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Dreamy new Palm Beach eatery Las Palmas opens

Las Palmas interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The summer of 2020 is shaping up to be the best yet with a slew of sweet new venues popping up all the over the place promising good vibes, mouth-watering eats and the most delicious sips.

Palm Beach in particular is experiencing quite the glow up and we’re absolutely thrilled to share an inside look at the latest newbie to hit the beachside suburb.

It’s called Las Palmas Bar & Restaurant and you may have heard whispers of just how good it is already but allow us to enlighten you.

Las Palmas bar (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Found upstairs where Lester & Earl once lived, you’ll enter through a little doorway a few steps down from Sisterhood Café and follow the stairs up to a stunning space that may just be what interior dreams are made of.

Las Palmas is all laidback, coastal vibes, decked out in the prettiest pastel palette with pops of greenery throughout, a bright pink entry way, exposed ceiling beams and low hanging rattan feature lights that bring it all together to be one space you’re going to think about long after you’ve left.

Las Palmas dishes (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

There are high tables set across from the bar, lower tables in the front and of course, a wraparound deck complete with salty sea breezes and ocean views. Heavenly.

It’s the work of The Mez Club owners Monica Pacheco and Rob Doherty, alongside head bartender Jeffrey Meeker and head chef Dayron Concepcion and what a team they make.

Chef Dayron has called upon his Cuban roots to offer a menu packed with share-style Latin American eats with an emphasis on fresh seafood and the highest quality produce.

Tuna Tartare with tarragob, davidson plum chowder and crispy rice, Las Palmas (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

While it’s all begging to be sampled, a few standouts include the Tuna Tartare with tarragob, davidson plum chowder and crispy rice, the Roasted Cauliflower with miso butter, cashew cream, salsa verde and macadamia (absolutely incredible) and Arepas – short rib with guacamole, coriander and corn.

No one’s ever been disappointed by ordering a serve of the Homemade Churros with chocolate ganache for dessert either.

All outstanding.

Arepas – short rib with guacamole, coriander and corn, Las Palmas (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

To drink, Jeffrey (poached from NYC to head up The Mez Club bar) has created a menu that’s perfect for a summer sipping session and lucky Palmy honestly. Seasonal Australian flavours some together to create cocktails that are both delicious and refreshing – the perfect combination.

There’s the ‘Something with Vodka’ made with blackberries, raspberries, lemon, vermouth bianco and vodka (to die for) and the ‘Hey MACarana’ with Aussie aromatics, aquafaba, lemon, amaro, Averna, mac and Jameson to name a couple of stunners.

Of course, as always we recommend you sample them all because they’re quite unlike anything you’ve sipped around here before.

Las Palmas cocktails (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Las Palmas is the perfect addition to the Palm Beach dining scene and some of us live just down the road so we’ll be seeing you there quite a lot no doubt.

Happy almost-summer.

LOCATION: Level 1, 1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
HOURS: Thursday from 5pm until late, Friday from 3pm until late and weekends from 1pm until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Las Palmas entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

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