There are a few Gold Coast restaurants that have stood the test of time and those are the ones you know with absolute certainty are the goods. One such restaurant is Black Angus, a much-loved Gold Coast steakhouse that’s been open for just on 10 years and has recently made the move from Sanctuary Cove to the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Which is very good news if you’re a lover of steak and haven’t found yourself in our northernmost suburbs over the last few years.
The new venue has opened where Hooters (RIP) once lived, next to the Pink Poodle sign and with plenty of undercover parking.
Black Angus 2.0 can be found on a corner block with both indoor and outdoor seating so you can perch outside under an umbrella or inside in a sophisticated dining room surrounded by wine bottle-filled walls, wooden accents and a lovely little fireplace situation, perfect for upcoming winter dinner dates.
As mentioned, steak is the hero of the restaurant and in particular their Hot Rock dish, whereby your choice of meat is brought out slightly seared and you can cook it to perfection yourself on a rock that’s heated to 300 degrees. We sampled the Rib on the Bone and it was easily one of the best pieces of steak we’ve ever tasted.
Of course, there are many varieties to choose from and you can also sizzle some seafood on your rock should steak not be your thing.
If you’d prefer your meal prepared for you, there are starters along the lines of King Salmon Sashimi, Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Grilled WA Octopus and mains like Potato Gnocchi, Squid Ink Linguini and an Ocean Platter for Two (to name a few) to choose from and all are very excellent options.
For dessert, definitely go for the White Chocolate Crème Brulee and perhaps a little Amaretto Sour to finish off the experience.
Speaking of which, there are many a perfectly prepared cocktail to sip or choose from an extensive range of carefully selected wines from all over the world.
There’s a $25 daily lunch special with lots of great options to choose from, as well as a glass of house wine or a tap beer. If you’re more of a two-course fan (same) you can pay $45, Monday to Friday for lunch or dinner, and choose from a slightly bigger menu and get a house wine or beer too. So good.
There you have it, a steakhouse institution now in Surfers Paradise, great news.
LOCATION: 2893 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 11am until late daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
It’s not often we have the pleasure of chatting about our northern neighbours but there is certainly a lot to discuss when it comes to Brisbane’s dining scene. The most important aspect of which is the city’s adoption of one of our favourite restauranteurs and one extremely talented head chef.
Yes, it’s Simon Gloftis (founder of Hellenika, The Fish House and nineteen at The Star) and Kelvin Andrews (former Head Chef at The Fish House and nineteen at The Star), two of the Coast’s most impressive foodies and now, owners at SK Steak & Oyster.
As you’ve no doubt heard, the pair opened the venue within The Calile Hotel in Brisbane and it is exceptional in every sense of the word.
Before we begin, some context. In late 2019, the pair embarked on an eating tour of the US to ‘gather intel’ (which roughly translates to tasting all of the things) on the style of venue they were planning. They wanted a sophisticated space with white tablecloths, a piano and of course, the highest quality produce they could source.
Which is exactly what they’ve created.
SK Steak & Oyster greets you with a beautifully stocked circular wall of spirits including a stunning array of single malt whiskey’s that we would very much appreciate sampling.
Inside you’ll find an air of unpretentious sophistication with fresh flowers dotted throughout, plants tucked in overhead, a completely open kitchen and a window showcasing some of the finest cuts of meat there are.
The team are dressed in crisp white dinner jackets and are both very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable and the entire experience is one that will stay with you always.
Now to the food and although words may not do it justice, let’s see how we go.
The premise is of course, steak and seafood and as mentioned, it’s of the highest possible quality.
To begin, oysters of course. SK’s are sourced daily and served with a champagne mignonette that takes champagne and oysters to a whole new level.
The seafood platter is a must with oysters, prawns, bugs, mussels and lobster and it is unlike any seafood platter we’ve ever laid eyes on. Fresh, flavorsome perfection.
Next the raw seafood is an absolute taste sensation and we sampled the Raw Yellowtail Kingfish with smoked dashi, white soy and jalapeno and The Petuna Ocean Trout Tartare with shallots, cornichons and capers. Melt in your mouth and beautifully balanced, the both of them.
Now there are a few ways to go and if you’re a risotto lover, Kelvin’s Lobster Risotto is the best you’ll ever have with southern Tasmanian Rock Lobster and crustacean bisque. The flavours guys, too good.
Of course, you’ll want to sample a steak and there are many to choose from depending on your preference. We went for the eye fillet and it was life changing. Crisp on the outside and pink in the middle, soft and just exceptional honestly. No sauce required… but available if you can’t do without.
Sides-wise there is an entire potato menu and we love that a lot. The Moreton Bay Bug Mash Potato is the greatest mash in the world (actually), do yourself a favour. If you’d like a salad too (because at this point, why not?), the SK Signature Wedge Salad has blue cheese dressing (!) and bacon on iceberg lettuce. YUM.
For dessert, you must try the signature Strawberry Cake that Kelvin has absolutely perfected, is sweet and smooth and we’re in love with it to be frank.
To drink, cocktails, wines, spirits and beers, all able to be matched with your dishes and all absolutely sensational.
Quite obviously, it’s worth a trip to Brisbane just to sample the goodness that is SK Steak & Oyster, not to mention you’ll be supporting two former Gold Coasters who have firmly made their mark on the Brisbane dining scene and have zero signs of stopping there.
World takeover? We’re here for it.
LOCATION: Ground floor at The Calile Hotel, 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley
HOURS: 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to midnight daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith