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13 spots to sip for Negroni Week

Get excited friends, it’s Negroni Week (until June 30th) which means bulk tasty cocktails for a good cause. What a revelation. A percentage of profits from Negronis sold across the Coast will be donated to charities of the venues’ choice so you can feel good about your hard earned dollar going to someone who will most certainly appreciate it.

Here’s a list of spots participating (from north to south) so you can plan your week accordingly.

Can Tho Kitchen
A Vietnamese feast is never a bad idea, particularly when you can drink all the guilt free Negronis along with it. Can Tho is a share plate style establishment with some of the best food about, and their Negroni special is made up of Four Pillars gin, Applewood Red Okar and Vermouth with, of course, an orange twist. These guys are supporting OzHarvest.
Where: 5/465 Oxley Dr, Runaway Bay 

Pearls Bar
Enjoy a Classic Negroni for the special price of $15 at Pearls Bar in the Sheraton Mirage. For every Classic Negroni sold, Sheraton Grand Mirage will donate $1 to OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Bulk Negronis for everyone!
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Stingray Bar
Not only are you guaranteed a good time at Stingray, you can also get a sweet selection of specialty Negronis at Stingray this week. They’ve got four exciting options on offer including our personal fave, the Rumgroni. Made with rum (clearly) and all the usual suspects, it’s a party in your mouth. The gang at Stingray are supporting Surfrider Foundation.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

The Island Gold Coast
The rooftop is where it’s at for Negroni Week at The Island Gold Coast. There’ll be good times galore, a tasty Negroni or two and donations to Surfrider Foundation. If a party is what you’re after, you’ll definitely find it at The Island Gold Coast.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Edgewater Dining + Lounge Bar
Edgewater is waterfront dining at its finest. Inspired by modern Australia cuisine, with a twist of Italian-style cooking, the menu is divine and the waterviews are even better. Settle in for a sophisticated dining experience with a Negroni in hand in support of OzHarvest.
Where: 15-21 Via Roma Isle Of Capri, Surfers Paradise

Mario’s Italian Restaurant
More Italian goodness can be found at this authentic Italian gem in Broadbeach. They’ve been around for quite a long time and it’s a testament to their tasty eats and service with a smile. Sit at the mall and watch the people pass by as you sip your Negroni. Mario’s are supporting OzHarvest and they’re a premium donor so make sure you drop in and give them some love.
Where: 12 Charles Ave, Broadbeach

Eddy + Wolff
Our favourite little Robina eatery tucked away in back streets and bringing all the tasty goodies, Eddy + Wolff, is also joining the Negroni Week team and serving up their exceptional Pho-Groni with an Archie Rose gin and Antica formula and Campari infused with a secret herbs and spices concoction. One of the best around and supporting OzHarvest.
Where: 217-219 Ron Penhaligon Drive, Robina 

Etsu Izakaya
The tastiest Japanese food in the land can and should be accompanied by a Negroni or three throughout this entire week. We highly recommend sampling the Miso Cod and probably some Karaage Chicken to fill your tummy while downing all the tipples. The guys are supporting Little Free Library who increase access to books in communities across the world. Which we absolutely love.
Where: 2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

The Cambus Wallace
The super chill legends at Cambus Wallace are, of course, on board for a week filled with tasty tipples. Featured specials include the Caribbean Negroni, Islay Negroni,
Strawberry Shrub Negroni and the Barrel-aged Negroni, all of which are welcome in our mouths. The CW crew are donating to Surfrider Foundation, a group of folks dedicated to protecting our oceans. Love.
Where: 2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Justin Lane
You’ll want a pizza Justin Lanes Negroni good times. Geddit? Right, well you will and also some actual pizza and maybe some pasta too. Sit yourself up on the rooftop and enjoy the views and rest easy in the knowledge that you’re supporting a good cause.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads 

Burleigh Pavilion
The beachside beauty is getting involved in celebrations with their own tasty take on the Negroni. It’s got Applewood Gin, Okar Amaro and Regal Rogue Vermouth and is best enjoyed on a balmy afternoon with the girls, overlooking the ocean. Or anytime, but we know you love an ocean view with you cocktails. Same. Burleigh Pavilion supporting the Surfrider Foundation too.
Where: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads

The Scottish Prince
Palmy’s favourite bar is getting in on the action and it’s sure to be epic times for everyone. Tuck yourself into a side booth at The Scottish Prince and order a charcuterie platter (trust us) and a Negroni and you may never want to leave. The low lit, chill vibes mean no-one will be paying attention to how many drinks you’re consuming. What a time. Supporting the Surfrider Foundation.
Where: Shop 27, 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach 

baskk at Kirra Point
Southern belle baskk at Kirra Point have created a menu filled with many a unique Negroni for the week so you can pop in a couple of times to make sure you taste them all. While you’re there, grab some share plates or a wood-fired pizza and soak up the salty ocean breeze. It’s also quite the Insta-worthy spot so frock up and frolic with the crew. baskk is supporting OzHarvest.
Where: Shop 2, Beach House Plaza, 52-58 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith

Eddy + Wolff

They say good things come to those who wait and that certainly seems to be the case for the good people of Robina who have (probably) been waiting quite some time for an eatery of newbie Eddy +Wolff’s calibre.

The not-quite-open space has been the talk of the town for the last couple of months with owners Thao and Vien Nguyen (of Can Tho Kitchen fame) keeping tight-lipped on the location and style of venue. But it’s a secret no more with the intimate eatery set to open on Wednesday March 27th and here’s the low down for your learning pleasure.

You’ll find Eddy + Wolff in the midst of bustling Robina, just slightly out of the way and bringing all your Asian food dreams to life. The space, a former Laundromat, has been absolutely transformed into a chic, 22-seat venue with a curved, polished concrete ceiling, a neon sign reading ‘I love drinking beer’ (written in Chinese Mandarin, which is amazing) and a pink velvet corner bench seat we would give up everything we own for.

You can perch up at the bar, with iron shelves holding many a bottle of delightful spirits hanging overhead or, at said pink velvet couch underneath the front window. It’s all very edgy and understated and, to be honest, one of the most beautiful fitouts we’ve come across in our local travels.

Having taken over and transformed Can Tho Kitchen (from Thao’s Mum) in 2014, the pair were keen to create something quite different for the Coast. Eddy + Wolff is a combination of their travels throughout Asia and, a trip to sample many a Melbourne eatery, and it is indeed unlike anything else around these parts.

Eddy + Wolff (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Eddy + Wolff (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

The menu is made up of BBQ-style dishes, snacks, bigger plates and sides, all of which are designed to share and hail from Thao and Vien’s home country of Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea to name a few.

Don’t go past the Vietnamese-style Pork Collar, Korean BBQ Quail (with a bit of a spicy kick) and the Isaan Tofu Salad with Kaffir lime and sweet and sour caramel. All absolute taste sensations.

Isaan Tofu Salad

The wine list is tight, curated to match the menu perfectly and featuring a select few Canberra beauties because Canberra, friends, is the city where the couple met and Eddy and Wolff are the streets they lived on at that time.

There are just four cocktails on offer and we highly recommend Peace to the East with Jinzu gin, maraschino liqueur, Yuzu lime juice and cucumber. Fresh and zesty.

All your favourite Asian beers, and a few local ones, are on offer too and a very tasty Lychee cider that can’t be found anywhere else locally. YUM.

As always, you may choose your own adventure in the dish department or go with The Lucky Eight set menu ($40 for lunch and $45 for dinner), which is made up of two dishes from each section of the menu – BBQ, snacks, a bit bigger and side dishes. Such good value.

Oh and, quite the fans of meaningful little touches everywhere, the team have created a sweet menu that features both an illustrated cityscape of the spots they’ve travelled and also little speech bubbles with words like ‘love’, ‘tradition’, BBQ, and ‘spicy’ in many languages, dotted throughout.

So you see, good things really do come to those who wait. We’ll be in Robina if you need us.

Korean BBQ Quail

LOCATION: 12-217/219 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
HOURS: Wednesday 5pm until 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 12pm until 2pm and 5pm until 10pm and Sunday 12pm until 2pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Vietnamese-style Pork Collar

Burleigh Pavilion

sunday session
Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

We would venture to say Burleigh Heads is one of the most-loved places on Earth and for (very) good reason. A stunning coastline, world-class surf break, a breathtaking national park and, to top it all off, five star eateries. Plus, every single person there is wandering around with a big old smile on their face at all times – obviously.

And just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, up pops a brand new venue to take the Gold Coast dining scene to a whole new level. Yes friends, Burleigh Pavilion is open and it is even more delightful than we could have imagined.

As of late December, the much-anticipated venue threw open their doors to hordes of absolutely thrilled locals (and many visitors) who it seems have been waiting for this moment their entire lives and same to be honest.

You can find the Pavilion at the base of Burleigh Hill, right on the sand and overlooking not only Burleigh beach but also the entire northern Gold Coast coastline. It’s the epitome of beachfront good times and perfectly at home in our beloved Burleigh.

You’ll enter up a set of stairs and, once inside, come face to face with the Chefs doing their thing for the good of hungry people everywhere. To your left is The Tropic, the sit down dining section of the establishment and, to your right, The Terrace, a more casual, walk-in-off-the-beach-with-sandy-feet style of venue. What a treat.

The Tropic is all pastel pinks, mustards and greens with stunning stone tables with plants popping out of rattan baskets a pink tiled bar that’ll see you taking Insta-snaps for days. Of course, a deck juts out over the ocean and, with fairy lights strung overhead and the calming lull of the ocean right below; you probably won’t ever want to leave.

Across the way, another open-air section backs onto the kitchen so you can either watch the Chefs at work or gaze out over the ocean through the big old windows while occasionally popping over to the Pavilion Bar for a refreshing tipple.

To the right, The Terrace is exactly that, an outdoor area (yes you can still go there if it’s raining) with big white umbrellas, stunning stone high tables and striped seating yep, all overlooking the ocean and with the Beach Bar at your back.

Each section boasts its own unique vibe but they all come together to create a vintage look that is also modern and sophisticated but relaxed and understated and pretty much pure perfection if you ask us. Big love.

 

Food-wise The Tropic is where you want to be for an à la carte, Mediterranean style feast with standouts like the Seafood Platter, Giant Octopus and Wood Fired Pig Doughnut (just try it) the absolute must-trys. In terms of cocktails, The Tropic are the masters of creative concoctions and we recommend The Palms and The Pineapple Plantation.

At The Terrace, you’ll indulge in more of a casual eating situation with burgers, wood-fired pizzas, nachos, fish and chips and the like the name of the game. Perfect for a feast after a day of salt water and sunshine, washed down with an icy cold beer of course. Oh and you can also get to The Terrace via a set of stairs on the Burleigh Hill side of the building so that’s useful if you can’t wait a second longer for said feast and icy cold beer. That’ll be us.

So there you have it, Burleigh Pavilion has graced us with its’ presence and we are absolutely here for it.

Long live summer on the Gold Coast, what a time to be alive.

The Tropic is taking bookings now so get on in there.

LOCATION: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads (you won’t miss it)
HOURS: 12pm to 12am daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

The Scottish Prince

Ahoy mateys, we found some treasure. A new venue has dropped anchor in Palm Beach and it’s all your whiskey-loving, cheese board fantasies brought to life.

The Scottish Prince is brought to you by the salty seadogs who gifted us Cambus Wallace so prepare to be transported back in time (again).

The sneaky side entrance opens to a dimly lit space reminiscent of a ships cabin (minus the drunk pirates and plus an impressive whiskey bar). Vintage memorabilia fills every corner, from battered books to long-ago-guzzled booze bottles and art-filled walls that will have you wandering around in wide-eyed awe.

As you’d expect from the nautical newbie, the bar is the star of the show, packed with over 150 varieties of whiskey taking up 90% of the shelf space.

The cocktail list is similarly impressive made up of an array of shipping-themed bevvies even the crustiest of captains will get involved in. For its name alone, the Betrayal and Mutiny in Manhattan is a must-try concocted with Woodford Rye, Espirit de Figues, Seppeltsfield Grand Tawny and Cinnamon Tincture stirred down and served with pear and blue cheese. Epic.

The dinner menu is share-style and every meal kicks off with the softest of sourdough from Burleigh Baker. From there, it’s choose your own adventure with everything from Sirloin Steak with truffle gherkins, golden shallots and red wine jus to Garlic Rosemary Roasted Brussel Sprouts gracing the menu.

Without a doubt though, the most enticing dish is Walk the Plank – a charcuterie board filled with everything that’s good about the world – truffle salami, MANY varieties of top quality cheese, cornichons, pickled fennel, olives, you name it. You’d probably send your own Grandmother off the plank for this one fam.

Oh and in a move not seen anywhere else, you can make your own magic by selecting individual meats and cheeses to build a custom board. STOP. IT.

Fun fact: The Scottish Prince is named after a ship that ran aground in the Southport seaway in 1887. Unsurprisingly, the majority of its cargo was cartons of whiskey. Today it’s a popular local dive spot but we’ll stick to the dry, un-sharky, alcohol-filled bar thank you very much.

Seeya there sailors.

LOCATION: 1176 Gold Coast Hwy (under 8th Ave Terrace), Palm Beach
HOURS: 5pm to 12am Tuesday to Thursday and 4pm to 12am Friday to Sunday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

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