It’s still a little-known fact that, after dark, Paradox Coffee Roasters now morphs into Paradox Kitchen and Bar… but we’re making it our mission to help change that.
Yep, you read correctly, your favourite coffee bean roasters and brunching joint in Surfers Paradise is now open for dinner!
Paradox Coffee Roasters already has a devout following, serving up some of the best breakfasts in Surfers Paradise, but have only recently begun throwing open their doors on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 5pm.
And it’s no surprise really. With an impressively cavernous loft-style space, exposed brickwork, inviting leather booths, and a slick floating espresso bar (which now converts to a cocktail bar!), it seems a waste to be left sitting idle once the late lunch crowd has dispersed. After dark, moody lamps light the contemporary dining room, and twinkle lights give a soft glow over the outdoor patio, where you can lose yourselves in deep dinner convo or watch the world go by with ultimate GC people-watching.
When visiting on a Friday evening, we opted to start with a few cheeky cocktails. After a long week and having had a hankering for caffeine-infused booze of late, I couldn’t go past the Paradox Espresso Martini, with house-roasted original blend espresso, Stoli vanilla vodka, and Kahlua. It was just the wake-up kick I needed. Why don’t they serve those at breakfast?
With a dinner menu designed for sharing with your date or mates, we went for the fluffy battered popcorn prawns dipped in a chilli mayo. It was the perfect start to a cracking meal, that also included free range Byron Bay pork meatballs with fennel in a rich tomato sauce and topped with parmesan, moved onto seriously tender chargrilled octopus with spiced lime aioli, and finished with marinated king prawns sprinkled with candied garlic, roast chilli, and lemon.
Other menu standouts that will ensure a round two visit included the soft-shell crab sliders, Byron Bay slow-cooked crispy skin pork belly, and the “Sunday Roast” Paradox Plank for two with beef brisket and Yorkshire pudding (head chef Dennis Duncanson is a North Londoner!). I’m still regretting that we left no room for the 12-hour slow-cooked coffee-crusted Darling Downs beef ribs, though…
There’s even a tempting dessert list accompanied by a selection of Gelato Messina scoops—like the “La-De-Dah” profiteroles with coffee cream, chocolate fudge, and Messina salted caramel gelato.
What we love most about Paradox and the entire The 4217 complex is that they’re a supportive family of providores and restaurateurs who are pooling their strengths and collaborating efforts. At Paradox, the BKRY supplies fresh-baked goods including flat breads; Salt Meats Cheese is the source for cured meats, olives, and (surprise!) cheeses; Cha Tea Providores’ teas feature on the drinks list; The Cleanse Kitchen supplies cold-pressed juices; and of course, Paradox’s own house-roasted beans and brews are the star of the show.
Paradox’s by night Kitchen and Bar is totally deserving to be as busy and bustling as its famous burger-flipping neighbour, Brooklyn Depot. And we predict it very soon will be. With hip and happening eating options thin on the ground in Surfers, the bustling The 4217 precinct is a breath of fresh air among the tired tourist traps and it’s only a matter of time that the entire building will be a throbbing after-hours hub.
Holding its own among the best restaurants in Surfers Paradise, Paradox Kitchen and Bar is open for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5pm with two-hour free parking in the Bruce Bishop car park behind The 4217.
Already love Paradox for coffee and breakfast? Well, we reckon you’re going to love Paradox by night—this weekend, perhaps?
Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist