An early morning coffee and the promise of early evening cocktail are often the two things that get us through the working day (plus Netflix, obviously) and we’re pretty sure we’re not alone. Combine the two and stick a fork in us, we’re done.
The point is this: No Name Lane, at The Oracle in Broadbeach, has done exactly that, expanding their once compact little space to bring us an elegant bar and dining space filled with coffee-flavoured (among others) cocktails and share-style bar snacks and as of right now, it’s open for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.
Having taken over the downstairs area formerly occupied by Endota Spa, No Name Lane decided it was time to offer the good people of Broady a happy medium in terms of eats and thus, the expansion was underway.
Now seating choices extend to the Elizabeth Street side of The Oracle where there will soon be a pavilion to shade your sweet little faces from the sun or, inside seating under what may just be the most spectacular ceiling we have ever seen. The takeaway coffee bar now faces into the laneway and the Black Sheep variety is still the bean of choice.
The new dining menu falls under the banner of ‘simple food, done well’ and includes a range of share plates including Honey Roast Pumpkin and Fetta Arancini with basil mayo and Sriracha Fried Chicken with Kewpie mayo and lemon.
Now cocktails. Clearly, coffee is key here (and in daily life) and there are six varieties of coffee cocktails friends, SIX. Starting with your old mate the Classic Espresso Martini ($10, woo), a cold drip EM, a Salted Caramel EM and an Orange Mocha guy. HELP.
Also, there’s a Turbo G&T with gin, cold brew orange peel and tonic. Who comes up with this magic, honestly.
Other delightful additions include the Wild Irish Rose with Peated Irish whiskey, pomegranate, apple brandy and something known as whites.
Right so there you have it. No Name Lane is now bringing your coffee-cocktail-with-a-side-of-tasty-share-plate dreams to life and 2018 is coming in hot.
LOCATION: The Oracle (facing Elizabeth St), Broadbeach
HOURS: Open daily from 6am until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
In news straight outta Broadbeach, Asian street food legends Junk are opening their intricately carved doors in (suddenly way too far away) December.
The hawker-style eatery is currently under construction in the Oasis Shopping Centre, your new favourite foodie hub and home to an array of good times.
Junk’s share-style eats pay homage to several Asian influences including Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Chinese (be still our hearts) and focus on a simple style of eating with locally sourced ingredients.
You’re going to LOVE the menu, packed with goodies such as Crispy Peking Duck Spring Rolls, Chicken Katsu Baos, Black Bean Marinated Beef and Crispy Fried Gunpowder Chicken Ribs (bit of bang for your buck).
The Junk dream originated on the Sunshine Coast in 2014, opened up shop in Toowoomba, mosied on down to Brisbane and now, lucky us, has landed on the Gold Coast.
The much-loved venue is sure to make a splash come summer, so keep your eyes peeled, prep your crew and say goodbye to that bikini body.
LOCATION: Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Words 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.
It’s a seafood extravaganza at Beachside Pavilion, the latest addition in a long line of recently revamped spaces in the Broadbeach Mall.
Formerly Alto Cucina & Bar, at the beach end of the foodie strip, the restaurant has been transformed into a bright, airy eatery with a street side terrace area and decked out in suitably cheery beach theme.
With an emphasis on fresh seafood, Beachside Pavilion has brought a unique menu to Broadbeach inspired by their close proximity to one of our most popular beaches.
To start, try the cooked-to-perfection Oven Baked Scallops on the shell with spiced tomato cream, wakame, sesame seeds and fish roe. If you love raw fish go for the Hiramasa Kingfish Ceviche with rockmelon, coriander, red onion, lime and radish.
For a lighter main the Ocean Trout Poke Bowl with quinoa, avocado, radish, sesame seaweed, edamame, red onion, spinach and kewpie is perfectly fresh and oh-so good for you.
Of course if you’re after the cooked variety, there are plenty of options. Try the Baked Whole Snapper with lemon, mustard, olive oil, dill, chips and a mixed leaf salad or Squid Ink Orzo Pasta with blue swimmer crab, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, scampi bisque and chilli.
If you’re out for a special occasion don’t think about ordering anything other than Beachside Pavilion’s Signature Chilli Mud Crab. It’s served with tomato, coconut cream, egg, coriander, special tomato chilli sauce and charred sourdough. It’s everything good about going out for dinner.
Beachside Pavilion is the perfect casual dining space, just a short stroll from the beach and with a soon-to-be-opened takeaway area, perfect for when you need a quick bite before heading back to the sand.
HOURS: 7am until late every day
LOCATION: The beach end of Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
Words and photos by Kirra Smith