By By Abbey Cannan

King of the Mountain Bistro at Pomona Bowls Club is a family business that prides themselves on employing locals. They are offering memberships for just one dollar until the end of September which will include discounts on takeaway, alcohol and a members-draw.

Tim Anear and Brett Manton are the two new chefs at the bistro that has recently been spruced up with an all fresh menu featuring local produce and nightly specials, depending on what is in season. Although there is still room for the much-loved classics on the menu, including the traditional chicken parmigiana. The bistro is providing large, old-fashioned, family-style meals in a friendly atmosphere and the owners would also like to introduce their up-coming themed food nights. The bistro has all in-house cooking and baking, including freshly made bread, pasta and sauces. They also freshly make the seafood basket with their own crumb for the batter. When dining in, for entrée you can begin with the salt and pepper calamari at $12.50, for main you can feast on the 300-gram Kilcoy Angus rib fillet at $28.50 and to finish off with a sweet tooth you can try the banana fritter with ice cream and strawberries at $9.50 or the new sticky date pudding.

Brett was Tim’s head chef at the Coolum Surf Club 20 years ago, but both went their separate ways, including working as landscapers, until the club contacted Brett and talked him out of ‘chef retirement’ to lease the kitchen. Brett then also convinced his friend Tim to join him on this new venture and together they opened the King of the Mountain Bistro.

“Brett really wanted to get back into things again and we noticed there was no real family meal place in the market at Pomona,” Tim said. “So, we took this on and we are really loving it.”

Tim’s training has included stints at Filligans Restaurant on Hastings Street and at Coolum, while Brett also has a range of experience, having been a chef in the Whitsundays, Noosa Heads and even in Melbourne in the early eighties. Brett has also owned a fish and chip shop and ran a successful Italian restaurant in Clunes, Victoria which was featured in the first Mad Max movie. Brett also owns a successful garden, mowing and landscape business called Sunshine Coast Mows and Gardening.

Known as one of the friendliest clubs in Queensland, Pomona Bowls Club is located in the lush green Noosa Hinterland, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Cooroora. To dine at the King of Mountain Bistro call 5485 1202 to book or go to 4-6 School Street, Pomona. The courtesy bus is available for patrons.