Planning a summer of mooching off every Gold Coast resident you know and spending your weekends beach side, working on a tan (but not a summer body, of course) and eating your way through as many cafes, restaurants and bars as you can between futon hopping? We’ve got the exact same plan, and our priorities lie not in finding the perfect swimsuit for the season, but for perfecting the ultimate foodie bucket list.
From the same team behind Bin 12
and it’s siblings, as well newcomer Rivea
at Pacific Fair, Little Truffle has been quietly dishing up some of the Gold Coast’s best fare for half a dozen years, something the locals are doing their best to keep it to themselves. One mouthful of their braised beef cheek with potato gnocchi and we were already planning our next visit to the French and Italian inspired spot, and with an everchanging dessert soufflé on the menu, there’s always an excuse for date night.
It might be new, but with slow cooked asado meat on the menu and the once owner of Seminyak’s Barbacoa on the helm, this place really needs to be on your must eat list, preferably before the crowds catch on and descend on the new venue. If you don’t walk away needing to lie down, you haven’t done the venue justice, so just believe that you can fit it all in and order up the housemade Spanish-style bread, fish tacos, pork ribs and meat of the night. Trust us.
If you’re hitting the beach, you probably want a light and belly flattening breakfast (but with a side of bacon), and that’s just what Grocer & Grind dish up to fitpos and French toast lovers alike. Here, even the pancakes and eggs benny are guilt free, with superfoods abounding on every plate. Now you can even have superfood cocktails, with the café opening up a bar right NXT Door.
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Hotel restaurant it may be, but don’t expect your usual experience here. Instead, prepare for your jaw to drop at the sheer array of food surrounding you at the buffet, all of it dished up fresh, with the chefs right there behind the pans. Whether you opt for dinner or breakfast, there’s no shortage of choice, and you can even get an omlette or Asian stir-fry whipped up before your eyes. Don’t even bother trying to hold back.
Simple, home-style food might be what they profess to dish up, but there’s nothing simple about trying to decide what to eat at this Greek spot. The best approach? Take a bunch of friends, and pile the table high with zucchini chips, eggplant moussaka, steamed mussels, salty pork belly and spicy sausages, plus a round of baklava for dessert.
If you love Longtime, it’s time to meet the younger sibling – and their beef short rib baos. The pan-Asian flavours continue on the menu at this relaxed beachside spot (so beachside, in fact, that you can step out the door and onto the sand), with shared dishes of lamb shank massaman curry, spicy mandarin twice cooked duck and apple teriyaki roasted pork.
As the creators of CocoWhip, a guilt free dessert is reason enough you should have hit this beachside café up already, but it that’s not enough, there’s also their epic menu of healthful feeds. They’ve even got a new dinner menu for date night – with the hotty you meet on the beach after a bloat banishing BSKT brekky salad.
Not just your average pizzeria and pasta bar, Justin Lane is all things rolled into one: rooftop bar, social hangout, date night spot and beachside takeaway. Overflowing most nights of the week, here you’ll find more carbs and cheese than your summer diet can handle, but you’ll be too busy stuffing your face with smoked pork belly pizza to care.
It’s all about the small plates and charcuterie here, and you know what that means – more room to order more. Just remember to at least try to stay classy as you get hands on with braised lamb empanadas, fried school prawns and soft shell crab – even if you are taking full advantage of the wine list.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the Gold Coast without a seafood feast, and the best place to find that is undoubtedly The Fish House. Stick to the classics like flash fried calamari and Moreton Bay bug pasta, or get a little adventurous with caramelized Patagonian toothfish and one of their signature dishes, The Fish Pie.
Better schedule in a few long walks on the beach while you’re there!
Words by Ranyhyn Akui