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
■ 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. 5575 1000. 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 8130. 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. 1800 074 344. star.com.au/goldcoast
MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT. 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. Daily lunch and dinner. 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 in 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 wine matching from the sommelier available. 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. room81.com.au
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–9.30pm. 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–10pm. 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 Daisuk Miyake 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 Thu–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. Daily 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–9.30pm. 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 onan 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
PANCAKES ON THE ROCKS MERMAID BEACH. Modern Australian.
At Pancakes On The Rocks there’s something for the whole family, including hearty breakfasts, cheesy nachos and meals for the kids for under $10. It’s even a haven for Pokemon Go fans! With a gym inside the restaurant you can fuel up while you battle on. For something sweet you can’t go past the Coco Berry, chocolate pancakes with coconut, cream and vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis…it’s a perfect match!
2488 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach. Mon–thu 7.30am–9pm, Fri 7.30am–10pm, Sat 7am–10pm, Sun 7am–9pm. 5526 6274. pancakesontherocks.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
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
PANCAKES ON THE ROCKS SURFERS PARADISE. Modern Australian.
Pancakes On The Rocks will keep the whole family happy from its beautiful beachside location in Surfers Paradise. There’s so much more than just their delicious pancakes, including flavoursome pizzas, ribeye steak and meals for the kids for under $10. For Pokemon Go fans this is the place to be! There are Pokestops right outside the restaurant so you can fuel up both your game and your appetite!
4 The Esplanade, Shop T1.31 (inside the Soul Boardwalk), Surfers Paradise. Daily 7am–10.30pm. 5570 6250. pancakesontherocks.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. Their central location in Australia’s hottest international destination makes Hard Rock Café the perfect place to eat, drink, and unwind during your trip. Their 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 winetasting room, private dining room and bar.
Level 2, Soul Surfers Paradise, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. Breakfast daily 7am–10.30am, lunch Tue–sun 12pm–2.30pm, dinner Tue–sat 6.30pm–9.30pm. 5635 5728. seaduction.com.au
SEASCAPE RESTAURANT & BAR. Modern Australian/seafood.
This multilevel 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 RESTAURANT. Japanese Teppanyaki.
Yamagen Restaurant at QT Gold Coast is home to the finest Teppanyaki chefs on the coast. Dine on delicious Moreton bay bugs, fresh King prawns, chicken breast, Atlantic salmon, kangaroo and tofu. Be entertained as their talented chefs prepare your meal and put on a show right in front of your eyes. Sushi is also their speciality as their sushi masters prepare sushi fresh daily using the finest produce.
QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Dinner Tue–sat. 5584 1238. qtgoldcoast.com.au