Happy New Year Gold Coasters! We hope you had a relaxing festive season with a little time off thrown in for good measure.
As always, we had a slew of exceptional new venues open last month and as always, we have popped them right here in the one place so you can catch up should need somewhere new to dine and sip.
We’ve got a feeling 2021 is going to bring us even more epic newbies so stay tuned.
If there is a food we love above all others, it is the potato. So versatile, so delicious. Which is why it was with great pleasure that we visited Palm Beach newbie Mr Potato who offer DIY baked potatoes that are not only topped with healthy goodness but delicious too. We were big fans of The ‘Aussie’ Tator with beef ragu, bacon, kale-slaw or coleslaw, beetroot, carrot and pineapple but they’re all amazing guys. Get on it.
Where: Shop 2, 1136 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
A fruity, Hawaiian-inspired bar and eatery was exactly what Surfers Paradise needed and exactly what Surfers Paradise got in the form of Ohanas. Serving up a tasty, tapas-style menu plus sweet, unique cocktails like the Get Lei’d, made up of Gold Coast Gin and liqueurs from Tamborine Mountain Distillery, there are plenty of goodies to sample.
Where: 64 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
La Bella Cellar
Burleigh Heads latest comes compete with an entryway stacked with incredible bottles of wine to enjoy with a dinner that’ll knock your socks off. La Bella Cellar is an intimate, beautifully fitout space and a menu filled with Italian-inspired eats (including epic pizzas) and a cocktail list you’ll want to revisit time and time again. It’s the perfect little addition to the beachside fave and we recommend testing it out ASAP.
Where: 9/3 Deodar Drive, Burleigh Heads
Split and Mali
While this good time pair technically opened in November, we visited in December so here we are. The eclectic pair – Split and Mali – are a rooftop bar and a downstairs café situation and they boast an epic menu filled with delights like Prawn & Squid Ink Arrancini, Squeaky Cheese with honey and thyme and Mama Filipovic’s Dusted Calamari to name a few. There are some epic cocktails to sip on and fun interiors to keep you entertained.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
The Oyster Shed
The lucky folks of Tweed Heads gained an excellent newbie in the form of The Oyster Shed in late December and it is one you’re going to want to brave that border crossing for. By the people who own Catch a Crab, the newbie is indeed a shed-style situation right on the water, serving up the freshest of seafood (oysters any way, prawns, all the goods) plus a tapas menu with delicious fish tacos and chicken skewers to name a few. There’s also frosty cold beers, cocktails and wine and we HIGHLY recommend a trip down there.
Where: Birds Bay Drive, Tweed Heads
Pizza and pasta are right up there with potatoes in terms of our favourite things and conveniently Coolangatta newbie Little Cooly is providing both, along with lovely ocean views no less. Dishes shine a light on local produce, The Snapper Rocks pizza features Tweed River prawns, mango, cashews and avocado or The Greenmount features Bangalow bacon, spicy chorizo, a fried egg and mozzarella and it’s the goods.
Where: Level 1, Shop 120/72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
That’s a lot of amazing newbies Gold Coasters, make sure you try them all.
Words by Kirra Smith