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Madison’s tantalizes an ‘After Dark’ menu

Who said good things don't happen after dark?

Madison's After Dark Menu (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madison's After Dark Menu (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Sometimes there’s nothing better to see than an iconic and revered Gold Coast venue go from strength to strength. Mind you, we’re all for change and moving things forward in our vibrant city, yet for the last 31 years, Madison Café & Patisserie at The Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach has had locals and tourists flocking for their so-pretty-you-can’t-walk-past-them cakes.

Shall we also remind you of their famous super-sized Club Sandwich, fresh salads, Thai Chicken Curry (special shout out for this one), and their traditional Italian pizzas? There is something for everyone.

After having the same menu now for over two decades, the devoted team announce with much excitement and zest they have decided to launch a rousing Friday and Saturday ‘After Dark’ menu with the addition of share platters!

If you aren’t familiar, Madison’s Café & Patisserie is the perfect place to pick your perch and relax, whether it be inside The Oasis, the main dining area or alfresco, so you can people watch to your heart’s delight down the Broadbeacl Mall. Plus, the team very generously open every day from 5am to 9pm except for Christmas Day – now that’s dedication.

Espresso Martini's at Madison's Cafe & Patisserie (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Espresso Martini's at Madison's Cafe & Patisserie (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The new evening menu, which starts from 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, will feature an array of Share Platters, including a Warm Hummus Dip, Buffalo Wings, Soy-Sesame Squid, Arancini Balls and Pulled Pork Nachos. All of your usual tasty suspects – and we are here for it.

Ok enough holding out on you, here is the part we feel you’ve been really waiting for. Lovers of all things sweet are going to revel in the desserts section on the new ‘After Dark’ menu and, in particular, their assortment (yes that’s right) of Brownie Sundaes. You’re spoilt with a choice of Hokey Pokey Crunch, Raspberry Delight, The Nutty One, Choc Mint Delight and Banana Choc Fudge. Ummm we don’t think we can prepare ourselves more for this.

Fancy a S’mores Pizza with lashings of Nutella and Marshmallows? Madison’s Café & Patisserie now have one and you’re welcome!

There’s also a Loaded Cheesecake and Mud Cake Sensation featuring in the new menu.

Indulgence Platters feature a pot of rich chocolate ganache with an assortment of strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, cheesecake chunks, waffles and caramel mud cake chunks. Sign. Us. Up. — We think this is dessert decadence!

Madison's Cafe & Patisserie offering traditional Italian Pizzas (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madison's Cafe & Patisserie offering traditional Italian Pizzas (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Tie in your visit to Madison’s for a cheeky Mother’s Day dinner celebration after 4pm and between 2nd — 9th of May and Mum will score herself a complimentary Espresso Martini — how good is that?

You’ll earn brownie points (or just eat some) for sure!

Where: Ground Floor The Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Charles Ave, Broadbeach
When: Madison’s ‘After Dark’ menu is only available Friday & Saturday evenings after 5pm. Madison’s is open daily from 5am to 9pm.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Madison's Cafe (image supplied)
Madison's Cafe (image supplied)

The Oasis Shopping Centre

A sophisticated, European eatery moves into Broadbeach

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s been a minute since we brought news from Broadbeach but what we have to share today will make up for that. You guessed it Gold Coasters, it’s a new eatery for the bustling suburb but not just any old eatery. It’s a sophisticated stunner that’s already amassed a horde of fans and you’re going to be one of them the minute you lay eyes on the place.

It’s called Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar and it’s the work of Henry Hunt whose foray into the restaurant owning business is an impressive one and we think you’re going to adore it as much as we do.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

His hospitality rap sheet is filled with some of Sydney’s finest and when it came to creating the newbie, he wanted to offer something truly unique (which he has) where absolutely everything is made in-house.

Found at The Oasis Shopping Centre, where Bloke in a Bar once lived, Sofia’s is the epitome of sophistication fit out with fresh coastal whites, exposed brick and glossy black tiles. It’s an entirely outdoor dining situation (undercover) but with an open kitchen and beautifully appointed bar, you won’t be far from the action.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Let’s talk about the best part though and that friends, is the food. Former Head Chef of award winning The Fish House in Burleigh Heads, Damien Styles, is now the Head Chef at Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar in Broadbeach. Drawing on flavours from coastal European cuisine, Sofia’s is serving simple, fresh seafood and salumi.

Dishes like Grilled Marinated Artichokes, Fresh Figs and Vincotto and Kingfish Crudo with Blood Orange dressing grace the share menu and we can confirm that it’s all absolutely exceptional.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Cheese and Salumi menu allows you to choose from an extensive range of high end goodies, there’s also fresh oysters, stunning pasta dishes and a mains menu filled with treats like Grilled Mooloolaba King Prawns (some the most incredible we’ve ever sampled) and a 700g Grilled Whole Baby Snapper.

To drink, you’ll have the pleasure of choosing from a VERY impressive wine menu (one of the best in Broady we think!) with drops from across the world. There are cocktails like a Sgroppino Italiana, a Limoncello Pisco Sour and a Barrell Aged Negroni (made in house) and you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Of course there are beers, champagnes and a section of ‘celebration’ sips if you’re in need of something special.

All in all, Sofia’s is something very special and one you’re going to want to return to again and again.

See, well worth the wait for some Broadbeach news.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

LOCATION: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
HOURS: Monday to Sunday 6am until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

9 awesome Broadbeach restaurants

The Groundwater Country Music Festival is up us and our beloved Broadbeach is set to be one hectic hive of activity.

As you’d well know, dancing up a storm makes you hungry and thus, here we have a list of 8 beaut restaurants in the main Broadbeach precinct.

Harajuku Gyoza
A Japanese beer stadium and gyoza bar with plenty of good vibes. Choose from lots of gyoza varieties or a bigger meal if you’re extra hungry. Or both. Harajuku Gyoza is perfect for a quick tasty meal on the go with plenty of people watching opps.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach 

Elk Espresso
Home of some of the most epic, Insta-worthy breakfasts on the Gold Coast, Elk Espresso is a must visit. The Breakfast Gnocchi is where it’s at.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach 

Mamasan Kitchen and Bar
It’s modern Asian dining offering Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Thai dishes with a modern twist and it’s all absolutely delicious. As are the cocktails.
Where: The Oracle, Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

Bavarian Bier Café
Mmm bier. This German gem is always a good time and with traditional food and quite the array of biers, you best pop it on your list.
Where: The Oracle, Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach 

Nahm Kitchen & Bar
The newest eatery on the scene is Nahm Kitchen & Bar at the Oasis Shopping Centre. Serving up some of the tastiest Thai food we’ve ever experienced, the crew is all about authentic eats with an Aussie twist. They’re contemporary, flavourful and paired perfectly with the venues carefully curated wine list. We absolutely loved the Three Flavours Crispy Fish with Barramundi fillets, lychee, pineapple, three flavours chilli sauce and coriander. YUM.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

The Loose Moose
This speak easy style establishment is a whiskey bar slash eatery offering some of the tastiest southern eats around. The Loose Moose does tasty hot dogs, buffalo wings, loaded fries, it’s all good.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Rivea Italian
Having recently relocated to Surf Pde, Rivea Italian is already a firm favourite. They’ve got all your authentic Italian needs covered. It’s absolutely incredible food from some of the best in the biz.
Where: 89 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Social Eating House + Bar
Absolutely next-level eats, Social Eating House is one of the best there is. It’s casual fine dining with share plates the name of the game. They’re all taste sensations.
Where: The Oracle, Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach

Kurrawa Surf Club
With 180-degree ocean views and a huge menu filled with all the old faithfuls, the brand new Kurrawa Surf Club is a must-visit. There’s very cold beer there too.
Where: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Words by Kirra Smith

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