DISH OF THE MONTH: The December special is battered, grilled or crumbed sweetlip served with bamboo panko charcoal crumb prawns, chips, salad and sauce.
DISH OF THE MONTH: The December special is battered, grilled or crumbed sweetlip served with bamboo panko charcoal crumb prawns, chips, salad and sauce. Amber Macpherson

Value, variety and quality: Tewantin Noosa RSL

IF YOU'RE heading to the Tewantin Noosa RSL for lunch or dinner, make sure you take your appetite.

The carpark has reopened, the menu is varied and the servings are big.

This month's special is the garlic marinated chicken supreme - served with creamy garlic prawns, fried leek and your choice of vegetables of the day, or chips and salad ($22.90 for members, $24.90 for non-members).

This month's special - garlic marinated chicken supreme, served with creamy garlic prawns, fried leek, chips and salad
This month's special - garlic marinated chicken supreme with garlic prawns, fried leek, chips and salad. Amber Macpherson

What a meal - filling, flavoursome and fit for a king. A large chicken breast accompanied by smooth garlic sauce, supple prawns and crispy chips, plus a sizeable fresh, colourful salad gets the nutritious tick of approval.

If you'd like to try it, get in quick - it's only available for two more days.

But if you hold out until December you'll enjoy battered, grilled or crumbed sweetlip served with bamboo panko charcoal crumb prawns, chips, salad and sauce ($25.90 for members and $2 more for non-members).

While the black charcoal coating on the prawns looks like they've been left on the grill far too long, the taste is simply divine (and no char whatsoever).

This lunch special is a large serving, as we said, so unlike the decision we made to have an entree as well, you will probably be satisfied with the main meal alone - perhaps followed by a coffee and cake in the coffee shop adjacent if you like something sweet to finish your meal.

The first entree we sampled was duck and barramundi spring rolls served with dipping sauce - four large, crispy springs rolls with a side of fresh Asian-style salad.

The duck and barramundi spring rolls.
The crispy duck and barramundi spring rolls with a fresh Asian-style salad. Amber Macpherson

Our second entree was the flash-fried club calamari, which came sitting on the most delicious bed of rocket, cherry tomatoes and cucumber with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar dressing. You can have it as a main meal for an extra couple of dollars.

The flash fried club calamari.
The flash fried club calamari comes as an entree or main meal for an extra $2. Amber Macpherson

If you're looking for a Christmas lunch venue, the RSL is hosting a Christmas Day Buffet Luncheon with 30hot and cold dishes including all the traditional favourites (seafood, roasts, salads, desserts and more) for $120 for members and $150 for non-members.

Bookings are essential.