Noosa has long been held in high esteem around the country as one of Australia’s top foodie destinations, with holiday makers from the southern states filling hotels and resorts every season safe in the knowledge that their taste buds will be well catered for.
Restaurants have come and gone over the years, but there are always the steadfast iconic ones that everyone knows; Bistro C, Sails, Season, Wasabi, and of course, Ricky’s.
Formerly Ricky Ricardos, Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant has maintained a consistently high standard of food and service over many years in one of the most beautiful settings in the country.
In fact, in 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald named Ricky’s as one of the top 10 destination restaurants in Australia, alongside Tetsuya’s and Bennelong, and for good reason.
Perched over the Noosa River, it’s impossible not to relax as the ocean breezes wash over you and lunch turns into dinner in the blink of an eye.
Ricky’s has seen some changes over the years, including an extensive makeover giving it a sleek modern look while still retaining its casual, relaxed atmosphere.
It’s emphasis on “tapas” style shared starters is still a big drawcard for diners, but with Braden White’s understanding of modern technique combined with his love of sourcing the best possible local produce, he brings a whole new level of finesse and excitement to the menu.
And a recent change of guard at the front of house has seen David Jouy bring a fresh energy to the team. Originally from France, David’s wealth of impressive experience in Michelin star restaurants in London, and most recently his positions as General Manager of Becasse Group and Coogee Pavilion in Sydney make him well qualified to lead Ricky’s onward and upward.
One of David’s first priorities is to redefine Ricky’s as less of a “special occasion” restaurant that’s reserved for birthdays and anniversaries, and encourage diners to treat Ricky’s as their local weekday haunt. To help with this David and Braden will also be organising regular guest chef dinners, inviting some of Australia’s best chefs to come and share a little piece of themselves with the Noosa population.
On 13 October, Tony Kelly, David Rayner and Yours Truly will be joining Braden to prepare a four-course dinner showcasing some of the best ingredients our region is producing this spring.
I’m looking forward to spending some time back in the place which for me, and I’m sure most locals and tourists alike, holds so many beautiful memories.
Ricky’s River Bar + Restaurant
2 Quamby Place Noosa Heads
Phone 5447 2455