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Spice Kitchen & Bar is the place you have to Thai

Pink Thai Tea and Crying Tiger Beef Salad at Spice Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Pink Thai Tea and Crying Tiger Beef Salad at Spice Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

It must be said, most of us are a sucker for delicious Asian food. The exotic flavours and often vibrant colours are enough to make anyone put down their chopping knives, take off their apron, and give in to the nearest Asian eatery for a delicious experience from the orient.

One such cuisine high up on most people’s list of yumminess from this continent is no doubt Thai. Whether you’ve had the fortune of visiting the country of Thailand in the past or not, the love for their food is real.

The Oasis Shopping Centre Broadbeach is no stranger to a plethora of top-notch eating options, all at your disposal whenever you find yourself in this upbeat central suburb. So, we think the opening of the all-new Spice Kitchen & Bar Thai restaurant is as welcome and appropriate as they come!

Spice Kitchen & Bar interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Spice Kitchen & Bar interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Aptly positioned in the Broadbeach Mall, this venue is the perfect place to drop in for a lunchtime treat or an evening’s escape from your kitchen. There’s plenty of seating outside should you want to make the most of the regularly great weather we get here on the Gold Coast, or if you prefer, there is a smattering of booth style seating inside with neon signs and black tiled walls — the best place to find yourself for the winter nights ahead.

Menu-wise, you’ll be pleased to learn there are all of the usual tasty suspects you’d expect to see and a whole lot more. With a wide selection of snacks on offer like Lanna Pork Baos and Chicken Satay Skewers, you’ll need to air caution, so you still have room for your main!

Follow up with a classic steaming dish of Prawn Pad Thai, or you may opt for Crispy Fried Barramundi in garlic and pepper sauce, and if you feel like something a little lighter, there’s an array of salads that will tick all of your boxes such as their Crying Tiger Beef Salad.

Spice Kitchen & Bar Exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Spice Kitchen & Bar Exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For drinks, you won’t be disappointed as the venue has a fully stocked bar with beers on tap, a fine selection of wines and a wide choice of milk-based teas to enjoy, all coming in a kaleidoscope of flavours and colours. Perfect if you’re the elected designated driver.

As well as all this, the venue will be running revolving daily specials with a current promotion being $1 Spring Rolls — so get in quick to take that one up!

Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, 75 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
Hours: Every day 11am — 9pm

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Prawn Pad Thai at Spice Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Prawn Pad Thai at Spice Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Oasis Shopping Centre

A sophisticated, European eatery moves into Broadbeach

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s been a minute since we brought news from Broadbeach but what we have to share today will make up for that. You guessed it Gold Coasters, it’s a new eatery for the bustling suburb but not just any old eatery. It’s a sophisticated stunner that’s already amassed a horde of fans and you’re going to be one of them the minute you lay eyes on the place.

It’s called Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar and it’s the work of Henry Hunt whose foray into the restaurant owning business is an impressive one and we think you’re going to adore it as much as we do.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

His hospitality rap sheet is filled with some of Sydney’s finest and when it came to creating the newbie, he wanted to offer something truly unique (which he has) where absolutely everything is made in-house.

Found at The Oasis Shopping Centre, where Bloke in a Bar once lived, Sofia’s is the epitome of sophistication fit out with fresh coastal whites, exposed brick and glossy black tiles. It’s an entirely outdoor dining situation (undercover) but with an open kitchen and beautifully appointed bar, you won’t be far from the action.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Let’s talk about the best part though and that friends, is the food. Former Head Chef of award winning The Fish House in Burleigh Heads, Damien Styles, is now the Head Chef at Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar in Broadbeach. Drawing on flavours from coastal European cuisine, Sofia’s is serving simple, fresh seafood and salumi.

Dishes like Grilled Marinated Artichokes, Fresh Figs and Vincotto and Kingfish Crudo with Blood Orange dressing grace the share menu and we can confirm that it’s all absolutely exceptional.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The Cheese and Salumi menu allows you to choose from an extensive range of high end goodies, there’s also fresh oysters, stunning pasta dishes and a mains menu filled with treats like Grilled Mooloolaba King Prawns (some the most incredible we’ve ever sampled) and a 700g Grilled Whole Baby Snapper.

To drink, you’ll have the pleasure of choosing from a VERY impressive wine menu (one of the best in Broady we think!) with drops from across the world. There are cocktails like a Sgroppino Italiana, a Limoncello Pisco Sour and a Barrell Aged Negroni (made in house) and you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Of course there are beers, champagnes and a section of ‘celebration’ sips if you’re in need of something special.

All in all, Sofia’s is something very special and one you’re going to want to return to again and again.

See, well worth the wait for some Broadbeach news.

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

LOCATION: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
HOURS: Monday to Sunday 6am until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Sofia's Restaurant and Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Madison’s tantalizes an ‘After Dark’ menu

Madison's After Dark Menu (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madison's After Dark Menu (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Sometimes there’s nothing better to see than an iconic and revered Gold Coast venue go from strength to strength. Mind you, we’re all for change and moving things forward in our vibrant city, yet for the last 31 years, Madison Café & Patisserie at The Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach has had locals and tourists flocking for their so-pretty-you-can’t-walk-past-them cakes.

Shall we also remind you of their famous super-sized Club Sandwich, fresh salads, Thai Chicken Curry (special shout out for this one), and their traditional Italian pizzas? There is something for everyone.

After having the same menu now for over two decades, the devoted team announce with much excitement and zest they have decided to launch a rousing Friday and Saturday ‘After Dark’ menu with the addition of share platters!

If you aren’t familiar, Madison’s Café & Patisserie is the perfect place to pick your perch and relax, whether it be inside The Oasis, the main dining area or alfresco, so you can people watch to your heart’s delight down the Broadbeacl Mall. Plus, the team very generously open every day from 5am to 9pm except for Christmas Day – now that’s dedication.

Espresso Martini's at Madison's Cafe & Patisserie (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Espresso Martini's at Madison's Cafe & Patisserie (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The new evening menu, which starts from 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, will feature an array of Share Platters, including a Warm Hummus Dip, Buffalo Wings, Soy-Sesame Squid, Arancini Balls and Pulled Pork Nachos. All of your usual tasty suspects – and we are here for it.

Ok enough holding out on you, here is the part we feel you’ve been really waiting for. Lovers of all things sweet are going to revel in the desserts section on the new ‘After Dark’ menu and, in particular, their assortment (yes that’s right) of Brownie Sundaes. You’re spoilt with a choice of Hokey Pokey Crunch, Raspberry Delight, The Nutty One, Choc Mint Delight and Banana Choc Fudge. Ummm we don’t think we can prepare ourselves more for this.

Fancy a S’mores Pizza with lashings of Nutella and Marshmallows? Madison’s Café & Patisserie now have one and you’re welcome!

There’s also a Loaded Cheesecake and Mud Cake Sensation featuring in the new menu.

Indulgence Platters feature a pot of rich chocolate ganache with an assortment of strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows, cheesecake chunks, waffles and caramel mud cake chunks. Sign. Us. Up. — We think this is dessert decadence!

Madison's Cafe & Patisserie offering traditional Italian Pizzas (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madison's Cafe & Patisserie offering traditional Italian Pizzas (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Tie in your visit to Madison’s for a cheeky Mother’s Day dinner celebration after 4pm and between 2nd — 9th of May and Mum will score herself a complimentary Espresso Martini — how good is that?

You’ll earn brownie points (or just eat some) for sure!

Where: Ground Floor The Oasis Shopping Centre, 12 Charles Ave, Broadbeach
When: Madison’s ‘After Dark’ menu is only available Friday & Saturday evenings after 5pm. Madison’s is open daily from 5am to 9pm.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Madison's Cafe (image supplied)
Madison's Cafe (image supplied)
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