Here at The Urban List, we like to think we’re pretty healthy...
We eat our greens and have been known to go for a run. We know it’s probably best not to eat chocolate for breakfast and that daily fruit is generally a good idea. Life is about balance though and, sometimes, you want to tip those scales (figuratively and literally) and stuff your face with as many delicious calories as you can.
If you feel like treating yourself (which we sometimes, okay often, do), we’ve got you covered and can point you in many different directions as you ditch that diet and devour some of the best desserts on the Gold Coast. Amen.
Ze Pickle | Oreogazm
The three legendary local lads from Burleigh’s fave burger joint, Ze Pickle have already got us covered when it comes to drool-worthy burgers (Fried cheese sticks on a burger? All hail ZP!). What you might not know though (because you’re always too full), is that there’s one particularly bangin’ dessert on their menu. Everyone is pretty fond of Oreos, right? Okay, how about deep frying them in doughnut batter and serving with toffee caramel ice cream and liquid Nutella. This is definitely one dessert worth saving room for.
Oh My Waffle | Banana Bounty Hunter
Is there anything better than warm, crispy yet soft, freshly made waffles? The answer is no, no there is not. And if you’re going to be naughty then you’re going to want to chow down on the best and that is served up on the daily by the Oh My Waffle crew. Grab the Banana Bounty Hunter, a golden waffle topped with chopped banana, drizzled with Whitaker's Creamy Milk Chocolate, Bounty bar, ice cream, whipped cream & dusted with coconut.
Gemelli | Nutella Bomba
We think we’ve made our opinion about Gemelli clear, as one of our absolute favourites that can really do no wrong. So, is it any surprise that together with some of the best pizza and pasta around, these boys also serve up some of the best desserts on the Gold Coast? Absolutely not! One dish particularly close to our hearts is the delectable Nutella Bomba. Think: melt-in-your-mouth, deep-fried Sicilian pastry, equal parts soft and crispy (sorcery!), and filled with oozing Nutella. It’s probably big enough to share, but you definitely will not want to.
Longboards | Oreo Brownie Stack
Sprawled around the gorgeous pool, at the foot of the towering Q1 Hotel, Longboards is a firm favourite when it comes to burgers on the Gold Coast (insider tip: the Mini Phat will complete you). Unsurprisingly, this team knows delish desserts as well as burgers. Case in point, the Oreo Brownie Stack: Oreo and peanut butter brownie cakes, caramel fudge sauce, Movenpick caramel fudge ice cream and Oreo wafer biscuits. Any dessert described as a “stack” gets our tick of approval.
Betty’s Burgers | Concrete
Once you’ve polished off your tasty Betty’s burger/fries/beer, you best start contemplating the contents of your Concrete. Enter Betty’s signature frozen custard ice cream, blended with your choice of incredible mix-ins. You can choose between Betty’s tried and true combos like the Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Concrete—vanilla custard, lemon curd, lemon zest, raspberries and New York cheesecake, ginger crumble. Or, if you think you’ve got what it takes, design your own with mix-ins such as cookie dough, Nutella, peanut butter cups, marshmellow sauce and glazed doughnuts on offer. Good news is there are no limit on mix-ins.
NightQuarter | World Famous Funnel Cakes
It’s certainly no easy task picking a favourite dessert at the fantastic NightQuarter markets, but World Famous Funnel Cakes are definitely up there. These delicious doughnut/churro/waffle hybrids are topped with ice cream and all matter of tasty toppings, such as warm caramel fudge and salted caramel brittle, and are served up by dancing staff a la vintage cabaret parlour. If we were super cheesy we’d say something like “They put the FUN in funnel cakes!” We won’t though. Even though it’s totally true.
Jimmy Wah’s | Fried Bao
While Jimmy Wah’s is known for its excellent modern Vietnamese cuisine and oh so delicious cocktails, they also do a cracking desert. One that is absolutely worth a cheat day. Next time you’re there for lunch or dinner be sure to save some room for their fried bao. Sink your teeth into warm bao with the perfect crispy batter, cinnamon sugar, perilla, salted caramel and peanut ice-cream. Yep, it’s as tasty as it sounds.
Paddock Bakery | Coco Pops Milkshake
If we’re honest, pretty much everything on offer at Paddock Bakery could easily make this list. These guys are absolutely masters at creating diet ditching delights. But this time we’re going to give the Milk Bar a shout out. For a legit part in your mouth you can't go past the Coco Pops with Coco Pop flavoured milk, Nutella and a thin chocolate disk that you crack through before diving in. And while you're at it, you might as well give the S'Mores and Doughnut (complete with a fresh Bot on top!) shakes a taste. It would be rude not to.
Heven-yah Gelato | Salted Caramel Gelato
No matter the weather or season we’re always keen for a scoop or three of ice-cream. And the gang at Mermaid Beach’s Heven-yah are producing seriously addictive delights. Aside from being the most charming Gold Coast gelateria we’ve ever laid eyes on it’s also the only venue on the Coast using a traditional Pozzetti refrigeration system, with built-in tubs, imported direct from Italy. The team have spent years mastering dozens of drool-worthy flavours from classic chocolate or, for vegans, the chocolate almond (made with almond milk), to the popular salted caramel, hazelnut or orange and poppy seed. Yep, they’re bringing the goods.
Bazaar | Dessert Buffet
We don’t know about you, but when we eat dessert we love when the options go overboard with a ridiculous amount of choices. What better place to find this than at a buffet. Or to be more specific, what better buffet than Bazaar at the effortlessly cool hotel, QT Gold Coast. Some of the best desserts on the Gold Coast can be found in the interactive marketplace and include a dizzying array of the sweetest little tarts, cakes, puddings, and macarons you ever did see. There’s also an ice cream mix-in station to make you feel like a kid in a candy store who gets to add that candy to ice cream. Score!
Infinite Dessert & Cocktail Bar | Would You Like S’more
And last but certainly not least, we couldn’t have a round up without a creation from the Willy Wonka gang at Infinite Dessert & Cocktail Bar. This Palm Beach establishment specialises in all things sweet treats and while it’s hard to pick a fave you can’t go past, Would You Like S’more. Think gooey chocolate brownie covered with molten marshmallows, bananas and graham cracker crumble. You can up the stakes by adding extra scoops of ice cream or salted caramel sauce. Finally, it’s doused in a shot of liqueur and set alight. Now that’s a dinner a show!
Feeling a little guilty after your binge? Check out our round up the best clean eating joints on the Coast.