A popular hinterland restaurant has proved to be popular not only with local residents, but has also become a dining destination for regular “Brisbanites” visiting the region.
Pomodoras on Obi has been in operation since October 2010, and prides itself not only on its notoriety as a repeat dining destination, but also on its dedication to using local produce as well as employing local people.
“The restaurant is popular with both the locals and tourists,” Functions Manager Jodi Bond, who owns the restaurant with partner and head chef Chris Bond, said.
“We are finding more people from Brisbane are dining with us on a regular basis. We have great reviews on Trip Advisor and people are finding us through the entertainment book.
“Our weekends tend to be busier than midweek with people visiting the coast and hinterland for the weekend from Brissy.”
Mrs Bond describes the menu as “European based”, using locally grown herbs from kitchen gardens in the salads, using Maleny dairies milk, Maleny cheese, locally supplied Buffalo, and fruit and vegetables from the local Maleny produce shop.
“Our lunch menu offers more cafe style foods, house made local buffalo burger and freshly prepared salads,” Mrs Bond said.
“Where as the dinner menu offers more restaurant influenced dishes, like own very popular seafood risotto with scallops, prawns, calamari, mussels, rocket, parmesan and our own orange vincotto dressing.”
“We are family friendly where children under 13 can eat free in the evenings from the children’s menu.
“Everything is made on site expect for bread; all our stocks, sauces and dressings are made on site.”
The Bonds feel there is no real secret to their popularity and success, other than to provide delicious quality meals and great service in a relaxed natural garden setting overlooking Obi Obi Creek.
“Recently, our head waitress Emma Wilson-Peckitt was awarded a Pride of Workmanship award through the Mooloolaba Rotary Club for her loyal commitment to our business, for her give-it-a-go attitude and her passion for the industry,” Mrs Bond said.
“We are so proud of her as we have seen her grow over the past three years she has been with us.
“She started out as our house keeper for the accommodation cabins and has worked her way up to head waitress in that short amount of time.
“We like to think that we provide good professional service in a relaxed informal setting.
“We employee local people as we do find that locals are more invested in community.
”Pomodoras on Obi also sells its range of balsamic dressings to many IGA stores and gourmet delicatessens, and has a handful of stockists in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. “It is a must have pantry item, our customers just love it,” Mrs Bond said.
“We also have customers that send it to friends and family overseas.”