If there is one thing we love to see on the Gold Coast, it is when hospitality businesses are doing well. Happily serving scores of loyal customers and generally pushing the boundaries in taste and service every single service. Naturally, the pandemic has proven to be a challenging time for all, particularly our city’s restaurants and cafes.
So, when we heard the news that a forerunning Surfers Paradise restaurant was looking to expand their operation and move into bigger premises, we knew you’d want to hear all about it.
The multi-awarded Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar opened ten years ago on Surfers Paradise Boulevard and since then has steadily become known for delicious, authentic, and highly lauded Persian dishes. Owner Erfan Jalilian and business partner Mohammad Shirmehrjerdi have been on the hunt for a new location for several years — the need for a larger venue has been to cater for all their loyal customers! Happily, though, they have now finally found a new home at the former iconic ‘Pink Poodle’ site, which today sits at the base of Mantra Wings Surfers Paradise.
Fear not, though; the original location is in the process of being transformed into Shiraz Bistro Mediterranean Cuisine, offering a more casual-style dining featuring house-made souvlaki. More to come on that later…
Now that Erfan and this team have renovated the new Pink Poodle location and put their spin on it, patrons can expect to see the same signature Shiraz Persian Restaurant + Bar aesthetics they know and love just in a new space. Within this new and much larger home, there is seating for over 200 guests, utilising a sun-drenched north facing alfresco area. All splashed with clean whites and a hint of the Shiraz turquoise feature colour!
Others will notice the inclusion of a baby grand piano, a new marble front counter, backlit bar area, and the ‘well-known’ Shiraz large mirror have all been added to give the venue a true Shiraz Persian feel.
The Persian drool-worthy cuisine that Shiraz is all too well renowned for will feature the tastebud tingling addition of some new dishes. As the menu has just dropped, we can confirm it is looking delicious on all fronts.
Heart-warming entrees such as Kashk-E-Badenjan (spicy eggplant dip) with Turkish bread prepare you for a variety of succulent Kabobs (grilled skewers) or perhaps Meygoo (marinated grilled prawns) or Baghali Polo with Mahiche’, a steamy fall-off-the-bone lamb shank. All dishes are certified Halal, boasting a large variety of vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free dishes to boot.
On the drink side of things, you’ll discover a wide range of deep and charismatic wines which partner up to the vibrant and savoury flavours of the menu with ease. A sizeable collection of cocktails and tap beers round out an offering that will cater for all tastes at all times of the day.
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, we see the new Shiraz as your next prime place for a decadent al fresco feast or perhaps the spot for a sophisticated evening for two. Either way, the flavours, setting and service will not disappoint!
When: Every day 11.30am ‑ 9.30pm
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Words by Alex Mitcheson.