Could it be? Is Surfers Paradise slowly returning to being a hot spot?
Ask almost any local and they well tell you Surfers Paradise is a ‘no-no zone’ on most occasions, but we think it may be turning into into the next ‘YAAS’ neighbourhood, and quickly.
Sure the Meter Maids still strut the streets in their gold bikinis and tourists still stop in the middle of traffic to take a photo, but trust me, it’s coming around.
Here’s your proof- Latitude 28 opened last week in the smack dab middle of Cavill Ave and is attracting a more sophisticated crowd. Stepping away from the $10 fish baskets their competitors are serving, Latitude 28 has added a little class and a lotta good food to the formerly blah stretch of Surfers.
Picking up on the light and beachy decor that is so hot right now, its got that Tommy Bahama/ Hamptons feel that we are all in love with and is a breath of fresh air for Cavill Ave. Dangling light fixtures made of rope, light wood tables, a killer teal-blue bar and plenty of architectural detail makes Latitude 28 an impressive date night spot. Speaking of, what’s better than a pretty restaurant with GREAT people watching (immediate inside jokes)?
But as we all know, a pretty restaurant only goes so far on the Gold Coast. What matters most is the food, so lets dig in. During the cheeky Inside Gold Coast tasting, we made our way through the menu trying the house favourites.
We started with owner Arthur de Snoo’s favourite, the Pan-fried Scallops on a bed of sweet potato puree. Arthur (who is also the owner of the Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe, which you may recall has ridiculously good pancakes), was spot on with proclaiming the scallops as his favourite. They were one of our favourites too. We tried a handful of other things like the Beef Carpaccio, Tasmanian Salmon Fillet served with dill butter, Lamb Fillets Wellington #Swoon #SeriousSwoon and a handfulof sides like salad, roasted potatoes, fresh veggies, and chips. We also tried an array of desserts including, but not limited to, Banana Cream Brûlée, Strawberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Key Lime Pie. The Key Lime took home the dessert win, but Banana Cream Brûlée came in at a close second. Next time we go we are defiantly going to try the Fruit Poo (hehehe).
Other notable items on the menu included the Bourbon Beef Ribs, Chicken Breast Roulade and Prawn Bush Curry. Taking a sneaky look at the other tables, the salads looked amazing too. The Asian Duck Breast salad is high on the lunch must-try list!
Latitude 28 shares a lunch/dinner menu, but has a separate breakfast menu. From several meals at the Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe and our tasting of the Latitude 28 lunch/dinner menu, I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be really delish!
Open 7 days a week to fulfil all your breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas and cocktail needs.
Oh, and with this weekends big Surfers Paradise Live event, its the perfect chance to check Latitude 28 out! It’s prime location for the event means its bound to fill up, so you may want to book a table! :) Here’s the number 07 5504 6087
Cavill Avenue Mall Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
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By Marleigh Kelly