A chilled glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc, giant Mooloolaba prawns fresh from a catch the night before, and a bird’s eye view of stunning Mooloolaba Beach — it doesn’t get much better.

But that was just the beginning of what was a truly memorable, delicious and romantic lunch my husband and I enjoyed recently at the iconic Surf Club Mooloolaba.

Located on level two, Bayview Bar & Bites is the club’s newest dining option and arguably one of the Coast’s best-kept secrets.

Boasting a classy, modern décor with crisp white tablecloths, it has a high-end feel. And of course, the panoramic view has to be one of the best on the Coast.

There was not a cloud in the sky on the day of our visit.

The pristine, white sandy beach was peppered with couples and families enjoying the glorious weather.

From the moment we arrived at Bayview Bar & Bites, the service was friendly and welcoming. Bustling with a lunch time crowd of couples and larger groups, the restaurant’s atmosphere was vibrant and lively. It’s not hard to see why this venue is a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.

After selecting our wines from the extensive list and soaking up the views while we perused the menu, we finally decided on the chilled Mooloolaba king prawns to kick things off.

They didn’t disappoint. Big and juicy, served with a delicious dipping sauce and wedges of lemon, you could taste the freshness from the first bite.

Washed down with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022, it was the perfect precursor to our main meals.

With so many delicious options vying for our attention, I couldn’t go past the crispy skin barramundi while my husband settled on the 300g rib fillet.

Served with potato gratin, roasted truss cherry tomatoes, broccolini and lemon caper hollandaise sauce, the barramundi was cooked to perfection. The white flesh of the fish fell off my fork and was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

A self-confessed carnivore, my husband was equally as delighted with his selection. Served with plenty of delicious roasted chat potatoes, baby carrots, broccolini and red wine jus, the steak was tender, flavoursome and cooked just to his liking.

Other options, such as the Mooloolaba prawn and seared scallop risotto and the crispy twice-cooked pork belly, are on our list for next visit.

Despite our large main servings, the dessert menu was simply too good to pass up for Mr Sweet Tooth.

After much deliberation, we couldn’t decide between the strawberry cheesecake, crème brulee or orange panna cotta with grilled pear, so we just had to order all three!

Each dessert was beautifully presented on the plate. The panna cotta was light and perfectly accompanied by fresh fruit and chocolate pieces, while the cheesecake was soft and fluffy, served with lashings of fresh cream, each mouthful a heavenly explosion of texture and flavour.

We both agreed the crème brulee was one of the best we have sampled, with the perfect amount of sugary goodness on top and a delightful, creamy consistency.

As we relaxed over our drinks (the bar is open all day for those seeking a mid afternoon or pre dinner drink) and took in the last of the magnificent Mooloolaba views, lunch at Bayview Bar & Bites confirmed we really do live in paradise.

Great food, great weather, great views, great service — what’s not to love?

Now, time for a swim to burn off some of that lunch.