If you look anywhere hard enough on the Gold Coast, you can see remnants of yesteryear. In most cases, they’re hospitality venues that had their heyday way back in a decade even before you were born. And most of the time these places simply fade away with little or no rejection. They simply had their time in the sun.
However, this sentiment doesn’t quite sit right with one such young and loved-up couple, Lachlan and Maddie, who have just taken over the iconic Panchos Mexican restaurant in Mudgeeraba. The glory days of the 80s may well and truly be but a distant memory, but the course is set to bring Panchos roaring back in style.
The venue has undergone a makeover of the grandest proportions. Bright flashes of searing yellow, pastel blue, warm pinks and hot reds are used throughout. What you can say about the large size venue is that there is a space for every mood and occasion. A deck at the front is the place to enjoy a quiet beer, the main dining room will be the buzzing place to tuck into some great food, whilst a larger back deck area and garden (with its own bar), will be one of the sweetest places to spend a Sunday arvo on the Coast.
As multifaceted as they come, chowing down top-rated Mexican fare and sipping cerveza is only part of the deal. Live music will be a prominent feature at this removed ‘roadhouse’ style Mexican joint, with DJ sets lined up for Sundays afternoons and live bands on the horizon for weekend nights also.
A band room to the property’s exterior has been specially transformed with soundproofing, stage, and all the necessary bits for live acts to throw down in front of a sizeable crowd. Could this be a sweet little gig space in our very own hinterland? It appears so!
With an idyllic but slightly removed location, Panchos makes itself a great place to pop in for lunch post-hike or simply a weeknight escape to somewhere with a slice of tranquillity.
The menu is an array of delicious Mexi bites with a larger focus on tacos — you’ll have to try the Chicken Tinga or Garlic Prawns, both are utterly delectable — and are in burrito form. There’s also a collection of hearty mains such as a whole rack of pork ribs and a Mexican Steak, which will come to the table on a sizzling plate (never gets old!). Should you feel like something smaller, or even a prelude to the bigger stuff, starters like Pork Taquitos and Spicy Chicken Wings with Habenero sour cream should fit the bill nicely.
You’ll come across Burleigh Brewery’s leading beers on tap and a couple of tinnies to keep things interesting for those beer connoisseurs out there. At the same time, a thoughtfully curated wine offering features boutique new age style wines from across Australia alongside a handful of signature cocktails like the Born Sippy featuring gin, rhubarb, and yuzu.
Naturally, these guys are well versed in mixing up a margarita or two, so if you’re a fan of a salty rim and limey goodness, well, you’re in luck!
The owners are excited for the local community to come and enjoy the space and hope to see as many people from right across the Gold Coast as possible. The charm of the old days certainly hasn’t been lost, but the rumbling of a new found glory seems right around the corner.
Hours: Thursdays 4pm — late, Fridays – Sundays 11.30am — late
Where: 581 Springbrook Road, Mudgeeraba
Words by Alex Mitcheson.