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Shuck up and take our money!

Al Natural Oysters bring the freshest catch to you.

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Often find yourself dreaming about oysters? Whether you’re team au naturale or sweet and smoky, Kilpatrick style – there’s no shortage of delectable ways to wrap your lips around these salty little delicacies… should you be so inclined (and hey, more for us if you’re not).

So whether you consider yourself a full blown oyster connoisseur or you’ve just got a craving that won’t quit, it’s high tide we introduce you to Al Natural Oysters, the GC’s very own gourmet oyster slingers.

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Like many of the GC’s better kept sea-crets, the temptation to keep this gem to ourselves is real, but that’d be kinda shellfish of us. Based in Burleigh Heads, don’t be surprised if this gem has slipped under your radar until now, initially focusing on conquering the wholesale game since its launch in 2020.

Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Chances are you’ve come across these shucking legends at a Gold Coast event. Now, with a stronghold on the highest quality oysters around, the Al Natural Oysters (ANO) crew is entering their retail era – which officially means oodles of unadulterated, freshly shucked and live oysters for all… #ShellYeah.

Unshucked Oysters Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Unshucked Oysters Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Founded by Hamish Penner-Wilson and Lisa Hearn, director Hamish is a chef with over a decade of experience, spending stints in esteemed kitchens across the coast from The Fish House to Rick Shores.

With aspirations of eventually bringing a high-end oyster bar to Burleigh, the duo was later joined by now co-owner Antonie Stephens in 2022, who committed his large scale business smarts to fast tracking the project’s lofty ambitions.

Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Together, the trio has gradually transitioned the Burleigh facility from a factory to a chic, olive-kissed shopfront to meet the insatiable seafoodie cravings of locals – which means Gold Coasters can swing by for ‘shucking’ good oysters and a meticulously curated selection of oyster accompaniments.

From caviar to ANO made gourmet condiments and chic accessories, they’ve got it all. And here’s the cherry on top: Bloody Mary Premix. Shuck yeah!

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

The Al Natural Oysters difference, is one we suggest you try for yourself (like, a dozen times in a row, for good measure). As you’d expect with his high-end kitchen background, Hamish is a total stickler when it comes to seafood.

In his cheffing days, the logistical challenges of consistently sourcing quality oysters quickly became a sticking point… and if there’s one thing chefs are known for, it’s being passionate about their top-notch produce.

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

“Oysters from a farm are live, they require the correct handling and temperatures to ensure quality and longevity for the customer… Seasonality, nature disasters, farmer experience and growing techniques and many more variables make a very complex matrix to buying and selling quality oysters” says Hamish.

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Armed with an innate understanding of the complexities and shortcomings of the seafood wholesaling process, Hamish and the ANO team have been able to develop their own sustainable system to ensure every live and shucked oyster is at its peak for the restaurant and seafood retail trade… and our palates are eternally grateful.

Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Oysters at Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Oyster fanatics across the Coast will be shell-ebrating to hear, the trio certainly aren’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Hamish adds “We keep getting asked for a beer and if we have more seafood.

Maybe it will be a doz oysters, the best seafood sandwiches and a glass of chablis to go with soon?”… umm, we sure hope so, Hamish. This o-fish-ally gets a big ‘ole resounding ‘yes seas’ from us – is there a petition somewhere we can sign?

Where: 5/80 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads
When: Retail shop open Thursday–Saturday 8am- 3pm

Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Mathilde Bouby.

Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Al Natural Oysters, Burleigh (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Ahoy! 10 kriller Gold Coast fish and chip shops

Fish & Chips (image via Unsplash)
Fish & Chips (image via Unsplash)

Easter weekend is nigh and while you might be packing up for a long weekend trip away, if you’re not, we live in paradise already, so lucky us.

As you’re no doubt aware, Good Friday is a day on which traditionally we’re not supposed to consume any meat besides seafood and again lucky for us, there’s many an epic fish and chippery (great word) on the Gold Coast to choose from.

Here are 10 of them from north to south.

Charis Seafoods
The folks at Charis Seafoods are the biggest seafood retailer in Queensland, so they have everything you could possibly need for a seafood feast. The family-owned business are serving up fresh and cooked fish, prawns, lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops, octopus and crab and everything is of the highest possible quality. YUM.
Where: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador

Charis Seafoods (image supplied)
Charis Seafoods (image supplied)

Peter’s Fish Market
A Gold Coast institution and an absolute must-visit, Peter’s Fish Market can be found right on the Broadwater with fresh seafood coming in off the trawler daily. There’s often a lineup out the door for both fresh and cooked seafood and everything is absolutely delicious, every time. Get in early, they’re very busy this time of year.
Where: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 

The Fish Emporium
A stunning venue right on the water at Isle of Capri, The Fish Emporium is offering takeaway and you’re probably going to want to sample everything. The best of ocean goodness, everything on the menu is fresh and tasty and you can roll up in your boat, should that be an option, to pick it up. How fun.
Where: Capri Via Roma on Isle of Capri

Mermaid Beach Seafood
The crew at Mermaid Beach Seafood are serving up the goods with a wide variety of fresh and cooked fish, epic traditional burgers and all the salty extras like crumbed sausages, potato scallops (or potato cakes) and of course the infamous chiko roll. Choose from plenty of sweet fish and chip options or one of their epic family packs for a little bit of everything.
Where: 7/2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Fish Burger and Chips, Two Wise Fish, Mermaid Waters (image supplied)
Fish Burger and Chips, Two Wise Fish, Mermaid Waters (image supplied)

Two Wise Fish
Boasting 3 generations of fish & chip knowledge and love Two Wise Fish opened in Mermaid Waters to rave reviews. For good reason. Their menu is an impressive one with plenty of fresh fish and seafood to choose from plus tasty treats like a Golden Crumbed Fish & Salad Sandwich which is the absolute goods. Pop in and taste all of that for yourself.
Where: Shop 1/64 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters

Miami Fish Market
The Miami Fish Market is a game changer for locals living on the southern end. First and foremost because they sell everything from prawns, clams, oysters, crabs, and even have a specially designated area for carefully prepared Japanese style seafood delicacies. Choose from an array of whole fish, and you can have it filleted and prepared as you wait. The selection here is one of the most extensive and diverse anyone is likely to find outside our major cities.
Where: 1/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

The Jolly Roger
The Jolly Roger opened in Miami in 2020 to bring us fish and chips with a bit of a twist. Which comes in the way of Keto options. Yes, meaning there are healthy fish and chips and they taste mighty fine. Of course, you can get the regular version here too plus things like prawn skewers and salads and there’s beer on offer too. Perfect.
Where: 3/110 Mountain View Ave, Miami

Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Small Fry
The newest airstream on the block, Small Fry serves super fresh and delicious seafood out the front of Global Pacific Seafoods. The signature dish is Bug Bao and honestly, we can’t imagine a world where these don’t exist. The lightly battered bug meat is served in a freshly steamed bao bun with homemade coleslaw, fresh chilli, shallots and sriracha mayo. A staff and customer favourite for a reason, it’s pure ecstasy in edible form.
Where: 273 Scottsdale Drive, Robina

Treasure Box, Small Fry, Robina (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Treasure Box, Small Fry, Robina (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Burleigh Heads Fish Mongers
If you’ve ever set foot in Burleigh, you will have seen James Street’s beloved fish and chip joint, Fish Mongers. It’s generally packed with diners and or takeawayers and that’s because they’re serving up the absolute goods when it comes to seafood. Choose from the freshest of fish to take home and cook yourself or opt for their famous cooked-for-you options should you wish to do absolutely nothing except eat. Same. Definitely try this one team.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads

Red Hot Cod
Consistently voted Burleigh’s #1 Fish and Chips Shop and regularly voted Top 10 on the Gold Coast, it wouldn’t be an accurate fish and chips list without Red Hot Cod. These guys are doing fish and chips old school-style with a twist. While all the usual fish and chips suspects are available, we highly recommend the Burleigh Beach Box with one Crumbed Whiting, one Battered Fish, three Pieces Calamari, two Prawn Cutlets, one Seafood Stick, Chips, Salad and Sauces. Tell us if you’re still hungry after all of that!
Where: 1716 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Words by Kirra Smith & Bianca Trathen.

Burleigh Beach Box, Red Hot Cod (image supplied)
Burleigh Beach Box, Red Hot Cod (image supplied)

Kirra’s new beachfront darling is here

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

It’s a whole new era for Kirra – as the hotly anticipated Kirra Beach House, slinks into town bringing chic sips, cabana chills and rooftop revelling to the formerly not-much-happenining Marine Parade precinct, and totally transforming the southern social scene as we know it.

And let’s all just try to maintain an orderly fashion here.. thankfully, there’s plenty here to go round.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Like, 1200 whole sqm of it – the mammoth, terrace-studded stunner is fully prepared for the inevitable inundation as we all clamour to get a glimpse of the dreamy new venue, equipped with multiple indoor and alfresco areas, wine and cocktail bars (three, to be exact!) and high-end event spaces.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

The kitchen, meanwhile, brings the likes of raw and cooked seafood platters, succulent steaks and signature burgers to Kirra’s picturesque beachfront – slinging perfectly crisped pizzas out of the Marina Forni pizza oven daily.

And did we mention the uninterrupted ocean views from every angle?

The new standard for a spectacular summer has well and truly been set here, guys.

Dave Galvin at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Our jaws may be on the floor, but we’re not at all surprised – after all, the new concept was pioneered by local hospo trailblazer, Dave Galvin, an undertaking a mere four years in the making.

The SITE Hospitality owner/operator has been working tirelessly to deliver us not one, but two bar-raising venues this year alone – already blessing us with Broadbeach show-stopper, kost a few months back (and before that Mozza Mozza, Bird Royale and Crafty’s Sports Bar).

Somebody stop him (but don’t, actually, keep ’em coming Dave).

And frankly, we just have one question.. when doth the man sleep?

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

When it comes to new venues, often the phrase ‘game changing’ often gets bandied about rather liberally (guilty) – but Kirra Beach House is truly unlike anything we’ve seen this far south, the breathtaking venue putting the seaside village on the map as a destination for elevated dining and drinking.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

And we do mean elevated in all senses of the word – the new venue sits atop it’s more casual counterpart, the newly unveiled and fresh-faced Kirra Beach Hotel one level below.

The new additions signify a whole new chapter for the suburb’s seaside promenade that comes courtesy of the KTQ Group’s multi-stage Kirra Point Project.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Champagne Pina Colada and Spicy Watermelon Margarita, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

“The venue will have a beach club atmosphere about it, with great music, mesmerising panoramic views of Kirra, Mediterranean-style food using the incredible local produce we have on our doorstep, a world-class drinks list and, of course, great service” says Dave.

And really, did anyone expect anything less?

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Food at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

The kitchen of Kirra’s darling new destination is led by head chef Drew Wilson, curating a Mediterranean-style grazing menu that is both flavour-packed and true to the laidback, coastal location.

It features a contemporary mix of dishes such as Kingfish crudo with citrus vinaigrette, chive oil and floral salt… or perhaps the summery ‘burrata with yellow peach, aged balsamic and smoked salt’ to woo the cheese fans.

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Bars Manager, Kaden Pool invites us to ‘dive in’ to a delectable menu of resort-style cocktails, the type that scratch that nostalgia itch in all the right places.

Such as ‘BahamasChampagne Piña coladas and ‘Cancunspicy watermelon margaritas, made for summer sunsets and crafted to make you feel like you’re on holiday…

Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Food at Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Wait, we’re pretty sure we might be. Or dreaming. Who could say for sure. We might need to get around a few spicy melon margs to determine, first.

Where: Level 1, 2 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Sunday to Thursday 11am–l
ate, Friday & Saturday: 11am–1am

Words by Kellie Leader.

Champagne Pina Colada, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)
Champagne Pina Colada, Kirra Beach House, Kirra (image supplied)

Miami Fish Market is now oh-fish-ially open

Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For those who are ardent lovers of all things seafood, finding yourself a quality and consistent retailer of the ocean’s bounty can, at times, be a bit tricky. You’ll also find yourself limited by the selection and, more often than not, it won’t be as fresh as it could be. But hold that thought. What if somebody came up with the bright idea of having a completely independent fish market where you could come and purchase, as well as sample, Australia’s finest and freshest selection of seafood all under the one roof: zero hassle and no searching out trawlers as they return with — or without — their catch.

Well, we’re pleased to say for the love of all things from the deep blue, two Gold Coast locals have gone ahead and done it. We introduce to you possibly THE opening of 2021 — the brand spanking new Miami Fish Market.

Seafood aficionados Paul Gloftis and Craig Warren are the co-owners of the new shop space and what these guys don’t know about delicious things plucked from the sea, frankly, isn’t worth knowing. The concept, by their admission, has been in the works for the best part of four years, and like everyone else, we’re excited to see it come to fruition.

Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The space is plentiful, and for what Miami Fish Market is offering, this was always going to be the case. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a large island-style wrap around glass counter showcasing everything from prawns, clams, oysters, crabs, and a specially designated area for carefully prepared Japanese style seafood delicacies — all of these are naturally prepared by a troop of in house chefs and fishmongers, no less.

Set back, there are separate counters for live seafood, whole fish and a designated sashimi bar. This is where your options to taste the fruits of the ocean truly come into play. Choose from an array of whole fish, and you can have it filleted and prepared as you wait.

But why just stand around when you can grab yourself a readily prepared sashimi pack or perhaps a few oysters? Why not grab some freshly prepared lobster sashimi and a seat outside in their blissful decked area? You’ll have to show restraint, though; there are too many delicious things to try!

Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The selection here will be one of the most extensive and diverse anyone is likely to find outside our major cities. The network of suppliers and the areas of the country where produce is coming from is vast. This said you’ll likely come across seafood you didn’t even know existed, like freshwater lobsters (Marron) from Western Australia or hand-dived Abalone from the Great Southern Bight — a highly coveted delicacy throughout Asia.

You may just come for fish, but there’s a high possibility you’ll also come away with knowledge and a taste for so much more!

Extras worth mentioning are the shop’s ability to dry age fish, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Pick yourself a fillet of prime fish, ask them to dry age it for you and return a few days later — it’s that easy.

In time the shop will also be smoking fish on-site; with a variety of different woods, you can expect a plethora of tasty smoked morsels from mussels and oysters right through to fish. Expect no stone to be unturned!

An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

And if this all wasn’t enough, to assist you with your ascent to seafood heaven, there is a small section containing high-grade European deli items. We’re talking Spanish smoked paprika, pastas from Greece, vinegar from Portugal and exclusive soy sauces from Japan — meaning an at-home gourmet experience is very achievable.

A lot of attention has surrounded the venue and their works to open. In truth, there have been a few little Covid induced setbacks along the way, but we are pleased to announce Miami Fish Market have confirmed with us they are officially swinging open their doors for their grand opening on Saturday 31st July featuring free caviar tastings!

So, should you be looking for sumptuous clams and pre-marinated fish for your Saturday night dinner party or oysters and lobster for a decadent midweek BBQ, you’ll find all you need — plus more — at the new and impressive Miami Fish Market.

Hours: Officially opening Saturday 31st July with trading hours being 8am — 6pm Monday – Saturday and 8am — 4pm Sunday’s
Where: 1/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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