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Miami Fish Market is now oh-fish-ially open

Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For those who are ardent lovers of all things seafood, finding yourself a quality and consistent retailer of the ocean’s bounty can, at times, be a bit tricky. You’ll also find yourself limited by the selection and, more often than not, it won’t be as fresh as it could be. But hold that thought. What if somebody came up with the bright idea of having a completely independent fish market where you could come and purchase, as well as sample, Australia’s finest and freshest selection of seafood all under the one roof: zero hassle and no searching out trawlers as they return with — or without — their catch.

Well, we’re pleased to say for the love of all things from the deep blue, two Gold Coast locals have gone ahead and done it. We introduce to you possibly THE opening of 2021 — the brand spanking new Miami Fish Market.

Seafood aficionados Paul Gloftis and Craig Warren are the co-owners of the new shop space and what these guys don’t know about delicious things plucked from the sea, frankly, isn’t worth knowing. The concept, by their admission, has been in the works for the best part of four years, and like everyone else, we’re excited to see it come to fruition.

Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The space is plentiful, and for what Miami Fish Market is offering, this was always going to be the case. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a large island-style wrap around glass counter showcasing everything from prawns, clams, oysters, crabs, and a specially designated area for carefully prepared Japanese style seafood delicacies — all of these are naturally prepared by a troop of in house chefs and fishmongers, no less.

Set back, there are separate counters for live seafood, whole fish and a designated sashimi bar. This is where your options to taste the fruits of the ocean truly come into play. Choose from an array of whole fish, and you can have it filleted and prepared as you wait.

But why just stand around when you can grab yourself a readily prepared sashimi pack or perhaps a few oysters? Why not grab some freshly prepared lobster sashimi and a seat outside in their blissful decked area? You’ll have to show restraint, though; there are too many delicious things to try!

Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Abalone & Scarlet Prawn, Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The selection here will be one of the most extensive and diverse anyone is likely to find outside our major cities. The network of suppliers and the areas of the country where produce is coming from is vast. This said you’ll likely come across seafood you didn’t even know existed, like freshwater lobsters (Marron) from Western Australia or hand-dived Abalone from the Great Southern Bight — a highly coveted delicacy throughout Asia.

You may just come for fish, but there’s a high possibility you’ll also come away with knowledge and a taste for so much more!

Extras worth mentioning are the shop’s ability to dry age fish, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Pick yourself a fillet of prime fish, ask them to dry age it for you and return a few days later — it’s that easy.

In time the shop will also be smoking fish on-site; with a variety of different woods, you can expect a plethora of tasty smoked morsels from mussels and oysters right through to fish. Expect no stone to be unturned!

An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
An array of fresh seafood available from Miami Fish Market (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

And if this all wasn’t enough, to assist you with your ascent to seafood heaven, there is a small section containing high-grade European deli items. We’re talking Spanish smoked paprika, pastas from Greece, vinegar from Portugal and exclusive soy sauces from Japan — meaning an at-home gourmet experience is very achievable.

A lot of attention has surrounded the venue and their works to open. In truth, there have been a few little Covid induced setbacks along the way, but we are pleased to announce Miami Fish Market have confirmed with us they are officially swinging open their doors for their grand opening on Saturday 31st July featuring free caviar tastings!

So, should you be looking for sumptuous clams and pre-marinated fish for your Saturday night dinner party or oysters and lobster for a decadent midweek BBQ, you’ll find all you need — plus more — at the new and impressive Miami Fish Market.

Hours: Officially opening Saturday 31st July with trading hours being 8am — 6pm Monday – Saturday and 8am — 4pm Sunday’s
Where: 1/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Miami Fish Market outdoor seating area (Image: © 2021 Inside 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)

18 reasons locals love Miami

People dining at Paddock Bakery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
People dining at Paddock Bakery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Ahh Miami. I mean the name alone gives cool vibes for days, and this southern GC suburb does not disappoint. In fact, Miami has risen through the ranks over the last few years to become one of THE places to see and be seen at.

Here are 18 reasons why we can’t get enough and LBH, if it’s good enough for Will Smith to sing about, why wouldn’t we write about it?! (a different Miami but, same same).

Paddock Bakery
This place has awards coming out of every orifice and for darn good reason. Turning a 70-year-old Queenslander home into one of our all-time fave bakeries, Paddock hits a homerun every time. With seating options in the gardens, cottage, loft, rooftop and barn, it is the perfect brunch spot. You won’t give a hoot about the calories in their bakery goods because they are worth not being able to fit into your skinny jeans.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Guests enjoying a distillery tour at Grandad Jacks Craft Distillery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Guests enjoying a distillery tour at Grandad Jacks Craft Distillery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Granddad Jacks
I mean it’s a distillery, and we feel this is enough of a sales pitch… With award-winning spirits galore made by this family-owned business and a super cool rustic vibe, it’s a no-brainer for an awesome arvo. Try the Two Pencils Gin and the Coffee Liqueur…or maybe don’t coz a trip to Dan Murphy’s will just never cut it again. Also, it’s BYO food so there’s more in the kitty to blow on booze.
Where: 45 Lemana Ln, Miami

Heartfill Store
If you haven’t been in and emptied your bank account yet, you are not worthy of calling yourself a true Gold Coaster. With homewares, art and craft, flowers, clothes and vintage bits and pieces, this little gem is pure girly heaven. Described as a creative retail space inspired by living slowly and consuming mindfully, it encourages sustainable futures and celebrates creativity. Yay!
Where: 1/29 Lemana Ln, Miami

Kira & Kira
This place is a home decorator’s happy place. Carrying timeless and unique pieces carefully curated from local and global designers and artists, Kira & Kira value true craftsmanship. Their ethos is: buy once, love forever…and we’re here for it. Featured in the who’s who of abode styling magazines, Kira & Kira is a true local treasure and we feel like proud parents watching her grow and conquer.
Where: Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and Kratzman Ave, Miami

Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Craig Warren and Paul Gloftis, Miami Fish Market owners (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Miami Fish Market
If it’s responsibly sourced and sustainable seafood so fresh it’s still swimming (literally) you’re seeking, then this place is your new BFF. If you don’t feel like cooking up their plethora of seafood in your own kitchen, you don’t have to as it also boasts a raw bar with oysters shucked to order, sashimi and specialist conservas from Europe. How good?!
Where: 1/54 Paradise Ave, Miami

SPEC
This moody, industrial-esque beer garden and tapas haven is a refreshing change from the Palm Springs-inspired venues which rule the GC right now. With mouth-watering bites, fine wines, local beer goodness and of course, cocktails, it’s where we’re spending our Saturday arvos. Hosting regular events like comedy nights, they also serve Halloumi Tacos and do we really need to say anymore?
Where: 2176 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami

Miami Hill
Okay so the view from atop Miami Hill is just beyond. It is a steep (but brief) climb, but well worth pushing the ‘ole bod to see our beautiful GC in all its glory from north to south. And if you’re keen to burn off the weekend’s indulgence, the stairs on the north side of the hill are a popular choice for those wanting to raise their heartrate.
Where: At the south end of Miami (you can’t miss it) 

The Miami (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Miami
Known as Miami Tavern in its past life (or the Shark Bar if you’re older than that), The Miami has been an iconic destination for those after quality pub grub and good times since 1925. This two-storey newly renovated pub draws inspo from its beautiful beachy surroundings, overlooking Miami Hill. It’s a staple for a fun day or night out with the gang.
Where: 2043-2047 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami

Pizzey Park
If you grew up on the GC, you’ve been to Pizzey Park. A premium sport and recreation precinct, it’s one of the biggest and most popular parks on the Coast. With an area for your pooches to roam, a skate park for the kids to run themselves ragged, and beautiful areas to sit down with a picnic lunch, it’s also the perfect backdrop for an Insta snap-fest.
Where: 80 Pacific Ave, Miami

Piccolo Espresso
Going for a scenic stroll along the Esplanade and then rewarding yourself with a Merlo coffee, fresh smoothie or yummy brekkie is good for the soul…and Piccolo Espresso knows it! A fave amongst locals, whether you want to sit down and take in the beach views or grab something to go, you’re sorted. Insider tip: the Avo and Fetta Mash is a winner.
Where: 2 Hythe St, Miami

Guests enjoying the communal seating area at Miami Marketta (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Guests enjoying the communal seating area at Miami Marketta (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Miami Marketta
What would a Miami hotspot list be without our beloved Miami Marketta. It could be the backstreets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but nope, this epic night market is right here in our city my friends. A family friendly destination, it dishes up a giant slice of multicultural goodness with stalls, street food, live music and events. A must-see in anyone’s books.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

The Jolly Roger
Serving only Aussie and NZ catches, this funky fish joint promises the freshest seafood and is furry friend friendly! With a great range of homemade snacks and flavours, plus offering a keto fish and chips meal (bravo) and vegan tofish (get it?!, sounds like something we’d come up with…), it caters to one and all. Ahoy me hearties!
Where: 3/110 Mountain View Avenue, Miami

UGG Since 1974
Because we all love a good UGG. An Aussie-owned and made institution, the UGG will never lose its sparkle. Literally – you can get a pair of custom-made UGGs here with Swarovksi crystals. Not.even.kidding. With a huge selection of colours and patterns plus the option to take a tour of the factory, it’s un-Australian not to check it out.
Where: 23 Christine Ave, Miami

Lumber Punks (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Lumber Punks (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Lumber Punks
Yes, this is the place where you go to throw axes for fun. It’s actually a thing, and a super fun and strangely satisfying thing at that. Perfect for date night, social outings, birthdays, bucks, break-up (I mean, we didn’t say that) or even corporate events, learn from axe throwing gurus who will get you nailing bullseyes in no time. If it’s good enough for Jason Momoa, it’s obvs good enough for us.
Where: 19 Ozone Pde, Miami

That’s Amore
Looking for a feed that’s Italian? That’s BYO? That’s a family-run biz? That’s…Amore! This crowd-pleasing local haunt never fails to knock our socks off. Its reasonably priced menu means we can afford to go every week (if we can get in that is) and its food is as good as it gets. With everything you’d hope to find on the menu, you can taste the love in every dish.
Where: 110 Mountain View Avenue, Miami 

Daymaker Espresso
This industrial-style space serves up coffee that is off the charts and the menu is loaded with fan-favourites and vegetarian-friendly delish eats. It’s the perfect place to meet up with the crew, take your laptop for a change of scenery during the work day, or pop in for a pre-beach bite. Both Andrew Madgwick and Dylan Nesbit will warmly welcome you!
Where: 44 Pacific Ave, Miami

Miami Hill (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Miami Hill (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Trader Trove
Another family-run fave, Trader Trove is a curation of handmade rattan furniture, unique home décor, stunning soft furnishings, beautiful giftware collections and so much more. Its worldly wares inspired by slow and intentional living, with a nod to the bohemian and coastal luxe interiors, makes us swoon every.single.time!
Where: 22 Christine Ave, Miami

Precinct Brewing Co
Last but by no means least is everyone’s (yep, we called it) favourite brewery, Precinct Brewing Co. Once you’ve stepped through the doors you’ll be welcomed into a sleek, all-white space with greenery dripping from up high, and an absolute slew of tanks brewing up some tasty treats. You can see why people say, it’s the place to beer! Don’t forget to grab one of the tasty pizzas coming from the onsite kitchen too…
Where: 17 Christine Ave, Miami

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

5 cracking Gold Coast fishing spots

Standing on the banks of a body of water for hours on end can either be the most relaxing time of your life or hell on earth depending on several factors.

These include but are by no means limited to:

  1. How “good” you are at fishing
  2. Where you’re attempting to fish
  3. Whether you’re actually fishing at all (perhaps you’re lost)

In the name of diversity, we’ve compiled a list of five local fishing spots and you can thank us by bringing the fish you catch for our dinner, because we are not fishing people (fisherfolks?).

Here you go (from north to south).

Paradise Point Foreshore
The prettiest of spots and perfect fishing for everyone from beginners to old hands. Pack your deck chairs, an esky and your favourite fun time friends and spend the day throwing in lines and reeling in your catch. There’s flathead, bream, mangrove jack, all the usual suspects and plenty of scenery to scope out should they not be biting.
Where: The Esplanade, Paradise Point

The Seaway
Makes sense, since this huge, very fast moving body of water joins right up to the big old ocean (as do most, but you know what we mean). There are many a fishy to be caught off the rocks here including yellowtail, jewfish, kingfish, flathead, the list goes on. It’s not for the faint of heart though, you’ll need to learn to master the tides.
Where: The Spit, Main Beach

Southport Seaway and Sand Bypass Jetty
Southport Seaway and Sand Bypass Jetty

Broadwater Jetty
Southport’s new(ish) jetty quickly became a fave fishing spot amongst locals. Perhaps because there are a few different ocean dwelling types on offer there. Rays are plentiful, as are squid (by night) and you can sit back and gawk at all the fancy boats whose inhabitants are probably stealing your fish.
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Pine Lake
In Elanora, this particular body of water is fed by Currumbin Creek and you can fish there pretty much anytime of the day or night. Seems there’s lots of potential in here including mullet, herring, trevally, mangrove jack, bream, flathead, whiting and crabs (if that’s the kind of thing you’re keen to catch).
Where: 22 Araucaria Way, Elanora

Tweed River Bar
The Tweed River doesn’t get enough props if you ask us. So blue and expansive and all those pretty trees and good times to be had. Just lovely. Anywho. You can also fish there of course. From the banks and in the weedy areas flathead are plentiful, there’s also mangrove jack around the rocky areas.
Where: Tweed Heads, NSW

Words by Kirra Smith.

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