Bombetta is the ‘Bomb’ for Epic Food & Secret Social Deals

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We popped into Bombetta to over indulge, eat epic prawns, smash sensational house made pizza and dribble in choco drooling deliciousness.

Yep! We did and it was awesome! Owner Pascal “Paz” Turschwell welcomed us with a huge smile, invited us over to the table and couldn’t wait to tell us about his beloved Bombetta and what it stands for. Loud and proud he was showing us his epic bar & restaurant whilst talking with passion about his food, wine selections and the industry.


The decor is perfect for the cosmopolitan vibe the ‘New Noosa Junction’ is becoming. With a huge featured matte black wine rack, polished concrete floors, copper splash back in the bar, industrial but chic service area compact with a ‘Naughty corner’ for the naughty customers! Bombetta is by far one of the best looking bars on the Sunshine Coast!

The Food

The Food! Well where do we begin… We recommend starting small and finishing BIG, with the ‘Split Grilled Prawns’ to start the vibe off right. These bad boys are so tasty they leave you wanting more. Dripping in lemon and seasoned w/ chilli and oregano, these big prawn gangsters will vibe up your pallet and set the bar high for the next brawl.

The Split Prawns

The Bombetta’s‘, Okay so seriously no BS these little balls of fireworks did not last long at all. So let me explain, to start off they are Veal and Pork marinated for hours in thyme and rosemary. Then they move onto the next stage, ‘the wrapping of the Bombetta’s’. Wrapped with Prosciutto and filled with provolone and taleggio! These rude boys then get garnished up with shaved lemon zest and parmesan cheese. (I know , I know its ridiculously ridiculous!)

The Bombetta’s

At this point in our lives we decided enough is enough and popped open (not the champagne) but our top buttons to open our appetite up for more. Next comes out the outrageously delicious “Italian Stallion”. This pukka pizza was mouthwateringly fresh, light but packed a tasty punch like Balboa. This golden round medallion is loaded with goodies, starting with sharp Mascarpone Cheese, Parmigano Reggiano with confit garlic! Topped with soft artichoke and our fan favourite ‘fresh sliced prosciutto, lemon oil, wild rocket and in house dried chilli flakes! This Pizza is another level completely. (Secret socials – Similar Pizza’s are going for just $6!)

The Italian Stallion Pizza

The story of Bombetta from the Beginning.

It all started for Paz in the mid 1970’s when he was fast asleep in his pushchair in the backyard of his family’s restaurant at no more than 2 years old. “For as long as I can remember the family has always had its own restaurant. The first one was actually the first ‘outdoor’ dining restaurant in Queensland” he said, which was located where Miss Moneypenny’s is located today.

His family then after running the first European infused restaurant in Noosa for nearly a decade, decided to re-locate and open up a new place called Gaston’s in Sunshine Beach, same location as to where Sum Yung Guy’s is today.

Paz comes from a French heritage, when he was only a young boy his family nicknamed him ‘Gaston’. Keeping it in the family they then decided to call the family restaurant Gaston’s after their young Son, Paz.

For years Paz was working day and night for his family business before reaching a point in his late teens, where he then decided to pack his bags and move to Melbourne in the 90’s to join the food culture scene growing in Melbourne. After a number of years he had grew into an industry dynamo. Growing and building amazing restaurants such as EZARD, now a multi award winning restaurant globally recognised.

After five years of working and learning, Paz decided to re-locate back to Noosa and bring his abundance of experience and knowledge to his small beach town home.


After settling back in Noosa, Paz and his wife Kristie Turschwell decided to run and manage a restaurant called Ricky’s. Paz had managed it for a number of years before going into joint partnership and owning it.

After four years the family then decided to have a family business of their own. With a young daughter only 3 years old they needed and wanted something to call completely their own. Keeping the family traditions close to his heart, Paz and Kristie decided to open up ‘Gaston’ on Hastings Street, Noosa Heads in 2005.

During the infant stage of the business they hit a rough period thanks to the Global Financial Crisis. But with their determination and hard work as always, the Turchwell’s pushed on and got through it, to then establish a local and tourists favourite for many years to come.


The Turchwell Family tradition still runs deep in Noosa, owning yet again another established restaurant in one of the most popular up and coming locations in the Noosa Shire, Noosa Junction -‘Bombetta‘.

Since selling up Gaston Paz & Co have not looked back, with only a move forward attitude and the same drive, its no wonder after generation to generation this awesome family goes from strength to strength. With Paz and Kristie’s daughters now 11 and 12, it’s not long until the girls will be following in their fathers footsteps and serving locals before they know it! (If Dad has his way)

The future generation | Zara & Anais with daddy (Paz)

It’s an honour to have Bombetta a part of our buddy Community.

You can pop into Bombetta everyday (Except Sundays) and we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. They have a fantastic afternoon scret social’s special Mon-Saturday between 3-6pm with bar snack menu items and beers starting from as little as $5! Not only that but they have an amazing takeaway Pizza/Pasta deal, Tuesday night social’s, a weekly magician and much more!

“Grabbing a feast” Danny Simmonds | Founder & CEO of Australia’s latest restaurant app, Buddy.

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Buddy goes DownTown for some seriously epic burgers.

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DownTown Burgers are now in Ocean Street Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast! We popped in to say hi to one of our partners!

Once we heard Downtown Burgers had opened up another burger joint we knew we had to go! From humble beginnings in Nambour, restaurateur Cameron Scott & Co have now opened their THIRD burger haven on Ocean Street, Maroochydore.

The “Downtown Burger” (Soooooo gooooood)

Everything these legends do is original. From gathering friends together to create an epic team, supporting the local community with job creation, inventing delicious burgers from scratch to even baking their own buns! This crew does nothing by half measure.

We wanted to pick Cameron Scott’s brain and ask him how and why he decided to get into the industry in the first place. He tells us his humble story when our Founder Danny Simmonds popped in for a chat.

Restaurateur Cameron Scott of Downtown Burgers Franchise with Founder & CEO of Buddy, Inc. Danny Simmonds

Cameron is a local lad from Nambour who packed his bags and headed to Melbourne from a young age to learn his trade. Having worked for multiple restaurant groups and franchises, Cameron decided after over four years, to head back home and start his own dream. Cameron during his spell in Melbourne worked with some of the largest food franchise company’s in Australia including Boost Juice. Adding many strings to his bow he headed back to his home town to put his lessons to practice, with his very own burger restaurant, now Downtown Burgers.

“Why did you decide to come home and start your own business?” we asked, “well I come from a poor but humble family beginning, so I believe that bringing what I had learnt back with me I could try and support my family and hire a bunch of my close friends to try and support my local community” he said. “Starting a business in your home town is always a good start, as family and friends support always helps”.

As Downtown Burgers became extremely busy Cameron quickly realised that he can do even more for his community, creating more job security for locals and friends. So he decided to round up more mates to get the paint brushes back out and start another one! “All I really want is to provide a good living for my friends and family, create delicious food for everyone to enjoy and have a lot of fun along the way” Cameron said.

Downtown Burgers now has over thirty members of staff and keeps the hunger at bay to thousands of locals every week. Especially when they provide an epic $13 lunch deal (Burger, chips and a drink).

We loved Downtown Burgers so much and everything they do! From the fit out, the friendly staff, the vibe, and not to mention the mouth watering burgers… its no wonder its a locals favourite in more than one town.

The Triple BBQ Burger (American cheeseburger, slow cooked pulled pork, maple bacon and a fried egg w/ homemade aioli and bbq sauce)

Next time you decide to head out for a burger, head Downtown and support local business in the tastiest way possible. They even go one extra step and provide a Free chips deal when you spend at any other shop on Ocean Street! Legends.

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Five of the very best specials & deals on buddy right now.

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Have the ability to search and discover endless happy hours and daily specials in Noosa on buddy.

If you are a local or a tourist, we only have the best places in town on our app, with a deal!

Having launched only two weeks ago, our app has been populated by businesses wanting to showcase their daily specials and happy hours on our platform, so you don’t have to walk up and down the street ten times reading chalk board frames, guessing what the special or deal looks like!

Well right now in buddy we have hundreds of daily specials and happy hours happing for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

here are our top 5 deals this week happening on buddy!

5. Padstows Noosa

Padstows has a number of special’s and deals, such as the Wednesday Dinner Special, which is two mains and a bottle of wine for only $55! They also do afternoon happy hour specials to start the afternoon off early! Currently on Monday’s Padstows are offering an awesome Winter sensational $25 Mussel Mondays! Which is a yummy bowel of pan fried mussels, a glass of wine, ciabatta and chips!

4. Bombetta

Bombetta located in the Noosa Junction really knows how to put on a crowed pleaser! with day after day of endless specials, entertainment with magicians, “secret social’s” which involves a menu full of $5 items to indulge on the afternoons. Bombetta even provides a deal for customers who do not wish to pop in, you can by any 3, Pizza/Pasta or any 2 Pizza/pasta +2 sides for $40!!

3. 10 Hastings Street

If there is any cafe or restaurant that is perfect for Noosa 10 hastings has to be up there! Open almost all day every day all year round, this places knows how to provide excellent service to the community, with coffee specials, lunch and dinner specials never ending. But for afternoons on the bustling Hasting Street, you can grab a seat and enjoy a wonderful selection of tapas dishes with friends for only $10! Everyday between 3-5pm you can dive right in with an Estrella Lager for only $5!! I think we can do this literally every single day.

2. Global Cafe Noosaville

Located just of the Noosa River, Global Bar & Cafe has been dishing up the goods for over 30 year!! It’s serves up an awesome breakfast, with a small bar menu at night fo a relaxed tropical vibe. Well these legends are serving up Free Beer! Yep, no BS you can get a Free Beer at global on every Pizza Purchased! Wether you are having take away or dinning in, Global will pore you an ice cold free beer while you wait fro your pizza’s to be made! We got 5 take away pizza’s last week and had to call a cab to get us home. #doit.

1. Cafe Le Monde

The Iconic Cafe Le Monde on Hasting Street is dealing up the deals on buddy this week! With $1 Oysters and live entertainment every Thursday, these guys know how to put on a show. Happy hour deal menu full of cheap eats and drinks to indulge in for no more than $10 between 4 & 5pm, Dj’s every Saturday Night from 8! If thats not even enough, Cafe Le Monde do a Lamb shoulder dinner for two with wine $69 Sun – Thurs from 5pm!!


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Breaking News: Latest restaurant app ‘Buddy’ is booming

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Former Restaurateur has officially launched an App for the industry, aiming to take on TripAdvisor.

After years in idea concepts, validating ideas, a trip around Australia for market research, over a year in app development stage and finally pitching the concept 1’000’s of times,.

Former restaurateur and now Founder & CEO of the world’s latest restaurant app, Danny Simmonds & Co are happy to announce they have flicked the switch!

CEO – Danny Simmonds with Rio Capurso | Owner of Locale Restaurante | Noosa Heads

After struggling to find ways to promote his specials and happy hours, former restaurateur Danny Simmonds had a plan, he wanted to create an app for his industry to call its own. An app that had the power to promote eatery businesses with maximum impact, with complete control and measurement.

Its finally here, the door is open for restaurateurs to download the app and begin creating their Free business listing.

Now available on iOS & Android restaurateurs from around the World can now create a beautifully designed business profile on the buddy App. “We wanted to create an app for the industry to be proud of ” Danny said, “we aim to grow buddy organically and carefully to provide the very best restaurant finder app the world has on offer.” He said.

“Current restaurant apps out their do not provide detailed local knowledge of daily specials, live happy hours, book tables, itemized photo menu items which explains dishes with ingredients etc” Danny said, looking very excited on what his team has achieved.

“The buddy app does all of the above but with so much more tools for business owners to use to really boost business!” – With pure passion in his voice and the true care about helping the industry for the better, Danny believes the food industry will love it.

“for users the app will not look so exciting yet, but once we have begun talking with our pre-registered businesses and also welcoming new ones, Users will not use any other app again when it comes to being hungry” He said.

You can Download the app now to start creating your business listing for free.

Simply select ‘Create Business Listing” on the login screen and go!






Former restaurateur launches app for the food industry to call its own.

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Founder & CEO explaining why the industry needed an app of its own.

After working in the hospitality industry for several years, you come across all kind of challenges and all walks of life. In my experience of running a restaurant it became a lot more clear to me that the customer no matter what, is always right. (even when you know they actually are not)

This is one of many tasks you have to face every single day. One really difficult challenge was bringing customers in the door, yes you have online review websites like Tripadvisor and Zomato, but you cannot use these apps as an actual marketing tool.

I used to get up every single day, fire up the restaurant and make myself a first class barista made latte, (kind of) then i would wipe down the chalk board A frame and think of a new slogan or lunch/dinner special to put out the front of our restaurant to try and lure new customers in the door. This is one of many marketing moves many of us in the industry try, then you result into flyers and newspaper adds, social media posts, loyalty membership cards and email marketing if you ask your customers for email addresses on review cards, believe me i have tried the lot.

But, I always thought ‘why does other industries have there very own platform or marketing tool?’ like if you want a handy man you simply go to Airtasker, or you want to look for a hotel so you head straight on over to, or you want to rent out your own bedroom so you become a host on Airbnb.

All of these platforms are very powerful as a marketing tool, as they come with business dashboards, analytics, tips and tricks on becoming more recognised, booking systems, ability to showcase yourself, communicate with your customers through an in app messaging system. With the restaurant industry there really is no app or marketing tool to do this for our restaurants, so i saw a gap in the market for the industry to have its very own weapon, a tool that the industry can call its own, so i created buddy.

Before i actually decided to go straight into the tech world without having any idea of what to do or even if the idea was going to take off, so i packed up my shit and hit the road for several months speaking to over 500 business owners from Port Douglas right down into Melbourne CBD.

Danny Simmonds founder

Founder of buddy | Danny Simmonds

During this time i was validating my idea but also signing up potential customers who would join and create their buddy restaurant profile.

So i came back from my trip having slept on the side of many roads, roughed it without having a wash for days and brushing my teeth at the wing-mirror in my jocks, and decided to put pen to paper and start thinking about how we can be better than what is already out there. We came up with all sorts of awesome ideas which could go on forever ,so we had to curate a small list of 100% definite features that would put us head and shoulders above the rest, an app for the industry to be proud of and most importantly, trust.

So we have, Buddy has some unbelievable features for users and business owners will love. My favourites are having the ability to actually see a restaurants specials as they look, with descriptions and price, instead of having to read it off a chalk board and trying to imagine what it will look like, another one is the itemised menu, each dish with a picture and again a description with price. having the ability to ‘follow’ your new favourites in return you receive exclusive in-app notifications of special events, meal deals, menu launches, latest specials, view happy hours around your location, it goes on and on.

There are plenty more features to explore when the app officially launches in the New Year, the most important thing is that it will be a tool we can all trust, explore restaurants in a much more easier way but with more detail, and business owners finally having their own weapon to really showcase themselves to the full potential, with which they can measure with live analytics dashboard, use ibeacon technology which will be a game changer.

iBeacon technology will enable business owners to actually digitalise their physical restaurant, they will be able to create in-app notifications to people who are walking right by the restaurant, notifying users of their lunch menu, happy hour specials that will kick off in 5 minute, or even a simple ‘hello, have an awesome day from XXXX bar and grill.”

With also in app timing notifications of diners sitting in the restaurant after an hour, reminding them of a top up or maybe a link to see the desert menu.

We are all very much looking forward to the launch, and for everybody to enjoy.

Written by Danny Simmonds.




Three awesome things to do in Noosa on Christmas Day.

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Having a christmas day Gatho? heres three top things to do in Noosa.

Christmas Morning is nearly here, the time has come to dig out those dusty esky’s and hose them out, round the troops with deck chairs and foldout tables, mums on the glad wrap and dads packing the portable bbq, while your busy dropping the bag of ice from the biggest hight possible for the best ice to keep the beers cold!

We all love christmas, but each experience can be very different for some, heres buddy’s top tips for how to have the best time cheaply, but creating priceless memories on your christmas day.


3. National Park Picnic

Noosa National Park is one of the best coastal walks Australia has to offer, With each turn you are wow’d by a postcard picture, The noise of the rainbow lorikeet’s waking up and the subtle crash of the waves coming up the shore. Wake up at 6:00am before the morning madness begins and enjoy a glass of bubbles & strawberry with some freshly made warm ham and cheese croissant, relaxing on a picnic blanket over looking tea tree bay would be a fantastic way to kick start the christmas celebrations.

2. River retreat.

Yep, you know it! Once you have kickstarted your Christmas day with a relaxing champers, its time to find a ‘proppa’ good spot to start building your settlement for the day on the beautiful Noosa River. Unpacking the esky packed with salads, prawns, rolls, chips and drinks, make sure laying out the table is a team effort (obviously with a bevo in hand) and then sit back, relax and enjoy the day off with friends and family before the un-official ashes christmas day cricket test match begins! Remember, pick a spot by the Big Pelican where the toilets are 😉

Photo, thanks to Noosa Boat house.

1. Barbecue time.

After a long hard day of doing absolutely nothing, (apart from being 148 – not out of course) its time to fire up the BBQ, Our tip for the free bbq’s is that they don’t get that hot, so we would recommend taking your own portable one just in case. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind the odd snag or two. The best snags in town would be from the Noosaville village butchers opposite Dan Murphy’s, they have the best Cumberland snags you will find on the Coast! OR…… you can flame up some beautiful rib eye fillets, here’s our tip on the perfect Steak;

Starting from home, coat both sides very generously with coarse black pepper and granulated garlic powder and drop the fillet singularly into a sandwich bag for time to marinate, pull the bad boy out of the bag when your bbq is that hot its starting to glow. For each steak, sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of salt onto the skillet and allow salt to sit for at least 1 minute.

Place the steaks on and allow 3 solid minutes, whatever you do do not touch, poke, lift of even look at those bad boys until that 3 minutes is up! Once it is, repeat history.

All together 6 minutes is up and you have a medium rare juicy perfectly rested steak, if you wish for it to be medium then allow an extra 30 seconds on each side.

Now, Put your steaks in a roomy tin foil wrap, not tight…roomy to allow moisture and flavours to be absorbed by the steak properly.

Slice and dice that shit and serve it up in any form you wish!

This is exactly what we will be doing this Christmas, have a great day.