spent in gourmet heaven. The $99 bottomless cocktails plus the banquet where every mouthful was a delight was fantastic. The staff were fun, they outlook and day gorgeous. Cant recommend more highly.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

Visited on a Thursday night and as it was not a busy night we were told the chef was also doing the degustation menus for couples. We opted for the 5 course with matching wines and also requested to have an additional savoury course in...lieu of a dessert which was not a problem. The service was bang on and our attendant was on point with detail as each course came out also detailing each wine. Led off with a chefs complimentary amuse-bouche then the sashimi, carpaccio, goat, fillet and cheek lastly. Each dish was as good as the last and flavours were perfectly balanced. Sat inside as opposed to the balcony away from street noise below, ambiance inside is very cosy. Highly recommend if in Mooloolaba. 10 out of 10More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

My husband and I went to the Spice Bar for our anniversary. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. The staff were very helpful with the menu and wine pairing. The food was amazing. The seafood was fresh and delicious. The goat curry was tender and...tasty. Dessert was a lovely finish to the evening. We will be back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

This place is incredible! My friends and family gathered together for my birthday dinner and I have to say ALL 40 of us where completely impressed with the service, quality of food, the vibe, the hospitable hosts, the wide wine list, we still have not...stopped raving about how amazing Spice Bar is… and the food is literally the BEST ! The chef deserves a chefs hat for the masterpieces she creates and the front house team are exceptional at their jobs. We love going here and rate SB extremely highly!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

This place was beautiful. Great atmosphere, and the food was amazing! Our host Erin was wonderful. Could not ask for a better experience. The best food and wine, 10/10 recommend!!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2023

Hi Liz, thankyou so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your evening and we will pass this on to Erin. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 20 August 2023 via mobile

Wow what a waste of time. Service was really bad food between 5 people doing the banquet we walked out starving, I actually couldn’t believe what was served to a group of 5, trying to be something your not. It’s a “chef decides” so don’t...give them any dietaries which is fair I completely understand and appreciate that for sure however something came out and they said the next dish will come then we will explain. The other dish then came 10 mins later the food didn’t make sense nor did it flow and the love in the food wasn’t there. Unfortunately I had to have dinner when I got home. They were too busy doing a photoshoot in the middle of service on a Saturday night. Do a photo shoot at a quieter time, the place was packed and they are taking photos, it was the whole service too it wasn’t like for a half hour session. I’d like to know if you captured what you needed because in my opinion I believe your guests service suffered. What the actual? Chef was yelling at servers. We were asked when a dish came out so do you want sides they are free, ummm yeah that would be great, a side of rice, cheers! Won’t be back, the team looked stressed. We were even told by a server she wouldn’t dare ask the chef for a birthday celebratory cake for one our friend’s birthday. You just don’t say that to a table! I appreciate the Sunshine Coast struggles to find decent servers and understand that most are either working towards their studies or fund travelling. If food is poor and service is great it can counteract and vice versa potentially being a good experience. It’s disappointing when both are not good.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2023

Hi Sarah, Firstly we would like to apologise for your poor experience at Spice bar. We had multiple unfortunate issues going into Saturday night service. However, this should not have affected you or any other customer, so again, we apologise. As for the photographer being...More

Reviewed 19 August 2023

We came here for the first time yesterday and had a most wonderful meal. My partner had the duck and said it was the best she had had and she is fussy! It was cooked to perfection with duck fat which gave it a lovely...crispy skin and the accompaniments were spicy and interesting. I had the butter goat which was unusual and really tasty. Desserts were also excellent. They have had new owners for the last 3 months and a new menu a couple of weeks ago. Having got very tired of the same old fish and chicken that most restaurants seem to offer now it was a lovely surprise to find a restaurant with a difference and this will be our "must go to" restaurant when we come to Mooloolaba. Ambience and service also excellent and prices very reasonable.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2023

Hi OceanWanderer, Thankyou for taking the time to request a copy of the menu in order to write this review. We are very pleased to hear to have claimed the best duck ever title! We look forward ot seeing you again soon, please let us...More

Reviewed 12 August 2023

The moment you step inside Spice Bar you're enveloped in a warm welcoming buzz. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the casual lounge area is a great place to start your night with a few sneaky drinks and starters before you get blown away by...the taste sensations of dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed every course of the carefully planned and masterly executed degustation menu paired with matching wine selections. From the first bite of each course to the last, I was in food sensation heaven ❤. Some of the highlight delights for me were the Scallaps, Bun Cha Dumplings, Gui Chai Tod, Goat Leg Butter Curry, Massaman Beef Cheek, and the Ox Hanging Tender. The wine pairing was pretty spot on too, gradually getting deeper and moodier as the meals were getting richer and more flavoursome than the last! If you get a chance to try the delectable delights of the degustation menu you will not be disappointed! You will definitely experience all the passion that goes into each and every dish and you’ll walk away very content from an amazing night! Can highly recommend finishing the night with a recommended cocktail from the bar too😊.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2023

Hi Anita, Wow thankyou for such an amazing review! We are so happy to read these ones! There is alot of work that goes on behind the dishes and wine pairing and we are ecstatic that it was represented in your evening! See you again...More

Reviewed 8 August 2023

I enjoyed an incredible dining experience at Spice Bar. It was a ten course degustation with wine pairing!! The chef went next level with a fusion explosion and every course better than the last. Congratulations Spice Bar and looking forward to my next dining experience.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2023

Hi Daydream26630232678, Thankyou very much for your review. You must've been lucky to get a bonus course from our chefs! We cant wait to have you back!

Reviewed 6 August 2023

The food was amazing and the level of customer service was exceptional, we felt extremely welcome and comfortable here, will definitely be one of our regulars!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2023

Hi Voyager12780146383! Thankyou for your kind words for taking the time to write this. We look forwrd to your next visit.

Reviewed 6 August 2023

From the moment you step inside, prepare to be captivated. A treat for all of the senses, and the star of the show is most definitely the food. Working my way through the degustation menu, the food just got better and better. Highly recommend the...wine pairing and bring a bunch of friends for a night to remember. Will be back real soon.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Luke Duncalf, Owner at Spice Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2023

Hi Buffering memories! We love your review especially your punny summary. Thankyou for taking the time and please do us a flavour and let us know when you're returning next. A Mr Nicholas Phipps cocktail has your name on it!

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