Hello it’s 2020 in case you missed that. In celebration let’s discuss everything that opened on the Coast in 2019 (but in two parts, because long).
Here are all the restaurants and bars and what a year it was for exceptional newbies. Enjoy.
St Helens bar + kitchen
Kirra became home to a modern, laidback venue boasting share-style eats, hand-crafted cocktails and glimpses of the ocean. Perfect for a laidback feast after a day in the sun.
Where: Shop 2, 78 Musgrave St, Kirra
A good time Irish bar opened in Surfers Paradise bringing loads of fun, the coldest of beers and eats that go with both of those things perfectly. The perfect addition to the Surfers dining/drinking scene.
Where: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Burleigh scored a sweet new Australiana bar by the name of Rosella’s that quickly became a firm favourite amongst locals. It’s all-Aussie everything from eats to cocktails, wines and beers and we’re big fans.
Where: 6/1734 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
A Japanese venue opened up in Southport bringing one of the coolest fitouts around plus of course, a menu filled with mouthwatering goodies including a signature dish of Champon Noodles (a healthier version) of ramen. Yum.
Where: Southport Central, 9 Lawson Street
Harry’s Sports Bar
Everybody’s fave Burleigh Heads steak restaurant Harry’s divided their space into two and opened a sports bar filled with epic memorabilia, tons of frosty beers and some of the tastiest eats there are. Best.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
The Oasis Broadbeach got an authentic new Chinese restaurant with some of the best dishes we’ve sampled in early 2019 and you should get in there to sample it ASAP.
Where: Broadbeach Mall, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
La Diosa Mexicana
We love Mexi-foods. Especially traditionally prepared, flavour-filled ones paired with a specialty bar menu featuring all of the margaritas. Go try it out for yourselves. It’ll knock your little sombreros off.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Black Hops II
The legends at Black Hops opened their second venue up Biggera Waters way and it’s very spacious and very well fitout and there are many an exceptional beer on tap for your sipping pleasure. Food trucks too, fun.
Where: 14 / 665 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters
Cross + Feather
The northern Gold Coast got a five-star venue in the form of Cross + Feather. Hailing from the UK, the owners are serving up exceptional eats and a cocktail list to match. Do yourself a favour.
Where: 2/2 Grice Ave, Paradise Point
Eddy + Wolff
An intimate little space opened in Robina, hidden away and serving up some of the best eats and drinks the Coast has to offer. By the people who created Can Tho Kitchen up north, it’s an absolute must-visit.
Where: 12-217/219 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Overlooking the ocean in Surfers Paradise is chic new bar and restaurant Hyde Paradiso who have created much-loved venues all over the world. It’s one of the most Insta-worthy interiors around and the menu is very good also.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
The team behind beloved Gold Coast institution Itoshin opened a second venue in Miami, aptly named Little Itoshin and serving up the same high standard of eats in an intimate little space. We love.
Where: Shop 6/110 Mountain View Ave, Miami
Stoked Wood Fire Pizza
The crew behind Nook brought us Stoked and we were pretty happy about it. They’re got many an exceptional flavour on offer and they obvs deliver so you don’t need to do anything except enjoy.
Where: Stockland Burleigh Heads, West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
Cychos Buffalo Wings
Fried chicken. What a tasty treat. Which is why it’s a really good thing that Cychos Buffalo Wings opened in Southport bringing us exactly that. On burgers, solo, in all the best ways.
Where: 6 Young Street, Southport
Sister venue to long-established Gold Coast eatery FuManchu, this newbie is brought modern Asian dishes to Isle of Capri with a side of water views. The menu is packed with modern flavours combining Asian and European influences.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Moana Restaurant and Bar
It’s a seafood extravaganza at another Isle of Capri newbie, Moana Restaurant and Bar and you’re going to want to sample this tasty spot. On the menu are all of the locally sourced seafood dishes and all at very affordable prices.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri
Love you Japanese eats. Especially if you’re of the authentic, extremely delicious variety and tucked away in a little back alley at Burleigh Heads. Oi Izakaya is bringing all of those things and more and we’re here for it. Try it ASAP.
Where: Shop 4-6, 30 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Nahm Kitchen & Bar
Some of the best Thai food on the Gold Coast can be found at newbie Nahm Kitchen & Bar on the mall at The Oasis Shopping Centre Broadbeach. The dishes are made up of all the flavours you know and love but with a modern twist that will see you devouring every single one.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
How good is Italian food. Especially when it’s pasta in a wheel of cheese, topped with more cheese. Yep, Mushroom Gnocchi in a baby wheel of Pecorino cheese is a thing at Belvedere Stonemill in Burleigh. Get it.
Where: 1638 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Mermaid Waters scored big time with Project Tokyo who are serving up share-style Japanese dishes that are both delicious and pretty and we predict you’re going to want to sample every single thing. Very good this one.
Where: 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
A new gin and wine bar opened in Broadbeach bringing local sips and charcuterie boards to us lucky locals. Everything is sourced locally and everything is very, very delicious. Perfect for after work tipples.
Where: Shop 5/24 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach
Pepé Italia Deli
The Palmy newbie opened to absolutely rave reviews bringing a more casual style of Italian eats to their Burleigh venue and we dig it. There’s also takeaway meats and cheeses and meals like lasagnas and pastas that you can simply just heat up and claim you made yourself. Excellent.
Where: Pavilions Palm Beach, 10 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
Tugun was lucky enough to nab themselves a top notch Mexican eatery and tequila bar by the folks at Lockwood Bar in Burleigh. The eats are all absolutely taste sensations and there’s a delightful array of margaritas and mezcals to wash it all down. Don’t miss out on this one.
Where: 455 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Raw + Rice
A sleek, new poke bowl spot opened up in Coolangatta bringing fresh, healthy eats to the people. It’s the work of a couple of Sunshine Coast lads to whom we are very grateful. Choose your own adventure or opt for an already curated bowl. It’s all good.
Where: 2/110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
The beloved Gold Coast institution got quite the makeover in 2019 including a giant games section, retractable roof, new menu and a whole new good time vibe. It’s now a pretty new drinking hole right in the heart of Surfers.
Where: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
A fun new sports bar opened in Broadbeach complete with nine big old screens behind the bar alone plus an EPIC menu, boozy milkshakes and some hilarious artworks. So all the best things. They hit a home run with this one guys.
Where: 2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (entry via Surf Pde)
Beers and schnitzels is quite the combination and one we’ve all been fans of for quite some time thanks to an array of German venues across the Coast. The latest of which opened in Robina complete with a big old outdoor eating area. It’s the goods.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Fast, fresh Italian food is the name of the game at Surfers Paradise’ Love Italy. There’s plenty of fab pizzas and share-syle dishes to indulge in plus a range of Italian cocktails to wash it all down. Yummy.
Where: 8 Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
The long-awaited Noosa favourite moved into Broadbeach and everybody was very happy about it. The stunning venue boasts fine dining without the fuss and the menu is made up of all the very best options from bar bites to pizzas, entrees, mains, sides and desserts. Exceptional cocktails too.
Where: 50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Mexi-goodness moved into Burleigh Heads in late September bringing a bit of a unique spin to everyone’s favourite cuisine. Margarita Cartel offers many a margarita as well as $12 Espresso Martinis and a menu absolutely packed with delicious eats.
Where: 2/1840 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Meat & Co
If you are a lover of mouthwatering, cooked-to-perfection meat feasts complete with authentic house-made sauces, you’re in luck. Meat & Co opened in Broadbeach and you can find those things and many more.
Where: 4/90 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Surfers Paradise Beach Bar
With it’s lovely views of the sparkly ocean, an excellent array of all your favourite cocktails and tasty eats from sister-biz Surfers Paradise Beach Café, the new beach bar was exactly what we needed.
Where: Soul Boardwalk, Surfers Paradise
A low-lit bar opened in Nobby’s bringing a whole new vibe to the suburb along with an array of guzzle-worthy cocktails and a menu perfectly matched. It’s all localled sourced and organic where possible and that’s just fine by us.
Where: 2243 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Exceptional Italian fare was bestowed upon Tweed Heads last month in the form of Gallura Italian and aren’t they the lucky ones. Offering Sardinian, coastal-inspired eats with a focus on fresh seafood it’s some of the absolute finest Italian food ever.
Where: 1/20 Stuart St, Tweed Heads
Fig + Frankies
Fig + Frankie’s opened down a little side alley in Broadbeach bringing share-style eats and a tasty slew of cocktails within a chic, intimate little setting. The cocktails are numbered rather than named and they’re all worthy of your love and adoration. Where: 2707 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria
The man himself gifted us with an exciting newbie last month and Pacific Fair were the ones lucky enough to score it. The menu is packed with authentic pizzas and pastas and it’s perfect for after a spot of shopping.
Where: Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Simple by name, decadent by nature is the idea behind Nobby’s newbie Mr. It’s the work of the team behind Forreal Kitchen and Nobby’s Arc’s recent revamp so you know the menu (and the cocktails) are five-star.
Where: 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach
i like ramen
Bringing their signature ramen, panko mushrooms (love you) and a whole lot of epic cocktails, the boys moved back home to Nobby Beach and they’ve been overrun by lovers of their magical goodies every since.
Where: 2251 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Taking up space where Hellenika once lived, the Meditteranean-inspired space is serving up delicious eats and of course, an array of epic cocktails that are some of the very best around. Perfect summer vibes here.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Burleigh Heads became home to an authentic ramen bar who are serving up a few varieties of delicious broth as well as Japanese beverages and tasty sides too.
Where: 3/1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Light Years Asian Bar and Diner
The Byron Bay and Noosa fave finally moved into Burleigh and everybody fell in love with the stunning interior, exceptional eats and creative cocktails. It’s perfectly at home here and we are absolutely stoked.
Where: 1848 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Moxy’s Rooftop Bar
A sweet, new rooftop bar, Moxy’s, opened in Cooly with 180 degree ocean views and plenty of good vibes. It’s a small bar so you can order food in while sipping on one of the many DELICIOUS cocktails the team have whipped up.
Where: 2/152 Griffith St, Coolangatta
A new dive bar was a fun addition to Nobby Beach. Especially one with live music, late night revelry and everything you’ve come to expect from the people who brought us Nightjar, Soho Place and Hideaway Kitchen and Bar among others. It’s epic.
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Burleigh Bar + Bites
A sophisticated little bar and restaurant opened up on James Street bringing tasty cocktails and share plates to the people. It’s an intimate vibe perfect for lunching with the ladies or date night of course.
Where: 12 James Street, Burleigh Heads
The Sporting Globe
Robina Town Centre scored an impressive new sports-themed venue in the form of The Sporting Globe in late December. With 50 high definition screens, you absolutely won’t miss a second of the live sporting action.
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
A Byron Bay favourite opened in Tweed Heads and their ramen is as authentic and tasty as it comes. If you’ve visited the southern version, you’d know they offer many options of the traditional noodle soup including beef and brisket, chicken, tofu, and the Bay Pho special noodle soup – all of which are also on offer at our very own Tweed Heads space.
Where: Tweed City Shopping Centre, Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South
That’s a lot, thanks for sticking with us. Stay tuned for the café version. Resting now, bye.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith