Hello, hi we’ve made it to October and how about how March and April were 3,000 days long and now each day lasts four seconds. Yep.
Anyway, as is custom, here’s a roundup of everything that opened on the Gold Coast in September so you can add them all to your list before Christmas rolls around (tomorrow).
The Hunted Café
Venture out into the leafy oasis that is Bonogin and you’ll find cosy newbie The Hunted Café serving up tasty breakfast and lunch dishes, housemade baked goods and plenty of tranquillity. It’s owned by a local family so you can expect all the community hospitality too. A real treat, do yourself a favour and get out there.
Where: 555 Bonogin Road, Bonogin
Owned by the people who gave us Fellini Italian Restaurant, The Barn is a paddock to plate dining venue offering exceptional Italian slash Japanese menu set within a lovely little farm-style place complete with a chicken pen, baby goats and a very friendly dog. There’s a very long wine list and dishes like Beef Carpaccio, Charcuterie platters, Chicken and Asparagus Tortellini. Yum.
Where: 5 Boomerang Road, Mudgeeraba
The team at Palmy’s The Collective opened a revamped Mexi-venue called TaLA featuring LA-style eats including 16 flavours of tacos, Popcorn Halloumi that will change your life and a seafood Paella that’s to die for. But don’t, because there are also many tasty cocktails to consume while you’re at it. Make sure you book, it’s always a popular little spot.
Where: The Collective Palm Beach, 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Gennari Group nailed it again with their newest venue Maggie Choo which opened recently in Broadbeach. It’s a fresh take on modern Asian eats and there’s a few cocktails that will knock your socks off. Think dishes like Tom Kha Curry made up of Moreton Bay Bugs, Prawns, Coconut and Kaffir Lime. Oh and there’s a cheeseburger roti situation you have to get involved in too.
Where: 89 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Just in time for the heat, Oakberry Acai moved onto James Street serving up fresh, cold acai bowls and smoothies for the barefoot Burleigh Heads gang. Found on a corner space and with seating overlooking the street, it’s the perfect spot for people watching and consuming something refreshing after a day at the beach.
Where: 1/30 James Street. Burleigh Heads
Coolangatta got a pretty new coffee spot in the form of Vanilla Lily, overlooking the ocean on Marine Parade. From the team at Café Kirra, the newbie has a menu packed with healthy, nourishing eats including dishes like a delightful Avo Toast and Acai bowls, plus a range of smoothies that are perfect for those extra balmy days we’re about to experience again. Head down and give them some love.
Where: Shop 2, 110 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Words and photos by Kirra Smith