Adam Dundas-Taylor is the local Executive Chef who has rubbed shoulders with some of the culinary world’s greatest, but the Gold Coast is lucky to have him home. From working long hours at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in his earlier years, to serving London’s finest at Nobu Mayfair (rated the 10th best restaurant in the world at the time) and even cooking at Elton John’s wedding, Adam has quite the envious resume. But Adam wanted to pursue his own passions, so made the decision to relocate his family to Bali in 2013 and open the swanky Latin American restaurant Barbacoa, quickly followed by FireCue in Nobby’s Beach on the Coast. While Adam made the decision to close FireCue (much to the disappointment of those who ventured weekly for Adam’s expertise in charcoal grilled meat), we are excited to now see him join the Miss Moneypenny’s kitchen team as Executive Chef in Broadbeach. So we sat down for a chat with Adam on his recent appointment and to enquire if his specialty charcoal grill meat dishes would also be introduced to the Miss Moneypenny’s menu.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
Since my late teens..
What do you love most about living here?
I like the pace of the Gold Coast, relaxed yet there’s always something happening and changing, it’s also a family orientated locations and the food scene here is ever evolving.
You’ve recently joined forces with Miss Moneypenny’s, how did that come about?
I was in conversations with Director Ben Walsh when Miss Moneypenny’s was still in its construction stage, however at the time I was in Europe and contracted to consult for restaurants in Mexico, so my overseas commitments did not allow me to be in contention for Executive Chef role of The Good Time Group. After I returned to the coast, Ben reapproached me to fill in and consult as they were filling the position. However, I really enjoy working in these beautiful spaces, with the best sourced products and the challenge of running two very different menus servicing both Miss Moneypennys and Fat Freddy’s Diner so much, that I have now formerly accepted the role of Executive Chef and I couldn’t be happier.
Talk us through the new menu you’ve created?
Miss Moneypenny’s transpired in Noosa seven years ago and our regular returning guests know us best for modern Mediterranean share plates, award-winning cocktails and world-class pizzas. I am enjoying this space and bringing my influence of BBQ fired dishes with a large showcase of seafood and sensational locally sourced produce.
Do you have a favourite new dish?
I’m really excited to launch our new Fish Pie, it’s taken me a long time to perfect! It is very unique and it’s a Sri Lankan-style fish curry, subtle in flavour yet so very tasty!
How does the rest of 2020 look for you?
Very busy. Miss Moneypenny’s has already established a cult following at Noosa and now on the Gold Coast.
Tell us about your career as one of Australia’s most renowned chefs, how did you get to where you are?
I have travelled the world tasting and being influenced by all different cuisines. I guess I just naturally progressed. I’ve always loved my roles, I really enjoy the challenge of running a kitchen team, delivering beautiful dishes and being an Executive Chef.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast:
Cafe for breakfast: Upstairs at Wildernis Cafe & Bar overlooking the ocean in Palm Beach. Great spot to start your day. What a view!
Restaurant for dinner: I’m a family man, so I do like a family restaurant, Gemelli is always a hit with the kids and if I’m taking my beautiful wife out for dinner, we do like a night out at Mamasan.
How does your weekend usually look: (Chef laughs) Like the inside of Miss Moneypenny’s kitchen!
The wait is finally over Gold Coasters, famed Sunshine Coast venue Miss Moneypenny’s has opened her doors in Broadbeach this week and it’s the very good news we need right now.
The stunning, fine-dining (without the fuss) restaurant can be found underneath Avani on Surf Pde and right next door to the also-very-new Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner and it’s one you’re going to want to experience at the earliest possible opportunity.
Upon entering you’ll be met with a pared back aesthetic, both sophisticated and cosy and perfectly curated for dining experiences from breakfast through to late night snacking.
The interior is made up of low leather chairs set against plush, cushiony booths you could nap in for days. A wooden wave-style ceiling and a stone-backed bar, beautifully lit and stocked with premium tipples are the most eye-catching features and the entire space comes together as what can best be described as sleek, beachside chic. We’re in love.
There’s an outdoor area in the front and The Rimini Room (an equally stunning private dining room) can be found tucked away at the back.
The menu, by acclaimed Aussie Chef Braden White who once headed up hatted Brisbane restaurant Stokehouse Q and was the Executive Chef at Noosa’s multi-award winning Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant, is as exceptional as you’d expect.
Filled with all the very best options from bar bites to pizzas, entrees, mains, sides and desserts, you’ll want to go back time and time again to taste it all.
If you’re in a snacking mood (us, always) you absolutely must order the Mushroom Fritters, Chargrilled Ora King Salmon Stick, Green Pea Croquette and the Doughnut of Smoked Crème Fraiche (life changing) because they are quite simply, taste sensations.
For entrée, the Oakey Beef Tartare with torched gochujang, garlic custard and chilli threads. It’s the best we’ve ever sampled.
Because we love the concept of share-style dishes (and want to eat everything) we recommend the Social Share Dining section and in particular the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with spicy chermoula, burnt lemon, chilli oil and watercress. It is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
If sharing isn’t your thing (fair), don’t go past the Coral Coast Barramundi. It not only looks mind-blowing, it tastes mind-blowing with clam and potato puree, warrigal greens and wood sorrel.
The breakfast menu is equally impressive with tasty dishes the likes of which you’ve never had the pleasure of coming across before now.
Of course, everything Chef White and the Miss Moneypenny’s team touches turns to gold so there isn’t a dish on the menu we couldn’t eat every single day forever.
Cocktail-wise, prepare for something really special. There are MANY to choose from including a selction of Miss Moneypenny’s favourites, sparkling cocktails, an array of gin and tonics, The 80’s Cruise Ship set and a House Crafted section and they’re all exceptional.
In case you’re wondering, we’d choose the Kombucha Spritz with Aperol, kombucha, lemon, passionfruit, prosecco and thyme because fresh and oh so delicious.
All in all, Miss Moneypenny’s is one of the most exciting restaurants that’s opened on the Coast probably ever and we have no doubt you’re going to love it as much as we do.
Go for breakfast, stay until bedtime is our plan.
LOCATION: 50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
HOURS: 9am until 12am daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
There are very few things in life that are better than kicking back in the sunshine with your best girls (and guys) by your side and a sweet cocktail in hand.
Of course, you also need to be wearing your favourite outfit and all those things are best enjoyed in a spot that also serves up excellent eats, should you feel the need for those too (which you will).
Surprise. We’ve found the very best spot to do exactly that and double surprise, it’s right here on our very own sparkly shores. Broadbeach, in fact.
Miss Moneypenny’s is the spot, found on Surf Parade in the heart of it all and oozing ever-present good vibes. The latest of which, comes with a side of oysters & spritzers.
Oh how we love spritzers.
The team at Miss Moneypenny’s have recently launched Spritzer Sessions which is a) all of the things we mentioned above and b) the very best idea we’ve heard in a long time.
Every weekday afternoon from 3pm until 5pm you can head on into the Broady fave and sip specialty spritzers to your hearts content.
There are four to choose from and they are (in order of the one we’d love to sip first) Paloma Spritz, Passionade Spritz and Limoncello Spritz and of course, Aperol Spritz, if those don’t scream summer, we don’t know what does.
Combine that good time with a dozen oysters, where you can get either natural with lemon or Eschalot Pearl Mignonette for just $2 each and that’s your week made, every single week.
Oh and if you’re keen to kick on, which you will be after many spritzers, the team at Miss Moneypenny’s are launching a brand new menu by Gold Coast hospitality God Adam Dundas-Taylor and it’s going to be absolutely next-level.
How exciting is all of that.
Gather the crew and let them know they’re in for a very good time.
LOCATION: 50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
HOURS: Oyster + Spritzer Sessions run from 3pm until 5pm weekdays
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
If you haven’t noticed already, Winter is officially here on the Gold Coast. The temperatures have dropped dramatically, and it’s high time to pull out your finest wintery gear — you know the stuff we’re talking about, the clothes you’ve lovingly been eyeing for the last nine months, but it wasn’t nearly cold enough for. Whilst you’re at it, how does a good old campfire sound? However, camping isn’t for everyone. So, if you prefer sleeping in your own bed and your dinner and clothes smoke-free, make a booking and snuggle up with a glass of red at one of these Gold Coast establishments with a crackling fireplace included (yes, we do have some!).
The swankiest fireplace to be found in and around the central Gold Coast belongs to this Broadbeach fine dining favourite. The beautiful decor by renowned designer Paul Kelly Design is an Instagrammer’s dream, but while there is plenty for your eyes to feast upon, the grand looking fireplace is the real treat here. Treat yourself to any one of their lavish cocktails, or for an authentic winter’s evening experience, grab a whiskey and submerge yourself in a velvet chair stat.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
The Polish Place
The beloved Polish Place at Mount Tamborine has been through a lot in recent times. Completely rebuilt from the ground up following a devastating tragedy, we are so glad owners Phil & Ania were unequivocally committed to bringing back the best Polish food and hospitality around. The beautifully restored fireplace sits pride of place in their dining room, essentially there to warm your soul while you devour the eats and take in the spectacular view.
Where: 333 Main Western Road, Mount Tamborine
We love a good old pub with a bit of charm, and with some of the best wood-fired BBQ meats around, this one is always on our repeat hit list. But why keep the wood fire in the kitchen? This modest family business has since 1995 been serving up all the wood-fired meats, craft beers and wine, right next to a big open fireplace, of course. That is if you can claim a seat beside it!
Where: 64 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, D’Arcy Arms Irish Pub has been serving hearty Irish meals for over 30 years — a testament to their popularity amongst tourists and locals alike. While our winters are just a tad warmer than Ireland’s — ok, a lot warmer — we are still thankful they decided to bestow upon us a crackling, open fireplace to gather around over a Guinness or three. Take full advantage of their fireplace and book your Christmas in July for the full Euro-winter effect.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
The Wine Barrel
It must be said, nothing else makes you feel as warm and fuzzy inside as a glass of wine next to an open fire, meaning The Wine Barrel in Mudgeeraba has seriously got its priorities in order. This tapas and wine bar is a family-owned and run hidden treasure, featuring some of the best tapas and share platters the Gold Coast has seen. So, grab a couple of mates and proceed to devour serious eats, next to the fireplace naturally…
Where: 8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
Ok, this one is in the name. Still, the fine-looking Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is home to a restaurant rightly named The Fireplace, and yes, you guessed it: it does indeed have an impressive fireplace within the dining room that is also used for cooking. But don’t just go for the roaring embers; the menu features locally sourced cuisine, a 300-strong wine library and a delightful wine-matched degustation. This is serious date night material, maybe even staying overnight wouldn’t be the worst idea you’ve ever had! There’s even a second fireplace located in the foyer at the Verandah Restaurant and Bar that you can cosy on up to with one of their 50 whiskies.
Where: Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
Words by Alex Mitcheson.