6 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD
07 5474 9999
Step off the stunning Noosa Main Beach or wander down Hastings Street in the heart of Noosa. The unique, boutique-laden street runs parallel to the picturesque beach.
Miss Moneypenny’s is just how it sounds – quirky and sophisticated, with a well-dressed but down to earth clientele. It doesn’t just talk the talk – this venue walks the walk too, having won Best Regional Bar in Australia 2014 at the Australian Bar Awards.
The award is deserved. The venue is new to the scene, having opened on the old Ma Mensa site only two years ago. The new building was built from the ground up and was designed by renowned architect, Paul Kelly. The new build has the largest seating capacity of any restaurant on the street and the new digs have attracted an eclectic, stylish, social crowd.
Operator, Ben Walsh, has made Miss Moneypenny’s his first solo venture after building up years of experience at an impressive list of restaurants and bars. During his time in the industry, Ben has won numerous awards and distinctions, including third place in the World Mixology Masters, winner of the Suntory Australian Bartender of the Year award, and winner of the Glenfiddich Untouchables Media Award.
The restaurant serves food and cocktails all day. The chefs here use as much local produce as possible, from fruit and vegetables to local seafood and dairy products. Kick start your day with a breakfast of Noosa red tomato bruschetta, using grilled Eumundi sourdough, red onion, rocket, balsamic, basil and local extra virgin olive oil.
For dinner and drinks, hit the Mediterranean-inspired, modern Australian menu hard. Start with a half dozen Kilpatrick oysters with smokey bacon, chipotle and jalapeno, before moving on to seared scallops or Mooloolaba king prawns. If you’re feeling hungry try the roasted lamb rump with almonds, peas, mint, artichoke and 12-year aged balsamic jus.
There’s no better way to end your day in Noosa than sipping on one of Miss Moneypenny’s incredible cocktail creations. There’s a reason why Ben was named Bartender of the Year – and it shines through in his spectacular cocktail menu. The Istanbul Old Iced Tea – a refreshing mix of gin and quince liqueur shaken with elderflower cordial, freshly squeezed lemon juice and muddled cucumber, finished off with Turkish apple tea – is a perfect afternoon drink to accompany a traditional Napoli-style pizza. The seasonal cocktail list changes with the availability of fresh ingredients, while their Favourites list comes with new twists on old classics – like the Rose Petal Martini and the Miss Moneypenny’s Mango and Passionfruit Zombie. There’s nothing on their list that will fail to delight you.