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Barcode Espresso

If there’s one thing shopping up a storm partners perfectly with, it is a tasty, nourishing brunch, for both resting and refueling purposes. Not to mention, shopping and brunching are two of our favourite things.

Which is convenient because Barcode Espresso opened just last week at The Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach and it is the perfect stopover after a morning of spending all your hard earned dollars.

Found on level one, right in the midst of many a delightful fashion boutique, Barcode Espresso is the work of local lads Scott Kelly and Michael Cartledge and it’s the perfect addition to the bustling little precinct.

You may know Scott’s work from his days as a head chef at Daark Espresso in Labrador and if so, you’ll know his work is the goods. His food-creation mantra is about doing the simple things correctly and we suggest popping into Barcode Espresso to experience how this plays out for your tastebuds ASAP.

The menu is made up of fresh, delicious dishes and every single thing on it is made in house. Including the baked goodies you’ll want to take away for a later time treat.

If we had to choose, we’d definitely go the Eggs Benedict Bao, which is the first of its kind on the Gold Coast as far as we’re aware. It’s got poached eggs, wilted spinach, Barcodes own hollandaise and Sriracha hot sauce with your choice of bacon or avocado on a steamed bao. YUM.

If you’re more into sweet brunch treats, the Raspberry and White Chocolate Waffles are a delight with vanilla bean ice cream, berry compote, fruit and toasted almonds.

Oh and there’s also Truffled Mac and Cheese Croquettes, served with poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, wilted spinach, garlic aioli and crispy shallots.

So all your favourite things, but better.

There are also fresh sandwiches, burgers and toasties and we really love all of those things.

Sidenote: did you know sandwiches came about because the Earl of Sandwich (an actual place in the UK) was quite the gambler and wanted to be able to hold his cards and his food at the same time, so food was placed inside bread and voila. Sandwiches. How good.

Back to Barcode Espresso though. It was named because the boys are keen to set the bar high when it comes to food within a retail (shopping, barcodes, you know) precinct and that they have.

Changing the game and bringing a whole new vibe to The Oasis Shopping Centre.

We’re here for it.

LOCATION: Level 1, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
HOURS: TBC

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

The Oasis Shopping Centre

Beachside Pavilion

It’s a seafood extravaganza at Beachside Pavilion, the latest addition in a long line of recently revamped spaces in the Broadbeach Mall.

Formerly Alto Cucina & Bar, at the beach end of the foodie strip, the restaurant has been transformed into a bright, airy eatery with a street side terrace area and decked out in suitably cheery beach theme.

With an emphasis on fresh seafood, Beachside Pavilion has brought a unique menu to Broadbeach inspired by their close proximity to one of our most popular beaches.

To start, try the cooked-to-perfection Oven Baked Scallops on the shell with spiced tomato cream, wakame, sesame seeds and fish roe. If you love raw fish go for the Hiramasa Kingfish Ceviche with rockmelon, coriander, red onion, lime and radish.

For a lighter main the Ocean Trout Poke Bowl with quinoa, avocado, radish, sesame seaweed, edamame, red onion, spinach and kewpie is perfectly fresh and oh-so good for you.

Of course if you’re after the cooked variety, there are plenty of options. Try the Baked Whole Snapper with lemon, mustard, olive oil, dill, chips and a mixed leaf salad or Squid Ink Orzo Pasta with blue swimmer crab, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, scampi bisque and chilli.

If you’re out for a special occasion don’t think about ordering anything other than Beachside Pavilion’s Signature Chilli Mud Crab. It’s served with tomato, coconut cream, egg, coriander, special tomato chilli sauce and charred sourdough. It’s everything good about going out for dinner.

Beachside Pavilion is the perfect casual dining space, just a short stroll from the beach and with a soon-to-be-opened takeaway area, perfect for when you need a quick bite before heading back to the sand.

HOURS: 7am until late every day

LOCATION: The beach end of Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

The Broadbeach

There are some things in life that must be seen to be believed and what we’re about to share with you is one of those. You’ve no doubt noticed quite a bit of work going on in the middle of Broadbeach of late and, just in time for summer, the reason for that ruckus has been unveiled.

The Broadbeach recently emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of what was once much-loved drinking hole, Broadbeach Tavern (aka Liars Bar), in prime position at The Oasis Shopping Centre.

A familiar phrase that’s slung around when Broadbeach Tav is mentioned is “oh I’ve had some good nights there in my time”, and it’s true, there has indeed been many a good time had at the Broady Tav.

Which is something that will certainly continue, only now with more of a bright, summer holiday, take-the-kids-along-for-a-wholesome-family-dinner vibe. It’s a mind blowing transformation so let’s unpack it shall we.

First of all, it’s the perfect addition to the beachside centre and will no doubt be buzzing every day and night for the rest of time so hats off to the team. It’s due in large part to the oceany, good time feels they’ve managed to create with a spacious deck, lots of natural light, white exposed brick tables and the bar itself, wooden accents and fun feature tiles, plants hanging from the ceiling and pillars that both hold up the ceiling and are painted with tropical animals and jungle-type scenes. So many pretty things.

It’s open and airy and there are fresh flowers everywhere and it’s very much the new summer hangout of your dreams.

Of course, the menu has a whole new lease on life too and it’s exactly what you’ll want after a long day on the beach or to accompany an afternoon of tasty beverages on the deck with the crew.

There are plenty of share plates and starters including Beef Ragu and Mozzarella Arancini and Charcuterie Boards, which are two of our favourites things on Earth.

If you’re after something more substantial, that’s a-okay, there are plenty of delicious pizza and pasta options plus your favourite bar meal situations in the form of Taco Bowls, big old burgers, fish and chips and the like.

We would also HIGHLY recommend the Fig, Haloumi and Walnut salad because that is a combination for the ages.

The very best thing though is something known as the The Broadie Board which is made up of many tasty treats including Calamari, kaarage chicken (love you), arancini balls, baked brie, Amalfi prawns, oyster shooters, flatbread and dips. So all the best ones.

The dance floor is being prepped and will open in three weeks so you’ll have everything you need, right in the one sweet little space.

Props Broady Tav, it was lovely knowing you but The Broadbeach is where it’s at.

LOCATION: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
HOURS: 10am until 5am daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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