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A La Carte yourselves to JW Marriott Resort & Spa

Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

Many of us locals have experienced buffet-belly-bliss at JW Marriott Resort & Spa’s Citrique restaurant, treating our tastebuds to an award-winning seafood buffet. And you’ve also no doubt fuelled up for the day at Citrique’s equally palette-pleasing buffet brekkie. But did you also know that this Gold Coast fave also offers a lavish, locally sourced a la carte menu Monday through Thursday? Well now you do and you’re welcome, because it’s the ultimate bougee dining experience guaranteed to woo your love, spoil the fam and earn you the coveted ‘foodie friend’ title amongst your posse.

Delivering sophisticated creativity and signature freshness expertly crafted by a talented team of chefs, Citrique serves up the Ferrari of food. Spoiling guests with fresh and contemporary cuisine, this consistently chic showstopper specialises in ocean and paddock-to-plate deliciousness. But it’s not just the delectable a-la carte eats that make a trip to Citrique unforgettable, it’s also the immersive feels. With open kitchens, interactive live stations and signature at-table preparation, nothing says VIP like a chef prepping at your table, and we were born for this level of fancy.

Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

Let’s dive stomach-first into breakfast or brunch, where you can tuck into a Zucchini Fritter with truffle scrambled eggs, rocket, haloumi, and house made bush tomato chutney. Or you can DIY with a Custom Omelette and no, we don’t mean make it yourself because that would be very #un-bougee, but more of a choose your own edible adventure, selecting the fresh ingredients you love most, then let the chefs prepare for you.

Moving on to lunch or dinner, if you’re looking for something smaller to work your way up to the main event, try the Bay Bug Dumplings on for size. Straight from Moreton Bay to your table, they’re served with bisque sauce, kaffir lime, coconut sambal, and fresh snipped herbs from the resort’s own JW Garden. Then, move into the likes of Oven Baked Snow Fish from the southern seas of Tasmania, with wood-fired cauliflower, lemon zest, dukkha crumble and white miso sauce. And for the grand finale (dessert, obviously), The Cloud will transport your tastebuds to cloud nine, with pavlova, passionfruit granita, berry gel, Chantilly cream and vanilla infused strawberry jelly.

Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

A meal is not a meal without a cocktail or vino (or both, definitely both!) and lucky for us, there is a talented mixologist on standby. Using locally sourced beverages and ingredients from the JW Garden, the result is liquid gold. For the vino enthusiasts, an expertly crafted wine ambassador program has been introduced to provide the ultimate grape juice experience, and call an Uber already because we are so sold.

So who do we have to thank for all of this sustainable scrumptiousness? Executive Chef Paul Smart and what an appropriate surname because this man is a culinary genius. Extremely passionate about sourcing sustainably and locally, Paul is internationally renowned for his visionary cooking at numerous luxury venues. With a stack of awards, he’s even cooked for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and blimey, if it’s good enough for royalty…. Paul even hosts regular JW Garden tours, exploring the herbs, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables used in the resort’s restaurants. Plus, he holds onsite cooking classes demonstrating creative ways in which the seasonal produce can be used, and this is yet another incentive to book a stay-cay if you ask us.

Citrique Seafood offering (image supplied)
Citrique Seafood offering (image supplied)

So whether you’re partial to eating your body weight at a highbrow seafood and land lover’s buffet, or savouring every morsel of a masterfully prepared a la carte meal, Citrique is nothing short of magnifique.

Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise.
When: Breakfast daily 6.30am – 10am. Seafood buffet lunch Saturday & Sunday
12pm – 2.30pm. Monday to Thursday a la carte dinner 6pm – 9.30pm. Seafood buffet dinner Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9.30pm.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

STORY SPONSORED BY JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA

JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

Citrique

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa

Six High Teas to raise your pinkie to, all in one five-star place!

High Cheese, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
High Cheese, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

No one understands how perfect this union is quite like Chapter & Verse at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa. These culinary masterminds are synonymous with delectable High Tea experiences, each one choccas with the finest ingredients thoughtfully sourced from the GC hinterland.

Inspired by the echo of birds in the tranquil surroundings, there is a High Tea to suit all tastes and ages and yes ma’am, we’re going to tell you about them all.

Whilst deliciously different in their inclusions, each variation serves up freshly baked scones with double cream and homemade jam, coffee and teas, and a glass of Chandon NV Brut. Or, for a little more kaching, switch out the Chandon for some Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne instead. Spesh.

Let’s start with the Traditional High Tea because, well, this seems logical. With a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes, enjoy hinterland wild mixed berry tart and JW macaroon using seasonal fruits. Leave room for the gourmet sandwiches filled with Bangalow pork, truffle Cheddar cheese, Witches Chase brie and JW Garden basil pesto and are you drooling yet, because we are ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).

High Seas, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
High Seas, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

Your littlies can tuck into a Teeny Tiny Tea with mini mango coconut passionfruit slice, children character choux, chocolate candy lollipop, pate de fruit, candy favourites, ham and cheese finger sandwiches and salami and cheese rolls. Served with a special sparkling mocktail, hot chocolate or babycino, this $39pp (under 17 years of age) treat will delight your mini-me’s.

But brace yourself for the holy grail of high teas; the High Cheese. We’re talking Brie, blue and cheddar, served with quince paste, honey, dried fruit, grilled sourdough, crisp bread and crackers. Add in a local mix of fruit cheese tarts, strawberry cheese profiteroles, honey thyme and cheese financier and JW Griffin chocolates and it’s perfection personified ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).

Seafood lovers, you’re sorted with High Seas. Locally harvested ocean treasures include natural oysters, tiger prawns, green lip mussels, Moreton Bay bugs, seared tuna open sandwich, smoked salmon tartine with capers and dill, and spanner crab sandwich. Then move into something sweet with mango coconut passionfruit slice, macarons, strawberry choux, seasonal fruit tart, praline financier and JW Griffin chocolates. Bliss ($74pp or $89pp to trade up your bubbles).

Traditional High Tea, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Traditional High Tea, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

To mix things, why not try the High Bees with Spring sweetness infusions like honey ham roll with tomato and rocket, honey glazed turkey with Brie cheese and cranberry tartine. Devour honeycomb panna cotta, bees wax chocolate brownies and honey macadamia tarts, plus gourmet sandwiches filled with roasted honey mustard beef and onion jam. Nom! ($64pp or $79pp to trade up your bubbles).

And finally, for our vegan friends, may we present High Seeds And Leaves. Indulge in quinoa-wrapped roasted vegetables, green pea hummus and vegetable crudities, bruschetta tartine with sunflower seeds, and avocado on flax seed bread. Orange poppy seed cake, chocolate vegan coconut cake and chia seed pudding with coconut and berries round out this palette pleaser ($59pp or $69pp to trade up your bubbles).

We all like to play ladies (and gentlemen) so if you haven’t indulged in some JW Marriott High Tea fanciness yet, stop reading and start booking!

Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Available weekends *bookings essential.

Words by Bianca Trathen.

STORY SPONSORED BY JW MARRIOTT GOLD COAST RESORT & SPA

High Bees, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
High Bees, JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
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