Whoever invented the buffet is our hero. Wait, we’ll check on who it was (dramatic pause doesn’t really work here does it).
Anyway, the smörgåsbord (same, same) became internationally known as ‘smorgasbord’ at the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibition because the Swedes had to invent a new way of showcasing the best of Swedish food to large numbers of visitors. How fun.
The point is buffets (and smorgasbords) are amazing and we’ve got quite a few exceptional ones right here on the Gold Coast. Here they are from north to south. Happy binge eating.
Frenzy’s Food Court
Catering to the entire family Frenzy’s at Southport Sharks is open for dinner and offers an extensive buffet selection featuring dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers a tasty range of meats, salads, international dishes and desserts, all available from 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday’s personally served by the chefs directly from the buffet.
Where: Olsen Ave & Musgrave Ave, Southport
It’s a quality over quantity affair at Palazzo Versace’s Il Barocco. The team use the very best, locally sourced seafood and the aim of the game is to create a fresh, diverse looking buffet. Besides exceptional seafood, there are both hot and cold meats, vegetarian dishes and the prettiest dessert section. Treat yourself why don’t you. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Palazzo Versace, 94 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
It’s a seafood buffet extravaganza in Main Beach and, having tried and tested this one ourselves recently, we can tell you it’s got all the very best things. Yes, fresh seafood galore but also a whole charcuterie section, an excellent Asian dish section and MANY delicious desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Level 1, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
One of the most beautifully presented buffets around is Citrique at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. They are renowned for a next-level, seasonal seafood selection and it is the goods. Every dish you could possibly want is available at Citrique including yum cha, sushi, curries, antipasto, European dishes and specialty dishes you’ll absolutely love. It’s open for breakfast and dinner daily and lunch Saturday and Sunday.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
We would like to boldly state that QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar is one of the best buffets in the world and if you have not been, there is no excuse that will suffice. The chefs create made to order dishes right in front of your eyes and there are pizzas, fresh and cooked seafood, slow roasted meats, epic salads, an Asian food section and the best dessert offering on the Coast. It’s an absolute must-try and open for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith