Grab your board, secure your ankle strap, and make sure your wetsuit has a little extra room around the stomach. Coolangatta is set to welcome the world surfing elite from the 14th to the 25th of March. Thousands will flood to the southern end of the state to watch the world’s best surfers compete. After all that surfing (and all that exhausting spectating), you don’t want to be hunting around all day and night looking for a good feed. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and search the high and low tides to put together a list of the best places to eat, relax and throw up a few shakkas.
If you’re fishing for an elegant feed, the Fish House has got the catch of the day. The fine dining seafood restaurant dishes up such delicacies like squid ink pasta with baby calamari, and pan roasted John Dory with eggplant, roasted tomato and zucchini. Fish House is definitely not a wipe out.
After watching people surf waves, it’s your turn to surf – surf the menu that is! The Collective is a collection of five restaurants in one place. Inside is the American style ‘Luckies Diner’, the Mexican inspired ‘Calavera Cantina’, the Japanese ‘Unami’, the pizza and pasta filled ‘The Italian Job’, and Australian inspired ‘The Kitchen’. Best get a wetsuit one size bigger!
After watching the best in the country catch a few waves, give this bakehouse a friendly wave hello. Bam Bam’s menu will have your mouth watering at high tide. Their all-day offerings include such delicious dishes as the crispy karaage chicken croissant, while their pastry cabinet, filled with Golden Gaytime and Mars Bar eclairs, will make you want to nose dive straight in.
Only minutes from the competition, The Black Sheep is the perfect café for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch. The menu boasts plenty of classics like acai bowls, bacon and eggs, and burgers, but if you want to step outside the box a little and maybe become a bit of a black sheep, we suggest you try the custom menu item ‘The Michael’. With fresh avocado, squeezed lime juice, Persian feta, poached egg, grilled bacon and chili jam – it’s been causing quiet a swell.
After a long day in the water and on the sand, there’s no need to pull on shoes at Barefoot Barista. The Palm Beach café is known for its healthy all-day breakfasts served with a twist. Have you ever had perfectly cured ocean trout served with beetroot relish, poached eggs and goats feta for breakfast? With your food and bare feet, it’s the perfect to perform a hang ten.
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Are you ready to be surfed? The judges are ready to score. The first move is the prawn stuffed zucchini flowers – an easy 10/10. The next is the slightly trickier braised beef cheek – and, wow, they’ve done it! The hardest move of them all is the vanilla panacotta with rhubarb compote, caramel and salted popcorn crumble – and will you look at that! Three perfect scores!
If you’re used to jumping off the board and into a salad that you’re bored with, then Govinda’s is here to help. The vegetarian café is known for its wide variety of flavour-filled salads that can be bundled into fantastically priced meal deals. Add in a vegetarian lasagne and some mixed veggie kofta balls, and this spot is a shore thing.
Happy eating and cowabunga, dude!
Words by Kate Stevens