In news that will surprise no one, Burleigh is set to welcome another epic eatery to the fray at the end of September. Bondi Grill’e first appeared in Coolangatta in 2015 and, due to popular demand, will swing open their doors for a second time in six short weeks.
The food options are a meaty affair boasting their signature, and super popular, pork, beef and lamb ribs and a selection of gourmet burgers. Famous for perfectly cooked steak, the Burleigh venue will add new cuts of premium Cape Grim Beef to the menu.
The menu will also expand to include entrees, mains, share plates and desserts as well as a full cocktail menu.
In other exciting news, fresh local seafood with a Brazilian twist will also be added to the Burleigh lineup, a first for the Bondi Grill’e boys.
Almost a quarter of the new premises will be dedicated to a bar (hallelujah) that will offer your favourite craft beer, a sweet selection of wine and some delicious new cocktails.
We can see it now, sunny Sunday arvos with the crew, a cocktail in hand and seafood to match the salty sea breeze.
The Coolangatta restaurant came about after a trio of passionate chefs, originally from Brazil, completed their Aussie-wide travels and decided to call the Gold Coast home (where else).
Their plan was to create an intimate venue with a relaxed vibe and community atmosphere and, of course, the good people of Coolangatta made them feel at home.
Now it’s Burleigh’s turn with the new 130-seat venue set to become a firm favourite amongst locals looking for something new to sink their teeth into.
Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come.
Words by Kirra Smith.
After eating their way through the US on a taste-testing mission, the team at newly renamed Brooklyn Depot Kitchen & Brew brought home 15 of the most authentic dishes they found for your finger lickin’ pleasure.
While there are obviously 15, here are the top three reasons to make a date with the Brooklyn boys stat.
1. The Lobster Mac & Cheese
It’s out of this world. As if Mac & Cheese wasn’t already the best thing that ever happened, the addition of lobster tips it over the edge. Basically it’s fresh lobster meat in a three cheese sauce baked ‘au gratin’ with a gremolata breadcrumb topping. Yes. It. Is.
2. The Cheeseburger Empanadas
These may just blow your mind – housemade empanadas with grass fed beef, American cheese, pickles, onion and served with Depot special sauce – they taste better than a cheeseburger but look more like a curry puff. Thank you America.
3. Chicken n’ Waffles
Not just any chicken n’ waffles though, sweet red velvet ‘bubble style’ waffles topped with crispy southern fried chicken pieces, served with maple cream syrup and flavoured butter. Soul food done the Brooklyn way and oh so Instagrammable.
There’s plenty more where they came from too y’all so a couple of visits a week for the next month should do it. The good old US of A comes through for us again, cheers legends.
Inside tip: the Yo’ Mama milkshake will make you very happy.
LOCATION: Brooklyn Depot Kitchen & Brew, The 4217, 10 Beach Road Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Open 7 days, 11am until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
It’s the last piece of the puzzle for our beloved Burleigh Heads, a suburb filled with first class dining and arguably the most beautiful beach in the world. That’s right folks, Lockwood Bar opened this week and it’s every bit the secretive, speakeasy drinking den of your dreams.
You can find the small bar via a red door on Justin Lane (it’s a laneway behind the restaurant of the same name) and once you do the fun has begun. There’s a phone number and a secret code and once you’ve made contact you’ll be met at the door and escorted through the red velvet curtain. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by exceptionally cosy space decked out industrial-style with a wooden ceiling, wrought iron bar stools and, the pièce de résistance, a bar stocked with spirits you’ve probably never laid eyes on before.
Since alcohol is the name of the game here you won’t be surprised to learn there are 140 specifically chosen bottles on the bar, 70 of which are varieties of whiskey.
Who knew there were that many you ask. Co-owner Brendan Yeo knew, that’s who. He’s extremely knowledgeable (not to mention passionate) about all things spirits and LOVES to educate his guests on the story behind each tipple.
The other half of the team Zac Wright was a brewer for Stone and Wood in a past life, so he’s the guy who knows a lot about beer (among other things).
Together the pair dreamt up the venue with the intention of creating a bar to match the high quality food scene Burleigh is already bringing to the Coast.
The cocktail list is made up of Brendan’s personal spin on the classics. A favourite is the Brookies Blackthorn served in a teacup with Brookies Slow Gin (a Byron Bay local), Mancinno Rosso Vermouth, orange bitters and fresh rosemary.
The wine list, also carefully selected, is made up of softer French and Italian drops.
If an all-encompassing experience is on your hit list, seek out Lockwood Bar’s red door and prepare to be transported into the theatrical world of old school speakeasies.
LOCATION: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads (the rest is up to you)
HOURS: 5pm to midnight Thursday to Monday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Among all of the possible naughty delicious food options out there in the wide world, burgers have to be the very pinnacle of quick and easy, yet damn tasty, chow options. This said, were you aware that Friday 28th May is observed as International Burger Day around the globe? Meaning, yes, you guessed it, you are fully expected to get out there and oblige the necessity to eat all the delicious burgers that you come across. No exceptions!
Now you can swing by any old drive-through in your car and grab a burger with the most minimal fuss, but we think you deserve better. That’s why we’re giving you a rundown on what we consider to be 10 of the best places on the Gold Coast for you to celebrate this very important food day.
Prepare to loosen those belts people!
Easy Street Diner
Blink and you might miss this beauty along the Gold Coast Hwy, so keep your eye peeled! What these guys knock out of their kitchen will have you coming back time after time. Menu items such as Jalapeño Bites, Pickle Poppers and their infamous Pork Belly Nuggets are absolute crowd-pleasers. But who are we to take the shine off their fantastic lineup of burgers, Give us the Royale with Cheese all the way!
Where: 12/2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
This Burleigh Heads corner spot is the very essence of lazy, street-side eating. Swing in when you clock off on Friday, grab one of their 12 craft beers on tap — and relax. Next, seize a menu and struggle to decide which of the next-level burgers you’re set on. The imagination that goes into their selection of burgers is top-notch, with examples like the Baja Fish Taco Burger and Southern Hick Chicken Burger; you’ll not just be wowed with flavour but the menu names also!
Where: 37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
Palm Beach’s evolution into total-blown foodie nirvana is only helped along by this popular pull-up and eat spot. These guys haven’t been around for long but what they are cooking up is first-rate. The menu separates your proteins out and even has a sweet selection of vegan burgers that will keep your plant-based friends happy. Add into the mix, regular live music and you have the southern Gold Coast’s answer to celebrate this Friday.
Where: 1089 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Combining New York swagger and laid-back Aussie persona, the resulting Brooklyn Depot is a prime place to grab a cocktail or two and of course, a burger (or two). How does The Dubya BBQ Brisket Burger with Juicy beef brisket, depot slaw, onion rings, two mozzarella sticks, sweet baby rays BBQ sauce and Honey mustard sauce sound? Or perhaps the Flip the Bird with pulled BBQ chicken, crispy bacon, depot slaw, guacamole, and sweet BBQ sauce is more your thing? Either way, with vegetarian and vegan options galore, you’re spoilt for choice!
Where: 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Eddie’s Grub House
This rock and roll infused dive bar delivers teenage kicks and appealing burger action unapologetically to Coolangatta. As far south as you can go before stepping over the street and into New South Wales, the venue is a ‘pull up a stool and sink a few bevvies’ kind of hangout. Ideal if you find yourself needing a refreshment between happenings at Cooly Rocks On. In the realm of burgers, these guys bring out revolving weekly specials with all the best music genre names you can think of. Delicious and always a good time. We strongly suggest you swing by Eddie’s and let your hair down!
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
Crispy skinned fried chicken has never looked so good, and we don’t mind telling the Colonel so if ever we bumped into him. These guys don’t have a venue as such, only delivering to the lucky folks on the northern end of the GC and particularly the Southport area. Heck, get home on Friday and don’t even think about leaving the house then! If you haven’t come across them, their signature Sweet-and-sour pickles, cheese and special Cluccboi sauce are something to behold! Find them on Ubereats, Doordash, and Menulog.
Where: Undisclosed, Southport
Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar
If you happen to bring your very best hunger game with you to Longboards, you won’t be disappointed. Seventeen handcrafted burgers on offer, including Beach Cheeseburger, the Vegetarian G-Banger, and the Mona Lisa, which arrives towering with wagyu beef patty, crispy bacon, melted brie cheese, garlic-butter mushrooms, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato, and truffle aioli. Over the top? Maybe just a bit – but we aren’t judging! One of the best burger joints on the Gold Coast? Absolutely!
Where: Q1 Resort & Spa, Corner of Hamilton Avenue &, Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise
Not technically Gold Coast, but those south of the border – or those willing to drive – look no further than Rita’s. Cabarita is slowly becoming a place to hit upon the weekends, and we see Rita’s Burgers as an instrumental piece of that. If you’re a truffle fan, grab The Truff Nut with 120g grass fed beef patty, melted Swiss cheeses, smoked bacon jam, glazed balsamic mushrooms, local truffle aioli, oak leaf lettuce, served in a fresh sesame seed bun. There’s also plant-based and grom burgers thrown in there for good measure.
Where: 2/34 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach
Hard Rock Café
Let’s face it, you’re always ensured a fun time whenever you set foot into one of the many Hard Rock Cafes around the world. If the nostalgic Americana fit-outs and live music don’t do it for you, then a multi-award-winning stacked menu with all of your favourites on there probably will. Taking their burger game to the next level, these guys have a completely devoted section to steak burgers. Yes, you read that correctly. We suggest you hop to it, pull up a pew on the bacony overlooking the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Corner of Cavill Ave & Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When you have burgers on the brain and your eyes firmly on the fries, Pattysmith’s various outlets across the Gold Coast have got you comfortably catered for. As self-confessed ‘masters of the perfect patty’ and the graceful art of ensuring your food gets to you in picture-perfect condition, come Friday knock-off, we suggest you place an order for delivery with these guys and let them take care of the rest.
Where: Labrador, Merrimac, Miami, Palm Beach, Upper Coomera.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.