Following on from our earlier post – Queensland’s Top 100 Food Experiences – Gold Coast, there was an extra section in The Courier Mail Queensland’s Top 100 Food Experiences web edition which highlighted a superb selection of other great Food Experiences on the Coasts – including our own Gold Coast – and entitled Toast the Coasts. Like our earlier post, we have separated out the Gold Coast experiences and summarised the extra selections for you below.
For the full list (across the Queensland Coasts), please visit here. Again, our thanks to Sharnee Rawson, Food and Nutrition Writer, The Courier Mail for her selections.
Hellenika 2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach 4218 +61 7 5572 8009
Hellenika, older sibling to newcomer The Fish House, is the closest you’ll come to Greece in the sunshine state. Sink your teeth into sikoti (pan-fried chicken livers), saganaki (grilled sheep’s milk cheese) or htapodi (char grilled giant octopus) over ouzo at the bar or hunker down with a bottle of Greek indigenous wine and the arni sto fourno – a 1kg serve of baked junee lamb – inside the tavern. Exposed brick, timber tables and an oversized wine fridge walk the line between rustic and slick.
Seaduction Level 2, Soul Surfers Paradise 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise +61 7 5635 5728
Housed on the first floor of Soul Surfers Paradise, Seaduction is arguably one of the coast’s most glamorous eating spots. A hunk of jamon, perched on a red vintage slicing machine, greets diners en route to the dining room with its floor-to-ceiling glass panels to showcase beachfront views. Executive chef Steve Szabo‘s skills shine through the dessert menu, with playful dishes such as chocolate pave with sheep’s milk yoghurt and a bonsai toffee apple.
Social Eating House and Bar 137/3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach 4218 +61 7 5504 5210
As the name suggests, share plates are the bread and butter of this smartly-packaged Broadbeach haunt, which has some serious culinary talent lurking behind its casual facade. Raw plates are artistically strewn with peppered emu, pickled beetroot and celeriac or kingfish, smoked mayo and jamon, while ‘thing on toast’ includes rare beef with truffled manchego custard. The signature dish – egg in a jar – jumbles truffled hen’s egg with confit duck and mushroom ragout. The beachy vibe and laid-back staff make this the perfect place for a long lunch or lazy evening.
Little Truffle 2444 Gold Coast Highway, corner Bondi Avenue, Mermaid Beach +61 7 5526 5033
Don’t let the unexpected location put you off – this small restaurant, nestled in a slew of shops alongside the Gold Coast highway, is worth seeking out. Owner-chef Daniel Ridgeway shows restraint with his use of the prized tuber, which is shaved over cauliflower soup, rolled in a quail ballontine and creamed with potatoes. The rest of the menu is a mash-up of classic Spanish, French and Italian fare, beautifully plated with careful attention to detail. If you can’t decide between the tempting desserts, opt for the assiette plate, with a small taste of each.
Room 81 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach +61 7 5592 2250
Another operation trumping the hotel dining presumption, Room 81 is the slick restaurant found at the entrance to the Gold Coast’s Sofitel. Specials such as confit prawns with brown butter, spring vegetable salad, cauliflower cream and ‘green apple cloud’ show off the serious kitchen skills, as do prettily-plated desserts like peanut parfait with salted caramel cream, raspberry gel and chocolate cookie crumble. Come Sunday, fine dining gives way to cocktails, tapas and live music as young locals assemble with a glass of something from the lengthy lists of vintage and NV champagnes.
Ristorante Fellini Level 1 Waterfront, Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach +61 7 5531 0300
Tucked well away from the tourist crowds, Fellini does Gold Coast dining at a different pace. Request a waterside table to take in the mega-million yachts bobbing on Marina Mirage and the city skyline across the river. All of the Italian classics – carpaccio, saltimbocca di pollo, tiramisu – are on the list, as well as plenty of fresh seafood options. Nibble on starters such as crispy soft shell mud crab fritters with a fennel and apple salad or baby zucchini flowers filled with spanner crab meat.
Bazaar at QT 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise +61 7 5584 1200
Yes, Bazaar is a hotel buffet, but this ‘interactive’ restaurant goes above and beyond regular offerings. Weekend brunch begins with a glass of prosecco and a trip to the raw bar – packed with oysters, prawns and whatever seafood is good on the day. The fruit is fresh, the omelettes made to order and the petite fours excellent. Dinner is more fresh seafood, plus steaks cooked to order, roast pork and fish fillets sliced from the whole beast, plus an extensive variety of dumplings and other small tastes. In short, there’s something for everyone.
We do hope you have enjoyed this special summarised post of Queensland’s Top 100 Food Experiences – Toast the Coasts – Gold Coast Selection. As always, we welcome all guests to our beautiful property, La Maison Pacifique, which is just a short drive across the border to many of the restaurants, cafes, emporiums, bakeries and other local businesses listed.
Oh – and there are some other restaurants you may be interested in as well which were part of the original magazine liftout by The Sunday Mail, check out our blog Queensland’s Top 100 Food Experiences – Gold Coast for the full Gold Coast list.
Or you could go local…
There are a plethora of great local restaurants At Kingscliff, Cabarita Beach and Casuarina, including our favourite (one-hatted since 1996), Fins Restaurant, Marty’s at Caba, Mockingbird Cafe, Osteria, The Spice Den to name a few…
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