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Embark on an indulgent Oyster Journey at Nineteen at The Star

Sample unique oysters from across Australia.

Grande Fruits De Mer, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Exceptional seafood is something we in Australia are very lucky to be able to indulge in any time we wish. Across the country there are many regions specialising in different varieties of seafood, all of which are unique to their environment.

As lovers of edible ocean creatures, something perhaps you didn’t know is that certain types of seafood grow and taste different depending on the climate in which they are cultivated. We certainly weren’t aware.

Until we visited the very knowledgeable and talented crew at Nineteen at The Star that is. Led by Executive Chef Uday Huja, who hails from the US originally, the team at the sky-high rooftop restaurant have put together a stunning offer so we can all sample an array of oysters from across Australia and learn about how and why they’re unique depending on the region they’re from. Like you would a wine sampling, but with oysters.

Oyster Journey, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

It’s called the Oyster Journey and it’s a delightful experience you can and should try for yourself at the next available opportunity, all while sipping something sparkling overlooking the Gold Coast skyline.

For $32, you (and your lucky plus one) will taste three oysters each from various locations (dependent on the season) and find out exactly how different each regions’ oysters taste.

Wallis Lake in NSW for example, produces an oyster that has what is called a ‘umami’ flavour, meaning it’s neither salty or sweet but perfectly balanced, while Pambula in southern NSW offers a sweet, briney oyster and Shoalhaven, also in NSW is producing a sweet, creamy oyster and let us tell you, the difference is obvious once you taste them all in succession.

The oysters are dressed with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne Mignonette and it is one of the absolute most beautiful tastes we’ve ever sampled.

Oyster Journey, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Of course, all of this will be explained to you upon delivery of your dish and you’ll be given cards with more information so you can share everything you know with your friends. We’re big fans of learning about where our food comes from, particularly when it’s of this calibre so we were very excited when Nineteen at The Star launched the Oyster Journey.

If fresh oysters aren’t your jam, delight in one of the two Roasted Oyster options straight from the charcoal oven. Never tried roasted oysters before? Neither had we, but if there’s bacon on it (which there is), we’re in.

Once you’re done with oysters, you’ll probably want to continue indulging in five star dishes and staring out at the ocean, so we highly recommend going for the Fruits De Mer, which is a chilled selection of the season’s finest seafood. And fine it is Gold Coasters.

You can choose from the Petite or Grande options with everything presented on the exquisite platter (think Moreton Bay Bugs, oysters, scallops, prawns and more) is such a flavour sensation, you’ll wonder where it’s been hiding all your life.

Executive Chef Uday Huja, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

The next time you’re in the market for fresh Australian seafood of the highest possible quality, look no further than Nineteen at The Star. You’ll be more than satisfied and you’ll learn a thing or two while you’re at it.

Win, win.

LOCATION: Nineteen at The Star, The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach
HOURS: Dinner from 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday and Lunch from 12pm to 3.15pm Friday to Sunday


Roasted Oysters, Nineteen at The Star (Image © 2020 The Star Gold Coast)

Dine in style at home with The Star Gold Coast

Sashimi Box, Kiyomi Table for 2 (Image supplied by The Star Gold Coast)

If you love experiencing exceptional Gold Coast dining venues from the comfort of your own home as much as we do, you’re going to want to get involved in The Star Gold Coast’s latest offering, Table for 2.

The dine-at-home experience launched in May with the venue’s popular restaurants Mei Wei Dumplings, Garden Kitchen & Bar and Kiyomi all delighting diners with multi-course share menus to be enjoyed at home. All of which, were absolutely incredible as you might expect.

Now though, The Star Gold Coast has upped-the-ante offering even more options – including Kiyomi’s award-winning sushi, Mei Wei Dumplings’ delicious array of dumplings and our favourite Italian, Cucina Vivo, has joined the party.

It’s all very exciting and because we know you’re very keen to get right onto eating it all, here’s a little rundown of what you can indulge in.

Kiyomi’s menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner from 5pm to 9pm and for the first time you can order sushi boxes to enjoy at home. Choose from the 16-piece sushi or sashimi boxes or discover Kiyomi’s newest treasure – The Chirashi Jewel Box. Further additions include Hasting River Oysters with a Japanese ponzu sauce and fresh Western Australian Black Truffles available by the gram. We’ll take all of that please.

Restaurant Executive Chef Chase Kojima and his team also have crafted an extensive menu highlighting Kiyomi’s wide array of unexpected and complex flavours for $60 per person. You can check out the full menu here.

Hasting River Oysters, Kiyomi Table for 2 (Image supplied by The Star Gold Coast)

The brand new Cucina Vivo menu is available for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 9pm and it’s a six-course offering that will take your tastebuds to the Amalfi Coast (yes please). For $95 for two people, the menu starts with a chef’s selection of Salumi with a side of buffalo mozzarella, followed by a seafood delight with local prawns, mussels and fish cooked in chilli and tomato. The hero dish is the North Rivers veal cooked in creamy Marsala, with side of Patate and Insalata Di Rucola. Dessert is a house made tiramisu with house made savoiardi, mascarpone diplomat crème, Nutella and coffee. Heavenly. Lock yours in for tonight here.

The Mei Wei Dumplings menu is available every day for dinner from 5pm to 9pm and you can now add your favourite dim sum and fried dumplings to your order. For only $35 per person, the Table for 2 menu will showcase some of the hawker-style venue’s most popular dishes including pork steamed dumplings, pork and prawn wonton soup with egg noodles, spicy kung pao chicken with dried chilli and mushroom and peanuts with vegetable fried rice. Dessert will be the deliciously light chilled mango sago cream. Put your order in here.

Chirashi Jewel Box, Kiyomi Table for 2 (Image supplied by The Star Gold Coast)

Garden Kitchen & Bar is also available for dinner from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Sunday and for just $50 per person will offer some of their most loved dishes. Start with marinated olives, followed by two entrees of a king prawn salad served with cos lettuce, avocado and a cocktail sauce and Olympus halloumi with pickled figs. The main dish is a braised O’Connor Shortrib served with sides including broccolini with almonds and crispy roasted rosemary chat potatoes. To finish, there’s a chocolate trifle with a light crumble and fresh raspberries. Love this! Find out more here.

In addition to the ‘Table for 2’ sharing menus, The Star’s beverage team has developed a series of hand-crafted cocktails perfect for pairing with the meals including a Japanese Margarita with El Jimador Tequila, Cointreau, Yuzu Juice and Agave, and a Cold-Brew Martini with Sesame Infused Ketel One Vodka, Tia Maria and Coffee.  A beverage list including wines, beers and premium spirits will also be on offer.

For the entire month of August you can get free delivery by using the code IGCFree

How good!

Don’t miss the chance to experience The Star Gold Coast’s incredible culinary offerings from the comfort of your own home, we certainly will be.

LOCATION: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach


Nineteen at The Star Bar

A Father’s Day guaranteed to top any dad joke

Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

How good are dads? From Mufasa and Marlin to Mike Brady and Mitch Bucannon, there’s a lot to love about the Y chromosome bearing half of our makers. Except for their infamous dad jokes coz #NotFunny #ButAlsoKindaFunny. That misdemeanour aside, we all want to do something a little spesh for our old man on Dad’s Day, and what better way to spoil him than a trip to The Star Gold Coast! Whether he’s a cool, casual kinda dad, or a fancy pants fellow partial to the finer things in life, he’ll be treated to a Father’s Day to remember at The Star.

If dad is partial to a spot of fine Japanese dining, you’ll be the golden child if you suggest Kiyomi for a truly memorable Father’s Day dinner! This place is legit Tokyo on the GC, with high-end authentic flavours a-plenty. Choose from the à la carte menu (our tip: the Sashimi is #lifechanging), set menu ($150), or for all dads who go with the September special of 2GR Rib Eye Full Blood Wagyu MBS 7 with wasabi butter ($300), they’ll throw in a complimentary glass schooner of Kirin Ichiban.  Arigatou!

Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)
Nineteen at The Star (image supplied)

Nineteen at The Star
Dads and food. They’re like peas and carrots. Very gourmet ones in fact if we’re talking about Nineteen at The Star. With award-winning food, unfaultable service and breathtaking ocean views, delivering a five-star, super indulgent experience is Nineteen’s kryptonite. Dad can choose from the sumptuous a la carte menu, or opt for an exclusive Father’s Day offer as detailed by your VI(W)P (Very Impressive WaitPerson). Father’s Day lunch will take place between 12pm and 3pm and bookings are essential.

Garden Kitchen & Bar
The always bustling Garden Kitchen & Bar is eternally popular with everyone, including our beloved dads. Serving up a delectable seasonal menu by day and night on Father’s Day, the vibrant atmosphere makes Garden Kitchen & Bar the perfect spot for either a small or large fam rendezvous. He’ll be spoilt for choice with the à la carte menu, plus all dads who purchase the limited-edition member’s only Surf & Turf Stockyard Striploin and confit cuttlefish will receive a complimentary schooner of Stone & Wood. Winner winner Garden dinner (…or lunch)!

Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Cucina Vivo
Dads, like us, tend to love a good Italian nosh up, and Cucina Vivo is putting on a Father’s Day dinner spread like no other! As always, the a la carte offerings are beyond Bellissima, and this just in; dads who purchase the member’s only Surf & Turf sautéed veal scallopini and prawn offer will receive a complimentary schooner of Birra Moretti. Cin Cin! Avoid FOMO – book now!

Gift Cards
If all else fails and you just cannot pick a Star destination because let’s be real, it’s like choosing your all-time fave episode of The O.C, rest assured there is a solution! You may not realise they even exist, but The Star Gift Cards are the perfect way to wow anyone – including daddy dearest. And, they’re redeemable across The Star Gold Coast, The Star Sydney, and Treasury Brisbane’s collection of award-winning hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, and select premium retail partners!

All other venues at our fave GC food, bev and entertainment hub will of course be open too #yasss. So, it’s official – we’re whisking Papa Bear away to The Star on Sunday 4th September. We may have 99 problems, but making dad smile this Father’s Day won’t be one of them.

Dining at Cucina Vivo (image supplied)
Dining at Cucina Vivo (image supplied)

For bookings or to find out more about any of The Star Gold Coast’s Father’s Day activations, click here.

Where: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
When: Various activations on Sunday 4th September 

Words by Bianca Trathen.


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