Is there any finer combo on Earth than having one hand wrapped around a glass of vino while the other lines up a perfectly-layered cracker of cheese?
Wine and cheese were simply meant to be together so, with that in mind, we’re pointing you in the direction of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast that marry the two perfectly. Amen.
House of Hubert
If you’ve dined at this breezy brunchin’ haunt in Tugun, you’ll agree the after-dark potential is strong. Good thing House of Hubert now stay open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Lounge street side or in the courtyard listening to live music, with a glass of vino in one hand while nibbling on an antipasti platter with the other. Otherwise opt for the 'dessert' cheese board offering which may include Maffra aged cloth-bound cheddar, Byron Bay Co. Brooklet Brie and oven-baked maple camembert, and always adorned with honeycomb. Sounds amaze, right?
A cheese board is often relegated to the dessert menu as an option for weird people who hate sweet stuff (who ARE those people anyway?) But it’s oh so much more than that! The crew at Baskk Kirra Point are on hand for when you’re not quite up for a full meal, but you just need some nibbly plates of deliciousness to accompany a sneaky sunset drink. Their extensive day and night menu has loads of nibbles (we're definitely going to try the popcorn chilli prawn next time we go!) and pizzas if you have built up a bit of a hunger. Baskk smashes out a cheese board that is loaded with machego, double camembert and roquefort, and pairs perfectly with the very respectable wine and cocktail list… and some of the cheapest beer you'll find outside a surf club. We're sold!
The Wine Barrel
What’s in a name? Well, this spot had us at “wine” and we’re pretty much best friends already. The Wine Barrel in quaint and leafy Mudgeeraba is an absolute gem! Be sure to check out the blackboard as soon as you enter for a daily cheese selection which comes with a side of fruit, nuts, and lavash. And if the venue’s name is any indication, there’s obvs plenty of vino to join your cheese party.
8th Ave. Terrace
Fresh on the Palm Beach scene late 2016, this is one for wine drinkers (their curated small batch list is seriously exceptional) who also have a mate or two that dig a frosty craft beer, ocean views, and balcony hangs, all while munching on a few of their fave cheeses. You’ll have cheesy dreams after devouring semi soft Morbier-style Mont Livradois, Mt Domet double cream brie, asiago, and creamy Stilton blue from the UK. We’re loving the local vibes here; 8th Ave. Terrace is the perfect beach-y addition to the growing collection of 4221 dining spots and one to throw on the list for hitting sooner rather than later.
The Cambus Wallace
It’s not all about those damn tasty rum and apple juice combos at The Cambus Wallace. It seems they are also experts when it comes to the super couple, AKA wine and cheese, offering their own cheese tribute on the menu. There’s not one but three platters beckoning including The Captain’s Table with Maffra chedder, Tarago triple cream, Meredith chevre and more; there’s even a cheeseboard for one, ‘cause they’re thoughtful like that. PSA: On Sundays you can Walk The Plank (think: Milwa Blue, Tarago triple cream, plus salamis, jamon, and other sweet and savoury goodies) for a tidy $25.
This smokin’ new spot is already stealing hearts with their talent for putting on one of the most diverse spreads the Coast has seen. Of course, that includes some hella-sweet cheese platter selections from The Italian Job. Paired perfectly with The Collective‘s lengthy wine menu and best enjoyed on the rooftop as the sun sets over the hinterland on another glorious Gold Coast day.
Isle Of Capri
Get your wine glasses ready for a serious selection of vineyard drops and formaggi fun. Cicchetti has a rep for knocking out some wicked pizza and pasta creations that you’ll be chatting about for days afterwards. Though we’re here to tell you they also know how to whip up a platter of cheesy delight for around $25 for you and your wine-loving pals to nibble on. It’s a win win all ‘round.
Social Eating House
Ahhh, chez and wine. Thankfully for those that love being smack bang in the middle of Broadbeach, your cravings can be easily settled at Social Eating House. With a selection of cheese and charcuterie from their fancy cabinet, accompanied with house condiments and an extensive wine menu, you really can’t go wrong. Need a pick me up before you get stuck in? Their espresso martinis are nek-level.
This twin venue also has a sister in Mermaid Beach, yet if you head back to its roots, it all started in little ol’ Robina. If you’re looking for a new spot for a date night with the long-time partner or your next Tinder match (we won’t judge), we promise The Lott Robina‘s chef’s selection of cheese, fruits and lavash is going to tick all the taste bud boxes. Oh, and the wine? A couple of bottles never hurt anyone.
If you’re roaming the more northern parts of the Gold Coast and find yourself in Southport, then Not Tonight is the ideal end-of-day wind down. Of course, we’re talking cheese and wine and we certainly haven’t led you astray sending you to this spot. Grab a $20 international cheese board and a bottle of red for you and your clique, crack into trivia night (every Wednesday), or live street tunes come the weekend. This place just knows.
The Perfect Cheese Board
Not quite up for a night out, but you still want to impress your besties with the perfect cheese board? Check out this foolproof guide to building your own cheese platter, task the guests with bringing matching wines, and kick back, feeling sorry for everyone who isn’t you.
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