Nobby's welcomes a new cocktail & pizza hang.
Nobby's welcomes a new cocktail & pizza hang.
We could eat Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and drink cocktails every night of the week and literally no-one is surprised to hear this. With such unwavering commitment to the cause, our ecstatic reaction upon hearing that Nobby’s new kid on the block Zephyr Kitchen and Bar was about to open was a given. Yep, We.Were.Shooketh. And so were the cocktails (more on that later…), with a unanimous “hells yeah” as we packed our appetites and told Mr Uber to step on it.
Born from a vision to create a different kind of dining experience within the much-loved Nobbys precinct, there’s a lot to heart about Zephyr. As soon as we laid eyes on this casual yet sophisticated space, its cool elegance, tropical feels, light and bright walls, flecks of gold and pops of on-trend greenery spoke to us. And guys, the plants, ferns and vines are actually ALL real, and can we just move in already coz our obsession with foliage is unrelenting.
Owners and triple threat Jimmy Tantsis-Hall, Nathan Favro and Alex Ghazarian (Jimmy brought us Tropic Vice last year, and Nathan and Alex also recently brought us Toro’s Pizza) are the ultimate hands-on business operators…and we don’t mean that figuratively. Nathan (who if you’ve got a keen eye, you’ll see featured on Netflix’s new Byron Baes) and Alex share the Head Chef hat combining their culinary wizardry, while Jimmy and his impeccable eye for detail are to thank for the cool interior styling. Special shoutout to the neon Zephyr Bar sign, hugged by vines and packing an almighty punch on the white exposed brick wall. It’s a vibe.
The open-plan layout is welcoming and lends itself to some epic people watching (guilty pleasure 101), with your choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Accommodating 35 bods inside with another 15+ standing at the bar, plus seating for 24 people outside, the size and design delivers atmosphere and ambience, without sacrificing the intimate feels.
Everything about Zephyr is carefully constructed to provide an all-in experience, from the food and drinks to the music. On that note, the place seamlessly transitions from dining destination to bustling bar, with DJ’s and live tunes. And sorry, but who doesn’t love a venue with chameleon superpowers.
If you can’t pick a dish, let us. The signature Mushroom Truffle Arancini Balls marry 3 of the best things, like ever, and we strongly suggest you order multiple serves. The oh-so-fresh and flavoursome Calamari Fritti also deserves a nod and yes, best you order a few of those too. Don’t forget the authentic Italian Style Pizzas because if one thing is fo sho, these guys give good pizza. And by good, we mean expletive upon expletive good. Plus, if you can’t be bothered cooking during the week (same), get on board with their $25 per person all-you-can-eat pizza and $5 tapas plates. We are ALL about this!
Now back to the cocktails because… priorities, and let’s just say 007 has never experienced a martini quite like this. We’re talking White chocolate passionfruit and no sir, we did not make that up. They are terrifyingly easy to drink and our heads are bound to hurt tomorrow but #WORTHIT.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
When: Tuesday to Friday 4pm til late. Saturday & Sunday 12pm til late
Words by Bianca Trathen.
If there is one thing we Gold Coasters can get ourselves around, it’s a lively and welcoming open-air venue that offers you abundant opportunities to drink, eat, and socialise in — let’s be honest with ourselves here — some of our country’s finest weather. Our southern neighbours may have some stellar al-fresco establishments — however, they can’t match our climate. Should you consider yourself a fully-fledged aficionado of rooftop action, then we suggest you read on, as Nobby Beach welcomes the exciting new arrival of Tropic Vice.
For those with a keen eye and good memory, you’ll notice the venue has taken over the space of much-lauded Split and Fat Pig. Some things just aren’t meant to last forever. And with summer only just around the corner, Tropic Vice has sidestepped perfectly into the fold as the place to sip and graze your way through long summer afternoons without a care in the world.
In prime position over the Nobby Beach dining hub, the venue boasts unparalleled views towards the hinterland whilst catching refreshing sea breezes from the ocean only two blocks away — all up, the positioning is one of a kind. The styling and décor are a clever admixture of East and West Coast America — Florida Keys meets California’s Coachella Valley — with gushes of eye-catching fluorescents and clean white accents throughout.
The space finds itself divided into three different sections with a central grassed area for mingling, high side tables ideal for grabbing some shade and taking in some food, whilst a raised deck area backed by neon lights presents the chance to relax and take in all the action. Tying it all together are palm fronds, plants, and calming notes of greenery: a subtle reminder of the lush sub-tropical setting we get to call home!
Whilst the ambience and aesthetic may have distinct roots in North America, the food menu hinges itself entirely on the big fresh and zesty flavours of South America with a peppering of Caribbean influences thrown in there too. Start things off with Fresh White Fish Ceviche, be it Snapper, Kingfish or Swordfish, before tucking into hearty Tacos with fillings such as Achiote Pulled Pork or Marinated Jackfruit. If you’re tackling a big hunger, then dishes from the grill like Chilli Garlic Prawns with fresh mango salsa and seared Flank Steak with Argentina’s famous Chimichurri sauce should have you covered.
The cocktail offering is no doubt a place most people will skip to — and you can’t be blamed. The list is divvied into the subheadings of Signatures, Slushies, and a dedicated Tropic Margaritas section. Amongst the house designed libations, you’ll come across the Tropic Martini: lashings of vodka meets passionfruit, mint, and pomegranate. All expertly shook into a frosty glass for your sipping pleasure.
As good as the liquid refreshments already sound, it doesn’t stop there. By partnering up with Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Champagnes, Tropic Vice will be offering two exciting ways to sip champagne without seriously hurting your pocket. The first is an in-the-works Bottomless Brunch which will feature several dishes and unlimited Mumm Champagne. Designated for Sundays, you’ll need to keep an eye out for when they get this one underway.
The second will be available at any time, consisting of a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque and a dozen of the freshest shucked oysters served natural or with a tantalising diced watermelon and Jamaican vinegar dressing. At a modest $120, this little deal will go down a treat between a few friends or a couple enjoying themselves on a lazy afternoon!
The venue will be open from Friday 1st October and will be providing live DJs Friday – Sundays each week with sets playing from 4pm till late. The hot season isn’t quite here yet, but with a high chance of glorious weather coupled with the always buzzing vibes of Nobby Beach as a backdrop, it looks like Tropic Vice is making a strong case for summer coming early this year.
Where: Upstairs 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Hours: Opening Friday 1st October 2021
Wednesday/Thursday 4pm – 10pm, Friday-Sunday 12pm – 10pm.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Fess up – you’re a sucker for an Italian (aka carb-fuelled) feed, no? Especially one boasting THE coolest fit-out in pumping Palm Beach, where Mediterranean and Moroccan vibes collide with just the right amount of panache. In case you haven’t picked up what we’re putting down, we’re referring to the southern GC’s new numero uno destination for intimate Italian eats – Toro’s Pizza.
A shared passion for quality food, and a mutual love for creating a relaxed dining experience for family and friends inspired Toro’s owners Alex Ghazarian & Nathan Favro to hatch a plan. And hatch a plan they did! With an on-trend pinky peaches-and-cream colour palette, offset by classic blue Moroccan tiled tabletops, draping greenery, and THAT mirrored arch over the bar, Toro’s chic styling gets a big tick from us.
Oh and speaking of big ticks, it’s BYO. So if we didn’t already, now we have your undivided attention.
The spread is quintessentially Italian, but with a healthy dose of tasty modern accents to keep us interested. Very interested. We’re fangirling something fierce over their signature Arancini Balls with truffle-infused mushroom, garlic aioli and parmesan.
As for go-to dishes, the rustic Pizza selection is positively drool-worthy. They deliver the goods….and then some. There are of course your go-to sure-fire winners, like the humble Margarita Classic, but if you’re after something with a little more spunk, you’re spoilt for choice. The Zucchini Prawn Pizza with a tomato base, mozzarella, prawns, zucchini, feta, garlic lemon and parsley is difficult to pass up, as is the white based Pulled Pork Pizza with mozzarella, chorizo, shallots, slaw, coriander & lime.
Never fear pasta lovers, you’re also catered for with a handful of carefully curated dishes which pair perfectly with their classic salads. The little people are taken care of too, with all their favourite (fail safe!) meals making an appearance on the menu.
For dessert, tuck into the Nutella Pizza but be warned; your co-diners will do their darndest to swipe a sneaky slice. And as for a signature cocktail to wash this all done with… we’re told something very exciting is coming soon (eeee!) So watch this space!
If you’re after quality Italian with an air of both finesse and convenience, call off the search. Toro’s is your new local.
When: Tue – Sun, 5pm – late (closed Mon)
Where: Shop 2/7 Eighth Ave, Palm Beach
Words by Bianca Trathen.
We love a suburb with a generous helping of things to do, eat and drink (not necessarily in that order) and thankfully, we are blessed with several such ‘burbs here on the Coast.
One note-worthy standout is the seaside sweetheart Nobby Beach. Whether you’re footloose and fancy-free, or heading out and about with the fam, there is much to love.
Let us share with you thirteen local haunts which have helped gain Nobbys such an unwavering – and ever-growing – staunch following.
Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar
She may have just opened, but Ruby is one helluva lady who’ll leave you 110% satisfied with every bite and sip. With restaurateur and chef extraordinaire Michael Lambie in the driver’s seat bringing his international culinary prowess to the table, you know you’re in for something uber spesh. Between the drool-worthy modern Asian cuisine menu and it-girl feels, it’s simply unmissable.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Zephyr Kitchen & Bar
Its casual yet sophisticated vibe, cool elegance and tropical feel make this newcomer a welcome addition and an instant hit amongst Nobby’s locals. With Mediterranean nosh and cocktails so good you’ll order way more than your PT would like (side note: try the Mushroom Truffle Arancini Balls and ALL the pizzas), if you haven’t already been, off you pop.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
This place is a VIBE. The sun-lit rooftop is the perfect setting to sip on signature cocktails & graze on a unique “Florribean” inspired menu, combining flavours of the Caribbean and South America. Promising an ‘overseas’ experience with styling accents from Palm Springs, California, Miami and Florida, trust us – she delivers the goods. And a view!
Where: Upstairs 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
You had us at Mexican. Find us a human who doesn’t appreciate a good Mexican feed and no, this is simply not possible. With eclectic art, vibes-a-plenty and all the quintessential modern Mexican foods you could hope for, this place is a sure thing. It’s laid-back atmosphere and super friendly staff add to its appeal, and any place that serves churros and cocktails can do no wrong.
Where: Level 1, 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Bine Bar & Dining
Let’s talk Bine. Specialising in craft beer and perfectly matched food, and…need we say more? With 8 rotating taps, a bunch of different bottled beers, a selection of wines and mouth-watering cocktail options matched with a modest yet v decadent menu, there are plenty of reasons to love it….and come back again and again.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach
Now there’s a decent dose of Japanese going around our hood, but we can never get enough. Have any of these sushi bars or poke bowl dreamboats failed us? The answer is a hard no. Okazu is no exception, this convenient grab and go spot featuring Donburi, Okonomiyaki and Sushi Rolls is as fresh as it is delicious and it has us coming back every day.
Where: 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
If you’re talking a GC institution, this.is.it. Rare Groove buys, sells and trades records, tapes and CDs of all genres (tapes – eeee!). Step inside and you’re transported back in time with old-school band posters which we recognise from our bedroom wall circa 1999, and hundreds of albums to peruse. Warning: you may end up here for three times as long as you intended.
Where: 2241B Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Ahh BSKT, you are simply the gift that keeps on giving. With a menu that never disappoints and a cool, confident yet relaxed vibe reserved for enduring supernovas of this calibre, if you haven’t been here yet are you even a true Gold Coaster? Consistently voted one of the best tables in town, there is not a single dish that doesn’t hit a home run.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Nobbys
If health food is your jam (sugar-free jam of course), one would hope you’ve cottoned on to The Shack Superfood Café and if not, it’s about time you convert. With tasty eco-friendly meals like smoothies, acai bowls and wraps in a breezy, non-pretentious environment, the brand spanking new version of the previous fave The Shack Superfood Café, lives up to its predecessor’s high standards…and then some.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
The Backyard Café
Although tears-a-flowed when Yard Café closed (RIP), the silver lining is that it was reborn as the new-you-beaut Backyard Café. Serving up scrummy brekkies and brunches, don’t even start us on the actual ‘backyard’ area (hot tip: kids will love it), or the after hours Tex Mex with a side of many margies!
Where: 17 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
A nautical-themed rum and whisky bar delivering old school service and quality, it’s a long-standing crowd pleaser for good reason. The space is low-lit, close-knit and always pumping. Swing in for some delish share plates, a drink or two and soak up the intimate ambience. Add live music to the equation and voila – it’s a recipe for amazingness.
Where: 4/2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Speaking of Mexicali and epic art, a notorious and much-loved part of the Nobbys highway strip is the eye-catching mural adorning one side of the restaurant. Designed and painted by local legend Luke Day, the colourful creation and all its pinky bluey goodness has become a favourite Insta-snap opp. Say cheese…or churros!
Where: The north side of Mexicali (you won’t miss it)
SOMM Wine Store
Yeah we’ve talked a lot about foody joints (how unlike us – said no-one ever) but there is absolutely no denying that SOMM Wine store is a firm local favourite of the vino variety. Owned by husband and wife duo Joe and Natalie, their backstory is reflected in the carefully curated wines begging to occupy real estate at your next dinner party. Specialising in a boutique wineries, you’ll find a winner (or five) every visit.
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Words by Bianca Trathen.