RELAXED AND SOPHISTICATED DINING
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.