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Your July new venue roundup

Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Jaybriell's (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

So, this is us in the dead of winter. The air is brisk, the days are short, and we are temporarily locked up inside. But it’s not all doom and gloom. If you didn’t notice, July was a reasonably swell month by way of some grand new venues on the Gold Coast. From a boutique wine store with incredible wines to a fully-fledged fish market packing dazzling seafood, and not forgetting all the other eyebrow-raising — and tastebud pleasing — venues in amongst there too. In short: July has been mighty good to us with new venues.

Perhaps take this article as a little ray of hope for when we find ourselves in a more normal-looking time (hopefully next week). Because if you haven’t checked out these places yet, well, pencil them in and make plans to. Your post-lockdown weekend and social plans look like they may have just written themselves.

Jaybriell’s
Mermaid Waters gained itself a taste sensation early in July with the opening of authentic Lebanese eatery, Jaybriell’s. The light and breezy dining room is the perfect place to steadily graze your way through exciting middle eastern delights such as fried cauliflower with house sauce and Shawarma Lamb plates with smokey pieces of marinated lamb just oozing flavour.
Where: 7a/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters

Strawberries & Cream Croffle, Croffee (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Strawberries & Cream Croffle, Croffee (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Croffee
Inventive, fun and overall damn tasty. This clever little nook of crispy mouth-watering perfection must be on your list of places to hit up when you find yourself hungry in Southport. They are certainly onto something here by taking a delicious yet humble croissant and transforming it into a waffle. With an array of sweet and savoury toppings for you to choose from, it doesn’t matter what time of day you decide to pop by. Why not grab a selection box for takeaway and become the best-liked person in your office? (Whether its your – ahem – own home office or when we return to work!)
Where: 50 Nerang Street, Southport

Saint Coffee Collective
When it comes to finding great coffee whilst also trying to start your day without being late, it can sometimes be an arduous task. Luckily for those in and around the Gold Coast University Hospital, Hal Cozens knows a thing or two about superb speciality coffee, and he’s determined that you should accept nothing less. Drop by his kiosk next time you’re stepping on or off the tram for expertly poured Coffee Supreme blends and single origins — you’ll see what you’ve been missing.
Where: Kiosk 1, Gold Coast University Hospital Station Corner Hospital Boulevard and Parklands Drive, Southport

SOMM Wine Store (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
SOMM Wine Store (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Somm
Grabbing a bottle of wine on your way home from work or arming yourself with a dinner party gift will never be the same again, thanks to Nobby Beach’s Somm Wine Store. Peruse diverse lines of boutique Australian wines and hard to find European drops, all whilst consulting the folks here who will bend over backwards to ensure you leave with something you’re going to love. Be warned though, your taste for wine may go up a notch or two!
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach

Miami Fish Market
The one a lot of you, had been eagerly waiting for with bated breath. This emporium of seafood goodness couldn’t stock a more diverse selection of fish, lobsters, prawns, clams, and more, even if it tried. Meaning if you’re open to trying new things, let the guys here suggest something and then freshly prepare whatever it is you fancy. They even have house-made sashimi plates and shucked on the spot oysters to takeaway — what a place! Open all throughout lockdown, because seafood is essential to living!
Where: 1/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Granddad Jacks Brisbane
If you’re a big fan of what Granddad Jacks is all about (and we know there’s a lot of you out there who are), next time you find yourself in the River City, then might we suggest you pay a visit to their newly opened Albion backstreet distillery. With the same epic vintage vibes and delectable craft spirits as their Miami headquarters, you’ll also be able to taste and purchase exclusively made lines and hang out in their unique greenhouse space with sustainably grown herbs used in their distilling process.
Where: 26 Collingwood Street, Albion, Brisbane

Well Bread and Pastry
Palm Beach keeps giving and giving with this amazing Euro-infused bakery that looks like it was stolen from a village in the French countryside. Choose between a host of healthy, slowly fermented breads and the tastiest of handmade pastries you’ve likely laid eyes on. And if it’s time for a pick me up, you’re covered with top-notch coffee from local Surfers Paradise heroes Paradox Coffee Roasters.
Where: 6 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach

Bread selction, Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Bread selection, Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Dovers Drop
Life can be hectic. Slow things down and get what you need whilst on the move with Burleigh’s Dovers Drop. Every weekday this hidden-in-plain-sight shipping container has award-winning barista Sam pouring soul-affirming cups of Locale coffee — perfect to pair up with a steamy sourdough crumpet and let those emails and errands wait a while. And if you need another reason, they’re offering coffee cards with your sixth drink being completely free. — See, loyalty does pay off!
Where: 7-9 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads

Sweet Bambino
Bustling Paradise Point has long been under the radar as a go-to for lazy mornings spent over breakfast and sipping coffee. The ultra-chic looking Sweet Bambino has already been welcomed heartily and does nothing but confirm this laidback ethos with mighty fine coffee and some fantastic house-made counter food and breakfasts. Next time you find yourself this end of the Coast — or indeed if you live this way — be sure to stop in and savour the flavours.
Where: 1/46 The Esplanade, Paradise Point

And that my friends, is the roundup on new venues on the Gold Coast for July 2021.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Hibiscus poached pear in Chia porridge and nut crumble at Sweet Bambino (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Hibiscus poached pear in Chia porridge and nut crumble at Sweet Bambino (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Cheers, Granddad Jack’s swans into Brisbane

Granddad Jacks exterior, Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Granddad Jacks exterior, Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

We know you’ll agree that back in 2018, when Granddad Jacks opened in the backstreets of Miami’s arts and industrial precinct, there was a collective swoon movement across our Coast. And since then, the distillery headed up by father and son duo, David and Luke Ridden has surfed a gin-infused movement that has seen Australia’s taste for boutique artisan-produced gin skyrocket.

If you’ve visited their craft distillery in Miami (if you haven’t, we strongly suggest you do STAT), you’ll be familiar with their modern yet vintage-styled venue and approach to producing craft spirits. Whereby they regularly host thirsty hordes and teach the fine art of distilling with intimate distillery tours. And you probably won’t find a better place to taste and learn as Granddad Jacks has been awarded multiple accolades, including a double gold medal from non-other than the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards.

So, in order to share the love, Granddad Jacks has only gone and opened themselves a brand spanking new venue in Brisbane, which promises the same world-class drinks experience but with a capital city feel.

Granddad Jacks bar, Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Granddad Jacks bar, Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The new space can be found on the backstreets of down-to-earth and industrial Albion in Brisbane’s inner northeast and is focused on being a welcoming community-driven hub for locals and visitors alike to mingle and appreciate carefully curated craft spirits.

Upon entry, you’ll realise a lot of effort has been put into ensuring this venue mirrors the same laid-back and antiquated vibes of their Miami headquarters. Bare red bricks, leather Chester lounges, and a polished concrete floor help instil the essence of what Granddad Jacks is all about, and if you happen to forget for a second, you might just catch the eye of his hand-painted mural behind the bar — a man whose life was well-lived.

The focus has also been to create a space hinging its makeup on being eco-friendly and sustainably put together. Whilst the original distillery has its Barbershop within the distillery, the Albion venue features a Greenhouse area to the rear. A very poignant inclusion for the business as Grandad Jack himself was an avid gardener throughout his life — and we’ve heard whispers this space may increase in size… so watch this space.

The Albion Gin & Tonic, Granddad Jack's Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
The Albion Gin & Tonic, Granddad Jack's Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

From the Greenhouse, the guys are keen to grow as much as they can on-site by way of herbs and botanicals for the distilling process and to help make/garnish all of those delicious cocktails we know and love about Granddad Jacks. They’re utilising state-of-the-art aeroponic gardens, which use hydroponic technology to grow plants with the utmost sustainability: saving the planet one cocktail at a time. We are all about that!

To keep things interesting, the crew have gone about making and releasing an exclusive gin to their Brisbane venue. Inspired by Albion’s historical past and when Market Gardens populated the lower-lying marshlands, supplying the town with most of their fresh produce. The Albion Gin incorporates locally sourced Pink Oyster mushrooms, Basil, Soy sauce, Ginger, Coriander, Orris root and Juniper to create an artistically balanced savoury gin.

You can also expect to see monthly limited releases and a slew of unique cocktails which you will only find served here sorry Gold Coasters. Expect the Not So Tom Collins with Penny Vodka, butterfly pea syrup, lemon juice, blossom tonic and the Buttered Up with lashings of Albion Gin, orgeat, lemon ginger & mushroom butter, salted basil, and pear syrup.

If you fancy something a little different, the Albion site will also be brewing up a small amount of beer on-site as well — perfect if you feel like a palate cleanser before getting into the good stuff.

Barrel Room at Granddad Jacks Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Barrel Room at Granddad Jacks Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Open Thursday through to Sunday Granddad Jacks Brisbane welcome kidlets and dogs with open arms and encourage you to BYO food from several local businesses like nearby Fonzie Abbott, who put together some amazing burgers and pizzas.

It now looks like you have a viable reason to hotfoot it to the River City — so go on, we won’t tell anybody.

Hours: Thursday — Sunday, 3pm — 9.30pm
Where: 26 Collingwood Street, Albion, Brisbane

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Jess Hartley (L) of Granddad Jacks Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Jess Hartley (L) of Granddad Jacks Brisbane (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Miami Fish Market is now oh-fish-ially open

Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For those who are ardent lovers of all things seafood, finding yourself a quality and consistent retailer of the ocean’s bounty can, at times, be a bit tricky. You’ll also find yourself limited by the selection and, more often than not, it won’t be as fresh as it could be. But hold that thought. What if somebody came up with the bright idea of having a completely independent fish market where you could come and purchase, as well as sample, Australia’s finest and freshest selection of seafood all under the one roof: zero hassle and no searching out trawlers as they return with — or without — their catch.

Well, we’re pleased to say for the love of all things from the deep blue, two Gold Coast locals have gone ahead and done it. We introduce to you possibly THE opening of 2021 — the brand spanking new Miami Fish Market.

Seafood aficionados Paul Gloftis and Craig Warren are the co-owners of the new shop space and what these guys don’t know about delicious things plucked from the sea, frankly, isn’t worth knowing. The concept, by their admission, has been in the works for the best part of four years, and like everyone else, we’re excited to see it come to fruition.

Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The space is plentiful, and for what Miami Fish Market is offering, this was always going to be the case. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a large island-style wrap around glass counter showcasing everything from prawns, clams, oysters, crabs, and a specially designated area for carefully prepared Japanese style seafood delicacies — all of these are naturally prepared by a troop of in house chefs and fishmongers, no less.

Set back, there are separate counters for live seafood, whole fish and a designated sashimi bar. This is where your options to taste the fruits of the ocean truly come into play. Choose from an array of whole fish, and you can have it filleted and prepared as you wait.

But why just stand around when you can grab yourself a readily prepared sashimi pack or perhaps a few oysters? Why not grab some freshly prepared lobster sashimi and a seat outside in their blissful decked area? You’ll have to show restraint, though; there are too many delicious things to try!

Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The selection here will be one of the most extensive and diverse anyone is likely to find outside our major cities. The network of suppliers and the areas of the country where produce is coming from is vast. This said you’ll likely come across seafood you didn’t even know existed, like freshwater lobsters (Marron) from Western Australia or hand-dived Abalone from the Great Southern Bight — a highly coveted delicacy throughout Asia.

You may just come for fish, but there’s a high possibility you’ll also come away with knowledge and a taste for so much more!

Extras worth mentioning are the shop’s ability to dry age fish, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Pick yourself a fillet of prime fish, ask them to dry age it for you and return a few days later — it’s that easy.

In time the shop will also be smoking fish on-site; with a variety of different woods, you can expect a plethora of tasty smoked morsels from mussels and oysters right through to fish. Expect no stone to be unturned!

An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

And if this all wasn’t enough, to assist you with your ascent to seafood heaven, there is a small section containing high-grade European deli items. We’re talking Spanish smoked paprika, pastas from Greece, vinegar from Portugal and exclusive soy sauces from Japan — meaning an at-home gourmet experience is very achievable.

A lot of attention has surrounded the venue and their works to open. In truth, there have been a few little Covid induced setbacks along the way, but we are pleased to announce Miami Fish Market have confirmed with us they are officially swinging open their doors for their grand opening on Saturday 31st July featuring free caviar tastings!

So, should you be looking for sumptuous clams and pre-marinated fish for your Saturday night dinner party or oysters and lobster for a decadent midweek BBQ, you’ll find all you need — plus more — at the new and impressive Miami Fish Market.

Hours: Officially opening Saturday 31st July with trading hours being 8am — 6pm Monday – Saturday and 8am — 4pm Sunday’s
Where: 1/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Fall in loaf with Well Bread & Pastry

Well Bread & Pastry exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Well Bread & Pastry exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

We’re all pretty much up to speed with how the ever-evolving Palm Beach scene is something to behold. However, it’s not only novel and ultra-modern apartments we’re witnessing popping up, but also new and exciting hospitality ventures: from on-trend cafes to scintillating nighttime hangouts and about everything else in between.

But, what about a down-to-earth bakery where you can grab yourself a well-poured coffee, some incredible pastries and breads and a space where you can catch up with a friend to watch the world go by? Sounds a little too good to be true, yet it isn’t. Say hello to Well Bread & Pastry — Palm Beach’s newest euro-infused bakery!

South African husband and wife owners Michelle and Stefan spent a great deal of time working and living in Europe whilst in their twenties, and amongst their adventures and discoveries in food, there was always a strong love for bread. After many years of perfecting the art of baking the perfect loaf, chef Stefan decided it was about time he let some fortunate members of the public enjoy his efforts. And after moving from Melbourne only a few months ago, the couple has decided Palm Beach is where they intend to make this happen.

Coffee and treat from Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Coffee and treat from Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The shop space oozes French countryside bakery vibes, warm exposed wooden features with a serene and sophisticated olive green throughout. There’s some serious window benchtop action going down as well, so if you like to people-watch or grab something and have some space to yourself, you’ll be smitten. Otherwise, there’s a handful of tables for you to take a load off and enjoy yourself something a little bit tasty.

The guys here aren’t on a mission per se, but they do want to dispel the myth that bread isn’t good for you. By using live cultures in the baking process and avoiding heavily refined grains for sustainably sourced and organic flours, you can be assured that their fresh-out-the-oven breads aren’t going to spoil all those hours you’ve spent in the gym. There is a sizeable collection, including Whole Grain Sourdoughs, Milk Loaves, and Pumpkin and Soy Rollsfreshly baked and all deliciously golden brown.

On the pastry front, you’ll find drool-worthy Croissants, Pain Au Chocolats and Biscuits galore, but if you prefer something a little more substantial, you’re in luck. They’re also putting together ready-made sandwiches and their own piping hot home-baked pies right out of the oven.

Well Bread & Pastry interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Well Bread & Pastry interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For appreciators of only the best coffee, you’ll be pleased to read two different Paradox products are being utilised. The lauded Surfers Paradise roastery’s much loved Penny Lane blend will be the go-to and a rotating Single Origin for all the black coffee fans out there.

Having been open for less than a week, it seems Palm Beach has truly welcomed Well Bread & Pastry since their opening day — by turning out in huge numbers and buying bread like it’s going out of fashion. We say get in on the action and enjoy your reason to fall back in love with bread again!

Where: 6 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
When: Tuesday — Sunday, 6am – 2pm

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Bread selction, Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Bread selection, Well Bread & Pastry (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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