Spirit House – Yandina

Up to visit some friends at the Sunshine Coast, we decided it was a good idea to go and overeat at one of the more well-known places and see if they could hold their own against Sunnybank and Inala. We were off to Spirit House.

Sunnybank and Inala? What are you talking about?

Well this will be the first time I have been out to eat Asian food in a fine(ish) dining establishment, so they may have the name, but they also have some pretty stiff (and cheap) competition.

Driving (via a Sunshine Coast breathalyzer test) into the restaurant the place was huge. Spread out around a large pond, with cooking school and function centre included.

We had our own little quite corner, nice.

Now we didn’t take a camera. Liz didn’t even take her phone. So you get mine! Use your imagination you lazy bastards. Though with the amount we ate I can foresee you running dry before the end.

We withheld ourselves from just ordering via “we’ll have one of everything”, but only just.

To begin, Pork Belly

Amazing. Melting fat amazing. You know what i mean.


Oh we have encountered our first problem. The dressing and herbs completely drowned the scollops. This was something  we noted with the pork, but seemed to work none the less. But this time not.

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Not bad.  Nice sauce.

Soft Shelled Crabs.

Awesome. The first time ive ever tried these. Yum

Some sort of noodle tempura balls.

Nice, but not as good as the ones from Channon Markets.

Beef Ribs.

My favourite.  Smoky. The sauce and herbs working well with the strong flavours.

Egg Net Fried Rice.


And the Big One. Fresh Deep Fried Fish in a Tamarind Sauce.

Once again Amazing! (Maybe not as good as ive had in Taiwan, but not too far off)

And we ate it all, even the head.

Some people could even fit in dessert. Not me 🙂

All in all a good meal. The only bad thing I have to say is they lack a little subtlety in adding flavour to some dishes compared to their city compatriots. It was all a little hit and miss, the good was really good, and the bad was a little confused.

But that fish, the pork belly and ribs were enough to put it down as a big win in my book in the end.
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  1. Roy, I love your updates. And if I can get through every photo I’m sure all the other lazy bastards can.

  2. Ahh, that fish. We get it every time and it is soooo good. Yum. I have just about perfected that sauce with the help from one of my neighbours (a thai chef). Perfect also on a green papaya salad.