In news that will no doubt tickle your tastebuds, two of your favourites – wine and espresso – have come together in the form of Dragonfly Espresso & Wine Bar and catch ya new year healthy eating plan.
Broadbeach, home of all the fancy new foodie spots, welcomed Dragonfly in late December to their new digs underneath the Oasis Shopping Centre and y’all should pop in quick smart.
The simple space is all white furniture and wooden accents with a sleek black coffee machine and windows overlooking the Chefs doing their thing. A hole in the wall is dedicated to takeaway coffee orders (as all good holes in the wall should be) and you may sit outside in the shade watching passers by.
The venue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so there’s no need to ever visit the supermarket again, quite frankly. Especially because the food guys, is SO GOOD.
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day, wine. Kidding, it’s breakfast apparently. Dragonfly Waffles are probably the most beautiful breakfast meal we’ve ever laid eyes upon complete with golden waffles, vanilla custard, berry compote, a mini magnum ice cream and pistachio praline. Yep.
Another delightfully delicious dish is the Avocado and Buffalo Mozzarella Mousse with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes, shaved cucumber, beetroot and cured Tasmanian Atlantic salmon with a ponzu sauce.
For dinner, you’ll want to inhale the Grilled Chicken Mousse with layers of Camembert (LAYERS PEOPLE), parsnip puree, white asparagus, snow peas, red sorrel and spiced cabsav reduction.
So yeah, the food hey. The idea is that it’s the same top quality produce everyone else uses but at a better price. You’ve gotta be happy with that.
The wine list is three pages long including stunning drops from both overseas and right here in good old Aus.
It’s an intimate, high quality affair right in the heart of Broadbeach and you may as well break your eating out drought right now because there are plenty more to come.
LOCATION: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach (opposite Commonwealth Bank)
HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday 6.30am to 10pm and Monday 6.30am to 3pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Broadbeach has long been regarded as one of our wining, dining and shopping. With a number of ‘stayers’ boasting staunch followers for many moons, sprinkled with a hearty helping of shiny new eats and drinks players, nothing can dull the sparkle of this burb’s A-grade entertainer status.
Here are precisely 17 reasons why locals – and Gold Coasters far and wide – love themselves a piece of our much-loved Broady.
Social Eating House + Bar
If you’re a foodie, this is your go-to. A modern Australian sensation, Social has more hats than a Milliner’s workshop. With Executive Chef Matthew Jefferson in charge, you’ll experience a carefully curated range of bar snacks, charcuterie, and small and large share plates, all featuring the finest Australian ingredients and paired to perfection. A meal here is worth.every.cent.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
The Star Gold Coast
If ever there was a reason to get a babysitter, it’s for a session at The Star. Between the live music and amazing food at the Garden Kitchen & Bar, award-winning Cantonese, Japanese and modern Australian cuisine at Uncle Su, Kiyomi, and Nineteen at The Star, authentic Italian eats at Cucina Vivo, the ultimate buffet experience at Harvest Buffet, a few bevvies at the new-look Atrium Bar and/or the Insta-fave rooftop lounge bar at Nineteen, who needs to go anywhere else?
Where: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Broadbeach Bowls Club
Nothing says a chilled GC arvo like a game of barefoot bowls with a brew in hand. Another enduring favourite amongst the local set here on the GC, Broadbeach Bowls Club never fails to deliver a feel-good time for young and old. They serve up big portions of all your go-to pub-grub meals and do a great canape package for a laid-back birthday or celebration.
Where: 169 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant
If you’re after a tried and tested, long-standing comedic cabaret, good ‘ole Dracs has been serving up frights, food and frivolity since we were all ankle-biters. Most people are sold when they hear there’s a ghost train alone, let alone the actual show (which changes every so often, so there’s always a reason to go back), banquet dinner…and shots in syringes!
Where: Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Aloha Bar and Dining
This tropical hidden treasure is all fun vibes, good food and cracking good times. Popular for its hospo nights, taco Thursdays, karaoke nights, live music and pumping DJs, there’s always something going on here. The tapas always deliver the feels (bao buns…I die!!), the Cucumber and Jalapeno Margi is (too) easy to drink, and we never tire of the super cute fit-out.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar
With an impressive contemporary Coastal European menu, we are completely besotted with Sofia’s…and we’re not alone. A meal here is all about enjoying and sharing simple, delicious food with your favourite people – as it should be, and truly encapsulates the famous words ‘That’s Amore’. Also, you heard it here first but Sofia’s is on the move. Watch this space!
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Have you ever seen this place anything but bulging at the seams? Aaaand of course you haven’t. Since its pre-migration days just up the road, it’s had an army of raving fans and yes, this obvs includes us. A hop, skip and a jump from the beach, the coffee is all-time, the seasonal menus are heavenly, and they even do a Boozy Bottomless Brunch. And sold.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Blues on Broadbeach
So unlike our other listings, it may not be here 24/7 but it’s that much of a Broady icon that it would be criminal not to throw it a mention. As the name suggests, it brings us world-class blues and jazz music from locals and famous acts alike, performing across multiple venues over four unforgettable days. And it’s free, and sorry but when does that ever happen?
Where: Various Broadbeach venues
CHA CHA Japanese Restaurant
Gold Coasters have been CHA CHA bound for an authentic Japanese nosh-up which won’t break the bank for years, and that’s not about to change any time soon. The banquet menu is divine and every visit you’ll experience the same level of scrumptiousness. But the soy on the dim sum…it’s BYO and it’s hard to find an already affordable yet high-quality restaurant offering our 3 favourite letters. Score.
Where: 2705 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
An everyday escape for locals, The Oasis is one of our numero uno shopping centres and for good reason. Not only some unique fashion boutiques live here, but the sheer number of amazing eateries is tres impressive. In addition to the ones we highlight in this article, we’re talking Mario’s, Madisons Café and Patisserie, Spice Kitchen and Bar, and The Broadbeach Tavern to name just a few. It’s a #OneStopShop.
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Soho House Bar
Just look for the London-esk red phone box and you know good times await. An intimate, hidden gem-adorned in graffiti and jam-packed with peeps sipping and bopping along to the sweet sounds of live DJ’s, this joint is seriously cool. The cocktail list is l.i.t, the crew are super engaging, and they’ve even been known to host things like a Wild Flower Gin Masterclass. What’s not to love?
Where: Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (between Queensland and Victoria Avenues)
You just know it’s destined for greatness with ‘Unicorn’ in the name. This Mediterranean seafood-infused newcomer has hit the ground running with its all-day menu goodness, and show-stopping cocktail menu that’s 20 options deep #hellofriend. You can’t help it but exhale as you settle into the relaxing blue and white-hued space, brimming with ocean murals and friendly smiles from the welcoming staff.
Where: Phoenician Resort, 24-26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
No Name Lane
Okay, Blake Lively declared her caffeine hit from No Name Lane as “the best coffee of her life” and holy heck, if it’s good enough for Queen Blake… Better than any boujee on-trend Melbourne café, the coffee here has a cult following. The all-day breakfasts and gourmet lunches also go down a treat so if you haven’t been, remedy this immediately.
Where: The Oracle, Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach
Pacific Fair, oh how we love thee. Any time we want a new ensemble for, well, any occasion (retail therapy is real you know), we all beeline for Pac Fair. With every retailer you could possibly wish for, amazing food options and seriously THE most gorgeous shopping centre fit-out we’ve seen, there are luxe and lush coastal accents at every turn.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy and Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
The Loose Moose
Specialising in “dirty food made clean”, there are always bums on seats in this Prohibition Tap and Grill House, one of the Gennari Group’s most popular establishments. The delish menu offers up the best of the best Canadian fare like ribs, wings, hot dogs and burgers, and is always ready for a crowd to #GetLooseAtTheMoose.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
LBR, you had us at Spiegelclub. The Pink Flamingo has become a fave for locals, visitors and critics alike, with its four spectacular resident cabaret-style shows. Custom designed with a twist of swanky art-deco décor and inspired by the original 1920’s Spiegeltent and the NYC Cabaret Club district, it’s five-star luxury and entertainment not to be missed.
Where: Corner of Surf Parade & Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Kurrawa Surf Club
Ocean views don’t come any better than this. With legit THE most prime location, Kurrawa Surf Club has everything you’d want from a Surf Club…and more. With awesome regular members specials and fresh ingredients, there’s no such thing as a bad meal here. They host a trivia night and live music, and of course there’s the obligatory gaming lounge for those who like a flutter.
Where: Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Words by Bianca Trathen.
“Irasshaimase” is the greeting you’ll hear happily called in your direction every time you set foot in the newly opened beer stadium and dumpling bar in Broadbeach, Harajuku Gyoza.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. The space is decked out in the restaurant’s signature style with huge arched entryways, their famous decorative plates perched across the back wall depicting Japanese movie scenes and the wide, Manga-style face of the Harajuku Gyoza logo smiling out at all who enter.
See the chefs prepare your goodies through the kitchens open glass windows and marvel at the specialist wrapper as she expertly twists her way through countless gyoza (over 10,000 were wrapped on opening weekend).
It’s been dubbed a beer stadium due to the array of Japanese craft beer on tap, several of which are distributed through huge, colourful Yoyogi vats perched behind the bar. Feeling adventurous? Give a frozen beer a try! It’s Kirin circulated through a frozen cylinder to create a foam which is then added to a regular beer. Magic.
Now to the menu. As you’d imagine, gyoza is the game changer here. Poached or grilled and with choices of pork and kimchi, three cheese and lemongrass chicken to name just a few, they’re cooked to perfection; juicy and melt-in-your-mouth.
In an interesting spin, you can opt for open gyoza where the casing is deep fried and crunchy and topped with a choice of pork belly, smoked salmon or tofu, taco-style.
If you’re feeling extra peckish go for a Salmon Sashimi Poke Bowl, Chicken Katsu Curry Don or Chicken Ramen bowl.
With four venues in Brisbane and one in Sydney, the Harajuku Gyoza good vibes are as infectious as the food is delicious and the Gold Coast restaurant is no exception.
Set yourself up in a booth inside or sprawl out in the outdoor dining area and watch Broadbeach roll by.
Inside tip: order sake to sip on and watch the spectacle unfold.
LOCATION: Broadbeach Mall, Oasis Shopping Centre (opposite the stage), Broadbeach
HOURS: Thursday to Monday 7am to 11pm and Tuesday/Wednesday 11am to 11pm.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
In news straight outta Broadbeach, Asian street food legends Junk are opening their intricately carved doors in (suddenly way too far away) December.
The hawker-style eatery is currently under construction in the Oasis Shopping Centre, your new favourite foodie hub and home to an array of good times.
Junk’s share-style eats pay homage to several Asian influences including Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Chinese (be still our hearts) and focus on a simple style of eating with locally sourced ingredients.
You’re going to LOVE the menu, packed with goodies such as Crispy Peking Duck Spring Rolls, Chicken Katsu Baos, Black Bean Marinated Beef and Crispy Fried Gunpowder Chicken Ribs (bit of bang for your buck).
The Junk dream originated on the Sunshine Coast in 2014, opened up shop in Toowoomba, mosied on down to Brisbane and now, lucky us, has landed on the Gold Coast.
The much-loved venue is sure to make a splash come summer, so keep your eyes peeled, prep your crew and say goodbye to that bikini body.
LOCATION: Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Words by Kirra Smith