Weekends are for brunching.
Weekends are for brunching.
Early catch-ups with friends over delightful breakfasts and coffee — perhaps after a workout of some description — is pretty standard practice for your average Gold Coaster. As is also getting together over lunch bathed in sunshine — with a high chance of having salty hair and sand between your toes. But what about the in-between? The act of combining breakfast with lunch is known the world over as brunch, and if you’re a serial bruncher of sorts, you’ll understand how darn good it is! But do one better with bottomless brunches and you’re onto a winner.
The best of both worlds. No early wake-ups and things all wrap up with enough time for you to get on with the rest of your day — provided you don’t take cocktail-sipping well into the afternoon.
With this in mind, we have been given hot news of two venues that are breaking out spanking new bottomless brunches in the locales of Surfers Paradise and Nobby Beach. The age of the brunch is coming, and we know you’re going to love it.
If you weren’t aware of Surfers Paradise scoring itself a swoon-worthy Pavilion earlier this year, then can we ask what rock you’ve been living under? Opening in late April, and the multi-million-dollar waterfront venue has been a massive success since opening its doors. With a dedicated frosé bar and a prime position on the water, their Sunset Sundays have also already gained a cult following playing host to The Stafford Brothers, Stace Cadet, Barney Cools, and Peking Duk.
However, things are about to get even more fabulous with the launch of their Surfers Pavilion Brunch Club. Launching on Sunday 8th of August, your average Sunday session can now kick off with a bang from 10.30am onwards. The two-hour Brunch Club package is just $89 per person and includes the following… Prepare yourself.
For food, think: Antipasto & cheeses, vegetable frittata, salmon & avocado bruschetta, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt & chia pudding, plus waffles drizzled with Nutella and maple syrup — can we all collectively say YUM! Now, for the best bit. The drink lineup. You will be very (very) pleased to know that Brunch tipples will include: Espresso Martini’s, Traditional and Watermelon Margarita’s, along with flavoured Spritz. And for those more sophisticated drinkers, expect to enjoy a sneaky glass (or two) of Sauvignon Blanc, and Byron Bay Lager. Oh, and of course, no brunch would be complete without Mimosas! Duh!
Doors will open at 10am, with your 2-hour package beginning at 10.30am. DJ’s will be playing from midday. As you would expect, demand is expected to be high, with pre-booked tickets limited. So what are you waiting for? Get onto it and book those tickets peeps!
As if Nobby Beach needed another excuse to be a premium going out spot? The newly opened and already well-loved Gods of the Sea is taking their first-rate lavish seafood offering and giving it a brunch twist.
On Fridays and Saturdays from noon, you’re invited to indulge yourself and your friends on a bottomless brunch of utter decadence. Featuring a four-course menu and 2 hours free-flowing wines, including prosecco, rose, white and red wines by Dalzotto… sign us up, and clear your calendar!
The menu reads like a love letter to the ocean, and for those who live for their seafood, you will absolutely fall for their dishes. Can we tempt you with Oysters mignonette with lemon, Pickled Ocean Trout, Pan Seared Scallops or perhaps Grilled Swordfish? And if that isn’t enough, round off your delectable feast with a Carrot Cake with carrot fudge, dulce de leche, and pecan. *drools.*
All of this can be yours for a very reasonable $79 per person, and being as good as this looks, we think brunching might just become your new favourite pastime (if it isn’t already!).
So go ahead and make plans to have that well overdue loooong Friday lunch, Saturday catch up or Sunday session at one of these bottomless brunches. We give you permission!
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Fan of a good old-fashioned surprise? We certainly are, so the news that highly anticipated Surfers Pavilion was due to open ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend, indeed sent us into a spin. Be prepared to get acquainted with the all-new Surfers Pavilion!
If you aren’t already aware, the chic new Surfers Paradise venue — on Ferny Avenue — has uninterrupted waterfront views and even boasts a substantial mooring site of 400sq metres, which although not quite complete, will be ready in the coming weeks. Meaning if you want to arrive by boat or jet ski, Bond-style — so be it!
If you aren’t captured by this open and airy space accompanied by dappled light from overhead shutters, then perhaps the classic-looking red brick feature walls and all of the plants might be your thing? Either way, this venue is going to give you ample opportunity to nail those perfect Instagram shots, drink in hand, of course.
The sprawling menu of fresh and locally sourced seafood is testament to the traditional take on ‘pavilion’ dining. The harbinger though, has to be the most impressive oyster and Champagne station you’re likely to have ever laid eyes on — where guests can intermingle with chefs and get the lowdown on all things edible. Keen to know what part of the South Coast your oysters came from? Ask away!
If this isn’t already enough, a wholly dedicated frosé bar is aptly positioned on the extensive outside deck area. Perfect for those who like to keep themselves amply hydrated whilst enjoying our beautiful Queensland sunshine and aquatic views. Everyone, right?
Once fully open, you’ll have the chance to arrive in style, enjoy a beautiful space with fresh food prepared by on-hand chefs, all whilst sipping Champagne, cocktails or perhaps frosé. And right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, no less. It almost sounds too good to be true!
To revel in the early opening of such a fabulous venue, Surfers Pavilion kicked off their very first Sunset Sunday (25 April 2021) featuring internationally acclaimed (but locally grown) DJs and producers, The Stafford Brothers. Yes, you read that correctly. What a way to start.
But don’t fret if you weren’t there for the opening weekend, from here on in you will be able to enjoy your weekend sessions with various DJs on the decks while the warm Autumn sunset bounces on the water beside you. This Sunday (2 May 2021) Stace Cadet will take to the decks to bring his house and electronic beats.
Head honcho Matthew Keegan, the Managing Partner at Artesian Hospitality, who operate the new venue, looks forward to welcoming you all down to Surfers Pavilion, “We cannot wait for our locals to come down and see the brand-new Surfers Pavilion… Get ready for one hell of a party”.
Where: 30/34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Thursday – Monday 11am-late
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Are you someone who seeks out refined and sustainably sourced seafood in elegant settings accompanied by exceptional drinks and flawless service? Forever on an odyssey to taste the very best the ocean has to offer? Yes, we know who you are — and have we got some news for you.
Say hello to brand spanking new Nobby Beach restaurant Gods of the Sea. Now it’s fair to say Nobby Beach has been changing at a reasonable rate over the last couple of years, with comings and goings of various hospitality venues. But by first impressions, Gods of the Sea it seems, is set to become a Gold Coast favourite.
Gods of the Sea is brought to you by hospo veterans Stevie Filipovic, co-owner of Light Years (Noosa, Burleigh, and Byron Bay) and Jeff Bennett, partner of Three Blue Ducks. The duo also happens to be operators of Nobby Beach’s rooftop sensation, Split. With eons of expertise between them, you can rest assured these hospo cats will be pulling all of the right strings.
The menu is an ode to delicious seafood, with ex-head chef of highly renowned — and much missed — The Fish House (sob sob) Jon Nurminen at the helm — ensuring nothing but the very best in sustainably sourced premium seafood is finding its way onto your plate. From the finest in-season Oysters from around the country bathed in their house mignonette to Sunshine Coast King Prawns layered with fermented chilli sauce and locally caught Yellowfin Tuna with ginger dashi and finger lime; every dish from the deep blue has been heavily considered and sensationally put together.
Seafood aside, there are also some meat dishes and vegan/vegetarian options — How does a Tajima Wagyu Striploin with anchovy butter or Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli with sage sound to you? Delicious, we’re confident you’ll agree!
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a hearty selection of desserts to finish things off. The most eye-catching and tastebud tingling would have to be their A Sea Of Tiramisu, in our humble opinion. Adapting a classic tiramisu with added lashings of Dead Man’s Spiced Rum and Licor 43 as well as an obligatory slosh of Kahlua — you will not want to share this.
The drinks list is a quality admixture of tasty European wines, award-winning Australian beers and an attractive repertoire of signature cocktails with some twists on a few classics in there for good measure. Furthermore, you’ll find a dedicated section to champagnes, because after all, who can eat oysters without champagne?!
The venue promises to offer a refined dining experience like no other in the ever-trendy Nobby Beach locale. By throwing in some of the most sumptuous seafood you’re likely to find anywhere, an abundant drinks selection and smiley waitstaff to make it all happen. We can’t help but see you and your significant other planting yourself here for your next date night.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Hours: 5.30pm – 12am Wed-Fri & noon – 12am Sat-Sun
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Hands down, our favourite meal is brunch. It brings together the best of breakfast and lunch and srsly who doesn’t love a two-for-one. In particular, a brunch affair with the word ‘bottomless’ at the start gets us all kinds of woo-girly, and that’s before we’ve even had a drop of booze.
We’re so passionate about this mid-morning (usually) weekend ritual that we felt compelled to pen a list of GC places serving up bottomless brunch bonanzas.
From north to south, gather your mates, don your stretchy pants and jump on the brunch bandwagon!
The Langham Gold Coast
If it’s a super bougie bottomless brunch you crave, the Taittinger Champagne Brunch at The Langham Gold Coast’s Akoya restaurant is calling your name. Overlooking glittering aquamarine waters and miles of beautiful coastline, Akoya presents some of Australia’s finest meat, fish, and poultry, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Getting down to brunch business, choose from the buffet style food-only option for $165 per person, or do the brunch name proud and upgrade to the $258 per person option, which includes a bottle of Taittinger (per two people). #HowNowBrownCow! Available 11am to 3pm Sundays.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise
The Surfers Pav always delivers the goods and this is especially so when we’re talking about their Brunch Club experience. The perfect waterfront setting, DJs will be on the decks from midday to set the mood. Choose from the $59 per head package including a selection of oysters, or the $99 per head package with a choice of cauliflower popcorn, calamari or chicken riblets, followed by either nachos, lamb ragu, fish and chips, or mushroom lasagne. Both packages entitle you to Prosecco, bellinis, mimosas, pineapple mimosas, mango mimosas, Pav lager, soft drink and juices, kicking off any time from 12.30pm.
Where: 30 – 34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
It’s the ultimate beachside brunch overlooking the ocean and yeah, we had you at beachside. For $99, tuck into the Standard Brunch with a four-course mixed Mediterranean inspired tapas feast and two hours of Chandon Brut, Chandon Rosé, premium tap beers, Aperol Spritz, Bellini Spritz and Limoncello Spritz (#Limoncello4Life). Or for an extra $40 per person, they’ll fancy-up your champers to Veuve Yellow Label, Veuve Rich and Veuve Rosé. OR, if you’re a sucker for a mojito (duh), sign up for the mojito upgrade. An additional $40 per person gives you access to classic, strawberry, watermelon, and lychee mojitos. Minimum of 2 people and available Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 2pm.
Where: Peppers Soul, Level 2/8 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
The Island knows the way to our hearts, bringing us not one but two brunch offerings.
Grazy Days Lunch
Firstly, check out Grazy Days Lunch and yes, it’s technically a lunch but details #samesamebutdifferent. Enjoy a menu featuring charcuterie to start, followed by Asian shredded coleslaw with karaage chicken, edamame with a ginger peanut dressing, and wood-fired pizzas. Wash it all down with mimosas, blueberry and peach fizz, passion fruit and vanilla spritz and watermelon margarita spritz. Available Saturdays and Sundays (two sittings) for $79 per person.
Brunch with Bite
For something a little (or a lot) sparklier, Duke’s Parlour is once again hosting the popular Brunch with Bite series. Enjoy the divalicious and hilarious antics of our finest drag queens while you kick back with a welcome drink, and a two-hour grazing brunch and drinks package, including jugs of spritz (jugs…hehe), mimosas, bloody marys, premium beers, sangria, soft drinks, juice and mocktails. Always on a Saturday, check the website for available dates. $79.90 per person.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Grab the gang and rock up to Elk (no bookings required) for their famous bottomless brunch. Select any dish from the sumptuous menu and receive bottomless mimosas for an hour. That’s sixty minutes of mimosa action and nope, we sure as heck ain’t driving. Pouring three refreshing types of mimosas to sample coz variety is the spice of life, try the classic, strawberry lime and tropical varieties. You certainly don’t have to tell us twice! Available daily from 10am. $49 per head.
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre (opposite the beach), Broadbeach
Ally Chow dishes up Asian fusion done right, and their two brunch options do not disappoint. For $99 per person, the Chow Out features the Chef’s choice banquet with two-hours of bottomless thai basil caprisokas, Asahi beer and prosecco. Or, have a go of the Margarita Lunch Banquet and yes, this has us written all over it. For $120, enjoy the same offerings mentioned above, only substitute bottomless caprioskas for bottomless margis! Once again recognised with the Australian Good Food Guides Chef Hat Award, this one is a no-brainer.
Where: Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
Your numero uno contemporary Cantonese restaurant invites one and all to partake in a bottomless brunch, with a bowl and booze picked by you! Choose your bowl with either the duck spring roll, veg spring roll and kung pao chicken, wok vegetables with sesame dressing, or the yang-yang crispy beef with yang zhou fried rice. Pair it two hours of bottomless tap beers or endless Shaojiu spirtz in peach strawberry, mango, watermelon, passionfruit or our pick, lychee. Available from 12pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Minimum of two people for $65 per person.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
The GC’s favourite ocean-view venue, The Tropic, offers a solid ten bottomless brunch and absolutely nobody is surprised to hear this. Taking place exclusively on the terrace, not only will you be privy to multi-million-dollar views and DJ beats, but deliciously fresh seafood and innovative fare. Think oysters, spiced bread, burrata, tuna tartare, chocolate fondant and more. Pair everything with bottomless Chandon for $145 per person, or up the ante for an additional $32 per head and sip bottomless Veuve Clicquot. Don’t mind if we do! Available on the last Saturday of every month – see you there!
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Words by Bianca Trathen.