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Burleigh’s iconic Surf Club gets a fancy facelift

Breakfast Hash & Disco Cauliflower with turmeric yoghurt, green chilli and pomegranate, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Breakfast Hash & Disco Cauliflower with turmeric yoghurt, green chilli and pomegranate, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Our surf clubs dotted along the Coast are historical hubs and important social pillars of the community. They’re the uncomplicated place where you can always find a cold beer with a spectacular view or an affordable meal any day of the week — and for this, we love them.

Keeping up with the way the Gold Coast has been reimaging itself has been a fast affair. One such club keen to not ignore this trend, but at the same time not lose their history or nostalgia of yesteryear, is Burleigh Surf Club. An extensive $5 million refurbishment has just been completed, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably curious to see what has transpired within this iconic venue.

The entire dining and bar space has had a splash of sophistication added but nothing over the top. A dark backdrop highlights a new and impressive marble bar top highlighted by unique birdcage pendant lights, a subtle reference to the name “The Birdcage” given by locals of yesteryear due to women congregating on the higher floor, while men tended to meet downstairs in “The Crabpot”. The bar of course features twenty-plus beer taps showcasing local craft beers alongside other better-known favourites. Oh and should we mention they now sport a two-lane lap pool located on the 3rd floor available for members and nippers? — Yep, it’s a perfect excuse to sign up and actually enjoy exercising at the best spot on the Coast to get in a few laps.

On the dining level, cast your eyes around towards the rest of the venue, and you’re met with a modernised space with large ornamental light features, high tables and that million-dollar view we all know and love. Seriously Gold Coasters, when the sun is shining, and the Pacific Ocean is shimmering, we literally can’t think of a better vista to accompany some tasty food.

Burleigh Surf Club Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Burleigh Surf Club Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

So what is there on the menu?

New executive chef, Paul Macnish (who we must mention has actually had the pleasure of cooking for some of Europe’s most well-know royal families), is a man with a distinct vision in mind. He hasn’t completely reinvented the menu here (it’s ok everyone, a chicken parmi is still on the menu), but he has approached it with fresh eyes. Whilst ensuring the offering isn’t overly fancy, Paul has made the focus on dishes to be nothing short of fresh and tasty.

For breakfast, you have dishes such as the Breakfast Hash with fried halloumi, potato roast capsicum, crisp kale and topped with a poached egg, alongside a selection of freshly made smoothies such as the Detox, Reboot, or Energise, the perfect healthy drink to sip while you cast your eyes out over the beach.

With an aim to keep locals whilst also tempting a new crowd, the lunch and dinner menu speak volumes of this approach. Expect dishes like the Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Salmon or the classic Chicken Caesar Salad which are both light and great for when the temperature rises. As for what to order after a long day spent at the beach, we suggest The Haloumi Burger or Prawn & Crab Linguine.

There’s also a selection of smaller dishes for those who might just want to graze from the Birdcage Bites menu, like the Falafel Plate, and naturally, a comprehensive yet well-thought-out kids menu. Aiming to please even the fussiest ones.

Two lane lap pool on the 3rd floor, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Two lane lap pool on the 3rd floor, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

With an incredible view, it’s wholly necessary for drinks to match. If you’re the type of person who likes themselves a cocktail — or five — then it’ll be music to your ears to learn there’s a spattering of classic drinks which won’t blow your budget. The majority of cocktails are $14 and served up with the handy assistance of the Gold Coast’s very own Mr. Consistent. Meaning you’re guaranteed the same great-tasting cocktail whether it’s 6pm on a Friday or noon on a Tuesday — don’t worry, we don’t judge.

And for you wine fans out there, the wine list has been carefully elevated to include some great Australian producers and even features a President’s Reserve List should you feel like splashing out for a bottle of something a little more refined. How does a magnum-sized bottle of Provence Rosé sound after a week at the office? — Yep, we are down!

By their own admission, the Club wants to retain its character but also keep up with the ever-changing face of Burleigh Heads. Ideally, sitting between a pub and somewhere a bit fancier, they want to make everyone who walks in the door feel incredibly welcome. After checking it out for ourselves, it’s safe to say they’ve made Burleigh Surf Club a place for everyone to enjoy — and dare we say, most likely your new Friday afternoon knock-off spot!

Where: 55 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am — late and Sat & Sun 7am — late

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Salmon Sashimi with soy, ginger and finger lime, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Salmon Sashimi with soy, ginger and finger lime, Burleigh Surf Club (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

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