5 new Gold Coast restaurants to try before the year is out
Looking for a place to eat on the Gold Coast has never been a hard task; whether you’re hankering for ramen, an all-you-can-eat buffet, superb seafood, a Nutella cruffin or a meal with a view at one of the beachfront surf clubs, you’re never left wanting for options.
Keeping up with what’s hot and what’s new? Well, that’s an entire art form perfected by local gourmands who keep their ear to the ground and their nose to the breeze for the best new menu or two-sittings-a-night buzz.
But since you can’t always be there to do the hunting yourself, we’ve wrapped up 5 of the hottest new Gold Coast restaurants to try before the year is out. Ready, set, eat!
Sparrow Eating House
If you’re familiar with Elk espresso in Broadbeach, then you’ll be booking a table at Sparrow Eating House before this sentence is read. Brought to you by the talented couple behind Elk, this chic restaurant is all geometric wire light shades and copper bar and tabletops, making it as pretty to look at as the delicious offering you’ll find on the menu.
Get set to share and take your pick between the likes of pumpkin and walnut croquettes, tempura zucchini flowers, mac and cheese with smoky speck parcels and honey mustard, and scallops with artichoke puree, proscuitto and pistachios.
Whatever you do, just be sure to leave enough room for a dessert cocktail; the peanut butter martini is worth the drive from Brisbane alone.
Address: 2/32 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
Open: Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30pm; weekends for brunch from 7am-12pm
Thank goodness Aus-Mex has gone as stale as a two-year-old Old el Paso shell and been removed from our dining repertoire. In its place, a funky-as-hell soundtrack, moody Day of the Dead decor and a killer menu from the ladies behind Bonita Bonita in Mermaid Beach.
Think: Scallops with hazelnut mole and chorizo crumb, piquillo poppers filled with melted Meredith goats cheese and slow-cooked lamb tacos followed up with sweet pumpkin empanadas with salted caramel. We’d say arrriba, but then we’d had to slap ourselves for being so cliche. Check out their new bar opening next door soon.
Address: 2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Open: Monday to Sunday from 5pm
Itadakimasu! World-class, fresh and inventive-as-Einstein Japanese has touched down in the form of Kiyomi on the lobby level of the currently-under-a-HUGE-refurbishment Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Broadbeach.
Chase Kojima of Nobu and Sokyo (The Star, Sydney) is the master of the menu here, with a lengthy selection of small bites, tempura, grill traditional sushi and sashimi taking you from tuna tataki with asparagus, enoki and tosazu leek sauce to cloud-like snapper tempura with coriander, chilli, black pepper amazu. Then if the sake selection isn’t hitting the right spot, dessert will smack you around the sweet tooth with the insanely good Goma Street signature stack (it involves sesame ice-cream and yes, you need to order it).
PS. Kiyomi recently bagged a well-deserved chef’s hat in the 2016 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide.
Address: Lobby Level, Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach Island
Open: Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm
Burleigh Social Club
Take three mates, an unused tin shed and a back street in Miami and what do you get? One hipper than a hipster-with-a-pug-on-rollerskates cafe that pumps out great coffee, a hearty breakfast menu and epic burgers and share boards come the afternoon shift.
Burleigh Social Club is sharing the crowd load with Paddock Bakery up the street and competing on the plate with their popular Paleo breakfast and (not-so-Paleo) white choc salted caramel popcorn muffin. Bring your pug and get amongst it.
Address: 2 Hibiscus Haven, Miami
Open: Monday to Saturday 6am-2pm; Sunday 7am-2pm
Adding to the already impressive Nobby Beach foodie line-up, you’ll find The Yard on your way down to the beach and once you stick your head in to see what it’s all about, you’ll definitely find it hard to leave (especially if the kids spy the playground out back).
Here the onus is on paddock to plate, with an all-day menu line-up featuring shakshuka with cherry tomatoes, fetta and chorizo and blue swimmer crab cakes with habanero slaw, as well as favourites like pulled pork tacos and a wagyu burger.
The recent addition of a liquor licence means the bar is pumping out wine, craft beer, cocktails and jugs of sangria, too! Did someone say boozy brunch?
Address: 17 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach
Open: Monday to Thursday 6:30am-4pm; Friday to Sunday 6:30am-6pm