Restaurants in Review
■ BAVARIAN BIER CAFÉ. Bavarian. Perfectly positioned alongside premium fashion retailers, Bavarian Bier Café is a destination in its own right with a chic interior. The in-haus team of dedicated German master butchers, master bakers and chefs assure outstanding quality for all diners and an experience to remember. There are also lighter options available.
The Oracle complex, 2 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach. Mon–thu 11am–12am, Fri–sun 8am–12am. 5512 0555. bavarianbiercafe.com
Seafood/ Contemporary. Beachside Pavilion is a brand new haven for foodies and fun lovers, specialising in fresh sustainable seafood, healthy breakfasts, and a mouth-watering all day menu. With an emphasis on great service, quality food, exceptional cocktails and an approachable wine list, the freshly shucked oysters and seafood display all highlight the freshness and quality of their produce.
■ BEACHSIDE PAVILION.
Beachside Pavilion also offers a delicious take-away Fish & Chip Bar, perfectly located right near the beach and Kurrawa Park. The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall (Beach End), Broadbeach. 5539 0377. beachsidepavilion.com.au
■ DRACULA’S CABARET RESTAURANT. Contemporary.
Book in for an evening of sensuous burlesque, jazz and comedy, and a meal that exceeds expectations. Chef Paul Hoff prepares a three-course banquet menu with a choice of up to five main meals. For dessert, you can’t go past the ‘Death by Chocolate’—a chocolate coffin with a delicious filling.
1 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach. Tue–sun 6.30pm–11pm. 5563 4900. draculas.com.au
■ GARDEN KITCHEN & BAR. Modern Australian.
This innovative restaurant at The Star Gold Coast offers indoor/outdoor dining, with cascading greenery a highlight. From the freshest, seasonal produce, to the very best in design that brings the outdoors in—it’s a place where food lovers, family and friends can come together any time of the day to enjoy. The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach. Daily till late. 5592 8787. star.com.au/goldcoast
■ KIYOMI. Japanese. Taste the flavours of Tokyo with Kiyomi’s modern, yet distinctly Japanese menu created by internationally recognised executive head chef Chase Kojima, who uses unique combinations to create exciting and surprising dishes. Kiyomi celebrates the experience of shared dining with an exciting food and beverage menu including a wide variety of Japanese beverages. Lobby Level, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach. Mon–sat from 5.30pm. 5592 8100. star. com.au/goldcoast
■ MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA. Italian.
Since 1989 locals have loved Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Broadbeach, enjoying the great range of modern and traditional Italian dishes including seafood, steak, pasta and of course pizza! Dine indoors or alfresco and enjoy the wonderful relaxed family atmosphere, not to mention delicious desserts and an extensive wine and cocktail list. Now completely renovated and refurbished, the new look Mario’s Italian Restaurant is still the perfect place for special celebrations and family gatherings, as well as for all those times when you just need an Italian food fix.
The Oasis Shopping Centre, Beach end, Broadbeach. Sun–thurs 12pm–11pm, Fri–sat 12pm–12am. 5592 1899. mariosrestaurant.com.au
MAX SEAFOOD RESTAURANT. Seafood.
Max has been around for many years and remains as popular as ever with its fine seafood and elegant surroundings. Dine inside or out, with the choice including Tasmanian lobster, seafood platters, steak, chicken and pasta, with all sauces, condiments, crepes and tasty desserts prepared fresh in-house.
Victoria Square Apartments, 15 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach. Daily lunch 11am–2pm, dinner 5pm–9pm. 5538 8998. maxrestaurant.com.au
■ ROOM81. Modern Australian. The Room81 degustation experience served by chef Sam Moore is a mouth-watering journey of two, five, seven or nine courses—ensuring a culinary tapestry with matching wine available from the sommelier. The setting is vibrant yet intimate and the open kitchen allows diners to observe chef Moore and his team at work.
Lobby level, Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach, 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach. Tue–sat 4pm–late. 5592 2250. sofitelgoldcoast.com.au/en/room81.html
SAFFRON INDIAN GOURMET. Indian.
A popular Indian restaurant, Saffron offers diners delicious and authentic Indian cuisine paired with excellent service and a warm atmosphere. Have a drink in the Molecular Bar first, with cocktails expertly made, and then relax over a delicious curry or other delectable Indian dishes or lighter vegetarian options.
Sierra Grande Building, cnr Margaret Street and Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Daily 12pm–3pm, 6pm–11pm. 5538 9291. saffrongc.com
SAGE CAFÉ RESTAURANT. Modern Australian.
“Simple, popular food cooked exceptionally well with service that always exceeds your expectations!” That is the promise of this vibrant Broadbeach eatery. The award-winning chefs prepare simple yet delicious meals in a warm and welcoming ambience with tapas, pizza and shared plates served with a smile.
5/20 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach. Daily 7am–11pm. 5538 9938. sagerestaurant.com.au ■ SOCIAL EATING HOUSE. Tapas. A place to bring clients, family, friends or that special someone to indulge in Matt and Amy Jefferson’s casual yet sophisticated restaurant. Matt’s choice of tapas and shared plates together with the exciting, original cocktail list, international whiskeys and saké as well as a superb international wine list will have you socialising on a daily basis.
Shop 137–138, 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach. Daily lunch from 12pm, dinner from 6pm. 5504 5210. socialeatinghouse.com.au
■ TEN. Japanese. This is Japanese cuisine at its best, with head chef Yuta Yoshimura serving exceptional meals in a setting that is more Tokyo than Gold Coast. Choose an à la carte menu, or a series of set menus and degustation experiences, with the Omakase eight+ course menu an unforgettable experience.
Meriton Pegasus Building, Shop 2–4/ 2669–2679 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Lunch Fri–sat 12pm–2pm, dinner Tue–sat 6pm–9pm. 5570 1010. teppanten.com.au
■ THE FISH HOUSE. Seafood. As the name suggests The Fish House specialises in fish and seafood from their scenic coastal setting at Burleigh Heads. Chef Aaron Smith has created an excellent menu inspired by southern Europe, with the desserts and the wine list—crafted by the sommelier team on site—adding to the occasion.
50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads. Tue–sun lunch 12pm–2.30pm, dinner 5.30pm–9pm. 5535 7725. thefishhouse.com.au
■ CAV’S STEAKHOUSE. Steak. Established in 1984, Cav’s is owned and operated by Richard Cavill, great-grandson of James Freeman Cavill, an early pioneer of the Gold Coast. This award-winning and historic hacienda-style restaurant is a Gold Coast
icon, serving the best quality beef from premium pastures around Australia in a welcoming and relaxed setting.
30 Frank Street, Labrador. Daily lunch 12pm–2.30pm, dinner 6pm–9pm. 5532 2954. cavssteakhouse.com
MAIN BEACH RISTORANTE FELLINI. Modern Italian.
With beautiful views over the Broadwater, the multi-award winning restaurant has long been the place to experience magnificent Italian cuisine. Popular with visiting celebrities and a local favourite, head chef Richard Burt and partner Raffaele Di Benedetto love cooking their incredible dishes almost as much as diners love eating them.
Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Mon–sun 12pm–10.30pm. 5531 0300. fellini.com.au
SHUCK RESTAURANT. Modern Australian.
Located at Main Beach on famous Tedder Avenue, Shuck Restaurant is famous for its people watching, sand crab lasagne and Peking duck salad. Shuck also offers a variety of the freshest seafood, steaks, and other delectable dishes. Choose à la carte, degustation or set course menus.
1–4/20 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach. Mon–sun 12pm–12am. 5528 4286. shuck.com.au
■ VANITAS. Modern Australian. Befitting its five-star location in Palazzo Versace, Vanitas offers an exceptional culinary experience in an elegant dining room with sparkling lagoon views. Diners enjoy a beautifully-crafted signature degustation dinner with matching wines, guaranteed to sweep taste-buds on an unforgettable culinary journey, watched over by a 13-metre canvas showing the life of Gianni Versace.
Palazzo Versace, Marina Mirage, 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Tue–sat 6pm–10pm. 5509 8000. palazzoversace.com.au
BLACK ANGUS BAR & GRILL. Modern Australian.
Situated on the beautiful waterfront at Sanctuary Cove, Black Angus Bar & Grill is a wonderful place to relax in a spectacular setting and with a great meal. The restaurant specialises in Black Angus grain fed beef that is aged to perfection, as well as the freshest seafood.
46 The Promenade, Sanctuary Cove. Mon–sun 11.30am–late. 5577 9712. blackangusbarandgrill.com.au
■ DE VITO WATERFRONT. Italian. More than a restaurant, De Vito Waterfront is an experience. TV personality, world renowned tenor and iconic Gold Coast Restaurateur, David De Vito has created a must visit venue on the Broadwater overlooking the breathtaking Surfers Paradise skyline. De Vito Waterfront is a unique blend of style, class and downto-earth hospitality, creating an environment where everyone is welcome. Where else can you get world-class entertainment for free while dining from a mouth-watering à la carte menu prepared with traditional Italian love and passion? The De Vito’s are loud, proud and can’t wait to share an evening with you!
2 Barney Street, Southport. 5532 8376. devito.com.au
EDGEWATER DINING & LOUNGE BAR. Modern Australian.
Edgewater Dining and Lounge Bar is the latest waterfront dining venue in the heart of the bustling Capri on the Isle of Capri. The menu of Modern Australian with an Italian twist, constructed by head chef Jarrod Waring, uses an eclectic mix of travelled
and experienced tastes with creative culinary skills. And the cocktails? Simply divine.
Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma, Via Roma, Surfers Paradise. Daily 7.30am–late. 5570 1624. edgewaterdining.com.au
HANAZONO TEPPANYAKI. Japanese.
At the foot of the soaring Q1 Resort, Hanazono Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant is almost as dazzling as the views from the top as the skilled master chefs slice, dice, juggle and entertain. Preparation here is an art form, with the food— from prime steak, seafood and chicken dishes, cooked fresh at the table.
Shop 8, Q1, cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–2pm, dinner 5pm–late. 5539 9804. hanazono.com.au
HARD ROCK CAFÉ. Modern American and Australian.
Experience the beauty and glamour of Australia’s Gold Coast when you visit Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise. Its central location in Australia’s hottest international destination makes Hard Rock Café the perfect place to eat, drink, and unwind during your trip. The café features a stylish dining room, indoor bar, balcony with outdoor seating and a retail store with collectible Hard Rock gear.
Cnr Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise. Daily midday–late. 5539 9377. hardrock.com
SALT GRILL. Modern Australian.
Everything Luke Mangan touches turns to gold and Salt Grill is no different. The space is very sophisticated with plush booths, a degustation menu should you want to taste everything and a smart wine list. Luke’s menu is creative and uses only the finest and freshest local produce. The restaurant has a real buzz and the food here does not disappoint.
Level 1, Hilton Surfers Paradise, 6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Lunch Friday 12pm–3pm, dinner daily 6pm–10pm. 5680 8100. hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au
■ SEADUCTION. Modern Australian. Be seduced by Seaduction’s seafront location at Peppers Soul Surfers. The elegant restaurant is a class above with executive chef James Fiske cooking up an impressive menu using his extensive experience at international five-star hotels. The menu is ably complemented by an intimate wine-tasting room, private dining room and bar.
Level 2, Soul Surfers Paradise, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. Breakfast daily 7am–10.30am, lunch Tue–sat 12pm–2.30pm, dinner Tue–sat 6.30pm–9.30pm. 5635 5728. seaduction.com.au
SEASCAPE RESTAURANT & BAR. Modern Australian/seafood.
This multi-level venue offers modern seafood menus, and amazing water views, perched above Surfers Paradise on the Soul Boardwalk. With a focus on excellence the restaurant offers six fresh fish species daily, while the bistro has a mouthwatering share menu in a casual setting.
4 The Esplanade, Soul Boardwalk, Surfers Paradise. Daily lunch from 12pm, dinner from 5.30pm. 5527 6655. seascape.com.au
■ YAMAGEN. Japanese. Yamagen at QT Gold Coast has recreated a traditional Japanese izakaya with authentic Japanese cuisine and cutting-edge cocktails. The Yamagen experience spans three unique spaces: the Bar, Table-seki and the Sushi Counter. Highlights include the pan-fried wagyu beef gyoza; salt and pepper tempura squid with soy chilli kewpie; a heart-warming bowl of Soba Dragon, a hot chilli kake based soup with buckwheat noodles and garlic prawns; or a selection of skewers from the famed kushi-yaki grill such as tebasaki chicken wings, miso black cod, Moreton Bay baby squid or local pork belly.
Daily Tue–sun from 5pm. QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. 5584 1200. qtgoldcoast.com.au
Garden Kitchen & Bar. Photo: Remco Photography.
De Vito Waterfront.
Hard Rock Café.