Restau­rants in Re­view

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■ 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. bavar­i­an­bier­


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. drac­u­

■ 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.­coast

■ 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.­coast


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. mar­ios­restau­


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. maxrestau­

■ 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.


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. saf­

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. sager­estau­ ■ 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. so­cialeat­ing­ ■ 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. tep­pan­


■ 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. the­fish­


■ 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. cavssteak­


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.

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. ■ 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. palaz­zover­



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. pan­cakeson­the­


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. blackan­gus­barand­


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. edge­wa­ter­


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.


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. pan­cakeson­the­

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.

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. hilton­surferspar­

■ 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.

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.

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. qt­gold­

Mario’s Italian Restau­rant.

So­cial Eat­ing House. Photo: Tiana Tem­ple­man.

Ris­torante Fellini.

Hard Rock Café.

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