Thai food is some of the tastiest in the entire world, all exotic flavours, stunning colours and plenty of healthy options. We’re big fans but it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to chat about the tasty cuisine. Until now that is.
Nahm Kitchen & Bar opened at The Oasis Shopping Centre Broadbeach recently and it is one of the very best Thai feasts we’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling.
Taking the place of Skewers, at the beach end of the mall, Nahm Kitchen & Bar is the work of a local couple Brendan and Monica Choi, who are bringing authentic Thai food with an Aussie twist to Broadbeach.
The space is made up of a well-stocked bar at one end and a kitchen slash coffee making situation at the other. The vibe is casual with high tables and low set wooden bench seats outside and a glossy tiled wall at the back boasts an intricate steel artwork that took over two months to create by hand.
Now to the exceptional eats. Thai Chef Theemachit Chit Kaen (aka Coke) has created a menu filled with dishes that will blow your mind, contemporary, flavourful and made with a whole lot of passion.
Coke and the team source much of their produce locally and make everything from scratch in-house, which is a-okay by us.
To start, the Coconut Prawns with caramelized coconut, ginger sauce and lime and the Salt and Five Spices Fried Squid were absolute winners. We could eat those again and again (and will in fact).
For mains, you can indulge in all your favourite Thai curries and stir fry’s with your choice of protein and sauce and they are indeed delicious but the Chef’s Specials are where the magic happens.
Three Flavours Crispy Fish was so very good with Barramundi fillets, lychee, pineapple, three flavours chilli sauce and coriander. Sweet and spicy and one of the best Thai dishes we’ve tried.
The Massaman Curry with slow roasted beef short rib, potato, cumin and cashew nut was melt-in-your-mouth good and we absolutely devoured that one.
Last but certainly not least, the ChooChee Curry is (amazing) smoked lamb cutlets with sneak beans and kaffir lime leaf.
All three were stunning dishes and topped off with Mango Sorbet for dessert, it was a dining experience we’ll remember for quite some time.
Drinks-wise, a sommelier was brought in to choose wines that compliment the dishes and there’s an impressive array of top notch tipples to accompany your feast.
Nahm Kitchen & Bar is the perfect addition to the Broadbeach dining scene and one you’ll come back to time and time again.
LOCATION: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
HOURS: From 11am until 9pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Apparently winter is almost upon us and while that means something slightly different to Gold Coasters than it does to most Australians, we can and will use it as an excuse to indulge in even more delicious foods than usual.
Enter Elk Espresso, at The Oasis Shopping Centre, creators of some of the tastiest and most Insta-worthy dishes on the Coast and with a brand new menu. Praise the food gods.
Just last week Andrew Whiting and the crew launched the newbie and, as you’ve come to expect from the people who can do no wrong, it is filled with unique dishes that will up your Insta game about 1000%.
While of course, we would highly recommend returning day after day until you’ve knocked over the every dish, there are three you should certainly try straight up.
Under the banner of Bowls of Goodness is Coconut Porridge, which is made with (wait for it), peanut butter mousse, raspberry jelly and maple nut crunch – a housemade granola type situation.
Next up is the Crispy Skin Salmon which, as it turns out, is a perfect breakfast dish and firmly cemented in the ‘winter warmer’ category. It’s pecorino polenta, leek, pumpkin, peas, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette, water chestnuts and a poached egg. It’s a bowl of nourishing, deliciousness and you may roll outta there should you fit it all in.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Brioche French Toast with date butterscotch (!), walnut bark, vanilla bean ice cream, white chocolate pearls and a Scotch Finger crumb. We cannot overstate the deliciousness of this dish enough. It’s also one of the prettiest things we’ve ever seen and we have seen A LOT of food in our time.
As you’d no doubt know, having obviously visited Elk excessively before now, their food is the epitome of next-level and you should stop reading and get yo’self down there right now.
Or, wait and see if you win the $100 voucher we’ve got up for grabs.
May those food gods be with you.
LOCATION: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
HOURS: 6am to 4pm daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
“Irasshaimase” is the greeting you’ll hear happily called in your direction every time you set foot in the newly opened beer stadium and dumpling bar in Broadbeach, Harajuku Gyoza.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. The space is decked out in the restaurant’s signature style with huge arched entryways, their famous decorative plates perched across the back wall depicting Japanese movie scenes and the wide, Manga-style face of the Harajuku Gyoza logo smiling out at all who enter.
See the chefs prepare your goodies through the kitchens open glass windows and marvel at the specialist wrapper as she expertly twists her way through countless gyoza (over 10,000 were wrapped on opening weekend).
It’s been dubbed a beer stadium due to the array of Japanese craft beer on tap, several of which are distributed through huge, colourful Yoyogi vats perched behind the bar. Feeling adventurous? Give a frozen beer a try! It’s Kirin circulated through a frozen cylinder to create a foam which is then added to a regular beer. Magic.
Now to the menu. As you’d imagine, gyoza is the game changer here. Poached or grilled and with choices of pork and kimchi, three cheese and lemongrass chicken to name just a few, they’re cooked to perfection; juicy and melt-in-your-mouth.
In an interesting spin, you can opt for open gyoza where the casing is deep fried and crunchy and topped with a choice of pork belly, smoked salmon or tofu, taco-style.
If you’re feeling extra peckish go for a Salmon Sashimi Poke Bowl, Chicken Katsu Curry Don or Chicken Ramen bowl.
With four venues in Brisbane and one in Sydney, the Harajuku Gyoza good vibes are as infectious as the food is delicious and the Gold Coast restaurant is no exception.
Set yourself up in a booth inside or sprawl out in the outdoor dining area and watch Broadbeach roll by.
Inside tip: order sake to sip on and watch the spectacle unfold.
LOCATION: Broadbeach Mall, Oasis Shopping Centre (opposite the stage), Broadbeach
HOURS: Thursday to Monday 7am to 11pm and Tuesday/Wednesday 11am to 11pm.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.