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The Oracle Boulevard pivots to Dial + Drive-Thru

If there’s one thing recent times has gifted us, it is a slew of new phrases that are now part of our daily language. One of which is pivot, a thing that many Gold Coast businesses are doing very successfully, making our lives even easier than they were before.

A group of such businesses you’ll know quite well, are those found at Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach of the eating and drinking variety, all very good at what they do and all very accessible thanks to a new thing they like to call Dial + Drive-Thru.

Which yes, is as great as it sounds and consists of exactly that. As of right now, you can call ahead to your favourite venue within Oracle Boulevard, order some goodies, get an allocated time and head to the new drive-thru section to grab it and go.

Genius.

So what’s on offer you ask? Well, everything.

Orzo is serving up their exceptional Italian eats including cook-at-home pastas and your choices of accompanying sauces. There’s also ready-to-eat dishes like handmade lasagne, salads and of course, you may add a bottle of wine to complete the experience.

The Lamb Shop is offering their absolutely delicious souvlakis (could eat four of these at a time, don’t do that) plus small plates and bar snacks like Housemade Pork Sausage with Tzatziki.  Wash all that down with a beer, wine or cider and you’ve got a good time.

Mamasan Kitchen + Bar have their extensive menu available for takeaway. It’s filled with an array of Asian dishes like Pork San Choy Bau, Dumplings, Baos and some incredible curries to name a few. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of sampling their dishes, do yourself a favour now.

Social Eating House has a fine dining share-style menu to go including dishes like Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Chargrilled Chicken and Korean Twice-Cooked Glazed Lamb Ribs to name a few. There are sides, a few cook-at-home options and cocktails to go too. So good.

The Cuban Bar & Lounge Dining have many a tasty Cuban delight including Paella Cubana, Salmon Ceviche and Cuban Chicken Breast Skewers PLUS Spanish Churros for dessert. Yes to all of that please. Of course, there’s plenty of wine and beer to go and that’s our new favourite thing.

Mecca Bah is all your Mediterranean food dreams come true including MEZZE PLATES, Stone Baked Mecca Bah Pizzas and Morroccan Chicken Salads among other things. It’s all ten out of ten goodness and all available to enjoy in your stretchy pants right now. Bless.

Broadbeach Pizzeria
is a relative newbie on the scene and they absolutely have all your hand crafted pizza options covered. Start with Mozarella sticks and waffle fries (obviously) and then treat yourself to a Spicy Spanish Prawn and Chorizo pizza or perhaps a Gourmet Pepperoni is more your style. They have it all.

Guzman y Gomez are all about good Mexican eats to go and we can confirm, they’re onto it. All your fave Mexi-goodies are there including burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas and Nacho Fries (OMG) and you may as well taste them all.

No Name Lane
is the Boulevard’s exceptional coffee joint but not only delicious brews, the team are also serving up their famous brunch eats like Smashed Avo on Sourdough Toast (the best), Reuben Sandwiches and Potato Hash Benedict and it’s all amazing, all the time. That’s your breaky run sorted.

Noodle Broadbeach have a snack menu on offer including things like Spring Rolls, BBQ Pork, Deep Fried Squid and Chicken Wings so you can grab something yummy to sample on the go. Not sure where you’re going but perhaps around through the drive-thru again? Why not.

There you have it, breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted in absolute style thanks to Oracle Boulevard. Impressive pivot guys, love your work. Get ordering here.

Words by Kirra Smith

Elegant, coastal-inspired Italian eatery Orzo now open

Exciting news fresh out of Broadbeach today involving beloved Italian eats by people whose culinary talents have wowed us for quite some time already.

Yes friends, it’s a new Italian eatery adding to The Oracle Boulevard’s already thriving dining scene. Orzo, which translates to ‘barley’ in Italian, is the epitome of exceptional work by Social Eating House and Bar’s owner and executive chef, Matthew Jefferson, along with his wife Dayna who have gifted us with sophisticated coastal Italian cuisine.

 

Orzo (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Orzo (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

And it absolutely delivers on all fronts.

Having only just opened in the last couple of weeks, Orzo exudes an elegant, relaxed vibe that’s also reflected in a menu that focuses on sustainable, local produce that will span lunch and dinner. Italian food all day long, what a treat.

The space itself is perfectly reminiscent of coastal chic with muted pastel tones, a curved wall and an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs work their magic. A wall filled wines, low lighting, gold and marble accents and light wooden light fixtures bring it all together and we are absolutely in love. You may choose to perch inside amongst all that beauty or outside in the fresh air to watch the world go by.

They said it would be the epitome of a coastal hug and that it absolutey is.

The menu features housemade pastas paying homage to southern Italy with mouthwatering dishes, all of which we would love to eat every day forever please.

To start, choose the House Made Foccacia with whipped ricotta and rosemary oil (to die for), the Fried Zucchini Blossoms with stracciatella, tomato and miso and vincotta (one of the most beautiful dishes we’ve ever sampled) and the Veal Carpaccio with tuna mayo, pickled onion, crouton and caper leaf (another life changer). Yes, all of them. Absolutely divine.

Pasta-wise, the Gnocchi with cherry tomato, basil and bush tomato was the fluffiest, most perfect dish of it’s kind we’ve ever sampled. The addition of a crunchy bush tomato concoction meant we wished it would go on forever. On the side add Heirloom Tomatoes with stracciatella, basil and olive oil and you will be one happy Gold Coaster.

There are mains along the lines of Pancetta Wrapped Spatchcock with chicory and grape and Pan Roasted Fish Fillet with sauce vierge with green olives and walnuts and of course, those are absolutely magical too.

There are also delights like house-cured meats and a variety of cheeses (AKA the love of our lives) so you might want to sample those too.

To drink, there are a beautiful array of Italian wines and beers and a list of cocktails that rivals any other.

The Negroni Orzo is perfection with strawberry gum, meletti and pandan and the Little Italy is obviously a delight with Aperol, vodka, lemon, mango and marjoram – the perfect summer sip. The entire list should be on your to do list of course.

So there you have it. If you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the next-level goodness that is Social Eating House and Bar, you’ll know everything about it is unparalleled.

Make sure you get down there to experience it for yourself, Orzo is one of a kind and we are moving to Broadbeach now, good bye.

LOCATION: Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
HOURS: Daily from 12pm until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

 

No Name Lane

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

Bavarian Bier Cafe Broadbeach

“He was a wise man who invented beer”

Oktoberfest is upon us, spring is in the air and the Gold Coast is delivering some of its finest “cheersworthy” weather, so this must mean one thing.. BEER.. and lots of it! If you were to visit the Bavarian Bier Cafe’, the only German style Bier Cafe’ in Broadbeach, you would in fact have over 30 biers/beers to choose from … Craft beers, German biers, lagers, wheat beers, biers with a twist, ciders and the rest. Are you thirsty yet?

Get a group together and grab your Bier passport, to celebrate Oktoberfest, until the end of October, the Bavarian Bier Cafe’ have on offer 5 limited edition Oktoberfest biers.. So what makes these so special? They’ve all been brewed with a higher alcohol content, you heard correctly (we’ll wait for you to pick yourself back up off the floor). Finish 5 x 1L steins of these special Oktoberfest Biers and not only will you score yourself a free Bavarian Bier Cafe’ Shirt, but also go into the running to win tickets to the actual Oktoberest in Bavaria!

Now we don’t just want to get you all excited about the beer, because wait.. there’s more! Just when you thought you were lost in a hops paradise, the Bavarian Bier Cafe’ take it to the next level and stick some pork on your fork! Not just any piece of pork, all the pork, the knuckle, the sausage, even the shredded kind. The best way to taste it all, the Munich Brewers Platter, otherwise go large and order the Famous Pork Knuckle. Pork may seem to steal the show, but in true German style, these guys have your schnitzel crumbed, your hot dog stuffed and your sausage sizzled.  Because the team at Bavarian Bier Cafe’ Broadbeach are such people pleasers, they even have the option for you to create your own salad or wrap, health conscious eaters rejoice!

The blue and white colours of the Bavarian flag are proudly displayed throughout the restaurant both inside and out, a head tilting mezzanine frames the rows of stein glasses which appear to be floating mid air, and the Bavarian Bier Cafe pin-up girls keep a watchful eye over the antics. Take a seat in the sun in the quirky alfresco area or keep cool in the restaurant under a watchful moose eye.

Open 7 days a week until 12am and for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Prost!


By Amy Merridan

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