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Crust us, this new pizzeria and bar can’t be topped

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar opens in Mudgeeraba

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Ok so there’s pizza places and there’s pizza places, and this newbie sits confidently in the pizza places camp. With pizza royalty as owners (more on them shortly #BendTheKnee), a cracking menu and a heritage feel location brimming with character, Lenny Pizzeria & Bar in Mudgeeraba is a real pizza work. We’re talking rockstar status woodfired pizza perfection and this seems fitting with a name like Lenny and heck yes, we’re gonna go your way #KravitzBanger.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Opening mid-March, this new pizza slinging icon-in-the-making is the genius work of household names, Robert Morwood and Oliver Botha. Along with his business partner at the time, Rob started Justin Lane in Burleigh…and ‘nuff said #LegendInOurLunchBox. Not bad for a fella who as a teen Pizza Hut employee, was never allowed to work on the pizza section and yeah, it’s safe to say he showed them.

Fellow owner / chef Oliver has cooked at the likes of Justin Lane, The Fish House, Hellenika and Rick Shores and srsly, is this not the who’s who of the GC eats scene. If these two blokes can’t launch a flourishing noshery, then everyone else can just pack up and go home.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Offering alfresco dining for 100+ people (eventually), the space reminded the gents of Justin Lane when it first opened. That is, an old building in the middle of town bursting with charm and potential, and just begging to be repurposed into something fresh and new. Interestingly enough, one of the main reasons Rob and Oliver chose this particular location was due to the landlords who wholeheartedly bought into the vision. Allowing them the freedom to utilise the extensive street frontage overlooking the beautiful village green, it was a no-brainer decision.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Turning to Interior Designer Ben Sampson to take charge of the fit-out, the space is as inviting as it is enticing. As Mudgeeraba has a classic heritage feel, they leaned into this as much possible with a small but elegant six-seater bar. Outside, which is still a work in progress, will be the heart of the venue, with big plans in store for landscaping and lighting.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Already bursting with warm and welcoming goodness, we are here for it all! Set in one of the most naturally beautiful areas of the Gold Coast, once all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, this place will be the greatest thing in our life since sliced pizza bread. And LBH, it already is with pizza so good we went up a dress size merely perusing the menu.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

The real hero of Lenny Pizzeria & Bar is the 72-hour fermented dough the lads use to make their pizza bases, which we reckon is three days VERY well spent. The result is a taste and textural sensation which when combined with the delicious toppings, is pure pizza paradise.

We’re especially partial to the Prawn Pizza with lap chong, confit garlic, fermented chilli, parsley and lemon, and the Butternut Pumpkin Pizza with fresh mozzarella, spiced kale, whipped feta and salsa verde. Other winners include the Aleppo Spiced Lamb with smoky red peppers, fresh mozzarella, parsley, dill cream and fresh lemon, and just get in our belly already please and thank you.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Also on the menu are various small plates like Arancini with porcini mushroom, pecorino and aioli, salads such as the Buffalo Mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic, and to finish it all off, a serve of House Made Icecream. Scrumdidillyocious.

So pizza lovers (AKA every human), get a wriggle on and make your way down to meet Lenny. No matter how you slice it, this joint can’t be topped.

Where: 58 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
When: 4.30pm – 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday.

Words by Bianca Trathen.
Images by Brittany Kreskas.

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

17 epic Gold Coast pizza places

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

A food that needs zero introduction – pizza is Italy’s gift to the world that just keeps on giving (to our happiness levels and waistlines, mainly). From office parties to cozy date nights, this god-tier culinary creation is the celebratory cornerstone of gatherings everywhere. We can think of no occasion that isn’t improved by the addition of this beloved Italian staple…. and if there is, we don’t wanna know about it.

A dish steeped in tradition; pizza is divisive as it is delicious. Team crispy, or team chewy and chonky, deep dish style?  Then there’s the question of the toppings – to olive, or not to olive? – and don’t even get us started on pineapple!

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Heck, even trying to narrow down which of our fine establishments serve the best slice is a controversial endeavour. Which is why we’ve compiled this trusty guide to all the most legit GC pizza joints in whom pizza-loving locals eternally crust.

Here are 17 of the best, from North to South, so you can dig in without delay (okay maybe just a little delay, molten hot cheese is no joking matter).

Mozza Mozza, Southport (image supplied)
Mozza Mozza, Southport (image supplied)

Mozza Mozza
We mean, you only need to cop a look at the whopper wood-fired oven sitting pride of place to know these guys mean business. Mozza Mozza sure knows how to sling a mean Margherita… and Capricciosa and Diavola and… yeah, you catch our drift (they also throw the best discotheque-themed, spritz-studded bottomless brunch going, but we digress…)

Offering a playful, family style vibe, Mozza Mozza dishes up insanely good Italian feasts with a side of groovy disco beats on the daily. Local hospo legend Dave Galvin has again bestowed unto northern Gold Coasters absolute gem of a spot where good vibes and even better slice is a given. Get down on a Thursday for the ‘Pizza Party’ to end all pizza parties.
Our pick: Hawaiiana (fight us)
Where: Located inside Southport Sharks, Cnr. Olsen & Musgrave Ave, Southport

Woodfired Pizzas, La Calabrese on Ocean, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Woodfired Pizzas, La Calabrese on Ocean, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

La Calabrese at Ocean
Situated right next to the pristine beach, La Calabrese at Ocean is all about traditional Italian ingredients with a modern twist. The pizzas in particular are food-gasmic, and if you don’t concur then soz but #weir-dough. Anything but your average pizza, a process called ‘biga’ is used to make the dough and honestly, the ‘yeast’ we can do is divulge why this technique is so special. How about a Fior di latte, fontina, porcini mushrooms, prosciutto di parma, truffle oil? Drool.
Our pick: Marylou
Where: Where: Level 1, 84 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Pizza & Kebab
Late night just pizza hits differentand you haven’t lived until you’ve hit up this Orchid Ave icon for a dirty kebab and/or giant slab of pizza at stupid o-clock after a night of boozing and boogying. With fresh and authentic pizzas, kebabs, snack packs and more, if you’ve got a hankering for something carby, cheesy or saucy, SPK will hook you up with the greatest midnight snack you’ll ever have. Also open in Arundel, the hours may be slightly different, but the pizza quality is the same!
Our pick: Pepperoni Pizza
Where: 24 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise & Corner of Napper Road & Daintree Drive, Arundel

A classic Margherita, Gemelli Italian (image supplied)
A classic Margherita, Gemelli Italian (image supplied)

Gemelli
If you haven’t been to Gemelli Broadbeach (or one of its sibling restaurants), are you even an actual Gold Coaster? Cooking up real Italian food made with love, their traditional methods combined with modern flair mean all the meals are a ten-outta-ten. With a cosy yet cool rustic vibe, there are always bums on seats and the atmosphere is lit. If you’re craving the kind of handcrafted Italian eats Nonna would approve of, this place is the whole package.
Our pick: Salina Pizza
Where: Mantra Broadbeach on the Park, 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Cucina Vivo (image supplied)
Cucina Vivo (image supplied)

Cucina Vivo
If simple Italian flavours done exceptionally well toot your horn, then make a date with The Star Gold Coast’s Cucina Vivo. Chef Fabio has gained quite the cult following, affectionately known as the best Pizzaiolo Chef outside of Italy. This man is the master of the woodfire oven, and the ever-popular venue’s secret weapon. Once you’re suitably wined and dined (aka, beyond satisfaction) – buy your digestive system some time to work its way through that carb coma by swinging by the never-ending assortment of fun things The Star has going down. Date night sorted!
Our pick: Fabio’s Pizza
Where: The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Luna’s Pizza & Wine, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Luna’s Pizza & Wine, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Luna’s Pizza & Wine
If you’re in or around Broadbeach and craving authentic, woodfired goods, Luna’s Pizza & Wine is where it’s at. The postcode-sharing little sib of Sofia’s, Luna’s is the more laid-back of owner Henry Hunt’s Euro-inspired venue super duo. This alfresco vibing gem offers cute and cosy mall-front dining, so you can perch up and watch the world go by as you tuck in to top notch Italian eats. Italian-born Head Chef and Pizzaiolo, Mattia Bianchi, has been in the biz for 20 years, so what he doesn’t know about pizza isn’t worth knowing, if you ask us.
Our pick: Capricciosa Pizza
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach

Matteo’s
Local pizza slinger Matteo’s describes itself as a slice of paradise in Clear Island Waters, and we’re inclined to agree. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, think crisped-to-perfection circular specialties like heirloom tomato studded Prosciutto Pizzas served alongside Salsiccia E Zucca made with pumpkin, Italian sausage, crispy sage (and multiple types of cheese, obviously). Legit as they come, the fresh pasta and pizzas are handcrafted daily following old family recipes, before the latter is tossed in the woodfire oven. Mouth = watering.
Our pick: Orcamado Pizza
Where: 60 Santa Cruz Boulevard, Shop 6-8, Clear Island Waters

Goccia Italian Pizzeria, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)
Goccia Italian Pizzeria, Mermaid Beach (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

Goccia
When it comes to insanely good pizza, you can always crust in Goccia to deliver the goods. Created by two bona fide northern Italians; think classic Italian pizzeria – and if that doesn’t tell you everything you know, 500+ google reviews and a 4.9 average rating sure as slice should. A charming neighbourhood gem tucked away inside Mermaid Beach Village, Goccia is the go-to for many a pizza lover across GC… if you can manage to get a table, that is. Order literally anything from the menu and you’ll be happy as Larry, just remember to leave room for the tiramisu #Non-negotiable.
Our pick: Papalina Pizza
Where: 1A/2375 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Franc Jnrs Famous Pizzeria
Now doling out double the deliciousness, we’ve been on cloud nine ever since this cult fave cloned itself a little farther up the Coast. Amassing a horde of adoring pizza fans that would happily follow them to the ends of the earth to get their Franc Jnrs fix, their Detroit style Sicilian slice is famous among pizza-lovers across the GC. Luckily for us, we now only need go as far as Nobby’s or Cooly to get our hands on that signature, crispy-edged pie. Unapologetically old school, Francs feels just like your traditional 90’s pizzeria, only way cooler.
Our pick: White Boy Rick (that sesame crust lives in our dreams)
Where: 2/102 Griffith Street, Coolangatta & Shop 2/32 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach

Diavola Pizza, Crispy Italian Bar, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Diavola Pizza, Crispy Italian Bar, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Crispy Italian Bar
Here’s a factoid for you – in Italy, the term “bar” stands for more of a watering-hole-meets-cafe hybrid; combining coffee, cocktails, sweet snacks like pastries and quintessential savoury Italian fare… so basically, all the best things. Unintentional micro geography lesson aside; this concept is exactly what owner Riccardo ‘Ricky’ Proserpio set about recreating at Crispy – and now you know this place is awesome for several reasons, including (but not limited to) a top-tier traditional pizza selection. Such as the perennial fave, Margherita, which also comes in 1/2 metre size. You won’t be disappointed.
Our pick: Diavola Pizza
Where: 4/1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Osteria del Mare, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)
Osteria del Mare, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)

Osteria del Mare
Burleigh’s resident ristorante and pizzeria, Osteria del Mare is another authentic Italian neighbourhood nosher known for its impeccable pizza prowess. Tuck into creations like the portobello mushroom and truffle topped Tartufo, and ride the carb-train straight to complete and utter bliss. Mark the first Tuesday of the month in your calendars and head to Osteria Del Mare for Pizza Club. Bottomless pizza, plus a wine or a beer for $35.
Our pick: Little Piggy
Where: 2/1718 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Justin Lane (image supplied)
Justin Lane (image supplied)

Justin Lane
There’s no denying that Burleigh stalwart, Justin Lane is the king of pizza. It’s come a long way from its humble beginnings, growing from a wee little pizzeria into a heaving multi-level restaurant, bar and event space. The perfect spot for a casual slice and catch up with your crew (so we assume the cocktails are implied). Pick your cutest stretchy pants, you’re bound to run into at least 35 people that you know. And that’s just on a Monday.
Our pick: Justin’s BBQ Smokehouse
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Balboa Private Dining Space (image supplied)
Balboa Private Dining Space (image supplied)

Balboa Italian
You’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it. The sprawling, modern industrial stunner fronting Palmy’s main drag is a total traffic-stopper, and we’re pleased to confirm that its contents are as epic as the outside. And when it comes to amazing nosh across the board, Balboa Italian sure isn’t pulling any punches. In particular, the pizzas are #goals #IYKYK – and if you don’t – we would suggest remedying this immediately. Take your pick between the selection of red and white sauce bases, or try them all because carbs, shmarbs.
Our pick: Boscaiola Pizza
Where: 1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Grilled corn, Zucchini prawn pizza, Caprese salad, Fettuccine boscaiola, Calamari fritta & Arancini balls, Toro's Pizza (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Grilled corn, Zucchini prawn pizza, Caprese salad, Fettuccine boscaiola, Calamari fritta & Arancini balls, Toro's Pizza (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Toro’s
A cosy and uber cute spot where Mediterranean and Moroccan vibes collide; Toro’s does pizza with panache. With peach tones for days (#swoon) – the spread at Palmy’s cosy slice slinging haven is quintessentially Italian, but with a healthy dose of tasty modern takes to keep us on our toes. The super relaxed yet chic vibe is just our type, and the pizzas will delight even the most discerning pizza connoisseur. There’s even dessert pizza if that’s your jam… (well, Nutella, technically speaking). Yep, she’s a winner on all fronts.
Our pick: Di Toro Pizza
Where: 7/2 Eighth Avenue, Palm Beach

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar
Where do we even begin when it comes to Lenny Pizzeria & Bar? For a rather questionable analogy – just imagine Burleigh icon Justin Lane and the locale Mudgeeraba had a baby; courtesy of local culinary legends, Oliver Botha (of Justin Lane, The Fish House, Hellenika and Rick Shores fame) and Justin Lane founder, Robert Morwood. And yeah, consider our case rested! Not unlike the duo’s signature 72-hour fermented dough recipe, which imparts their bases with a next level taste and texture.

No matter how you slice it, the addition is a total score for Railway Street’s dining scene – with sensational woodfired delights like fermented chilli kissed Prawn Pizza and Butternut Pumpkin Pizza served with whipped feta and salsa verde. You know the drill: two, four, six, eight…
Our pick: Fancy 4 Cheese
Where: 58 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

Mortadella Pizza, Tommy's Italian (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Mortadella Pizza, Tommy's Italian (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Tommy’s Italian
One minute, we’re passing through Currumbin minding our own business,–and the next, our mouth commences immediately watering at the mere sight of Tommy’s telltale red and white umbrella’s adorning the promenade. And that’s before we’ve even caught wind of the freshly-flamed bites bubbling away within! In only a few short years, this two-storey cutie has become a fixture along the suburb’s seaside strip; serving up multi-million dollar ocean views and mighty fine pizzas to match (and cocktails… because nothing says happiness like a slice of Italy in one hand and a margi in the other).Who can resist? Certainly not us.
Proving that good genes run in the family, Tommy’s has a little sister, Little Tommy’s. Just 500m down the road, it’s the more approachable, relaxed and uncomplicated one, with equally great pizza.
Our pick: Tartufo Pizza
Where: 818 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Bread and Butter, Kirra (image supplied)
Bread and Butter, Kirra (image supplied)

Bread & Butter Kirra
If you’re looking for pizza with a view, Kirra’s Euro-eats all-rounder, Bread & Butter, provides exactly the type of vantage (and carby goodness) that we need and mentally transport ourselves to the Amalfi Coast for the afternoon. Perch up on the terrace and feast upon classic, stone-baked combos like Primavera or the pesto-drizzled Pollo. Add in some tapas and an Aperol Spritz or two and you’ve got yourself a party! Who needs holidays when you have pizza like this?
Our pick: Siciliana Pizza
Where: Shop 1, 76 Musgrave Street, Kirra

Words by Kellie Leader

11 reasons locals love Mudgeeraba

Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Cocktails at Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Locals love Mudgeeraba and clearly, we do too. It’s easy to get swept up in the allure of our iconic coastline, but when was the last time you popped into this hinterland haven? No seriously, it’s a little over 15 minutes from Burleigh (we don’t want to hear you say it’s too far) so you can escape the hustle of the beachside burbs and take our word for it when we say it’s got some of the best eats the Gold Coast has to offer. Big claim, we know, but we stand by it.

We’ve taken the task of finding the best feeds in Mudgeeraba very seriously so you can just pop in and live like a local for the day. So, book a table and pretend you’ve gone bush for a little while, it’s the next best thing to an actual holiday.

Anekawa (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Anekawa (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Anekawa Japanese
This has got to be one of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets, nestled in the heart of Mudgeeraba’s Village, Anekawa shines a whole new light on traditional Japanese food. Created by chef Koki Anekawa (ex Rick Shores), the menu is a glorious celebration of ethically sourced Australian produce and traditional Japanese fair that we don’t so often see, set to the backdrop of one of the most intimate restaurant spaces we’ve dined in. The menu is ever changing based on the seasonality of produce and availability of specialty seafood, so you know that what they’re dishing up is fresh AF.
Where: Corner of Swan Lane & Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

The Wine Barrel, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
The Wine Barrel, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

The Wine Barrel
An institution among locals, there’s good reason why The Wine Barrel has stood the test of time, serving up some of the best tapas and wine (obviously) going around. The menu is loaded with an epic variety of food from Asian-inspired dishes to classic tacos. Our must-try’s? We can’t go past the pork belly, chilli caramel, coriander and mint to start, followed with the organic black mussels with Napoli, cream and nudja for a serious flavour bomb.
Where: 59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar
We know it might not be fair, but we low key judge a suburb’s foodie scene by their best Indian restaurant, so it’s fair to say Mudgeeraba is serving up the goods. Pangaat Indian Restaurant & Bar is not only one of our favourite Indian spots in the hinterland, but the whole of the Gold Coast. Think of the aromatic spices and bold flavours that come with authentic Indian food, they’ve got everything covered from hearty curries and succulent tandoori specialities that will keep you coming back.
Where: 3/59 Railway St, Mudgeeraba

Bon Appetea
Tucked away in the most beautiful old Queenslander, Bon Appetea brings that English whimsy charm to Mudgeeraba – made even better with the beautiful hinterland back drop. You can pop in for your favourite high tea whether it’s for breakfast, brunch or lunch with luxe options too if you’re feeling a little bit fancy. In case you needed more mo-tea-vation to book in high tea with your favourites, the iconic basque cheesecake is one of our favourite sweet treats on the menu. Heading there in winter? You’ll want to snag a spot fireside while you get cosy, sit and sip on your hot beverage of choice.
Where: 7 Johns Road, Mudgeeraba

Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Lenny Pizzeria & Bar, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)

Lenny Pizzeria
By now you’ve surely heard all the buzz about Lenny Pizzeria, the woodfired pizza hotspot has been buzzing since their iconic entrance to the Mudgeeraba dining scene. Think next level flavour combinations – we’re looking at you, Chill Kale and Fancy 4 Cheese – you’ll definitely want a pizza this. Perch up under the stars with your nearest and dearest and treat yourself to your favourite drop while you carb load.
Where: Shop 5/58 Railway St, Mudgeeraba 

Mudjira Village Eatery
Now it would be plain old rude of us to miss out on Mudgeeraba’s best breakfast spot. Embrace the laidback vibes of the hinterland at Mudjira Village Eatery, it’s got the country charm you expect from one of the town’s best eats and a full menu of epic eats. We’re all about the maple pecan French toast – try it and thank us later.
Where: 3 Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba

Various meals from Junior's Deli, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Various meals from Junior's Deli, Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Junior’s Deli
For a taste of New York in the heart of Mudgeeraba you don’t need to look any further than Junior’s Deli. With classic deli sandwiches, toasties and burgers, plus barista coffee supplied by Therefore Coffee these guys have nailed the casual dining vibe. If you’re more about the grab and go life Junior’s have you sorted, you can even take home some of their signature house-made pickles to up your sandwich game and get a taste of the deli at home.
Where: 2/51 Railway St, Mudgeeraba

The Wallaby Hotel
One of the Gold Coast’s oldest pubs, The Wallaby has been serving up cold brews and great food since 1883. If you’re looking for the ultimate pint and parmy combo then you’ve come to the right place. They’ve got all the pub classics you know and love to kick those hunger pains, if you want to get a little adventurous then get around the Native Australian Wallaby Shanks – guaranteed to become your new go-to.
Where 43 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

Whisky Lounge Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Whisky Lounge Mudgeeraba (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Whisky Lounge
Whisky aficionados will feel right at home at the Whisky Lounge, but don’t stress if you’re a newbie – the legends behind the bar will find you the perfect drop to start your whisky lover journey. It doesn’t matter if your palate prefers a smoky scotch or a smooth bourbon, they’ve got pretty much everything so you can pour, savour and enjoy the flavour. Not into dark spirits? Stress less and don’t whisk yourself away, there’s a delish cocktail menu to keep you busy all night long.
Where: Shop 2A/58 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba

The Sensory Boutique
In need of some retail therapy? The Sensory Boutique have the most aesthetically pleasing collection of goodies that have been perfectly curated so you can pick up home décor, scents, jewellery and more. If you’re looking for a fresh fit the team have hand selected pieces just for you. If buying brand-new is so last season for you, in the name of circular fashion, there’s a selection of pre-loved clothing and accessories (chic of course) that you can give a new life.
Where: Shop 24, Franklin Square, 60 Railway St, Mudgeeraba

Margarita, Panchos (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Margarita, Panchos (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Panchos
Spice up your dining experience at Panchos, this Mexican spot knows what’s up when it comes to good food, good margs and good entertainment – the holy trinity of good vibes. The colourful fit out feels like you’ve stepped straight off the streets of Mexico into an authentic taqueria with the Latin American influence coming from all ends. Did we mention on Thursday’s you can snag a burrito and beer for $25 too? You’re losing money not getting amongst it #girlmath.
Where: 581 Gold Coast Springbrook Rd, Mudgeeraba

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

Broadbeach, prepare to be bowled over

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The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Who loves pub grub? Actually, we feel this should be rephrased to who doesn’t love pub grub AMIRITE? Especially when it’s done well and friends, the new venue we’re about to discuss certainly gets a big gold star in the nosh department. That’s not all though coz it’s also sporting cool coastal interiors, a chillaxed vibe, and a real sense of community.

Do yourselves a favour and cruise on down to The Bowlo Bistro, the unbelievabowl new eats destination at The Gold Coast Lawn Bowls Club at Broadbeach Waters.

Meals at The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Meals at The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Taking over from a Malaysian restaurant which previously occupied the space, The Bowlo Bistro opened last week and is a breath of fresh ocean-fuelled air. Serving up incredible Modern Australian bistro food, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered after a big arvo on the green.

It features indoor and outdoor seating to suit your mood and let us tell you, it’s a tough decision. Inside, which accommodates 80 bums on seats, you’ll find a light and bright coastal beauty. The relaxing and location-appropriate colour palette with crisp white and minty green hues instantly puts you in a happy place, and feels as welcoming as your best mate’s place.

A mate with great taste and a recently renovated pad that is. Oh, and did we mention there are incredibowl views of the Gold Coast skyline coz there are incredibowl views of the Gold Coast skyline.

Sichuan dusted calamari, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Sichuan dusted calamari, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

If you feel like soaking up the outdoors and LBR, this is what we do best here on the GC, listen up. Unlike most other bowls clubs, you’re not confined to a specific set dining area. You can eat your meal anywhere that takes your fancy but obvs refrain from munching on the actual bowls grass, where you may encounter a dam buster. For the novices, that’s lawn bowls lingo for a heavy bowl, and we totally just googled ‘bowling jargon’ to sound knowledgeable.

The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Now we can all vouch for the fact that barefoot bowls and bistro food go together like copy and paste, but who decided to take this combo to the next level? That would be dynamic duo Craig and Lucy Johnston and guys, if ever there was an award-winning union, this is it. Quite literally in fact.

Current owners of TCLH specialising in remote hospitality, both Craig and Lucy have received Young Entrepreneur awards in 2019 and 2020, plus Lucy took home the gong for GC Woman in Business of the Year. Each boasts ten years’ experience in the industry and if all of this doesn’t impress you, that’s just not cricket…or lawn bowls.

Craig and Lucy Johnston, owners The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig and Lucy Johnston, owners The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

These proud as punch Broady locals jumped at the chance to transform the restaurant space and make it something truly spesh. Tickled pink to be giving the community something they have wanted for a long time, this won’t be the last we see of such Johnston genius-ness. The word on the street is that this is the first of many venues they plan to launch around the traps, and we are here.for.it!

The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Craig heads up the kitchen with a menu that features all your Bistro go-to’s. Think delish dishes from a selection of starters, mains, meals from the grill, salads, pizzas, pastas, sides and kiddywinkle options. The Salt & Pepper Squid starter deserves some big love, with Sichuan dusted calamari, fried chili, garlic aioli and lime. If you’re keen for a pasta which is us every day and twice on Sunday, you can’t go wrong with the Chicken Penne Rose with chicken breast, creamy Napoli sauce, mushrooms, basil and penne pasta.

hicken Penne Rose, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
hicken Penne Rose, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

While we’re talking chook, is it even a bistro without a Chicken Parmy and folks, this one is a clanga. Made fresh in house with panko crumbed chicken breast topped with lots of Napoli sauce so it’s not dry, leg ham, mozzarella cheese, and served with a garden salad and chips, it’s the business. And to go out on a sweet note, we’ll never say no to a Sticky Date Pudding.

Chicken Parmy, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Chicken Parmy, The Bowlo Bistro (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

With an extensive and refreshing drinks menu next door at the bowls club and ‘specials nights’ coming soon, you’ll be bowled over by The Bowlo Bistro.

Where: 14 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters (next to the Gold Coast Lawn Bowls Club)
When: 11.30am – 9pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Instagram: @
thebowlobistro
Website: thebowlobistro.com.au

Words by Bianca Trathen.
Images by Belinda Symons.

The Gold Coast Lawn Bowls Club (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
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