Listen up foodies, cocktail enthusiasts and cool chasers. The time is here for the unveiling of La Luna Restaurant – and we’ve got All.The.Feels.
Officially open from Thursday 13th January 2022, Marina Mirage’s newest resident has reinvented the space where good-times-icons of yesteryear Saks and Pier once lived their best lives. Adding to the appeal of its prestigious location, the restaurant connects directly to the hotly anticipated floating beach club section of the venue. And no folks, that’s not a typo – it legit floats on pontoons (watch this space for launch date deets pencilled for April 2022, we’ll be all over it like mint on a mojito).
Summonsing diners to escape the ordinary and embark on a sensory-arousing journey through the Mediterranean and Asian fusion cuisine, La Luna Restaurant has all the on-fleek trimmings you’d expect from its trailblazing owner, Patrik Gennari of The Gennari Group. This group is a Gold Coast institution, masterminding the likes of Koi, Glass, Maggie Choo, The Loose Moose and Roosevelt Lounge.
You’ll spend your afternoons and evenings here ocean gazing and grazing with the glitterati, revelling in a selection of flavours to stimulate even the most refined palettes. Using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, the mouth-watering eats and effortless luxury oozing from every nook and cranny will have you chanting “shut up and take my money”.
To set the tone, first stop: the bar (obvs) and the signature cocktail menu is lit. We’re drawing inspo from the fancy yachts in our peripheral, and Tulum-esk accents at the beach club next door and ordering Paprika Spiced Pineapple Margaritas. Then it’s on to an appetiser from the delicious Mezze menu, like perhaps the Wagyu Bresaola.
It’s starter time and the combination of flavours in the Kingfish Ceviche with coconut milk, lime, pickled onion, grapefruit jam and chilli is guaranteed to take you to your happy place. No menu is complete without a Lobster or Moreton Bay Bug Roll these days, and at La Luna, you have the option of either, both come drizzled with lemon and dill mayo and tangy hot sauce.
Back it up with an equally show-stopping main, like the Miso Pork Belly with pickled apple and chilli salsa offset with cloudlike cauliflower cream. Or, perhaps the Fish of the Day is more your thang, grilled to perfection and served with a creamed leek, fennel and citrus salad. YUM!
If you’re in the mood for something to soak up the cocktails (because trust us, you’ll be several deep at this point), there’s plenty of Flatbread Pizza and Pasta options. A standout is the Seafood Linguini, jam-packed with a plethora of seafood goodness straight from our local waters.
Sold yet? Of course you are. See you there – with a margi in hand!
Words by Bianca Trathen.