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Songbirds’ stunning new paddock-to-plate, fine dining experience

Things are getting a little bit fancy up Mt Tamborine way folks and it’s because of a venue you probably already know and love, that has received quite the revamp recently.

Songbirds has been a part of the mountain’s foodie community for quite some time but in the last few weeks the rainforest-shrouded space has been taken over and transformed into something really quite special.

European-style furnishing and a palette highlighting the colours of the rainforest enticing guests seeking an unforgettable experience far away from our bustling city.

Acclaimed international Chef Meyjitte Boughenout has taken the reigns in the kitchen, creating a fine dining experience based on a paddock to plate style of eating and with 70% of the produce sourced from Songbirds’ own garden.

The entire restaurant, both Michelin starred and seven-time winner of the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide Hat Award, has been completely overhauled with the intention of putting Mt Tamborine at the forefront of the culinary industry.

The menu includes both a la carte and six and eight course degustation options with a focus on sustainable ingredients and based on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Dishes set to push the boundaries of taste expectations include goats’ cheese, charred leek and licorice gel; black Russian tomato, vanilla and crispy parmesan; ocean trout, ginger and pickled Nasturtium flower; quail kumquat and soy curd; or venison, cured raspberry and foie gras. Fancy.

An extensive wine list is made up of over 90 labels from both Australia and overseas including sustainable, biodynamic wines along with fine whiskeys and cognacs and stunning cocktails. No matter what you’re into, you’ll be absolutely chuffed.

If you’re a fan of food (yes, hello), you may be aware of Chef Meyjitte’s impressive rap sheet.

Leading the two Michelin star hotel and restaurant Scholteshof in Belgium and awarded best new chef in 1995, Meyjitte worked in France, at two and three-Michelin star rated restaurants before arriving in Australia in 1995.

Initially taking up a position as head chef at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel, he went on to work at top Sydney restaurants before heading up the historic Franklin Manor in Tasmania and in 2005, he established Absynthe at Q1 on the Gold Coast, with the eatery later being named as Australia’s top regional restaurant by Gourmet Traveller in 2007.

Absynthe went on to be named Best Queensland Restaurant for several years, awarded two hats in the Good Food Guide, three hats in the Courier Mail, and was featured in Food Safari with Maeve O’Meara. Remember that place? What a time.

So yes, that’s a lot of exceptional things isn’t it?

Of course you can (and absolutely should) stay in one of the five-star villas overlooking the rainforest after having consumed one of the very best meals of your life and probably copious wines too. There are two newbies and they are absolutely luxury.

Songbirds offers à la carte lunch dining Thursday to Sunday, with dinner Thursday to Saturday including a la carte and degustation menu.

Treat yo’self.

LOCATION: Lot 10 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine Mountain
HOURS: Lunch from Thursday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Saturday

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