Sometimes we venture outside our beloved Gold Coast but only when we know it’s going to be absolutely worthwhile. Which it certainly was when visiting Kingscliff’s premiere dining spot, Fins Restaurant.
Leading the way when it comes to absolutely incredible seafood dishes, Fins has been around for just over 25 years and in that time, have amassed a slew of honours including a Chef’s Hat 22 years running.
In the last few weeks, Owner and Chef Steven ‘Snowy’ Snow and his team, launched a new menu and we insist you allow yourself the pleasure of sampling it quick smart.
Before we discuss it in detail however, let’s chat about the space itself because it’s one-of-a-kind and with a sweet backstory to boot.
Fins exudes somewhat of a magical, forest wonderland vibe with greenery falling from the ceiling and walls and intricate wooden sections dotted throughout (brought over from an old hotel in Bali). Overhead, decorative silver paneling was salvaged from a beautiful Brisbane pub. It’s sophisticated and earthy with a low-lit, otherworldly feeling you certainly won’t experience anywhere else.
Make sure you start your experience right with their cocktail of the week, made at your table because it’s a very fun time watching the expert bar tender shake it just for you.
Back to the menu. Renowned for sustainable produce sourced locally, Fins dishes are the result of Snowy’s extensive world travels (he’s regularly asked to cook in the best restaurants around the world) and the flavours he’s created are taste sensations to say the least.
The degustation menu is the best way to experience the variety of flavours on offer and we, of course, suggest adding matched wines because the Fin’s team know their stuff in that department too. There’s a four and six course degustation option so choose your own adventure.
We’ll discuss the four course. To start you’ll be presented with the Tian of Tuna Sashimi which translates to Yellowfin tuna sashimi with avocado, tobiko caviar, shiso cress and dashi tapioca bubble. It’s sashimi but not as you know it.
Next is Seared Scallops and they are, without a doubt, the fattest, juiciest scallops you’ve ever sampled. With an edamame puree, spiced Cudgen corn kernels, smoked tomato, yuzu dressing, wakame and black sesame, you must taste it to believe how good it is.
Fish with Sake is the third and possibly most stunning dish with caramelized miso eggplant (be still my heart), pickled purple cauliflower, tempura enoki, crispy seaweed, umeboshu sour plum and a sake glaze. There aren’t enough words to describe it’s deliciousness but it’s up there with the best dishes we’ve ever tasted.
For dessert it’s Milk Pannacotta with fresh goats curd, cinnamon apples, Port wine (love you) and almond crumb. Sweet and silky, it’s an absolute delight. There’s also a 5 Shades of Chocolate dessert and it is an absolute next-level sugar coma.
The team will share their expert knowledge on each dish and, if you’re really lucky, Snowy will stop by for a chat.
Of course, if degustations aren’t your thing you can choose from a menu filled with beautiful dishes and good luck deciding on which to try.
The wine menu is equally impressive with mostly locally sourced wines and be sure to ask the team for their recommendations because they know all of the thing about tipples.
Honestly friends, Fins is the real deal and it’s a dining experience you won’t soon forget.
LOCATION: 5/6 Bells Blvd, Kingscliff
HOURS: 5pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday and 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith