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Elegant, coastal-inspired Italian eatery Orzo now open

Broadbeach is the lucky new home.

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


The Oasis Shopping Centre


Social Eating House + Bar Head Chef, YK
Social Eating House + Bar Head Chef, YK (image supplied)

Social Eating House + Bar has long been a ‘casual fine dining’ Gold Coast favourite. With an impressive international tapas/shared plate style menu that includes the likes of Grilled Miso Quail, or even Lightly Smoked and Grilled Ocean Trout, it’s no wonder they’re a winner of not just one but two Hats from The Australian Good Food Guide. Freshly appointed Head Chef, YK, joined the team just a little over a month ago and has since hit the ground running. We had the pleasure to get to know him a bit more, and find out that he is a Chef passionate about making people happy, seeing them come together and enjoy the food he has prepared.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
Not very long! I have only been on the Gold Coast for just over a month.

What do you love most about living here?
The ocean. Wherever I go, I am so close to the beach. Plus the Gold Coast has some pretty friendly people!

Grilled miso quail, preserved turnip, shichimichi and spring onion (image supplied)
Grilled miso quail, preserved turnip, shichimichi and spring onion, Social Eating House + Bar (image supplied)

Tell us about your chef journey thus far.
I have been studying cooking since I was 15 years old. I graduated Kimpo University (a culinary art association) and went to the Army Service for 2 years as a Chef. Once I finished my duty of service I moved to the USA, and held an Internship for a year at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida. After this, I moved back to my home country where I started to work at the Banyan Tree Hotel. It was there that I was fortunate enough to meet some great Chefs. Not long after I returned, I began to think of moving to Australia because there are lots of different fresh produce and cooking techniques that intrigued me. From there, I explored and looked into the opportunity of graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney. The next thing I know, I was working at Quay Restaurant, then Bennelong and then moved to Aubergine Restaurant in Canberra. I worked for Ben (Aubergine Restaurant Owner & Chef) for five years and learnt a lot of cooking techniques and how to ‘respect’ all ingredients. It wasn’t until my wife and I were on a Gold Coast holiday that we realised that we had fallen in love with the Gold Coast and wanted to call it our home.

What’s your proudest chef moment?
When my service has been smooth and everyone is happy.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Jeffo (Matt Jefferson)

What’s your favourite dish to cook at home?
Korean instant noodle

Social Eating House + Bar
Lightly smoked & grilled ocean trout, heirloom beetroot and burnt onion creme fraiche, Social Eating House + Bar (image supplied)

Tell us about what changes you are bringing to Social Eating House + Bar.
I am currently working on implementing some recipe books for the restaurant. Further to this I am trying to implement a super organized kitchen where chefs can work smart and efficiently.

What else is in the works for you in 2021?
I am having a baby, so very much looking forward to adding to my family.

Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Café for breakfast:
I am new here so I haven’t been everywhere but I have been to Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach
Coffee spot: no name lane, Broadbeach
Restaurant for dinner: Has to be Social Eating House + Bar, Broadbeach
Bar or pub for a drink:
Again, has to be Social Eating House + Bar, Broadbeach
How does your weekend usually look? I usually spend my time at home with my wife, and lately we have been getting ready for our new baby.

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.


By Amy Merridan

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