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It’s a Sunkist summer

Check out The Oxley’s newest kid on the block.

Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

Well, well, well, looks like The Oxley 1823 just got a dash of sunshine with the arrival of Sunkist Eatery – your new haven for breakfast and lunch that’s all about good vibes and tasty bites.

The food gods have clearly heard our prayers because they’ve blessed Nobby’s once again with a hot new café on the block.

Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
Butcher’s Big Breakfast, Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

Just when we thought The Oxley couldn’t get any better (or tastier) they bring us a brand new café concept to keep our appetite in check until the crew from Rick Shores open their Latin American-inspired restaurant this year.

The menu is giving café classics with a hint of great pub food, summer staples like the ol’ acai bowl and of course seafood, because it would be a crime not to when the ocean is literally right there.

Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
Chilli Scrambled Eggs, Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

Start your day the Sunkist way with brekky classics that pack a punch. From Chilli Scrambled Eggs to Avo on Toast. They’ve got the morning munchies covered. Feeling a bit extra, or slightly dusty?

Dive into the Butcher’s Big Breakfast – the heavyweight champ of morning meals with sausages, bacon, lamb loin chops, eggs, and more. It’s the breakfast of (protein) champions we say.

Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
Avo on Toast, Sunkist Eatery, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

And because Nobby Beach is the ultimate summer destination, Acai Bowls will be pumping until 5pm – because we say yes way to Acai all day.

If lunch is more your vibe then we’ve got good news for you because there’s a ripper lunch menu with something to suit everyone – yes, even the fussiest eaters. Think pub and carvery favourites but better like classic Chicken Gravy Rolls, Chicken Parmi (a staple) and Steak Sandwiches.

Sunkist, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
Sunkist, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

Feeling a bit fancy? The Grilled Bugs & Prawns are giving *boujee* and thankfully, they taste just as good as they sound. In the mood for Mex? Then let’s taco ‘bout the new Fish Taco’s that are serving fresh flavours you can share with your mates – or keep them all to yourself, no judgement here.

Where: The Oxley, 17-19 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach
When: Daily from 6.30pm

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.
Image By Ablo.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (image supplied By Ablo)

Say Hello To The Oxley

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

There’s a new kid on the block in Nobby’s and it’s quite literally all we’ve been hearing about. The doors to one of the most talked about new precincts – The Oxley 1823 – are open.

Nobby’s has long been a hive of activity for the Coast, whether you’re looking for somewhere to get your morning caffeine fix (aren’t we all) or a margarita (actually, make that 10) it’s one of the best beachside spots around.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

Now Nobby’s is bringing back that charm you know and love but with all the good stuff you’ve been missing, like you know a grocer and butcher.

The Calile-esque look is a welcome addition to Nobby’s, it’s giving a resort vibe and we’re absolutely all about feeling like we’re on vacay while doing our weekly grocery shop.

The Oxley Village Grocer, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley Village Grocer, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Not only have the team at The Oxley brought us a gorg new hangout spot, they’re also bringing us the legends behind Rick Shores who have announced a whole new concept coming to the precinct mid 2024.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

A side-step from the Asian-style menu at the iconic Rick Shores, the new restaurant concept is set to bring a Latin American flavour by their Executive Chef James Brady, who’s been wining and dining at some of the world’s top Mexican and Latin American restaurants all in the name of market research – sounds like a job for us!

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

The space will spread across two levels with the Latin American restaurant on level one, an open-air rooftop ceviche bar and private dining rooms so there’s literally everything you need for the ultimate long lunch all in one spot.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

In stage one of the precinct’s opening, you’ll see some familiar faces, with the brains behind Burleigh institution Seadog bringing a new café to the block. Buoy (pronounced boo-ee) is promising to deliver a pared back menu that is less on frills and big on flavour, think a super considered menu with the classics you know and love as well as fresh feeds with hero quality produce.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

But what about the coffee we hear you ask? Think boutique harvested coffee from Colombia poured by expert baristas with unique flavours of milo and caramel – yes, you read that right – because life’s too short for boring coffee.

Also coming back to Nobby’s, is the legendary Gourmet Meats under the guise of the Oxley Village Butcher so you can say hello to premium meats to level up your BBQ game with fresh cuts from the best farms around.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

The Oxley Village Grocer is bringing all the fresh produce and groceries you need as well as market flowers for whether you’re looking for ‘just because’ blooms or something that says ‘sorry I didn’t mean to forget your birthday’ – eek.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
Gelato at The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

Last but not least, all that shopping and socialising is thirsty work so the Oxley 1823 Sub Station is your stop for hydration station with juices and milkshakes that will def bring the boys to the yard, or a cheeky scoop of gelato because we’re in for a long hot summer.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting this pretty little newcomer and I think it’s safe to say it’s been worth the wait, so you know where to catch us kicking back for a bite and a beverage this summer.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
Buoy, The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

Where: The Oxley, 2217 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
When: Opening Saturday 2nd December

Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (images by ABLO)

Franc(ly) my dear, we dough give a damn

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

No Gold Coasters, your eyes ‘dough’ not deceive you – at long last, the local legends behind famed pizza joints Franc Jrs and Francie’s are slinging their signature slice from a brand new location in Nobby Beach.

The newest eat-in iteration for the Franc fam – an old school vibing pizzeria – is packed with plenty of soul, promising that same trademark, ‘good, honest Italian food’ fans have long been smitten with.

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Fromage fiends can settle in for their Franc fix – with laidback vibes alongside cult fave Classic pizzas, crisp, Detroit style deep-dish pies, and frozen Margi’s.

With a lineage that can be traced back to 1996, the Francie’s origin story is fascinating, rich – and similar to the effects of a few too many frozen Marg’s – a little fuzzy around the edges.

An operation now run by Anthony Pattinson, Claudia Pattinson, James Young and Carlos Lara – the charming, 60pax Coolangatta neighbourhood pizza joint known as Francie’s was born way back in an era when, along with pizza, Anthony counted Baywatch and RnB among his great loves.

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

The humble spot with a shoebox-vibing kitchen was soon overwhelmed by its own success – by year two they were averaging 150 peckish patrons a night – a number that blew out to 250-300 punters in the years that followed, a frenetic pace that they couldn’t maintain.

Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)
Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)

Ultimately opting to close the door on Francie’s (cue first crush levels of heartbreak), another opened in the form of Franc Jrs, the compact and casual takeaway style little bro.

When it came to delivering a new and improved restaurant offering, the challenge was retaining the charm, while scaling up and refining the offering to meet demand.

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

The new venue is a 60 seater with indoor and outdoor tables, opting for counter service to streamline the experience.

Complete with mob movie vibing mood lighting, red leather and wood finishes aplenty, the interior fit out is a throwback to the classic, 1940’s Italian American style restaurant.

Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)
Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)

The result is a nostalgic feeling Anthony likens to the 90’s rite of passage – hitting up the local salad bar, “like Pizza Hut’s all you can eat, only really, really good”, he adds.

Anthony’s life-long passion for slinging ‘pies’ – is immediately apparent in the drool-worthy menu.

The offering is split into three types – Traditional 13-inch ‘Francies classics’, 16-inch cheese pies and square, Sicilian ‘Detroit style’ pizzas, as well as a full vegan selection to boot.

Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)
Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)

Now pizza, along with a sneaky pun or three, is certainly something we’re no stranger to – with catchy monikers such as Francie’s Classic, ‘Sage Against the Machine’ made with fresh fior di latte, roasted mushrooms, pancetta, sage & pecorino, only further fuelling our obsession.

Fans of the Franc Jrs Signature – the loaded and crispy edged, Sicilian style slice – can get amongst Tomato, made with roasted cherry tomatoes, confit garlic, whipped lemon ricotta & chilli sauce or the cheese-packed White Stripe, topped with hot honey.

Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
Franc Jrs, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

And with the calibre of slice selection the Franc Jrs crew is slinging, we certainly wouldn’t blame anyone struggling to choose.

But if the fan following for these pizza purveyors is anything to go by – satisfaction is a sure thing (and a carb coma).

Where: Shop 2/32 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
When: 4pm-10pm Wednesday – Saturday  

Words by Kellie Leader.

Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)
Franc Jrs Famous Pizzeria, Nobby Beach (image by Ben Trueman)

8 bottomless brunches on the Gold Coast

The Tropic, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)
The Tropic, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)

Hands down, our favourite meal is brunch. It brings together the best of breakfast and lunch and srsly who doesn’t love a two-for-one. In particular, a brunch affair with the word ‘bottomless’ at the start gets us all kinds of woo-girly, and that’s before we’ve even had a drop of booze.

We’re so passionate about this mid-morning (usually) weekend ritual that we felt compelled to pen a list of GC places serving up bottomless brunch bonanzas.

From north to south, gather your mates, don your stretchy pants and jump on the brunch bandwagon!

The Langham Gold Coast
If it’s a super bougie bottomless brunch you crave, the Taittinger Champagne Brunch at The Langham Gold Coast’s Akoya restaurant is calling your name. Overlooking glittering aquamarine waters and miles of beautiful coastline, Akoya presents some of Australia’s finest meat, fish, and poultry, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Getting down to brunch business, choose from the buffet style food-only option for $165 per person, or do the brunch name proud and upgrade to the $258 per person option, which includes a bottle of Taittinger (per two people). #HowNowBrownCow! Available 11am to 3pm Sundays.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise

Akoya, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
Akoya, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)

Surfers Pavilion
The Surfers Pav always delivers the goods and this is especially so when we’re talking about their Brunch Club experience. The perfect waterfront setting, DJs will be on the decks from midday to set the mood. Choose from the $59 per head package including a selection of oysters, or the $99 per head package with a choice of cauliflower popcorn, calamari or chicken riblets, followed by either nachos, lamb ragu, fish and chips, or mushroom lasagne. Both packages entitle you to Prosecco, bellinis, mimosas, pineapple mimosas, mango mimosas, Pav lager, soft drink and juices, kicking off any time from 12.30pm.
Where: 30 – 34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Pavilion Interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Surfers Pavilion Interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Hyde Paradiso
It’s the ultimate beachside brunch overlooking the ocean and yeah, we had you at beachside. For $99, tuck into the Standard Brunch with a four-course mixed Mediterranean inspired tapas feast and two hours of Chandon Brut, Chandon Rosé, premium tap beers, Aperol Spritz, Bellini Spritz and Limoncello Spritz (#Limoncello4Life). Or for an extra $40 per person, they’ll fancy-up your champers to Veuve Yellow Label, Veuve Rich and Veuve Rosé. OR, if you’re a sucker for a mojito (duh), sign up for the mojito upgrade. An additional $40 per person gives you access to classic, strawberry, watermelon, and lychee mojitos. Minimum of 2 people and available Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 2pm.
Where: Peppers Soul, Level 2/8 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Hyde Paradiso interior (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Hyde Paradiso interior (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

The Island Gold Coast
The Island knows the way to our hearts, bringing us not one but two brunch offerings.

Grazy Days Lunch
Firstly, check out Grazy Days Lunch and yes, it’s technically a lunch but details #samesamebutdifferent. Enjoy a menu featuring charcuterie to start, followed by Asian shredded coleslaw with karaage chicken, edamame with a ginger peanut dressing, and wood-fired pizzas. Wash it all down with mimosas, blueberry and peach fizz, passion fruit and vanilla spritz and watermelon margarita spritz. Available Saturdays and Sundays (two sittings) for $79 per person.

Brunch with Bite
For something a little (or a lot) sparklier, Duke’s Parlour is once again hosting the popular Brunch with Bite series. Enjoy the divalicious and hilarious antics of our finest drag queens while you kick back with a welcome drink, and a two-hour grazing brunch and drinks package, including jugs of spritz (jugs…hehe), mimosas, bloody marys, premium beers, sangria, soft drinks, juice and mocktails. Always on a Saturday, check the website for available dates. $79.90 per person.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Island Rooftop (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop (image supplied)

Elk Espresso
Grab the gang and rock up to Elk (no bookings required) for their famous bottomless brunch. Select any dish from the sumptuous menu and receive bottomless mimosas for an hour. That’s sixty minutes of mimosa action and nope, we sure as heck ain’t driving. Pouring three refreshing types of mimosas to sample coz variety is the spice of life, try the classic, strawberry lime and tropical varieties. You certainly don’t have to tell us twice! Available daily from 10am. $49 per head.
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre (opposite the beach), Broadbeach

Elk Espresso, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Elk Espresso, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach (image supplied)

Ally Chow
Ally Chow dishes up Asian fusion done right, and their two brunch options do not disappoint. For $99 per person, the Chow Out features the Chef’s choice banquet with two-hours of bottomless thai basil caprisokas, Asahi beer and prosecco. Or, have a go of the Margarita Lunch Banquet and yes, this has us written all over it. For $120, enjoy the same offerings mentioned above, only substitute bottomless caprioskas for bottomless margis! Once again recognised with the Australian Good Food Guides Chef Hat Award, this one is a no-brainer.
Where: Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach

Mr Hizola’s
Your numero uno contemporary Cantonese restaurant invites one and all to partake in a bottomless brunch, with a bowl and booze picked by you! Choose your bowl with either the duck spring roll, veg spring roll and kung pao chicken, wok vegetables with sesame dressing, or the yang-yang crispy beef with yang zhou fried rice. Pair it two hours of bottomless tap beers or endless Shaojiu spirtz in peach strawberry, mango, watermelon, passionfruit or our pick, lychee. Available from 12pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Minimum of two people for $65 per person.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Mr Hizolas (image supplied)
Mr Hizolas (image supplied)

The Tropic
The GC’s favourite ocean-view venue, The Tropic, offers a solid ten bottomless brunch and absolutely nobody is surprised to hear this. Taking place exclusively on the terrace, not only will you be privy to multi-million-dollar views and DJ beats, but deliciously fresh seafood and innovative fare. Think oysters, spiced bread, burrata, tuna tartare, chocolate fondant and more. Pair everything with bottomless Chandon for $145 per person, or up the ante for an additional $32 per head and sip bottomless Veuve Clicquot. Don’t mind if we do! Available on the last Saturday of every month – see you there!
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Words by Bianca Trathen.

The Tropic, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)
The Tropic, Burleigh Heads (image supplied)
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