New In Burleigh Heads | Rick Shores

By Brooke Darling
3rd Jan 2016

A fresh and fabulous New Year has landed, with it delivering an extra special gift for Gold Coast foodies.

Inside one of the Coast’s very rare, absolute beachfront venues (that’s not a surf club!), a dedicated team of restaurateurs have been quietly working away. They’ve been transforming a sunny space into what we’re billing will be one of the Gold Coast’s hottest new restaurants of 2016. Excited?!

From the culinary masters behind popular Brisbane eatery Longtime, Gold Coast’s newest restaurant, Rick Shores has just opened in the seaside complex below Oskars, alongside beloved Burleigh Hill.

Talented chefs, Ben Bertei and Jake Pregnell draw their inspiration from some of the world’s most flavoursome creators of food. Rick Shores’ seriously impressive South East Asian menu is a contemporary fusion of Thai and Vietnamese, along with splashes from further afield, including Indian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Having spent over a decade working with Thai cuisine, executive chef, Ben has deconstructed the region’s best flavours and ingredients, bringing his artistic interpretation to the carefully-curated menu. Anticipate an inventive spin on Asian favourites such as King Prawn Yellow Curry and Roasted Pork Penang Curry, along with stand-outs including the roasted lamb shoulder and a spectacular 500gram Wagyu Rump Cap with aged black vinegar and roasted shrimp oil.

The menu is smattered with intricate curiosities such as pink pomelo (a native Thai citrus fruit), rice patty herb, lap cheong (fermented Chinese sausage), fresh honeycomb, banana blossom, and chilli pea tartare. With a big emphasis on detail, this is a true display of food artists at work.

For those content to sip cocktails or vino (the wine list is extensive) amid the salt-scented sea breezes, choose from gourmet bar snacks such as their famous baos, cuttlefish popcorn, betel leaf mouthfuls loaded with soft shell crab and fried tofu, or the delicate and perfectly spiced “Ricks” Fried (Moreton Bay) Bug Roll with hot and sour slaw.

For the diehards among the hard-working culinary team, they whisper the toughest thing about the new venue is watching the surf pumping just beyond the front windows.

Building on the bright, modern interior, Rick Shores has taken inspiration from colonial era seafaring traders, the British East India Company. Balancing the clean base with understated old world elements: jungle-esque greenery via potted bird of paradise palms, brass trimmings, nautical twists, forest green tiles and bench tops, and dark wood furnishings. We are in love!

Second only to the food, the glorious vistas of Gold Coast’s famous beach playground are king here. And we anticipate the front-row seats will be a hot commodity (but let’s be honest, every seat in the house enjoys stellar views). If not lingering over a long lunch, early-bird dinner guests will be rewarded with the golden glow of magic hour (just prior to sunset) and the effortless theatrics of late-afternoon surfers.

Ultimate surf break and people watching—the location is so beachfront, the day prior to opening we watched staff literally sweeping away sand to expose the paved entrance. This sand-side patio is now dotted with cane armchairs and umbrellas. Bliss!

In true Gold Coast style, early clientele appears to be well-attired diners mixed with windswept fresh-of-the-beach patrons eager to inspect the elegant eatery that’s finally taken advantage of a long vacant space on the edge of beautiful Burleigh Beach.

Bookings will be accepted for tables of six or more, and groups greater than eight people are to order the banquet (don’t worry, the journey through the menu is totally worth it).

A hot addition to the best restaurants in Burleigh, Rick Shores is sure to be a summer crowd pleaser, so we strongly suggest scribing this one at the top of your 2016 culinary to-do list! Happy New Year to us!

Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads


When Brooke Darling is not travelling to far flung places or sailing around the world, she’s scouring the coast for the best ethnic food, new openings, and hidden gems, all in the name of research for Metropolist. She loves motorbike rides to the hinterland, learning (frustratingly) to surf, and will try any adventure sport at least once. Find her on Instagram @darlingisamrs

Photo Credit: Rick Shores and Brooke Darling

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