We all have love affairs in our lives. Some might be for a fleeting period, and others, well, last a lifetime. One such eternal romance we’re confident you can agree on is an undivided loyalty to all things sweet and chocolatey.
Well, my sweet tooth friends, today is your lucky day because Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar has opened their brand spanking new shop in Broadbeach’s vibrant dining precinct: The Oracle Boulevard! And yes, you may be thinking, wasn’t there already one in Broadbeach? Well yes, the successful Brisbane chain were previously located at Pacific Fair, but have made the jump across the highway into the old Max Brenner shopfront and opposite long time local’s favourite, Social Eating House.
The spacious layout creates ample opportunity for anyone and everyone to come in and relax, whether it be for an afternoon delight or after dinner sweet treat, to kick back and enjoy something delectable. The fit-out includes some snazzy-looking neon signs and light instalments, which will make you look twice — as they are udders. Yes, cow udders. You’ll also notice a complete collection of light shades hanging from the ceiling, all in the shape of a cow’s milk-giving parts. We think it’s an udderly brilliant touch and is sure to spark up a few conversations.
For those unfamiliar with Cowch, let’s keep the explanation simple. They dish up the absolute goods when it comes to desserts and fantastical, sweet-orientated cocktails; known as the perfect place to drop in after a meal to finish things up — or anytime you fancy like an array of delicious desserts. Who said dessert can’t be dinner?
Catering for large groups, they look to continue the trend for your next birthday, hen’s, farewell, congratulations parties — not to forget baby showers either — are most welcome to book in and make some sweet memories.
Cowch Broadbeach‘s must-try sweet house desserts include the decadent Nutella Waffle Sandwich, the Crunchy S’mores Dessert Pizza, the Cookie Pancake Stack and the fan-favourite Naked Pops. If this little line-up has you salivating already, you’ll be thrilled to learn they also have a separate winter menu running concurrently. Warm favourites such as Apple Pie Pizza layered with caramelised white chocolate, cinnamon sugar base, topped with stewed apple, shortbread crumb, caramel sauce, and white chocolate drizzle will be a textbook choice for the cooler nights ahead.
With a completely stocked and functional bar, customers have an assortment of fun cocktails at their fingertips. The signature Cotton Candy cannot be missed, consisting of musk vodka, black raspberry liqueur, lemon and cranberry served with a pink sherbet rim, musk sticks and raspberry fairy floss.
Should you feel like something alcohol-free, there’s something for all types of sweet tooths, with an incredible range of mocktails and Super Shakes also on the menu.
Cowch Founder and Managing Director Arif Memis is excited to reopen on the Gold Coast, “We want to offer a fun and playful destination for people to let their hair down and create memories. Oracle Boulevard is a food lover’s paradise, and we’re thrilled to be joining the diverse range of culinary experiences on offer throughout the precinct”.
Cowch is offering a raft of special offers until Sunday 20th June 2021, including $9 mocktails, $15 cocktails and $15 dessert pizzas, while families and friends are invited to get in on the fun with face painting, balloons and chainsaw ice carving taking place on Saturday 19th June 2021. Because who doesn’t want to see some uber-cool chainsaw action?
Feeling like you deserve a sweet encounter of late? Well, you better get a moo-ve on down to the all-new Cowch Oracle Boulevard Broadbeach.
Where: 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
When: 7 days 10 am — 10 pm (Sat & Sun 12 am)
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
If you’ve recently found yourself thinking, “there really aren’t enough bars purely dedicated to desserts in the world” you’re not alone and you’re also in luck.
This weekend Burleigh Heads will welcome, you guessed it, a bar purely dedicated to desserts and get out of our way, we’re first in line.
Oh My, Waffle will soon be dishing up the waffle desserts of your dreams thanks to the sweet, after-dinner-dish loving hearts of two local gals, Jessica and Courtney, who are now our favourite people on the whole Gold Coast (sorry everyone else).
The pair say they got their inspiration from decadent waffle creations in Belgium and wanted to bring the tasty treats to the Coast, with a unique little spin of course.
Plus, as you’d well know coffee lovers, it is a fact that there aren’t too many places to grab a cuppa after 2pm around here so the girls are changing that up too with coffees available from morning until night (seeya sleep).
Coupla favourites on the menu are certain to the be the Let’s Get Lit made up of a golden waffle, toasted marshmallows, crushed biscuits and Maltesers drizzled with Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate! Seriously, help us.
Also the Drop It Like It’s Hot because it’s red velvet hot chocolate, with red velvet cake crumbs and house-made cream cheese frosting and actual dessert dreams come true.
On the menu there’ll be eight types of waffles plus two vegan ones, six milkshakes, a range of gourmet hot chocolates and the option to build your own waffle. So yeah, you can eat two things every day for a week, rinse and repeat.
We hear the interior is the relaxed, good time atmosphere you’d imagine your happy place to be and it comes complete with sneaky artworks praising those who love a good cheat day (us, every day).
Oh My, Waffle coming to a Burleigh near you this weekend.
LOCATION: Underneath The Ambience Tower, 1837 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith. Photos supplied.
Yes, we know it’s only just turned spring, but we Gold Coasters get excited about anything leading into summer and ice cream always makes things better — so, here we are!
If you’re the kind of person to slowly lick your way through a waffle cone or gobble down a three-scoop tub in under a minute, we’re not here to judge. However, we’ve taken the liberty of finding the 8 best Gold Coast ice cream shops and gelaterias so you can devour their creamy goodness whatever way you desire! Happy licking, folks.
Lemon Lovers Gelato
Some things simply go together well — and gelato with amazing views is right up there. Lemon Lovers is tucked away in Tamborine Mountain with incredible nearby vistas for you to sit and spoil — not one, but — a multitude of senses at the same time! They also do occasional collaborations with nearby beer producers Fortitude Brewing for extraordinary flavour combos: Ginger Beer Gelato, anyone? Enjoy 10% off Gelato & Sorbet here!
Where: 3 Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain
Lik Lik Lik Gelato
Happiness comes in a cone in Nobby’s Beach, Lik Lik Lik gelato shop will tickle your tastebuds with lots of tasty treats. Go with the Salted Caramel or the White Chocolate and Raspberry in a white chocolate dipped cone with sprinkles. Not only gelato though, the sorbets are way too good and exactly what you need on a warm day. The Watermelon and Mint is actual Summer in sorbet form, and there’s a Lemon flavour that is a citrus sensation.
Where: Shop 2/2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby’s Beach
What do you have if you take yourself a devoted Italian and then send him to study a diploma from the Gelato University of Carpigiani in Italy? You have Davide, the owner of Ottimo, of course! Rest assured, whatever flavour you opt on taking from this Kirra beachside venue is going to be the goods — it’s all made fresh and on-site daily, after all. Stroll in after an afternoon on the beach and let him and his friendly staff scoop you happy.
Where: Shop 18/52 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
This hidden in plain sight gelateria provides a creamy treat every day of the week from early right through to late. Their gelato comes from Maleny and is often touted as some of the best in Queensland; after winning a bunch of awards across the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show in recent times. You’ll also discover yoghurt fruit pots and sorbets, which are great for cooling you down and are a little kinder on the hips!
Where: 429 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Finish a luxurious lunch off at Sanctuary Cove by dropping by this ever-so-cute gelateria, and you’ll be smitten straight off the bat. Their signature scooped cone-shaped into a rose is something to marvel at — but not for too long! Besides a delicious assortment of ice cream, they pour some fantastic coffee and dish up some knockout affogatos. The unsurpassed afternoon hangout on the northern end of the coast.
Where: Shop 39a, Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove
Picture the scene: it’s late afternoon, and the shadows are growing tall as you head into Burleigh CBD after a majestic day on the beach. Not quite hungry — but you could most definitely eat. The answer is Burleigh Gelato! The array of flavours here is enough to raise the heart rate of even the hardiest gelato fan. Be it Snickers gelato or novelty Red Skin gelato, the selection here will satisfy every taste. They’re also handily available on major home delivery apps and open late — perfect for those late-night sugar cravings.
Where: 9 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
Owned by two lovely local sisters, Heven-Yah has been open since 2017 but quickly gained a cult following amongst Mermaid locals. The girls create their gelato in-house using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients to produce some incredible flavours. Raspberry Jam & Crema with Sour Candied Lemon? Get down there.
Where: Shop 2/2387 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (next to Alfred’s)
When the runner-up of Australia’s MasterChef — hailed as the king of ice cream — decides to open a gelato shop in Main Beach, then you know it’s going to be good. Located in the retail oasis of Marina Mirage means you can mix a shopping spree with ice cream at ease. Flavours are certainly adventurous with such gelatos as Blue Cheese with fig and Salted caramel with crispy bacon. Let your curiosity get the better of you: be sure to check them out!
Where: Shop 11, Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Are you the kind of person who skips right to the desserts page of a menu? Yep, well, you’re not alone. Taking tactical consideration of what sweet things can and will follow is a clever move by anyone’s standard. And luckily we are spoilt for choice with sweet treats and desserts on the Gold Coast.
Why not seek to fix that sweet craving you have? Here’s our list of the best places on the Gold Coast to grab a dessert, worthy of that extra time on the treadmill!
Burleigh’s café scene indeed went up a notch when Tarte opened its doors almost a year ago now by talented lass Chloe Watts. Immaculately poured coffee and tasty breakfasts bring out the hordes any day of the week, yet it is the sugary things you really should know about. One that deserves a special shoutout is their ‘Kouign Amman‘ (Pronounced queen-a-mahn.) The talented bakers and chefs knock out some incredibly inventive and sticky sweet bits and pieces; making Tarte a great place to drop by.
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
Oh My, Waffle
Make no mistake about it, if you find yourself in and around Burleigh Heads and feel the need for something sweet to lighten your day, then Oh My, Waffle has you well and truly covered. Wander off the beach and prepare to be drooling at the sight of some seriously loaded waffles, thick shakes and fresh out the oven cookies. It’ll certainly make you say “Oh My!”.
Where: Shop 6 / 1837 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
My French Pastries
Husband and wife duo, Jen & Antonio Marchesi are the French maestros behind some mighty salivating goodies at this Robina bakery, and what these folks don’t know about sweet and crunchy European desserts frankly isn’t worth knowing! Don’t delay. Head along for the shiniest looking caramel eclairs and the flakiest known pain au chocolats this side of the equator — Bon appétit!
Where: Shop 5/361 Robina Parkway, Robina
Is a breakfast dessert a thing? If it’s not, we’re officially calling it. And if you find yourself down by the ever-majestic Tallebudgera Creek dipping in its crystal clear waters, we suggest you hot foot it right away to Custard Canteen. Get into some great coffee — and a bacon & egg burger to end all burgers — before rounding things off with one of their ooze-tastic cookies or the flakiest of Portugese Tarts. YUM!
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
San Churro Chocolateria
Multiple venues — and therefore multiple chances — for you to get your fill of the hottest and crunchiest churros anywhere on the Gold Coast. Fill up any time of the day on these Spanish treats, or if you’re feeling like something different, they also do some lip-smacking hot chocolates and Sticky Sweet Apple Pie. With your choice of desserts, across the Gold Coast, the kids and you will be sure to keep coming back for more!
Where: Surfers Paradise, Biggera Waters or Tweed Heads
Bam Bam Bakehouse
Inventive, indulgent, and darn tasty in every department: Bam Bam Bakehouse is the goods — period. When this Mermaid Beach favourite appeared on the scene from the original owners of Paddock Bakery, people got seriously excited. So they should of — even attracting celebrities like Margot Robbie and Matt Preston! The line of sweets and desserts are nothing short of mesmerising. They have so many flavours, textures, and colours; going about choosing anything is a heart-wrenching act. We say grab a takeaway box of everything your heart desires and enjoy them out of sight, and at your own leisure.
Where: 2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Taking a relatively modest and equally delicious croissant and then magically transforming it into a waffle should get the attention of any sweet, toothed individual out there. But when the most lavish toppings are then brought into the equation, we’re sure everyone will want in on the action! Stock up with a plethora of flavours like Pistachio and Butternut or Fresh Strawberries and Cream, perfect for any hour of the day!
Where: 50 Nerang Street, Southport
Specialising in boutique and speciality ordered cakes for any occasion — even if there is no occasion at all — if you have the imagination, then the skies are the limit with Baked GC. Vibrant multiple tiered fluffy cakes and cupcakes that just scream to be gobbled up in one go will take any home lunch or dinner party to the next level. Or why not gourmandise on some cupcakes? Because why not?!
Where: Mathew Flinders Drive, Paradise Point
D Point Ten
The humble doughnut is taken to pearly new heights with the epic work put in by the folks behind the scenes at D Point Ten. You have six different outlets scattered across the Coast, stocking seductive looking doughnuts of the very highest order. Become the envy of your family BBQ or a friend’s dinner party when you whip out a box of these bad boys, including flavours like Golden Gaytime and Ferrero. And don’t even get us started on their S’mores flavour.
Where: Upper Coomera, Hope Island, Broadbeach, Varsity Lakes, Southport, Pacific Fair – Broadbeach Waters
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar
A fully dedicated venue that cater solely to the utmost sweetest things you’re likely to encounter. The Broadbeach outlet is perfectly positioned in The Oracle dining precinct for that cheeky afternoon treat you’ve been longing for or a naughty after dinner cocktail like the Nuts About Chocolate with a Coco Pops crusted rim! Because cereal is an every-meal thing.
Where: 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Often considered one of the Gold Coast’s game-changing cafes, the level of baked and sweet goods that these guys knock out is utterly jaw-dropping. And all wrapped up in the cutest looking mini-Queenslander property: if you haven’t had yourself a coffee date here, where have you been?! We suggest you get together some of your nearest and dearest and get in on some brunch action before you then make a full-scale attack on their sweets. Be sure to try the Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut or their whopping 1kg Giant Cookie! — Remember, sharing is caring.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Words by Alex Mitcheson.