With news headlines dominated by COVID-19 and mass closures across the country, it warms our hearts to bring you some good news, where a local, much-loved business is thriving.
If you grew up on the Gold Coast, or it was your family’s weekend getaway, chances are you stayed in Broadbeach and wandered the buzzing foodie strip. Teaming with restaurants, bars and nightlife, a perennial fave was always Koi. Commanding the corner of Surf Parade and Albert Ave, the eatery was the go-to spot for a cheeky cocktail and moreish bowl of fettucine. And don’t even get us started on how many Sundays we spent whiling away the arvo, blissing out to live music with a crisp wine in hand.
Well, it’s time for you to reacquaint yourself with the Broadbeach restaurant because after a six-week reno, everything from the floorplan to the menu has been revamped and we’re digging it!
Let’s start with the size—it’s seriously huge. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Miss Margarita, Koi has spread its wings and now offers more seating and a stunning open kitchen, complete with waterfall marbles benches. The interior is equally as dreamy—think plush leather club chairs, a mix of high bar tables and sleek banquette seating in shades of sea green. There are touches of marble, gold, thoughtful greenery and clusters of hanging rattan light fixtures that transport you to a beach club somewhere in the Mediterranean. And reminding everyone that they don’t take themselves too seriously, there’s cheeky neon wall art dotted around the venue. The result is a chic yet welcoming venue, AKA just the place you want to spend Friday date night with your love and Sunday lunch with your gang.
But let’s move on to the most important part—the food and drink. The menu, curated by executive chef Nathan Boyd, has had a complete overhaul. While regulars will be pleased to know they’ve held on to a handful of faves (seafood linguine and lasagne) the new menu is packed with drool-worthy eats. Broken up into antipasto, small plates, sharing dishes and their classic wood-fired pizza, there’s a mix of cuisines on offer. We couldn’t get enough of the creamy potato stack (it’s also vegan) and the fragrant duck curry. But perhaps our favourite new addition? The swanky new kitchen now boasts an Argentinian grill (that’s cooking on coals), so their steaks, which like everything on the menu are locally-sourced, will literally melt in your mouth. Vegetarian or vegan? No worries, the kitchen is only too happy to adapt the menu to suit your needs.
And it’s not just the food that’s changed, the drinks menu, which now comes in book form is pretty much the best novel we’ve ever read. There are 11 sharing cocktails and a dedicated tequila shooter menu. If you really want to push the boat out, they also offer a Millionaire’s Margarita. Made with Herradura Seleccion Suprema it will set you back $100 a cocktail, but it’s one for the true tequila aficionados out there. If you’re looking for something equally as tasty but a little lighter on the bank balance, we love the Cut My Grass (Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, elderflower liqueur, homemade blackberry puree and lemon juice) and the flaming Tiki Torch (pineapple rum, Aperol, pineapple juice and tiki bitters).
There are also 10 beers on tap and more wines than we could count. Even better, after the devastating bushfires, Koi wanted to do their bit to give back and instead of supplying mainly international wines, they’ve made it their mission to include as many Australian wineries as possible to help struggling businesses. We reckon that’s pretty special.
While the interior and menus might have changed, the best part of Koi remains—the people and the vibe. They’re still hosting their famous Sunday sessions with live music now also rolling out on Tuesdays in the near future. So, fire up the group chat, put a date in the diary and support your local businesses in a time when they need you the most.
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Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List