fbpx
Search
Generic filters
Filter by Suburb
Select all
Broadbeach
Burleigh
Coolangatta
Currumbin
Main Beach
Mermaid Beach
Miami
Nobby's Beach
Palm Beach
Southport
Surfers Paradise
Tugun
Water Fun

Balboa Italian

Packing punches bigger than Rocky…Balboa Italian, the new kid on the block. Adding to Palm Beach’s already impressive lineup of bucket list eateries. If it’s not the mouth-watering Italian cuisine and the delicious cocktails, it’s at the very least the phenomenal fit-out, the glamorous chandelier or the bright red Vespa that will leave you yelling ADRIANNN…

Firstly, let’s take a minute to appreciate the monumental precision that has gone into creating Balboa’s fit-out. A two storey Italian escape with red brick walls, big open spaces and head turning features. Wrought iron is used as a feature throughout the restaurant and can be seen on the staircase, the custom made shelves (which hold a fine range of liquor)and the exposed beams that seperate the two levels. Traditional Italy meets urban classic, the brick walls, polished concrete floors and big wooden bar framed with wrought iron panelling set the theme.

Balboa’s lower level offers seating both inside and out, and leaves you immersed in the thick of the action. Head upstairs and enjoy a more intimate dining space, with plush velvet lounges, even a private dining area separated by a chained curtain. Then there are the finishing touches, lush greenery, a variety of antique lights, a bright red Vespa that sits on a steel beam above the main entrance and the main head turner, a giant 12 tier chandelier which proudly hangs beside the bar.

If you can manage to keep your gaze focused for a short while, your attention will be drawn to the main event, food!  “insert eye of the tiger here”. They’ve kept the menu simple and embraced the traditional authentic flavours; pizzas, pastas, risottos, antipastos, steak… the essentials. If we’re talking about contenders for the champion belt, it’s going to be a tough fight; Chestnut Gnocchi, black truffle, vegetable essence, sage and Grana Padano VS the Pizza Bianche Pollo, caramelised pears, chicken, fontina, thyme, mozzarella and balsamic. Or the Polpete, house made meatballs, beef, pork, veal, tomato sugo and crostini going head to head with Fiorentina Style T-Bone Steak, Tuscany style potato, confit garlic, rosemary and pan seared tomato.

Rehydrate between rounds with one of Balboa’s delicious cocktails, a glass of local or imported wine or a cold refreshing beer. The attentive wait staff awaiting in the corner with towel in hand ready to make sure you’re well looked after. Finish up the final round, the big K.O, with a homemade dessert… Salted Caramel Panna Cotta anyone?

The gloves are off, Palm Beach home to yet another winner.

Open

Dinner: Wednesday – Monday 6pm – late

Lunch: Friday – Sunday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm


By Amy Merridan

17 reasons locals love Palm Beach

Watson Bloom (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Over the past couple of years Palm Beach (or Palmy as it’s affectionately known) has been transformed into the Coast’s king of cool.

With new bars and eateries filling every unoccupied space, quiet(er) beaches and some of the best boutique shopping around, Palmy is moving on up in the world.

As is customary, we’ve compiled a list of the top 17 reasons locals love the place.

Watson Bloom
A sweet coffee spot underneath Sable Palm Beach, Watson Bloom is serving up exceptional brews along with plenty of plant-based treats including raw goodies and banana bread made in-house plus pastries and never-ending good vibes. Pop in for an early morning brew and a chat.
Where: Sable Palm Beach, 2/1073 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Patty Smiths
The newest burger crew around are Patty Smiths who are serving up VERY tasty burgers, made with hand-pressed patties along with loaded fries, some of the most epic thickshakes around and just general deliciousness everywhere honestly. Perfect for beachside dinners or if you feel like something yummy but can’t be bothered cooking (us, always).
Where: Shop 15A Pavilions Shopping Centre, 6 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach

Las Palmas
Overlooking the ocean with the perfect pastel palette, Las Palmas is bringing Latin America to Palm Beach with a share-style menu, made up of mouthwatering flavours and a fresh cocktail list to match. Head in there for a Sunday arvo session or long lunch with your loves. It’ll be your new summer fave for sure.
Where: Level 1, 1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Las Palmas (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Scottish Prince
Tucked away, all moody low-lit with wild times written all over it, The Scottish Prince, sister venue of The Cambus Wallace and is one of the best drinking holes we have here on the Coast. It’s primarily a whisky bar boasting over 300 varieties of the tasty tipple plus a perfectly complementary menu including charcuterie boards, meatballs, Scotch Fillets, fish and chips and the like. All the very best things. Get in.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Sisterhood Coffee
Sisterhood brings community-inspired good vibes to the people of Palmy. It’s the work of two local gals who are serving up impressive brunch dishes made with local produce and some of the yummiest there is. Sisterhood is bringing the coffee culture back down to earth, not charging for milks that aren’t of the full cream variety and are generally creating something pretty lovely down south Palmy way. Highly recommend.
Where: 1099 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Farmers Markets
The Gold Coast is home to many an impressive farmers market and one of our absolute favourites can be found in Palmy on Saturday mornings. From 6am at Palm Beach Currumbin High School you’ll find fresh local produce, artisan foods, specialty coffee, epic doughnuts, flowers, dog treats, the lot. The perfect way to spend a weekend morning.
Where: Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Frida Sol
Margaritas and Mexi-eats are some of our favourite things and happily, they’re on offer at Palmy’s delightful upstairs space, Frida Sol. There’s a chilli margarita that’ll knock your socks off and if you perch outside on the deck, a balmy ocean breeze – the combination of which will remind you exactly why you live on the Gold Coast. The perfect time.
Where: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Frida Sol (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Collective
No doubt you’ve already set foot inside The Collective more than once and why wouldn’t you with five restaurants to choose from? Open for lunch and dinner, you can stay all day and, as it’s a communal dining setting, you’re bound to make some new friends along the way. So, if you’re in the mood for pizza and tacos, head to The Collective, order both and wash it all down with a cocktail at the rooftop bar.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Barefoot Barista
Barefoot have been a Palmy favourite since they swung open their doors in 2011. They offer the kind of nourishing, healthy homestyle eats you’d expect when you visit your fanciest friend for breaky. Think house-smoked Miso Cured Salmon and Wellbeing Porridge packed with goodness. The crew at Barefoot also serve a mean coffee, one of the best on the Coast in fact and you, friends, can purchase the tasty single origins beans to make your own.
Where: 10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach

Strange Days
Calling lovers of all things vintage, there’s a new kid in town and you’re going to want to head in there to peruse the goodies ASAP. The entire store has a bit of a rock ‘n roll, western vibe, reminiscent of owner Sylvie’s (enviable) style and you’ll find everything from clothes, vintage records, a few homewares, posters and the like. It’s all been carefully sourced and is in very good condition.
Where: 1/1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Strange Days (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Pirate Park
Those with little ones will attest to the fact that the Pirate Park is up there with the best on the Coast. Located right near the water, the park far exceeds anything you ever got to play on as a kid with a pirate ship stuck in the sand and upended wine barrels perfect for all day climbing. If you don’t have any babes, Dune Café is close by as is the sparkling ocean and a dog beach on Currumbin Creek that’s always good for a laugh.
Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach (on the left before the Currumbin Creek bridge)

White Bohemian
It’s every local boho babe’s dream come true. Opened in 2013, White Bohemian stocks all your favourite hippy-esque labels including Byron Bay labels SPELL and Arnhem and locals like Mahiya and Lokoa. It’s possibly the only place on the Coast gals can go to stock up on the bohemian trend that has literally taken over the world. There’s homewares too so, you know, prepare to spend up.
Where: Cnr Seventh Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Balboa Italian
It goes without saying that if you’ve ever driven through Palm Beach, you’ve definitely laid eyes on Balboa Italian. The beautifully appointed double-storey brick building is in a class of its own serving classic Italian dishes with modern interpretations and the freshest of flavours. It’s worth a visit just to experience the fitout, complete with overhead Vespa and exposed brick walls. The cocktails are unique and the wine selection varied. It’s all good to be honest, get down there.
Where:1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Balboa Italian (image supplied)

Espresso Moto
It’s a cafe crossed with a motorbike workshop and the home of the best banana smoothies on the Gold Coast. That’s right, the best. There is not a single thing not to love about Espresso Moto from their very delicious breakfast goods (the brekky burritos are the bomb), to their use of All Press coffee and the ever-friendly staff who always say g’day. There’s also a communal dog bed and the beach is right around the corner. So yeah, it’s the best.
Where: 1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Suga
A somewhat secret cocktail bar, tucked away on the Gold Coast Hwy, Suga specialises in rum and good times and if you’re keen on either or both of those you should absolutely get down there. They have an impressive cocktail menu plus plenty of epic wines (pet nats, yes please) and beers so no matter what, you’re gonna love it.
Where: 1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Ritual Yoga & Pilates
Found upstairs in a sunlit space oozing chill vibes is Ritual Yoga & Pilates. Owned by sisters Rose and Sophie, Ritual is only a couple of years old but has already become a favourite amongst both Palm Beach locals and those who reside in surrounding suburbs. If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation (or a solid sweat session), Ritual is calling your name.
Where: 9b Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach

Highline
One of Palmy’s sweetest coffee spots is Highline, a stunning little space decked out in pastel hues and serving up some of the very best coffee on the Coast. The menu is the goods too, boasting fresh, locally sourced produce-filled dishes like jaffles, ferment bowls and even a life-changing apple pie. Great.
Where: 5/1132 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Words by Kirra Smith

Highline (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Highline (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

10 pasta dishes worth eating carbs for

While it’s true that we believe all pasta dishes are worth eating carbs for, and don’t particularly care about eating carbs at all, some people do.

So, for those people, we’ve chosen the best of the best past dishes across the Gold Coast to make it worthwhile when the time comes to indulge in said carbs.

Here we go with the top 10 pasta dishes worth eating carbs for.

Fellini Ristorante – Linguette ai frutti di mare
Found overlooking the Broadwater at Marina Mirage, Fellini is adored for their exceptional service, luxurious ambience, and above all else – impeccable pasta. We say go for the Linguette ai frutti di mare which is pasta cooked with fresh mixed seafood in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chilli, fresh tomato and white wine parsley. The perfect pasta treat.
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Alfresco Italian Restaurant – Lasagne
This authentic Italian family run restaurant has been around since 1992 and we sure do know why. With a foundation built on family, the Alfresco Italian restaurant team consistently dish up amazing Italian cuisine. One of the signature dishes is the classic homemade style lasagne, simple but done absolutely perfectly.
Where: 3018 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Salt Meats Cheese – Flaming Cheese Wheel Pasta
This ‘too good to be true’ pasta dish will have you go up in flames. Watch as your pasta is prepared at your table in a flaming wheel of Parmesan cheeseThis theatrical spectacle happens every Wednesday night from 6pm. Make sure you book ahead so you don’t miss out any longer.
Where: 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise

Cicchetti – Taglioni Al Granchio
Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar treats you to all the cultural delights of Italy, including pasta, of course. The highlight on their pasta menu has to be Taglioni al Granchio – Spanner crab coated in a chilli, garlic, pepper, cherry tomato and white wine sauce tossed through house made taglioni. It’s an absolute treat for your tastebuds.
Where: 2G01/15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri

Gemelli – Spaghetti al Gamberi
The Gemelli twins James and Alec are known for creating an authentic Italian and all their dishes, including the mouthwatering pasta, are made fresh in house daily with all of the insane flavours. Definitely give the Spagetthi al Gamberi a try; think prawn cutlets, zucchini, chilli, garlic and olive oil, simple and extremely delicious.
Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Cucina Vivo – Fettucine Carbonara
Located on the first floor of The Star Gold Coast is Cucina Vivo, a rustic and traditional Italian restaurant overlooking the pretty pool situation and resembling a dleightful weekend away by the Italian seaside. The housemade Fettucine Carbonara is served in a rich, creamy sauce with pancetta, egg, cracked pepper and pecorino cheese and it’s the goods.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Lobby Level, Broadbeach Island

Goccia Italian Pizzeria
Serving up all the very best things in pretty little Mermaid Beach is Gocccia Italian Pizzeria, a relative newbie on the scene with their very own imported pizza oven and traditional recipes passed down for generations. There’s no going past the Beetroot and Potato Gnocchi served with pumpkin purée and roasted pine nuts for obvious reasons.
Where: Shop 1A-2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Justin Lane – Pappardelle, Wagyu Bolognaise
The team at Justin Lane take pasta very serious with their very own pasta bar to ensure everything is made fresh to order. All in honour of their catchcry, ‘Eat, drink and be messy’. You should probably go and try them all but if you have to choose go with the Pappardelle Wagyu Bolognaise, so very tasty.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Pepe Italia – Spaghetti alla Positano Calzone
Burleigh’s moody Italian eatery, Pepe Italia, is owned and operated by three friends (one a chef) all of whom moved to Australia three years ago from northern Italy. Using traditional recipes handed down from Nonna, the menu is filled with all the Italian dishes you know and love. Try the calzone pizza cooked in the oven, filled with spaghetti in Napoli sauce, tomatoes, seafood and parsley.
Where: 11 Connor St, Burleigh Heads

Balboa Italian – Roasted Lamb Cannelloni
Balboa Italian’s phenomenal fitout complete with the sparkliest of chandelier and a bright red Vespa are not all that’s noteworthy at this incredible Italian eatery. Their pizza is outstanding but most importantly, their pasta is to die for. Do yourself a favour, try the Roasted Lamb Cannelloni and report back with glowing reviews.
Where: 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Words by Louisa von Ingelheim

© 2022 All Rights Reserved.