Before today, we were fairly sure there was nothing better than a Sunday morning with absolutely nothing to do except stroll to the beach for a coffee with the crew and a whole sunshiny day spread out in front of us.
But how wrong we were Gold Coasters. Turns out the very best thing to do on a Sunday morning is get dressed up, gather the girls and head to Southport for a four-course degustation brunch, complete with cocktails of course…
Enter Boudoir Lounge, Southport’s sophisticated new bar and restaurant, who have recently introduced the Gold Coast’s only decadent four-course degustation brunch experience.
The new addition is heavily influenced by owner Harvey Gebara’s upbringing, combined with the expertise of distinguished chef Matija Stefancic and offers a menu packed with Middle-Eastern dishes created to complement modern food trends, including a stunning vegan option with each course setting.
Featuring Menemen – slow braised tomato + bull horn pepper, free range egg, Sucuk – Gouda and pita and its vegan counter part Shakshuka – tomato stew, spinach, tofu, capsicum, coriander and pita and, for those who like a sweet start to the day, Harvey’s Famous Lebanese Toast which is (wait for it) lemon curd, rosewater meringue, pistachio ice cream, eggy bread and berries or its vegan counterpart Egyptian Mess – banana raisin bread, whipped cream, meringue, coulis, almond praline.
Pretty sure you’ve booked after reading all that but wait, there’s more.
The menu is accompanied by regular or traditional Turkish coffee AND Boudoir’s specially curated The Lady Marmalade gin cocktail.
You may (and we know you will) upgrade to make yours a bottomless brunch including unlimited The Lady Marmalade’s or Mimosas!
All of this set amongst Boudoir’s stunning surrounds makes this the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.
Seeya coffee walks, you’re done here.
The Degustation Brunch starts at $59pp including one complimentary coffee or tea or you can choose the $69pp option including The Lady Marmalade cocktail.
For the best option though, it’s $99pp with bottomless The Lady Marmalade’s or Mimosas.
Happy Sunday indeed.
LOCATION: 410/1 Como Crescent, Southport
WHEN: Starting Sunday 2nd August with two seatings available at 8am to 10.00 or 10.30am to 12.30pm
BOOKINGS: Book here
STORY SPONSORED BY BOUDOIR LOUNGE
There are very few things that bring more pleasure than a night out with the girls, sipping on cocktails in a stunning, new bar. Throw in some tasty eats and oh, the opportunity to have your makeup, hair and nails done while sipping on said cocktails at said bar and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening.
Enter Southport’s brand new sipping spot, Boudoir Lounge and all of the above activities, which can be enjoyed simultaneously there. How fun.
Found on Como Cres in what’s quickly becoming a thriving little section of Sopo (as the kids call it), Boudoir Lounge opened recently to rave reviews thanks to a new concept and a beautifully put together space perfect for outings with your lady loves.
The space itself is filled with colour and boasting somewhat of a sleek, industrial vibe with velvet lounges and booth, gold accents and striking gold bar that stretches from floor to ceiling.
Owner Harvey Gebara set out to create a playground for women focusing on a unique experience, personalised service and exceptional quality and that is indeed what you can expect from Boudoir Lounge.
As mentioned, a beauty bar can be found within the venue and isn’t that a good time. Choose from hair washing and styling, facials, brow waxing and shaping, manicures and pedicures and makeup touch ups or go for the full experience and book yourself a (very affordable) package to kick off the night right.
Now while all that is happening you can nibble on Mediterranean little plates of goodness like Lightly Cured Beetroot Sashimi, Middle Eastern Spiced Squid and House Made Chickpea Falafels. All very delicious.
If you’re after something a bit more filling, there are large plates like Greek Inspired Chicken Skewers, Hand Rolled Beef Rissoles and Fresh Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce. There are also desserts and cheese plates and it’s all very lovely.
To drink, a perfectly curated cocktail menu with sips like the Boudoir Betty; made up of Pillars Gin, citrus and topped with sparkling, Carrie On with Four Pillars Gin, passionfruit and homemade ginger syrup and Maple Miley, a rich, flavoursome old fashioned that will definitely hit the spot. Rihanna, Gwenyth and Audrey all make an appearance too #yeahthegirls.
So there’s all of that AND the space can be rented for events with plenty already locked down including women’s empowerment breakfasts, wedding and baby showers (because a beauty bar + cocktails = perfection) and a Galentine’s event that includes canapés, and a beauty package for just $89.
All the things you love most are happening at Boudoir Lounge ladies, lucky Southport. Gather the gals and get in there.
LOCATION: 410/1 Como Cres, Southport
PHONE: (07) 5528 1104
HOURS: Bar and Restaurant; 12pm to 12am daily. Beauty Bar; 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (plus special event nights).
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
It may be home to the Gold Coast’s bustling business district but Southport can also boast a huge array of incredible eateries, culture and general good times.
We’ve rounded up 15 things locals love about the place and we reckon you might enjoy them too.
In no particular order, enjoy.
There is many a good time to be had at Southport Sharks including dining at one of the delicious dish-packed restaurants, drinking at Aviary Rooftop Bar overlooking the city, joining in on one of their classes at the Health + Fitness Centre or getting involved in one of their many good time events. The possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect spot for a family event or take the crew for a Sunday afternoon session. Happy days no matter what.
Where: Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue, Southport
Southport Yacht Club
Waterfront dining is the name of the game at Southport Yacht Club with two venues to choose from and stunning scenes from whichever you choose. You’re also welcome to just sit back and kick up your heels with a cold beverage or two while gazing lovingly at one of the many beautiful yachts in the marina. It’s one of the Coast’s best locations and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach
Zero Latency is a free-roam, virtual reality experience like no other. With up to eight players per game, you’ll have the BEST time fighting zombies, exploring mystical places and challenging your friends on space stations. All you need to do is put on the VR headset, strap into the backpack and pickup the controller. Get 10% off here. It really is so good.
Where: 34 Smith Street, Southport
The Coast’s first vodka distillery opened in Southport a few short months ago and what a treat. The family-owned business are whipping up three types of vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers on the premises and you can pop in to grab a bottle to go, or you can sit down and enjoy a cocktail and a charcuterie board and spend a bit of time. Very cool.
Where: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
Who doesn’t love a good dive bar. Particularly one that doubles as a live music venue and has a huge range of your favourite beers on offer (and some you may not have heard of). Head in there to discover some new music from both local and interstate bands and if you’re in the mood for a party, which we know you are, you can hire the space out for your next one.
Where: 44A Nerang Street, Southport
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
On the ground floor of the building you’ll find the deli section of the establishment, with an array of delicious meats and cheeses that will be brought together in platter form for your feasting pleasure. Upstairs, the rooftop bar boasts tasty cocktails, even more delicious eats and views across the city. It’s a real good time.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport
To put it bluntly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a Randy Wallhole bagel. There are eight flavours to choose from which means you have multiple per day if you so choose. Go for the Pulled Bas first up, it’s got Smokey BBQ pulled beef, peri mayo and apple slaw. Wash it down with some of the best coffee on the Coast and be on your merry way.
Where: 4/21 Nind Street, Southport
A newbie amongst the Southport bunch, Boudoir Lounge is the very best spot for a tasty brunch with the girls or simply a few cocktails after work. Found on Como Crescent, it quickly became the go to spot for those looking for some delicious eats, in a sweet setting and with unique sips of course. Inside there’s also a hair and beauty bar so you can get fabulous before you head out on the town. Perfect.
Where: 410/1 Como Crescent, Southport
Whether you’re four or 40, there’s tons of fun to be had at Broadwater Parklands. For starters, you can sit and stare out at the yachts you’ll never set foot on. Then, there’s the bouncy pillow (maybe don’t go on there without a child), a kiddies train, a water playground and weekly events from theatre shows to foodie markets. See, fun.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
D Point Ten
Oh donuts, how we love you. D Point Ten can be found on Stevens Street and, in keeping with the general donut vibe, is a little hole in the wall space pumping out the freshest of donuts we may have ever excitedly shoved into our greedy mouths. In all the best flavours no less. Go the Ferrero Rocher for sure.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport
The delightful folk at Cardamon Pod are serving up delightful dishes with a focus on clean eating but of the prettiest variety. They offer vegan and gluten free options for breakfast and lunch with a side of organic coffee and vegan desserts. All very delicious and it’s very hard to stop at just one thing or not to post on your Instagram.
Where: Brickworks Centre, 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport’s centre of swimming is something for all of us to be proud of. It’s as pretty as a collection of swimming pools can be and, as it was home to all the Commonwealth Games water activities, it’s world class. The architecture is sleek and there’s a training room featuring pits filled with foam for the divers to practice in.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
Imagine being wrongly accused of murder, chained to a wall and having to rely on your friends’ detective skills to free you. Who you gonna call? Welcome to Escape Hunt, Southport’s brain bending game guaranteed to test your problem solving skills like they’ve never been tested before. There’s a few scenarios you might be faced with, all of which involve solving a mystery with a set of intricate clues. It’s the most fun you can have inside a locked room. Make sure to take your smart friends. Grab 10% off here.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport
Where to start. There are SO many excellent places to peruse at the Brickworks starting with Ferry Rd Market where you can nab yourself everything from beautiful flowers to the freshest breads, seafood and fruit and veggies galore. God it’s good. Within the Centre, there’s also stunning homewares, fashion and design stores and health and beauty services. Oh, there’s also always some really cool events.
Where: Ferry Road, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith
The fresh, colourful dishes that make up a Thai feast are some of the most loved in the world. The curries, the stir-fry’s, the tiny little bite sized entrées, all so packed with flavour that it’s really quite hard to stop eating it all.
The good news is, you don’t really have to stop because See Thai opened in Southport recently and many of their dishes have all of the vegetables and they’re quite light and also very tasty.
You can find the newbie in the Sundale Retail Precinct on Como Crescent, with views out over the Broadwater so lovely sunsets are guaranteed whilst feasting on Thai food.
The owners are also the folks behind Robina’s very popular Thai on the Hill and obviously, quite the experts when it comes to food of the Thai variety.
The menu is an extensive one and all your favourites are on it but let’s start at the top with a few we absolutely loved.
For entrees, don’t go past the Crab Spring Rolls which are made up of a crispy net type situation and filled with crab and prawn meat and served with a sweet plum sauce. There’s also a dish called Khanom Beuang, which is roti filled with seasoned and shredded coconut and is one of the most unique and tasty Thai dishes we’ve tried.
Of course there’s also Curry Puffs (YUM), Satay Chicken and Spring Rolls and a mixed entrée option so you can sample a few things.
There’s are soup and salad section if you want to indulge in something light but if (like us) you’re all about eating all the things, the Chef’s Special section is your new best friend.
Our favourites were the Larb Moo – a pork salad with minced pork and a sweet and tangy sauce served with a crunchy, spicy salad. The Yam-Woon-Sen is a glass noodle salad with a spicy lime dressing and served with minced pork, steamed prawns and calamari atop another delicious salad.
The pièce de résistance is a deep-fried whole Barramundi with your choice of sauce (we say garlic and chilli tamarind sauce) and it’s all crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside and an absolute must-try.
The curries and stir-fry’s are all fresh and flavour-filled too so good luck choosing what to taste.
Everything is also VERY affordable and there’s a $12 daily lunch special where you can choose any stir fry or curry with beef, chicken or veggies.
There are plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options and it’s BYO too. How good.
See Thai can be found right near the tram station so if you’re not from the Southport area, take a little day trip to try all the goodness for yourself.
It’s the perfect adventure.
LOCATION: Shop 10/2 Como Crescent, Southport
HOURS: Daily from 11am until 3pm and 5pm until 9pm
STORY SPONSORED BY SEE THAI