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Ooh La La, La Luna Restaurant opens

Fried Baby Squid, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Fried Baby Squid, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

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.

Moreton Bay Bug Roll, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Moreton Bay Bug Roll, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

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!

La Luna Restaurant interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
La Luna Restaurant interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

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!

When: Wed – Sun 12pm – late (closed Mon & Tues)
Where: La Luna Beach Club, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Seafood Linguine, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Seafood Linguine, La Luna Restaurant (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

This brand new Beach Club will eclipse your Summer plans

LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)
LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)

When you live in Southeast Queensland, namely our little segment of nirvana, the Gold Coast, you have to be accustomed to living an alfresco style of life. The weather and sublime coastal geography simply demand it. And if you’re a sun worshipper or slave to the beach, we know you wouldn’t have it any other way.

In recent times we’ve had hospitality venues seriously cotton on to this, with a flurry of rooftop bars opening. However, it seems even in this pandemic stricken age we live in, a new hero of the hour has emerged: the humble (and eagerly demanded) beach club!

The premise is simple: a venue incorporating our ridiculously great weather, alongside first-class decor and styling, and a beautiful food and drinks offering. Tying these places of interest together is the chance for you to enjoy all of this whilst wearing your swimmers and sharing your time between a dip in the pool and some sunbathing — pretty idyllic, no?

LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)
LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)

Hospitality giants, the Gennari group, who are behind such establishments as Main Beach’s elegant Glass restaurant and Broadbeach’s eternally busy Loose Moose and Maggie Choo, have decided they would need to wade in on this space. La Luna Beach Club is nearing the final construction stages, and set beside Marina Mirage will be Australia’s first restaurant and beach club built upon floating pontoons.

Designers House of August and Space Cubed are the masterminds behind the fantastic new site, which hopes to transport patrons to a whole different level of Mediterranean fused luxury the moment they set foot inside the venue. The lavish yet boho styling will merge Mykonos vibes betwixt the extravagance of St. Tropez, with indoor and poolside dining, pool, daybeds, private cabanas, runway and bar.

With panoramic views of the Broadwater and nestled between superyachts, the essence of La Luna will encourage you to stay awhile. You’ll be able to graze your way through their exquisite Mediterranean and Asian fused menu; sample deftly made cocktails between DJ sets; all while immersing yourself in the divine and tranquil nature of the venue as a whole.

Sign. Us. Up!

LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)
LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)

The venue will have a dual face as both a restaurant and beach club, with the former earmarked for opening in January, whilst the latter is planned for an early 2022 grand unveiling. One thing is for sure, folks, this will be a spectacular addition to our booming hospitality scene, bringing together both locals and visitors under our endless blue skies. What a time to be alive!

When: Early next year
Where: Marina Mirage, Main Beach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)
LA LUNA Beach Club - Render (image supplied)

9 must-try Main Beach restaurants

Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant (image supplied)
Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant (image supplied)

Over the last few years, a lot of attention has been cast around our city by way of new up-and-coming eating precincts and suburbs with hospo prowess to rival our southern neighbours. One such stretch of the Gold Coast which has always been a hotspot for good dining experiences is Main Beach. Sure, it may have been a little in the shadow of other areas in recent times, but we certainly believe there is still a serious collection of great restaurants deserving of your hard-earned eating-out budget! Plan ahead, people: start blocking out next weekend and booking tables, as we run through our picks of the suburb.

Omeros Bros Seafood
If you’re in the market for fresh, first-class seafood, Main Beach is where it’s at: and more specifically, it’s at Omeros Bros Seafood at Marina Mirage. A multi-award-winning venue with the most fabulous to-die-for seafood platter around. It’s called Omeros Indulgence, and it’s a mix of hot and cold seafood and possibly the most decadent dish you’re likely to find in the city. Do you know what else goes well with quality seafood? Quality beverages. You’ll find a superb drink offering here to match the food also.
Where: Shop 55/74 Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Main Beach Fish Grotto
New to Tedder Avenue dining scene is this luxe adaptation of a humble fish and chip shop worthy of anyone’s attention. This nautical-themed and whitewashed eatery serves only the best seafood alongside crispy chips and a wisely sized selection of wines and beers. There’s ample reason to stay and dine in with comfort, but if you do decide to takeaway, a drink or two can’t hurt whilst you wait.
Where: 20-22 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)
Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)

Terraces – Sheraton Grand Mirage
Should a 5-star experience be on the cards for your break from the kitchen, then strip off your apron and make a beeline for this Main Beach culinary gold mine. You’ll be spoilt with a luxurious setting overlooking the renowned Sheraton Grand Mirage swimming pool and grounds before you even take your first glance at the food. A deluxe buffet-style arrangement means you’ll have a sophisticated ocean to plate favourites hand-delivered to your table, so you can focus on all the coastal tranquillity this fantastic property has to offer.
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Shuck
This Main Beach institution has been around since 2001, and affection for the cleverly named venue has only grown in that time. The team pride themselves on sourcing the outright freshest seafood; so much so their Crab Lasagne is absolute proof, and out of this world! Take in the tranquil tree-lined street of Main Beach while you enjoy your dishes and wash it all down with an icy glass of Chardonnay — or two.
Where: 20 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

Glass Dining & Lounge Bar
Another Main Beach restaurant, another mind-blowing view. Glass Dining & Lounge Bar is found at Marina Mirage overlooking the water and serving up fine dining treats and some pretty sweet cocktails too. The menu uses only the best quality produce, meats and fresh local seafood, and it’s long been a local favourite. We highly recommend the Tempura Battered Bugs marinated in garlic and chilli served with mayo and grilled lemon. Just wow.
Where: Level 2, Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

Glass Dining & Lounge Bar (image supplied)
Glass Dining & Lounge Bar (image supplied)

Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
Picture the scene: the sun is dipping behind the hinterland, the last light is caressing the still water over the Broadwater, and you’re sat soaking it all in with some fantastic food. Sounds too good to be true, but, at Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s yours for the taking. Right on the water, the casual setting is unflawed when it comes to relaxing over eats whilst enjoying drinks and taking in some wonderful regular live music.
Where: Shop 40, 60-70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Southport Yacht Club
Overlooking the sparkling Broadwater, Southport Yacht Club is the ultimate in epic views and affordable eats for not just you but the entire family. It’s a casual eatery open for breakfast (weekends only), lunch and dinner! Or why not just head in for a drink to overlook one of the most beautiful stretches of water (and yachts of course) you’re going to find in Australia.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach

Southport Yacht Club (image supplied)
Southport Yacht Club (image supplied)

Vanitas
An utterly remarkable European dining experience is found behind the golden doors of Palazzo Versace by way of Vanitas. A five-star dining setting with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients that make up some of the most stunning dishes you’ve ever sampled. If you needed any more convincing, Vanitas has won a multitude of awards over the years and can boast of A-list celebrities, from far and wide, enjoying the deluxe dining experience regularly.
Where: Palazzo Versace, 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Domanis Café Restaurant & Bar
For nearly a staggering 30 years, the team at Domanis have been serving up good times and even better food — and it shows in the hordes of people constantly streaming in and out. Their pizzas are award-winning and putting it simply: epic. Perched on the corner of Tedder Ave, it’s the perfect spot for a frosty cold ale and relaxing lunch or dinner. Try it for yourself, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
Where: 1/19-21 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Main Beach aerial (Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)
Main Beach aerial (Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)

11 of the best Gold Coast restaurants for seafood

Omeros Bros (image supplied)
Omeros Bros (image supplied)

Everyone loves a bit of oceany goodness on their plates, do they not? Okay, maybe not everyone but WE DO, so here’s a tale of tasty feasts from the sea and the best local Gold Coast venues to enjoy them at.

If you’re in the market for a seafood extravaganza, here are 11 exceptional Gold Coast venues to hit up ASAP. 

Restaurants

Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant
A stunning space overlooking the water at Marina Mirage, Omeros Bros have been serving up the highest quality seafood for as long we can remember. If you’re a fan of all the ocean eats, grab yourself a platter and let the good times (and full bellies) roll. Next-level indeed.
Where: Shop 55/74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Kiyomi
Part of The Star Gold CoastKiyomi is a stunning Japanese venue showcasing the highest quality seafood in an array of dishes you’ll probably never forget. Executive Head Chef Chase Kojima has received a prestigious Chef’s Hat, so you know you’re in for an absolute treat.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Seafood Buffet (image supplied)
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Seafood Buffet (image supplied)

Terraces Restaurant
Located within the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort at Main Beach, Terraces is a much-loved seafood buffet (currently serving an ocean-to-plate dining experience) that’ll make your mouth water on sight. The produce is the freshest and tastiest and you can go back for seconds or thirds. It might be time to loosen that belt…
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

George’s Paragon
Every local knows, George’s Paragon is where it’s at when it comes to seafood on the Gold Coast. Their legendary and huge seafood platters include fresh king prawns, smoked salmon, mixed oysters, barbequed bugs, barbequed prawns, garlic prawns AND battered prawns. The extensive Greek-inspired menu is perfectly complemented by the restaurants’ perfectly positioned location overlooking the marina at Sanctuary Cove.
Where: 46 The Promenade, Sanctuary Cove

Moana Restaurant and Bar
Moana can be found at Capri on Via Roma serving up the freshest of seafood, all locally sourced and with a focus on the flavours of the Pacific Rim, and let us tell you, there is many a tasty morsel on the menu. The Tahi is made up of the fish of the day, juicy prawns, scallops, bugs on rice and white wine beurre blanc sauce. YUM.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri

Moana Restaurant & Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Seascape Restaurant + Bar
Pop your fancy pants on and get up to Seascape Restaurant + Bar. Perched above the Surfers Paradise oceanfront, you’ll experience some of the most incredible seafood of your life. It’s locally sourced and mouth-watering the whole lot of it.
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Soul, Surfers Paradise 

Choofas Smokehouse and Seafood
At the southern end of the coast, you have the casual dining option of Choofas to satiate your need for all things seafood and delicious. The selection of seafood is huge meaning there is likely something for everyone. You also have the option to eat your prawns there or take them home with you to enjoy at your leisure. With a well-stocked bar full of drinks to boot, this Coolangatta gem is a seafood lover’s dream come true.
Where:  150 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Rick Shores
I’m not sure we have to say much more here than… Bug Roll. Rick Shores famed the Moreton Bay Bug Roll with Sriracha, Bug Mayonnaise and Gem Lettuce. It may only seem like a few ingredients but it’s mighty big on flavour and reputation. Yes, every dish on the menu is top-notch and the magical view adorns many an Instagram account… but people, Bug Roll!
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Rick Shores Moreton Bay Bug Roll (image supplied)
Rick Shores Moreton Bay Bug Roll (image supplied)

Takeaway

Charis Seafoods
The biggest seafood retailer in Queensland, Charis Seafoods has been supplying the freshest of foods to hungry locals for quite some time. Whether you arrive by boat and just want some freshly cooked fish & chips or you’re in the market for some fresh prawns, everything here is the goods, so feast to your little hearts’ content.
Where: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador 

Two Wise Fish
Being hungry + craving seafood = two deciding factors to take you to Two Wise Fish. It can be found in Mermaid Waters and is up there with some of the best takeaways we’ve ever sampled. Get the seafood basket, and maybe some fresh fish for you to take home and throw on the barbeque?
Where: Shop 1/64 Karbunya Street, Mermaid Waters

The Jolly Roger
If healthy fish and chips are something you’d like to sample, look no further. The Jolly Roger offers Keto fish and chips and it’s all very delicious. The crumbs are made from an almond meal as opposed to flour and there’s also the healthier option of zucchini chips. YUM. Oh, and there’s beer on tap to sip while you’re waiting too.
Where: 3/110 Mountain View Avenue, Miami

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

The Jolly Roger (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
The Jolly Roger (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
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