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5 new restaurants on the Gold Coast

Get amongst these new local gems.

Skyline Rooftop Bar
White Rhino
Seadog Burleigh
Brewed Brewery
Cubby Bakehouse

It can be tough keeping up with all the exciting new happenings going on across the Gold Coast these days, trust us, we understand.

Sometimes recent restaurant news slips under the radar but we’d hate for you to miss out on tasty eats, there’s just no need. So here we are with a little solution to that dilemma and it comes in the form of a short and sweet list of recent newbies.

From north to south, wrap your laughing gear around these guys quick smart.

Brewed Brewery
Up north you’ll find an array of exceptional eateries swinging open their doors, much to the delight of hungry locals. Brewed Brewery is one of those, having recently opened their doors to sweeping views of the stunning Coomera River and with, as you may have guessed, an array of local craft beers to sip while staring at the view. They also offer fresh, tasty share-style eats and some you may not care to share. Get up there and see for yourself.
Where: 2/4 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point

White Rhino
The long-awaited double storey space took Surfers Paradise by storm (or stampede) when it opened just a few short weeks ago. It’s a jungle themed establishment complete with life-sized rhinos, an aquatic-style bar and plenty of space for indulging in delicious food and creative cocktails. The menu is one of the best around with some absolutely mouth-watering pizza, pasta and seafood options and you may sit upstairs overlooking the crowd or get amongst it out on the sidewalk seating. Fun.
Where: 55 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Skyline Rooftop Bar
A brand newbie on the Surfers Paradise scene, Skyline can be found atop Waxy’s Irish Bar but the two are worlds apart in terms of aesthetics. Skyline is open and airy, as one would expect a rooftop bar to be with bright yellow accents and views toward, yes, the Surfers skyline. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon tipple with the crew and, should you be celebrating into the night, you can order from the hearty Waxy’s menu. Skyline will soon boast its own share-style eats but for now, get amongst the Irish.
Where: 3206 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Seadog Burleigh
A literal hole in the wall coffee shop in the heart of James Street, is Seadog Burleigh. The creation of local lad, Brodie Green, Seadog is slinging organic coffee and a few select tasty treats to those in need of caffeine (everyone) and those in need of caffeine are fans. The tiny space was once home to an ATM and Brodie saw the opportunity to create something absolutely epic (and very small) and aren’t we glad he did. The coffee is exceptional and it’s fun to chat about being stuck in a confined space all day with the man himself.
Where: 50 James St, Burleigh Heads 

Cubby Bakehouse
Yes okay, we cheated a little but this one is more than worth a mention. Cubby Bakehouse is the sister venue of Mermaid’s Bam Bam Bakehouse and it’s equally as loveable (of not more so because, Chinderah). So yes, you can find it at the quaint little riverside village of Chinderah with water views and all the most epic pastries you can possible imagine. The heroes of the space are baguettes (amazing) and Vanilla Slice (which we would sell our best friends for). So probably get down there ASAP and get involved in those goodies.
Where: 162 Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Brewed Brewery

There will never be too many waterfront venues, serving up frosty cold brews and epic views (that’s a poem right there). Especially because summer is right around the corner and that combination is our absolute fave on a steamy, sun-drenched afternoon.

Which is lucky because Paradise Point recently became home to a brand new venue boasting, you guessed it, frosty brews and epic views.

Brewed Brewery can be found on Marine Promenade overlooking the sparkly Coomera River and serving up not only frosty brews but tasty tapas-style eats too.

The industrial-esque space offers plenty of seating on the big old undercover deck with said views stretching as far as the eye can see. Inside, a piano sits in one corner while a little window against the back wall allows you to peek in at the keg room adorned with disco lights.

The tasty eats-filled menu is the work of Head Chef Jack Dillon and has been made with a community style of dining in mind. Jack has worked at many a fine dining restaurant in his time, including Copenhagen’s Noma, and his experience shows in the array of American BBQ-influenced dishes.

First up, let’s chat about the ribs, Finger Licking Ribs to be exact (which are obviously the best kind). We’re fans of the Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs with caramelized mandarin. Obviously. So eat those.

Definitely also try the Wagyu Tataki with shaved roasted garlic miso jelly and chargrilled wild mushroom. Love you all things tataki.

The Puffed Haloumi and Watermelon dish features our two very favourite foods so clearly this one is a winner too. Times three please.

Of course, since the name suggests all things brews, we best mention the 25 craft beers on rotation in said disco-style keg room. All your local favourites are represented along with a sweet selection of wines, ciders and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched.

So there you have it, a new northern goodie to add to the list. It’s going to be a sweet summer indeed friends.

LOCATION: 2/4 Marina Promenade, Paradise Point
HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday 11.30am until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

White Rhino

Happy days have arrived in Surfers Paradise and they come in the form of a sleek new, double-storey corner space that’s bringing all your Jumanji dreams to life. Except pretty and not at all terrifying.

White Rhino is complete and will open its’ doors to us, the food and beverage loving people of the Gold Coast, late next week and Surfers is set for a little shakeup friends.

There’s a lot to unpack here so buckle up and let’s get into it. As mentioned, White Rhino is an expansive corner space on Cavill Ave and it’s all open and airy and filled with quirky little delights.

Let’s begin with the bar, because, obviously. Lit from behind with a digital ocean montage, it’s quite the mesmerizing sight. Above, a rock formation complete with its’ very own waterfall sets the scene.

Drawing your eyes around the room, you’ll notice a tree, smack bang in the middle of the venue, a stunning wrought iron staircase winding it’s way to the top floor (as staircases tend to do) and, tucked in behind it, are the stars of the show; the white rhino and her (could be his) baby. The pair are meticulously crafted really quite ah, realistic. Love them.

A step up above the casual bar section you’ll find a slightly more formal dining area artfully decorated with velvet and high gloss wood plus, our favourite, two booth-style arrangements with leafy green backdrops and bulk people watching opportunities.

Upstairs, on the mezzanine level, there are three stunning velvet booths overlooking the rest of the venue and out into the street, perfect for gathering the crew and enjoying a slightly more private style of party.

The entire venue has been crafted with an outdoor feel in mind and indeed, no matter where you are, the open space and seamless transition to the actual outdoor section gives a balmy, can-it-be-summer-already vibe.

Now to the food. It comes courtesy of someone you know and love, Adam Dundas-Taylor of Firecue, London’s Nobu and many other fine establishments, obviously.

The menu offers both a fine and casual style of dining and it is all of exceptional quality and even better taste, as you would expect.

The Spiced Pumpkin Salad is a colour-filled treat with chilli and fennel roasted pumpkin tossed in baby spinach leaves with cous cous, pomegranate seeds mint and hummus. It’s both beautiful and delicious.

The Chilli Bug Linguini is also a must-try with chilli and garlic Moreton Bay bugs with sweet cherry tomatoes tossed in brandy and seafood stock reduction and served with fresh linguini. Oh yes please.

Let us not go past the Slow Cooked Beef Ragu (12 hours slow cooked no less) stirred through a rich tomato sauce, tossed with fettuccine and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese (love you always Parmesan).

There are also epic pizzas and options from the grill like Crispy Skin New Zealand King Ora Salmon and Peppercorn Cut Eye Fillet. YUM.

The cocktails are to die for (but don’t die, because there are many to be sampled) including an extremely tasty Espresso Martini made with beans from our faves Locale Espresso.

An exceptional breakfast menu will also roll out from Saturday the 3rd of November.

The unique venue is certain to take Surfers Paradise to a whole new level and, with a few more exciting additions on the way, you might want to rearrange your life to include a little more time there.

White Rhino officially opens on Friday November 2nd and prepare for a summer of fun friends.

LOCATION: 55 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 11.30pm until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Skyline Rooftop Bar

Surfers Paradise is moving on up in the world, literally, and as of right now we can all thank our lucky stars for a brand new rooftop bar.

Skyline Rooftop Bar can be found atop one of your old favourites, Waxy’s Irish Pub, but it’s nothing like the moody, low-lit vibe you know and love downstairs.

Opening up to views of, yes the Surfers Paradise skyline, the space is light-filled and vibrant with plenty of spots for sipping cocktails in the sunshine.

Pull up a seat on a high table underneath a bright yellow umbrella or people watch from the sidelines amongst an array of comfy cushions.

Wooden accents and vintage surfboards set the mood while inside, velvet seating and sleek, copper beer taps complete the fresh, sophisticated feel.

Which is due, in large part, to the sponsorship by Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon. Fancy.

Skyline has been created as a tribute to its’ predecessor, the Chevron Hotel and it’s the perfect addition to the Surfers drinking hole lineup.

And summer is the perfect time to introduce it to the tipple-loving people.

Think frosty after work beverages with the crew, including a slew of signature cocktails and an impressive craft beer lineup.

Don’t go past the Pink Float made up of Beefeater Pink Gin, ruby grapefruit juice, tonic, lemon sorbet and popping candy. Too good. Perhaps you’re more about the tiki style tipples. If that’s the case, go The Hurricane with Havana Club Especial Rum, Havana Club 3, Anos Rum, pineapple, passionfruit and lime juice. So fruity.

Many a function is set to be enjoyed there with plenty of Christmas parties, engagements and birthdays already booked in as the party season fires up.

For now, order from the much-loved Waxy’s menu but soon a share-style menu will be on offer including plenty of contemporary, New York style dishes.

Onwards and upwards Surfers Paradise. 

LOCATION: 3206 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Friday to Saturday 3pm until late and Sunday 2pm until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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