Ahh brunch, not quite breakfast, not quite lunch and allowing us the opportunity to squeeze in a guilt-free meal between the two. BEST.
Do you know what’s even better than brunch, though? A boozy brunch. Because drinking in the morning is never a bad idea, particularly when accompanied by five-star foods from some of your fave local venues. And here they are, indulge away!
Everyone’s favourite ocean-view venue, Burleigh Pav offers bottomless brunch on the last Saturday of every month. Taking place specifically in The Tropic side of the space, you’ll not only get to gaze lovingly at the ocean but also indulge in some of the freshest seafood and innovative plates by imaginative Head Chef Guillaume Zika. Pair everything with bottomless NV Chandon and NV Chandon Rose for $129pp, or up the ante, and for an additional $30 you can be sipping Veuve Clicquot. Amazing. We’ll see you there every month then?
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Luckily, we have a lot of love to give because there are so many Gold Coast venues worthy of it. It goes without saying Elk Espresso is one of those that have been in our hearts from the start. And they just cemented our (and your) love for them with a bottomless offering available every day from 10am (with no booking required), where you’ll have your favourite dish paired with one hour of bottomless mimosas (classic, strawberry or lime) for just $45pp. Not to mention, the menu at Elk is always absolutely incredible, so plan ahead: wear your stretchy pants.
Where: Shop GO44, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Ok, so it’s ‘tehcnically’ a Bottomless Lunch at Broadbeach’s Miss Moneypenny’s — but once you try it, you’ll see why we had to include them in this list! Roll up every Saturday or Sunday from 12pm to 3pm with live entertainment from 1pm (Sunday) and indulge in a three-course set menu and two-hour beverage package from $90 inclusive of selected cocktails, spritzers, bubbles, wine and beer. If you feel like getting fancy go for the Chef’s Signature Selection with seven courses and a two-hour beverage package including the above sips from $125pp. You may also upgrade both packages to include French Champagne – we are here for it.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Nineteen at The Star
This sophisticated dining experience features an exquisite menu complete with Executive Chef Uday Huja’s brunch favourites, as well as highlights from the grill. Plus, you can pair your brunch with a premium two-hour champagne package while you take in the stunning views – now that’s a brunch worth getting out of bed for. It’s on every Sunday with two sittings – 11am until 1pm and 1.15pm and 3.15pm. With sweeping views overlooking the ocean and the city, it has to be one of the most stunning brunch options around.
Where: The Darling, Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
The Island Gold Coast
It’s a grazing-style lunch situation at Surfers Paradise’s beloved The Island Rooftop. Snack on a $69pp all-inclusive package with dishes like salt and pepper squid and garlic and char-grilled rosemary lamb cutlets – all delicious, obviously. To drink, there are selected tap beers, house red, white and sparkling wine, the Rooftop Spritz range, select cocktails, soft drinks, and juices all included in your package. Head in every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm to get involved in this one.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Your favourite contemporary Cantonese spot is now boasting weekend bottomless brunches, so prepare to get boozy. Available from 12pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday (min of 2 ppl), you’ll each receive a delectable lunch bowl with choices like Kung Pao Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls and, more importantly, a 2-hour limitless drinks package featuring spiritizes and tap beers! It’ll set you and your guest back a very affordable $55 each.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Gods of the Sea
For ardent seafood lovers, Gods of the Sea is a solid IYKYK situation, meaning if you crave foods from the deep and haven’t checked out this place yet, where have you been? Every Saturday, book in for a 2-hour bottomless brunch anywhere between noon and 3pm for a magnificent ocean-orientated five-course degustation with the likes of pan-seared scallops and grilled swordfish. And don’t forget the boundless pouring of bubbles at your disposal. Just $89 per person! But make sure you get in before Saturday 20 November as this will be the last of their Bottomless Brunch series!
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, corner of Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach
Ally Chow in Nobby Beach brings you all the Asian fusion you can fill your belly with. Our new favourite thing is the Margarita Lunch Banquet though, including all the tastiest eats plus unlimited Asahi beer, Prosecco and MARGARITAS! So yes, that’s a thing. Best of all, it’s just $99 per person — that’s pretty much your Friday through Sunday lunches sorted for the rest of the year, no? And if you’re more of a vodka gal (we all have that one time tequila got us good), the Chow Out banquet for $79 features bottomless Thai Basil Caipiroskas! Delish.
Where: Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Early catch-ups with friends over delightful breakfasts and coffee — perhaps after a workout of some description — is pretty standard practice for your average Gold Coaster. As is also getting together over lunch bathed in sunshine — with a high chance of having salty hair and sand between your toes. But what about the in-between? The act of combining breakfast with lunch is known the world over as brunch, and if you’re a serial bruncher of sorts, you’ll understand how darn good it is! But do one better with bottomless brunches and you’re onto a winner.
The best of both worlds. No early wake-ups and things all wrap up with enough time for you to get on with the rest of your day — provided you don’t take cocktail-sipping well into the afternoon.
With this in mind, we have been given hot news of two venues that are breaking out spanking new bottomless brunches in the locales of Surfers Paradise and Nobby Beach. The age of the brunch is coming, and we know you’re going to love it.
If you weren’t aware of Surfers Paradise scoring itself a swoon-worthy Pavilion earlier this year, then can we ask what rock you’ve been living under? Opening in late April, and the multi-million-dollar waterfront venue has been a massive success since opening its doors. With a dedicated frosé bar and a prime position on the water, their Sunset Sundays have also already gained a cult following playing host to The Stafford Brothers, Stace Cadet, Barney Cools, and Peking Duk.
However, things are about to get even more fabulous with the launch of their Surfers Pavilion Brunch Club. Launching on Sunday 8th of August, your average Sunday session can now kick off with a bang from 10.30am onwards. The two-hour Brunch Club package is just $89 per person and includes the following… Prepare yourself.
For food, think: Antipasto & cheeses, vegetable frittata, salmon & avocado bruschetta, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt & chia pudding, plus waffles drizzled with Nutella and maple syrup — can we all collectively say YUM! Now, for the best bit. The drink lineup. You will be very (very) pleased to know that Brunch tipples will include: Espresso Martini’s, Traditional and Watermelon Margarita’s, along with flavoured Spritz. And for those more sophisticated drinkers, expect to enjoy a sneaky glass (or two) of Sauvignon Blanc, and Byron Bay Lager. Oh, and of course, no brunch would be complete without Mimosas! Duh!
Doors will open at 10am, with your 2-hour package beginning at 10.30am. DJ’s will be playing from midday. As you would expect, demand is expected to be high, with pre-booked tickets limited. So what are you waiting for? Get onto it and book those tickets peeps!
As if Nobby Beach needed another excuse to be a premium going out spot? The newly opened and already well-loved Gods of the Sea is taking their first-rate lavish seafood offering and giving it a brunch twist.
On Fridays and Saturdays from noon, you’re invited to indulge yourself and your friends on a bottomless brunch of utter decadence. Featuring a four-course menu and 2 hours free-flowing wines, including prosecco, rose, white and red wines by Dalzotto… sign us up, and clear your calendar!
The menu reads like a love letter to the ocean, and for those who live for their seafood, you will absolutely fall for their dishes. Can we tempt you with Oysters mignonette with lemon, Pickled Ocean Trout, Pan Seared Scallops or perhaps Grilled Swordfish? And if that isn’t enough, round off your delectable feast with a Carrot Cake with carrot fudge, dulce de leche, and pecan. *drools.*
All of this can be yours for a very reasonable $79 per person, and being as good as this looks, we think brunching might just become your new favourite pastime (if it isn’t already!).
So go ahead and make plans to have that well overdue loooong Friday lunch, Saturday catch up or Sunday session at one of these bottomless brunches. We give you permission!
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Let’s face it, keeping one’s Instagram ahead of the pack is often a full-time job. And when you live in one of the best cities, with a coastline that is nothing short of captivating (literally every day), then making sure you have the pictures that will make everyone envious is a priority. Whether your Instagram account has masses of die-hard fans eyeing up everything you do, or you simply like taking photos just for the sake of taking photos, what’s important here, is that you get THE shot!
Seeing as we are blessed with awesome places to eat and while away our best lives, then taking pictures whilst out and about is a smart move. We’re talking cafes, restaurants and bars where the aesthetics — and you combined — are a match made in heaven. So many to choose from though, right? Our research has taken the load off your shoulders as we have the most Insta-worthy brunch spots on the Gold Coast for you. Happy snapping!
Nineteen at The Star
Who hasn’t seen the pictures doing the rounds of people looking absolutely fabulous at Nineteen at The Star? If you haven’t, we suggest you Google some: stat! Besides the amazing views across Broadbeach at over 200 feet with unrestricted panoramas, the sophisticated setting both in the restaurant and bar provides ample opportunity to capture yourself with a sprinkling of luxury. While you’re at it, treat yo self ever to something decadent from Executive Chef Uday Huja‘s Sunday Brunch menu. May we suggest the Eggs Benedict with Dill Ocean Trout or Ham, Poached Eggs and Brown Butter Hollandaise matched with a Champagne Brunch 2 hour beverage package? Insta-game officially leveled up.
Where: The Darling at The Star, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
With arguably one of the best views of the Gold Coast coastline, The Tropic was a no-brainer for this list. But it’s not all about those unbelievable pastel hue sunsets, oh no. Inside, the restaurant gives off a luxe Miami yacht club vibe with an overall neutral theme vibrantly juxtaposed with colour from plants, chairs, and even the plates. Did we mention the food is next level? We suggest it’s time to round up the girls and clear your calendar for the last Saturday of every month for The Tropic’s Brunch – it’s one you won’t regret! (Not that anyone has ever regretted a Brunch!)
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
The drive out here alone will have you pulling over several times to snap away. However, upon arrival you’ll be treated to one of the Northern River’s most scenic and tucked away dining gems. The cute whitewash colonial-style building is just adorable with grassy paddocks and a gurgling stream that lead your eyes to escarpments around Mount Warning. Do brunch your way when you pre order Mavis’s Kitchen Picnic Hamper filled with cheeses, a charcuterie selection, seasonal dips, cake of the day, freshly baked vegetable frittata and more. If you stay onsite, they’ll even throw in the picnic rug so you can cozy up by the nearby dam and enjoy the simple sound of nature…. Bliss!
Where: 64 Mount Warning Road, Mount Warning, NSW
Saltwater at Currumbin
Our creeks and waterways around the Gold Coast are often overlooked or even worse, completely forgotten as we go about our everyday lives. One stretch of water that deserves your attention any day of the week is Currumbin Creek. Saltwater at Currumbin entirely takes advantage of its waterside location and gives you endless dabbled light and beautiful colours of blue to play around with. It’s impossible to take a bad photo here. Couple that backdrop with a lazy Sunday spent enjoying a Berry Bircher Museli or Eggs Benedict and you’re onto a winner!
Where:2/4 Thrower Drive, Currumbin
If clean white lines, cacti and Cali-vibes raise your heart rate, then we suggest you schedule a post with a pic from this North Burleigh newbie. Based on a unique southern Californian aesthetic mashed with our very own sub-tropical climate, the interior (and exterior) are full of epic chances for you to strike a pose. Also, doggos are most welcome to join you! So get a snap with your floof, grab your Salsa Scrambled Eggs and a margarita too (because yes they serve morning margis!).
Where: 1878 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
South East Espresso
Way down in Coolangatta, this under-the-radar backstreet café is the perfect location after a beach swim or your ritual easy-Sunday-morning Ham Hock Smashed Avo. The warm saffron rendered walls are the perfect backdrop for your best linen attire with contrast minimalistic shades of grey. If you take a seat on their pavement side leather cushioned bench, prepare to make friends with a legion of four-legged friends. Don’t worry; they shouldn’t mind one bit making a guest appearance on your story.
Where: 229 Boundary Street, Coolangatta
When an uber-cool mid-century fit-out combines with incredible coffee art, the result is Highline in Palm Beach. A firm favourite with the locals and for good reason. All of the dishes here are put together with a strong ethos that you also eat with your eyes. Add in some polished concrete flooring and all the toasty coloured wood features, and your brunch-time snap is destined to be a crowd-pleaser. Because who wouldn’t want a 3 cheese, wild mushroom, chive Jaffle pictured in a more perfect setting?
Where: 5/10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
When the Gold Coast first laid eyes on this angelic Mermaid Beach all-vegetarian brunch spot, we’re sure there was a collective swoon moment. The textured white exterior walls alone would typically be enough to have our phones out and ready for a sneaky snap. However, the true treasure is inside when you lay eyes on the sweetest-looking backlit booths with arched ceilings and hanging plants. If you are lucky enough to secure the booth, do yourself a favour and cement it in the form of an insta-post accompanied with your Lemon Ricotta Fluffy Pancakes with house tumeric vanilla custard, passionfruit reduction, berries and herbs.
Where: 2/42 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
We think we’re correct to state that Paddock is one of the Gold Coasts’ most tagged eats/drinks hotspots to date. Period. So, what makes it so unique? It could be the quaint English-style garden exterior, or the original vintage Queenslander converted main building, maybe it’s the iconic Dippy Eggs or their ridiculously good-looking baked goods (shout out to their Almond Croissants) which are often only just out the oven? But, you know what, we think it’s all of them!
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
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Words by Alex Mitcheson.