When it comes to European food, the rest of the world has a lot to owe. And no trip to the old continent is complete without a stop by in Belgium. This pocket-sized country is steeped in history, and today the biggest draws are its medieval towns and cafe-bars serving some of the planet’s finest beers and waist swelling food you’re likely to find.
When we stumble across a new and exciting venue bringing unpretentious and authentic eats and drinks to the Gold Coast, our heart skips a beat for a second. And for this new Currumbin creekside venue, you may need to sit down, because Bridges MD Belgian Dining is the slice of Europe we all need in our lives.
Owners Martin and Delphine are two hospitality professionals and veterans in their own rights. Both hailing from Europe — Czech Republic and Belgium respectively — they have always wanted to bring a little piece of where they grew up to where they now call home on the Gold Coast. And luckily for us, this equates to some scrumptious flavours that you will struggle to find anywhere else.
The name, Bridges MD, is inspired by the many famous river crossings throughout Belgium. Situated near the serene and picturesque Currumbin Creek, this adorable restaurant/bar couldn’t be in a more perfect location if it tried. The space comprises a tall, recycled wood bar with high seats, a vintage-styled lounge area, and the most enchanting back courtyard area with beautiful features, elegant tables, chairs and a running fountain. Stay a while here, and you may forget you’re in Queensland!
The venue’s offering will be split between operating as a boutique coffee shop from late morning to mid-afternoon before becoming a refined dining haven of Belgian delicacies in the evening. Saunter in on any given daytime, and you will be treated to some of the most intricate and delectable handmade sweets you have ever laid eyes on. Delphine will be handmaking real Belgian Waffles to order, whipping up Chocolate Pralines, Chocolate Mousse, and the most mind-blowing Hot Chocolate with Crème Chantilly on top. There will also be several pastries, Macaroons, and other traditional Belgian Petits Delices on offer — which when you try them, you’ll instantly be smitten. And if you ever want to see what is on offer, you can always take a stroll past their chilled window display with all the goodies in plain sight: dangerous!
Of an evening, the menu will focus on hearty Belgian fare with customary dishes of Steamy Mussels with sauce Provencal or Mariniere, slow-cooked meatballs in a unique and secret sauce inspired by the town of Liege — Liegeoise. And to top it off, how do hand-cut hot chips sound? Naturally smothered in an array of painstakingly housemade sauces that even ex-pat Belgians will delight in. Delicious, we dare say.
No Belgian cooking is complete without great drinks. Although a neat little wine list of Australian and European drops and a mustering of cocktails will appeal to most, it’s the beer where this venue truly shines. Belgium is renowned the world over for its greatness of beer, some breweries dating back to medieval times and using the same recipe as their founding fathers — who were most of the time bored monks! So, nestle in at the bar top and let hand-poured European beers from Belgium, and the Czech Republic quench your thirst. Be careful, though; some of these can be around 6-8% standard, no half measures here.
Whether you plan on stopping by for a tasty treat during the day or slipping into the courtyard area for a Belgian beer by night, Bridges MD is set to open their doors this weekend (Sat 26th / Sun 27th June 2021) and promises to be a firm favourite for locals and visitors to Currumbin.
Where: 136 Duringan Street, Currumbin
Hours: Open every Thursday – Tuesday (Closed Wednesday)
Boutique Coffee Shop: 10am – 4pm
Dinner Service: 5.30pm – late
Lunch Service only on Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 3pm
Words by Alex Mitcheson.