Adam Haralampou

No doubt you’ve had the pleasure of setting foot inside one of Adam Haralampou’s ridiculously popular establishments. He’s the brains behind Justin Lane, Harry’s Steak Bistro and Mr Bengel and how grateful are we to have his genius in our lives.

We sat down for a chat with Adam about his passion for pizza and why a little healthy competition is a good thing.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been a local my entire life!

What do you love most about living here?
The fact that you can be in the hinterland and 10 minutes later you’re swimming at the beach.

How did Justin Lane come about?|
I have a passion for pizza and saw there was a need for something in the Burleigh market. Next up was Harry’s and then Mr Bengel.

Where do the ideas for such unique venues come from?
Harry’s came from a need to have a high quality steak experience for a low price point. This hadn’t been done beforehand. Harry is my grandfather’s name who was a passionate foodie and beef eater so it made sense to name the venue in honour of him.

What’s your favourite drink or dish from each?
Justin Lane: seafood pizza, Stone & Wood lager, Harry’s: scotch fillet and frites and a glass of Shiraz, Mr Bengel: green smoothie and bacon and eggs.

How do you feel about the Coast’s rapidly expanding foodie scene?
I think it’s great! Good competition is great and will lift the benchmark of all venues.

What’s been your journey to get to where you are?
The whole experience has been an adventure. The ups and downs go hand in hand but the continual journey is the adventure.

Do you have anything new in the pipeline?
Not for the moment. Enjoying what I have.

What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve ever received? Never get too busy that you forget to enjoy what you already have.

Being a Gold Coast local, we have to ask your favourites on the Coast?
Beach: Tallebudgera Creek
Cafe: Paddock Bakery
Restaurant: Etsu
How does your weekend usually look: Family time, work and nature

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