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The next-level Surfers’ seafood buffet you have to try

There’s probably not a single person in Australia who doesn’t love a buffet – all you can eat everything, what’s not to love?

And oh how they’ve improved since we were youngsters and the very best thing about them was soft serve ice cream with Smarties and lollies and marshmallows and well, pretty much anything you wanted on top.

One buffet in particular that is absolutely upping the game is Waves Buffet at the very lovely voco Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise.

Open for breakfast and dinner, Waves Buffet is everything you could possibly want from a buffet and then a little bit extra on top.

For example, at breakfast time the space is absolutely filled with every kind of breakfast treat imaginable including platters overflowing with tropical fruits and plenty of both healthy and hearty options. You can also request eggs cooked exactly the way you like them and wash that down with a warm, perfectly brewed espresso.

So start your day with that good time and then let your belly empty a little bit because the dinner buffet is where it’s at.

Packed with every cuisine you’ve ever loved in your life, Waves Buffet is the multi-option evening feast of your dreams.

Our plan of attack was as follows; to start, a DIY charcuterie board filled with many varieties of meats and cheese as we could fit on the plate.

Next (for balance) a plate filled with a mixture of salads including Caesar – that you can make up as you wish, green beans with cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts, crispy broccoli with lardons, shaved parmesan, Quiche Lorraine tartlets and a traditional Waldorf salad, to name a few.

After that, it’s time for some warm plates; a piece of delicious pizza perhaps, Waves famous crispy chicken wings, roast pork loin with crackle, beef sirloin, Tandoori Chicken with naan and crispy papadums and some greens of course – steamed summer greens with garlic chips and olive oil. All so tasty.

The pièce de résistance though and the reason for this tale, is the seafood section of the buffet and what a section it is.

Again filled with hot and cold options like chilled sand crab, king prawns, Sydney rock oysters, marinated green shell mussels, a Mediterranean octopus salad plus a panko breaded seafood basket.

On Friday and Saturday nights you may also treat yourself to Black Mussel Provencale with white wine and tomatoes, Whole Baked Salmon and Balmain Bugs.

So that’s your weekend dinners planned is it not?

If you, like us, love a five-star buffet and feel like indulging in something extra special, Waves Buffet at voco Gold Coast is the very best option. Maybe you could even have a little staycation too because let’s face it, it’s much better to roll upstairs to your bed after a giant feast than all the way home.

The breakfast buffet is just $29.50 for adults and $20 for children aged 5 to 12 years and dinner is $62 for adults Monday to Thursday and $72 Friday and Saturday – children are $20 for all dinners.

So good.

WHERE: 31 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Breakfast 6.30am until 10am daily and 5.30pm until 9pm daily


Words and photos by Kirra Smith

6 of the best Gold Coast buffets

Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)
Terraces, Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast (image supplied)

The history of buffet styled eating is a mixed affair. Its origins could be said to hark back to a mixture of cultures — from Asia to Europe. The ‘smorgasbord’ became internationally known as such at the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibition, because the Swedes had to invent a new way of showcasing the best of Swedish food to large numbers of visitors. And the rest, as they say, is history…

Whoever can claim to have been responsible, we’re not fussed! The point is buffets — and smorgasbords — are amazing ways to reach newfound eating goals, and we’ve got quite a few exceptional ones right here on the Gold Coast. Happy binge eating, folks!

Terraces Restaurant
It’s the seafood buffet extravaganza in Main Beach that locals keep returning to time and time again, and as one of those locals, we can tell you it’s got all of the very best things you’ll love. Yes, fresh seafood galore but also a whole charcuterie section, an excellent Asian dish section, and so many delicious desserts to choose from. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Level 1, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach

Harvest Buffet
The much-loved, and greatly-missed Buffet has finally made its post-COVID return – and boy are we excited! Now back open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, you’ll be sure to leave this place bursting at the seams. We must make special mention of their dinner offering which includes the freshest seafood like oysters, prawns, sushi, roasts from the carvery as well as crowd-pleasers like pizza, pasta, curries, soups and salads. Should we also mention they have a decadent dessert bar? Yep, complete with a chocolate fountain! It’s our buffet dreams answered!
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach

Il Barocco, Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

Il Barocco
It’s a quality over quantity affair at Palazzo Versace’s Il Barocco. After all, this is a 5-star luxury property we’re talking about! The team use only the very best, locally sourced seafood and the aim of the game is to create a fresh, diverse looking buffet — which they nail. Besides exceptional seafood, there are hot and cold meats, vegetarian dishes and the prettiest looking dessert section. Treat yourself, why don’t you to the most luxe buffet setting on the Coast. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where: Palazzo Versace, 94 Sea World Drive, Main Beach

Frenzy’s Food Court
Catering to the entire family, Frenzy’s at Southport Sharks is open for dinner and offers an extensive buffet selection featuring dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world. The all-you-can-eat buffet offers a tasty range of meats, salads, international dishes and desserts, all available between 5.30pm and 8.30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Yep, we don’t know about you but we have our plates ready!
Where: Olsen Ave & Musgrave Ave, Southport

Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)
Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast (image supplied)

One of the most beautifully presented buffets around is Citrique at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa. Recently renovated, they are renowned for a next-level, seasonal seafood selection, and folks; it is the goods. Every dish you could possibly want is available at Citrique, including yum cha, sushi, curries, antipasto, European dishes, and speciality plates you’ll absolutely fall for in a big way. It’s open for buffet breakfast daily, with Thursday — Sunday buffet sittings in the evenings and lunches Saturday and Sunday. Plus be sure to check their monthly feature flavour at the buffet! Currently, for the month of July expect to see an array of Incredible Indian.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

We would like to boldly state that QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar is exceptional, and if you have not been, no excuse will suffice! Feel like a steak cooked perfectly medium-rare? Not a problem. Their helpful chefs can create made to order dishes right in front of your eyes, bake pizzas, and dish up fresh and cooked seafood, slow-roasted meats, epic salads, an Asian food section and the most delectable dessert offering on the Coast. It’s an absolute must-try and is open for breakfast daily as well as dinner Tuesday — Saturday.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Bazaar, QT Gold Coast (image supplied)

Harvest Buffet

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