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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.