RE­LAXED AND SO­PHIS­TI­CATED DIN­ING

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

Renowned Syd­ney chef Alex Munoz Labart and his wife, Karla, re­lo­cated to the Gold Coast for a seachange last year.

And with them they’ve brought all the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the elite chef ’s Syd­ney pedi­gree and lay­ered it on to the Gold Coast’s re­laxed life­style.

In do­ing so, Res­tau­rant Labart’s ethos is sim­ple, sus­tain­able and sea­sonal.

The 60-seat venue features an im­pres­sive open-plan, char­coal grill-equipped kitchen, giv­ing all the dishes a smoky com­po­nent.

The prep-heavy kitchen gives way to a re­laxed evening team, al­low­ing them to bring an el­e­ment of the­atre to the din­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

The front-of-house team – led by the af­fa­ble Karla – are just as re­laxed. It’s like din­ing with old friends.

The share-style menu is modern Aus­tralian, in­spired heav­ily by Euro­pean tech­niques.

Think a de­lec­ta­ble beef tartare with sun-dried toma­toes ($18), charred car­rots in a creamy hazel­nut sauce topped with comte ($12), or a smoky blue-eye trevalla with herb sauce ($36).

And you can’t go past the pommes anna, served with smoked sour cream, chives and kombu ($15), but be sure to save a lit­tle room to in­dulge in the choc-hazel­nut mousse with pop­corn ice cream ($15).

The drinks list is con­cise, with wines from bou­tique Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional wine­mak­ers, in­clud­ing an em­pha­sis on biodynamic and nat­u­ral wines.

For Alex and Karla, the food is just as im­por­tant as the ex­pe­ri­ence, and it shows.

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