Hello it’s August, cue feigned amazement at how fast the time goes and that it’s almost Christmas etc. C-R-A-Z-Y.
Anyway, July was a good time in the world of Gold Coast venue openings and as usual, here’s a list of everything we had the pleasure of visiting.
Tick these off quick smart because August isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Elia Greek Island Taverna
At the northern end of the Coast, Marina Mirage to be exact, Elia Greek Tavern opened overlooking the marina and serving up authentic Greek eats including the freshest of seafood and a tasty selection of Greek meats. There are organic Greek wines to wash all that down and best to wear your stretchy pants, there’s a lot of goodies to try here.
Where: Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Nahm Kitchen & Bar
Tasty Thai food at its finest can be found at Broadbeach newbie Nahm Kitchen & Bar at The Oasis Shopping Centre. It’s traditional Thai food with a modern twist and it’s some of the very best we’ve ever sampled. The team have put so much love, thought and exceptional flavours into every single dish and there’s a lovely wine list curated to match.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Love you Italian food. Especially when you’re made by passionate Italians who have been making Italian food forever and also come up with magical ideas like putting pasta in a wheel of cheese, topped with more cheese. Yep, Mushroom Gnocchi in a baby wheel of Pecorino cheese and washed down with a glass of Prosecco or two is pretty much the greatest thing we can imagine and it’s all ours (and yours) at Belvedere Stonemill. Go now.
Where: 1638 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Donuts are so great. Sweet and soft and filled with gooey goodness, what’s not to love? Some of the very best donuts can be found at Fuel Bakehouse who recently opened their second space down south at Cabarita. Boasting not only exceptional donuts though, they also make some of the yummiest pies on the Gold Coast – eight hour slow cooked beef anyone – and also delights like cruffins, fresh salads, breakfast burritos and the like. Do yourself a favour.
Where: 1638 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
A new Japanese eatery, how good! Mermaid Waters scored big time with Project Tokyo, found at the little shopping precinct that is also home to Lucky Bao and Nude Sisters Kitchen. The team are serving up share-style Japanese dishes that are both delicious and pretty and we predict you’re going to want to sample every single thing. The interior is by local lad OJ Thompson and honestly, it’s worth checking out just to witness his work.
Where: 90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
D Point 10
More donuts! This time by the clever lads at D Point 10 who also have a space up Southport way but recently opened 2.0 in Broadbeach bringing the sweetest, most creative of treats to more of the people. Think flavours like Oreo, Salted Caramel, Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Gaytime, all of the greatest ones. Wash those guys down with a Social Espresso brew and you’ll be one happy camper.
Where: 2791 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
A new gin and wine bar opened in Broadbeach bringing local sips and charcuterie boards to us lucky locals. Brucie’s is named after a very good doggo who roams around being all cute and hoping to sample a piece of cheese or two from your plate. You won’t want to share though because all cheese, biscuits, bread, everything is sourced locally as are the wines and gins and well, pretty much everything. The cocktail list is filled with goodies and it’s a sweet little spot to drink the night away (responsibly of course).
Where: Shop 5/24 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach
Healthy eats are the name of the game at Broadbeach newbie URBAN foodstore. With plans to create somewhat of a healthy food revolution, the café slash market-style venue is serving up good-for-you eats and take home things with a side of naughty if you so choose. It’s a light, airy little space, also found on Surf Pde and one you should definitely stop in on should you be in need of some tasty, nourishing brunch foods.
Where: 90 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Pepé Italia Deli
Italian eats everywhere, what a treat! The good folks at Pepé Italia, whose first venue opened in Burleigh two whole years ago (talk about time flying) slinging epic Italian eats along the lines of wood-fired pizzas and authentic pastas that are really very yummy. The newbie is a more casual version and as a deli, offers takeaway meats and cheeses and meals like lasagnas and pastas that you can simply just heat up and claim you made yourself. Nobody will believe you but worthy a try. Eat it all.
Where: Pavilions Palm Beach, 10 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach
Along with Italian food, Japanese food and donuts, we also really love Mexican food. Tacos and tequila all day please. Happily, Tugun has us covered with the arrival of newbie Caracara, by the boys who created Lockwood Bar. The peach-hued newbie is double the fun with a little dining area out the front and moody, low-lit tequila bar in the back. The eats are all absolutely taste sensations and there’s a delightful array of margaritas and mezcals to wash it all down. Don’t miss out on this one.
Where: 455 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
Words and photos by Kirra Smith