The Local

It’s always a good time when we get to venture to the Gold Coast’s northern-most suburbs to indulge in a little fancier than usual eats overlooking the pretty Paradise Point waterways.

The latest venue to join the fray is The Local, found on The Esplanade and forever reminding us of summer holidays filled with good times and even better eats.

The space has been beautifully decked out with high tables and a relaxed, low-lit vibe inside and a huge area out the front for those who want the very best view. It boasts a little bit of a vintage vibe with plenty of greenery placed throughout and big wide windows to welcome in that sweet, salty sea breeze.

The menu is as good as any we’ve seen, packed with all your favourites, each with a bit of a sophisticated spin. There are two options when ordering, the first is tapas-style goodness when sharing is the aim of the game and the second is more of a meal-for-one style situation that probably has an actual name we aren’t aware of

Of the tapas options, we would NEVER EVER go past a Charcuterie Board and this one is perhaps the most delightful we’ve ever seen, all artfully placed meats and smoked almonds and berries and tasty things we’ve never sampled before. How people put those boards together so magically is absolutely beyond us but aren’t we happy they do. Definitely order that one.

The Popcorn Prawns and Truffle Arancini are also absolute taste sensations.

Now, the mains. There is a Wagyu Beef Burger that is up there with the greatest burgers of all time and the Chicken Parmigiana is as big as (if not bigger than) your head and good luck finishing that.

Throughout the week there are themed foodie nights, Family Date Night on Tuesday’s with a $50 feast for four, Wagyu Wednesday’s including that epic burger above and Friyay’s, which includes oysters.

At lunchtime every week day there’s a $25 lunch special with a house beer or wine and let us stress, this is not your average pub food, it is actual next-level (to correctly use a phrase we may slightly overuse).

Not only exceptional eats though, The Local is the only venue in the area with a live music license and that is a very good thing. There are solo acoustic sets Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the crew are keen to host up and coming musicians should you know anyone who would love to show their work to the good people of Paradise Point.

Soon The Local will host whiskey tasting sessions and girls nights filled with cocktails and frivolity so keep your eyeballs peeled for those fun times.

Owners Natalie and Mark have been locals for over a decade, and they own Café Seven just down the way, so they know what’s up in more ways than one.

Get there guys, this is a good one.

LOCATION: 44 The Esplanade, Paradise Point
HOURS: 11.30am until late

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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