Well Gold Coasters, we once again find ourselves beginning the season of long, balmy days at the beach, never ending cocktail sipping sessions and wearing bikinis under absolutely everything.
It’s summer, it’s here and it’s time to get excited friends.
During your time off over the festive period we suggest popping into every single good time venue you possibly can to eat, drink and be merry.
The latest of which is bringing us all of the colourful Hawaiian vibes and can be found in Surfers Paradise, a little out of the way of the general business.
It’s called Ohana’s and it’s a café slash bar, easy to spot thanks to a light-laden palm tree in the front window.
Inside you’ll find bright feature walls, a bar built from bamboo, all of the greenery and a neon sign reading ‘I have mixed drinks about feelings’ and same, obviously.
The newbie is the work of local lass Shelly Ives who is a first-time venue owner but who has absolutely put her heart and soul into creating something unique for us.
So much so, that she chose the name Ohana’s because of its meaning – larger family – and a nod to connection and never being alone.
Which is exactly what we’ve all learnt we needed above all else (except margaritas) in 2020.
To eat there are many an affordable treat including breakfast things like Fritter Stacks, Waffles, Acai Bowls and Smashed Avo and lunch things like Pulled Pork Burgers, Sandwiches and wraps for which you can choose your own fillings and make the absolute best sanga of your life.
There are also make-your-own salads, and you can wash it all down with a coffee from Tim Adams (whose business supports families in South America by buying farm equipment), a fresh juice, smoothie or signature cocktail.
Of which there are many to try.
Like the Get Lei’d, made up of Gold Coast Gin and liqueurs from Tamborine Mountain Distillery.
There’s also the Soho, an Espresso Martini and plenty of local beers.
Everything you need really.
So why not embrace summer on the Coast and get on down to Ohana’s for a little Hawaiian fun.
LOCATION: 64 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Surfers Paradise is playing a big game in the food department these days and that is just fine by us.
We’ve put together a list of 10 must-dine restaurants around the place if you get through them all, never fear, there’s plenty more to try.
Alfresco Italian Restaurant
After 11 years as Surfers’ favourite Italian restaurant, it was time for a facelift at Alfresco. The venue has recently completed an extensive reno using recycled timbers, textured walls and mood lighting by Owen Thompson and the team. They have created intimate spaces for a romantic dinner, areas perfect for your next celebration or function and anything in between. The new bar is warm and inviting complete with a new signature cocktail menu inspired by the South of Italy. Early favourites are Tony’s chilli margarita, the long island limocello and the alalfi mule. Of course, they are offering the same amazing pizza, pasta, seafood, weekly specials and friendly hospitality. Open seven nights from 4.30pm. Bookings essential. Takeaway and delivery available.
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Shiraz Persian Restaurant
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Shiraz’ menu consists of authentic Persian style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more. Vegetarian options are also available and all dishes are enriched with unique, delicious spices that are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. It’s perfect for couples, families and large group bookings with easy access to parking, central location and prompt friendly service. Do yourself a favour and sample it all for yourself, owner Erfan Jalilian looks forward to welcoming you.
Where: 3106 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s is the perfect bar and bistro for those wanting the best casual drinking and dining experience on the sunny Gold Coast. With impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas and fresh locally-sourced produce, what better way to round out the perfect dining experience than an accompaniment of cocktails, delectable wines and the coldest beers? You can also head on up to The Island Rooftop Bar for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
With 180-degree ocean views and an interior that is absolutely to die for, Hyde Paradiso burst on the Surfers Paradise scene to rave reviews and MANY an excited Insta-loving local. The new weekend breakfast menu offers patrons the chance to have your morning coffee and Bacon & Eggs with a spectacular view of the beach. A revamped lunch and dinner menu features tasty dishes too like the Cape Grim ribeye steak, Sea barrumundi and Grilled Portugese chicken, washed down of course, by a stunning (and delicious) cocktail or two. Perfection.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
One of the newer venues on the block, White Rhino is a spacious, double-storey venue bringing all your Jumanji dreams to life. The menu offers both fine and casual styles of dining (turning into a pumping bar later in the evening) and it is all of exceptional quality. Think pasta dishes, plenty of high quality seafood, pizzas, dishes from the grill and a Slow Cook Beef Ragu that’ll absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. The cocktails are a good time too with one in particular a bit of a show-stopper – Beauty & the Beast. Trust us, order it. White Rhino is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so plenty of time to try everything.
Where: 55 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
Always a good time with cold beer, tasty eats and live music, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden can be found in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation the interior has changed from an entirely indoor area to a sunlit courtyard complete with bench-style seating. The menu is large and filled with goodness which is, of course, our favourite kind of menu. Think eats like share-style seafood and antipasto platters, small plates to share along the lines of Blue Corn Nachos, Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Pork Ribs and Southern Fried Chicken. Make sure to grab a spot along the balcony to take in the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
La Diosa Mexicana
La Diosa Mexicana is the perfect addition to the Circle on Cavill precinct and if you’re a fan of high quality, flavour-filled feasts, you’re in for a treat. The entire menu is a dream come true if you ask us, filled with all your favourites including Tostadas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and, of course, the beloved Burrito. We recommend starting with a share plate or two, the Grilled Mexican street corn with coriander crema, paprika, queso and lime because they are the absolute goods and the Albondigas is meat balls with house beans and queso fresco. Flavour sensations. Order yourself a margarita and you’ve got yourself a time.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Seascape Restaurant + Bar
If beautifully prepared seafood, tasty beverages and a stunning view are for you, Seascape Restaurant + Bar is the place to be. Specialising in the freshest of seafood, it’s hard to go past the shellfish cold platter with oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and Harvey Bay scallops and the soft shell crab tempura with a glass of crisp white wine. If seafood isn’t your thing, try the Braised Pork Belly or Cape Grim Sirloin Steak and gaze out over the ocean, thinking about how lucky you are.
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Oh Japanese food how you have our hearts. Yamagen is the goods guys and if you haven’t been, bump it up to the top of your list. Featuring traditional Japanese food overseen by Executive Chef Adam Lane with a modern twist, you can devour everything from sashimi to skewers AND watch it all being prepared before your eyes. Wash it down with some Japanese whisky and life made.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
If a perfectly cooked, high-quality steak is what you’re after, look no further than Black Angus. Having moved to Surfers Paradise earlier in the year with a very loyal fanbase already in place, the Black Angus team have continued to deliver their exceptional dishes. We’re big fans of the Hot Rock dish which is your choice of meat brought out slightly seared and you can cook it to perfection yourself on a rock that’s heated to 300 degrees. So good.
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith