We’re pretty spoilt on the Gold Coast with an average of 245 warm and sunny days a year and a laughable 100 days of 'winter'. However, as soon as those temperatures drop, you'll be diving into your doona and pulling on your scarf and UGG boots quick smart.
To make sure you’re as warm as can be, we’ve found the top spots to get souped up this season.
Soup might not be the popular choice at your local Chinese restaurant but at SIFU, it’s a must-taste. In particular the Hot and Sour Seafood Soup with Mooloolaba prawns, squid, scallops, shiitake mushrooms and carrots is to die for and will certainly warm those chilly insides.
Where: Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and First Ave, Surfers Paradise
It’s a well known fact that Irish people are quite fond of soups and stews filled with tons of meat and veggies to keep their energy up for those epic Guinness drinking sessions. As expected the team at D'arcy Arms serve up a mean traditional Irish Stew, served with crusty bread. It’s perfect for those chilly nights to be sure, to be sure.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise (between Aubrey and Frederick Streets)
The Sandwich Bros
The best soup you’ll find on a budget, The Sandwich Bros are serving up the goods for a measly $8 a bowl with a side of crusty bread. Could there be anything better? They change their flavours up daily and have featured the likes of pumpkin and potato and bacon of late. Run don’t walk.
Where: 38 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (the Gold Coast Highway end)
While bone broth might not be something you’d usually go for, it's actually pretty damn good plus its super healthy and the best immune booster you'll find this winter. Grab a cup for on the go or stock up your pantry and by a saver pack for the whole family.
Where: 5/2623 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach (opposite Pacific Fair)
With a seasonal menu to delight every taste, Elk Espresso has of course, brought their a-game for winter. Right now they’re offering a Butternut Pumpkin soup with walnut dukkah and crispy kale. Pair it with a Hot Chocolate Sphere and you’ve got yourself the perfect winter wonder.
Where: 16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach
Double Barrel Kitchen
For an intriguing twist on the humble soup head to Double Barrel Kitchen. Their version is a Gumbo Cob from the Chefs’ family recipe book. It’s Creole Chicken Broth with Cajun spices, chicken okra, chopped chorizo, veggies and rice served INSIDE a crusty cob loaf. What more could you want this winter?
Where: 64 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters
Bine Bar & Dining
Tuesday night is ramen night at Bine. The Nobbys favourite has teamed up with I like ramen, a local food truck serving only vegan ramen, which has become a huge hit amongst both veggie and meat lovers. Get down there for a beer a bowl of soup, it’s the ultimate winter combination.
Where: 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach
The Fish House
If you’re keen to splurge on a spectacular soup, The Fish House is the place to go. A crowd favourite is their super tasty Lemony Fish Soup with John Dory, dill and extra virgin olive oil. Get a group together and go for the banquet because who could ever stop at soup!
Where: 50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Allure on Currumbin
Overlooking the water in beautiful Currumbin, Allure has been a fine dining favourite amongst Gold Coasters forever. Their cuisine is five-star, rivalled only by an extensive wine menu. A Blue Swimmer Crab Bisque earns them a place here and it is both tasty beyond belief and aesthetically perfect.
Where: 136 Duringan St, Currumbin
By Kirra Smith