Hot Plates: Hong Sa Bar, Yandina

The latest addition to Spirit House should really come with a warning. The sleek single-storey, charcoal-toned Hong Sa Bar inspires Grand Designs-type flights of fancy. Visit - even fleetingly - and you'll leave Yandina hankering to create your own contemporary tropical idyll.

Asian-influenced cocktails.

Set on Spirit House's lush two hectares of garden, Hong Sa is beautifully detailed. The 24-seat private dining room has a courtyard garden and a striking backlit wall installation of almost 600 Buddha heads. The right wing houses the dark-toned, moodily lit bar, with copper accents and bird murals. A bank of floor-to-ceiling windows leads to the centrepiece deck, and the glass can be pulled open concertina-style to take advantage of the Sunshine Coast climate. 

Snacks from the regularly changing bar menu.

The deck, kitted out with low tables and assorted cane pieces, is a magical spot to share the creative bar offerings of chef Tom Swapp - porky Chiang Mai sausage, say, or a hot and sour rejig of a Queensland prawn roll, stuffed with sweet Mooloolaba king prawns in spicy lime-spiked tom yum mayonnaise.

The back wall of the private dining room.

The 10 regularly changing snacks feature the kind of explosive flavours that characterise Thai cooking but many are twists on classics.

Massaman, for instance, arrives party pie style, the rich minced lamb fragrant with coconut and lemongrass curry paste, with a lightly spiced tomato sauce to the side. Juicy hunks of grilled kingfish are scattered with toasted rice powder and served like sang choi bau. A miang of ginger is more traditional: a stack of glossy betel leaves arranged on a tray with a copper pot of tamarind chutney, red onion, sliced chilli, roasted peanuts, fresh ginger, dried shrimp and roasted coconut.

The miang.

The two choices for dessert are equally thoughtful: cinnamon sugar-sprinkled bao are filled with Thai tea-flavoured ice-cream topped with a splodge of tart raspberry jam, while marshmallows skewered on lemongrass are zinged up with kaffir lime sugar and fresh passionfruit.

A couple of barrel-aged cocktails round out a suitably Asian-influenced list, or there's a tight, spice-friendly wine offer by the glass.

Hong Sa Bar, Spirit House, 20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina, Qld, (07) 5446 8994, spirithouse.com.au


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Deliveroo opens Australia’s first delivery-only kitchen
24.11.2017
Bad Hombres pops up in Brisbane
23.11.2017
Byron Bay gets a Chinese barbecue restaurant, Duk
10.11.2017
Royal Mail Hotel unveils Wickens
09.11.2017
Our favourite dishes: November 2017
03.11.2017
The perfect Christmas present for every gourmet
03.11.2017
The Gourmet Traveller podcast

Each fortnight we round up the most interesting characters from the food world for your listening pleasure. We chat to chefs, cooks, authors, bar tenders and baristas - anyone who has something new and interesting to say about the way we like to eat and drink.

Listen
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Hot Plate: Face2Face Noodles, Sydney

Chinatown's new spicy Chongqing-styled noodle bar is complet...

Hot Plates: Higher Ground, Melbourne

The line between cafe and restaurant is blurred at the CBD’s...

Hot Plates: Shobosho, Adelaide

North Asia meets Australian barbecue at Shobosho, Adam Listo...

L'Americano, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Estelle Bistro, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bang Street Food, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Minamishima, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar, Adelaide

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Spirit House, Yandina, Qld

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bistro Nguyen's, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

University of Melbourne Farmers' Market

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Clayton Wells at LuMi

The pair join forces for Sunday lunches at LuMi.

Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Estate, ACT

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...