New York-style sophistication made its mark on Runaway Bay over the weekend with the long-awaited opening of Gotham Grill & Rooftop Bar.
The multi-restaurant space is a game changer not only for Runaway Bay but the Gold Coast dining scene in general.
Owner and Chef Daniel Ridgeway has outdone himself with an unrivalled design concept featuring art deco details you’d expect to find in 1920s NYC (should you be a time traveller).
First impressions are magic – glide through a leather door and find yourself in an entryway draped with heavy red velvet curtains. A golden staircase leads you past a cityscape mural lit by twinkling lights and alighting on the threshold, you might just find yourself thinking you’ve stepped into the coolest space on the Coast.
The first floor is home to Gotham Grill, a low-lit space sectioned off by an impressive wine cabinet and featuring a stunning dark wood bar and cosy corner complete with red velvet lounge.
Up another set of golden stairs is Gotham Rooftop Bar featuring a wrap around verandah with views across the Broadwater and a bar that can only be accessed from the outside.
As we’ve mentioned previously, there are two restaurants within the space, offering quite unique dining experiences.
Gotham Grill, as the name suggests, specialises in all things grilled. In particular the very best cuts of steak; a Black Angus Dry Aged Porterhouse on the bone is the pick of the bunch. Once you choose your meat, add as many sides as will fill your belly and get excited for a good time.
Of course, there are non-steak choices along the lines of Whole Baked Fish de Jour and Confit Duck Leg with potato pave.
On the rooftop, it’s a pizza, pasta and burger party and if we had to choose three things to eat forever, it would be those (in any variety).
The pizzas are absolutely loaded with mozzarella and the Spaghetti and Meatballs are a dream come true. A Lobster Roll is never a bad idea and wash it all down with Gotham’s Dark Chocolate Mousse (because best dessert ever).
In further mouth-watering news, the Gotham Tower is a selection of all the tastiest fresh seafood and it’s probably meant to share but that’s a no from us.
The bar menu is exceptional as you’d expect from a Ridgeway venture with vintage wines and creative cocktails (Fruit Bat anyone) for your sipping pleasure.
Unsurprisingly, Gotham Grill & Rooftop Bar booked out for the first two weeks immediately so if you’re interested in the sensory foodie experience of a lifetime, right here on our doorstep, make your reservation right now.
It’s a good time to be a Gold Coaster.
LOCATION: 6 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay
HOURS: 5pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday and 12pm to 10pm Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith