CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN FINE DINNING SUNSHINE COAST FINALIST 2011
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Milagro Modern Australian Review
Fresh flavours Milagro Modern Australian
Quality, not quantity,
is the key at this Noosaville eatery. There
seem to be quite a few little dining
delights in Noosaville, as I have had the
opportunity to explore of late, the latest
being Milagro Modern Australian Restaurant.
Milagro (Spanish for miracle) is on Thomas
St, tucked in a little off the street.
Seated outside, the venue had a lovely
ambience, with mosaic features on the floors
and Latin American overtones in the decor as
well as on the menu.
We munched on corn
jalapeno bread, which we dipped in hummus
and a balsamic sauce ($12) while we scoured
the menu for our evening’s choices. The menu
is not huge; four entrees and four mains.
Although few choices, they are seemingly
good ones. Before anything was brought to
the table we were treated to a complimentary
mushroom and bonito broth, which was served
in small espresso cups. A nice touch, the
combination of mushroom and bonito whet the
Next came fresh oysters guacamole ($17).
The lovely, large and absolutely fresh
oysters came with tomato coriander salsa and
guacamole. The salsa was zesty and fresh;
great flavours, together with the guacamole.
It was a bit of a delectable moment. I was
looking forward to my main course. I was
quite intrigued by my choice, which was the
confit of Huon ocean trout, served with
ginger miso eggplant, kipfler potato,pickled
ginger, Japanese kombu and ponzu aioli
It seemed such an unusual combination of
ingredients and definitely more of a
Japanese influence than Latin American, so
it seemed a bit out of place on the menu,
but caught my attention nonetheless.
Visually the dish looked amazing and the
arrangement of the various components made
it look as interesting as it sounded. The
confit was absolutely divine. Cooked in duck
fat, the portions of ocean trout were
luscious and just melted in my mouth.
The ginger miso eggplant was quite
unusual. It was creamy and smooth, and had
an almost caramel flavour. At first I felt
like I could not get enough of it, it was so
delicious, but by the time I finished my
meal it was almost a bit sickly so I wished
it had been a smaller portion. It was like
eating too much chocolate — it was too much
of a good thing. The pickled ginger proved a
welcome interlude, cutting through the
richness of the dish.
My dining buddy chose the 150-day
grain-fed angus eye fillet with sweet potato
and part raisin mash, baby spinach, balsamic
onions, field mushroom and burned balsamic
jus ($29). Not a mushroom fan, she asked the
waitress to omit the field mushrooms, which
the chef happily obliged by substituting
with some sauteed cabbage. Again, the dish
looked great. Beautiful, tender, medium rare
beef with a visual assortment of goodies
arranged on the plate.
As a side dish we happily shared a
delicious bowl of green vegetables doused
with lemon olive oil and sprinkled with
roasted flaked almonds ($5). Believe it or
not, I forewent the dessert on this
occasion. Alas, I had not a shred of room
left, even though there were a few choices,
which made me contemplate the dessert menu a
little longer than I should have. Milagro is
BYO ($3 corkage a person), so come prepared.
There is a substantial non-alcoholic drinks
list (including a wide variety of teas).
We went low key and opted for a mineral
water and lemon lime and bitters ($3.50),
and I experimented with the roasted coconut
juice ($3.50), which was not at all to my
liking, but I had to try it. Milagro made
for a lovely evening out with its friendly
attentive service and a menu proving to be
something a little bit on the unique side.
Wednesday night is live music night, which I
am sure would add to an already enjoyable
Petra Frieser’s visit was unannounced and
she paid for her own meal and beverages.
Story: Petra Frieser,
from Issue 622, April 15th, 2010.