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Betty Wilson’s Dining Room

By James Barnes, Destination Food
By James Barnes, Destination Food
By James Barnes, Destination Food

The phrase pop-up always elicits feelings of excitement and anticipation, particularly when the word restaurant follows and particularly on the Gold Coast.

Happily, we’re here to talk (write) about exactly that; a pop-up restaurant on the Gold Coast and one with an excellent name to boot.

Betty Wilson’s Dining Room is popping up in Kirra as of right now and it’s an exclusive Chef’s Table dining experience like no other.

Brought to us by local chef Jason Atwal, the restaurant will take over one of our favourite southern café spaces by night, Zephyr Coffee Co., from Thursday to Saturday each week.

The Chef’s Table experience will offer an eight-course (!) menu utilising the freshest of local ingredients and Jason’s flair for seafood and experimental cooking techniques.

You may recognise the much-loved Chef from his four year stint at QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and you will also know that means the menu is going to be one of the very best around.

A favourite dish on the stellar menu is Na Jim spiced prawns with a fresh herbed vermicelli noodle salad encased in a fried prawn cracker and the Heirloom tomato salad with a Burringbar Romano cheese basket. Amazing right?

The aim of the eve is to offer exceptional food in a stylish, relaxed setting paying homage to Jason’s Grandmother, the one and only Betty Wilson. He says she was an incredible baker and as a child, Jason couldn’t get enough of her apple pies with vanilla ice cream, which we completely understand.

In other great news, you may BYO wine to the dinner free of charge.

It’s set to be an experience created with a whole lot of love and the expertise of a man who knows his stuff.

Plus, for we lucky Gold Coasters, with only 12 seats available per night (bookings are essential though, so make sure you lock it in early for the hotly contested seats), it’s the perfect place to make new friends, gather the gang or treat your team to a VIP Christmas party like they’ve never seen before.

Get in quick, we’re fairly certain it’s going to be a popular one.

LOCATION: Zephyr Coffee Co., 1 Churchill Street, Coolangatta
HOURS: From 6.30pm Thursday to Saturday nights

Words by Kirra Smith

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