When the nights begin to draw in, the days grow short, and the thermometer doesn’t dare push past 20 degrees #ahmagod, where does one turn for comfort?
To a good old-fashioned roast dinner, of course! Hailing from the old country (England), a Sunday roast lunch was part of my staple diet growing up. It brought family together and helped you feel human in the cooler months; which is pretty much 11 months of the year over there. It’s a dish that has the ability to warm the heart and heal the soul.
Essentially it is roasted meat (normally beef, lamb, or pork), a number of vegetable accompaniments and gravy. Sounds fairly simplistic right? Wrong. The construction of a good roast meal depends on all the elements being properly aligned and cooked to perfection. Giving your roast potatoes those crunchy edges, the meat cooked so it’s ever so slightly pink in the middle, and a velvety gravy to top it off is no mean feat.
Over here at Metropolist, we take our roast dinners pretty darn seriously and therefore decided to uncover the best roasts on the Gold Coast, all in the name of helping you shirk those winter blues.
Fox and Hounds Country Inn
A little off the beaten track and nestled at the foot of Tamborine National Park in Wongawallan, is the Fox and Hounds Country Inn. Now the first thing that will strike you about this place is how quintessentially English looking it is, and that’s even coming from a pom. Stone fireplaces, beams, and dark wood paneling mean the fit out is very authentic, but aesthetics aside the food and drinks are on point too. Although their famed roast dinner is only available on the weekend, rest assured these guys know what they are doing, by including a Yorkshire pudding with every dish. Hell yes! If driving up on the weekend is a struggle, the rest of the menu boasts a plethora of other suitably hearty meals to warm the cockles, such as their slow-cooked lamb shank on creamy mashed potato.
Where: 7 Elevation Drive, Wongawallan
Social Eating House
Social Eating House deservedly holds its own as a Gold Coast restaurant heavyweight. First and foremost, these guys whip up some tip top cocktails, they’re the kind of cocktails that would have you coming back even if the food wasn’t that great. But hold on a minute: their food is great. One of the first restaurants on the Coast to pioneer the shared family-style of eating, the restaurant has only moved from strength to strength. Shared, you say? Yes, the one kilogram saltbush lamb shoulder, slow-roasted in sheep’s milk yoghurt and lamb stock, with seasonal slaw AND a side of roasted chat potatoes is going to need two mouths, if not three or four. Grab your squad, however big or small and make it an occasion to share. Our next tip? Start with a round up of espresso martinis. Drool.
Where: Shop 137—138/3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
The Glenelg Public House
The Glenelg Public House is still a relative newcomer on the Coast’s dining scene, but they’ve certainly made an impact on those who’ve paid a visit. Primarily a steak house and bar, GPH has been flying under the radar a little; but believe us the food here is next-level and totally deserves to be on everyone’s agenda. If you don’t take our word for it, check out their Instagram for an impressive gallery of drool-worthy food and drinks set in an uncomplicated and sophisticated backdrop. Dish worth noting? The roasted free-range chicken, brussel sprouts, voodoo bacon, and velvety Jerusalem artichoke purée topped off with a chicken jus is to die for! Backed up by a modest beer and wine list, make this spot your next priority when you feel the need to eat yourself happy.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Sparrow Eating House
Already an integral element of Nobby Beach’s dining scene, Sparrow Eating House is garnering quite the reputation for stellar food and immaculate cocktails. With a definite stance on keeping things fresh and new by changing their food with the seasons, they have recently dropped their new winter menu for all you lucky folk. Trust us, it’s THAT good. Delicious cayenne-spiced roast chicken is craftily paired with sweet potato and a tarragon salsa verde, while their succulent slow-roasted pork shoulder comes with pancetta, goats cheese, and (drum roll, please) crackling! Well composed and sure to raise a smile, these soul satisfying winter dishes are not to be missed.
Where: 2/32 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
Paradox Coffee Roasters
With its commanding possie in the trendy and innovative The 4217 complex, Paradox prides itself on roasting some fine beans and pouring some damn fine coffee. Putting the black jitter juice to one side though, these guys have upped the ante on the food stakes. Firstly, the breaky selection is superb; with lunch and dinner really showcasing what café food
can should be like. If you feel the need for a something smaller (maybe too much tequila the night before?) then their lemon and thyme roast chicken sanga with crispy Byron Bay bacon is gonna be the go. Not as fragile? Then without a doubt you must try Paradox’s Sunday roast lunch, a 12-hour slow-roast coffee-crusted beef brisket with roasted vegetables is what you are after. It’s surely a beautiful thing when coffee and meat can come together as one? We think so.
Where: The 4217, 7/10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Pigs and Pints
For many, the closing of Pigs and Pints in Burleigh was sad to see. Thankfully, they didn’t call it a day there, and continue to uphold a presence in Surfers Paradise. This English-themed venue takes its drinks game seriously, with a regular rotation of new house cocktails and beers being served by the pint; which is sure to sort the men from the boys! Their food, however, is just as strong, and with “pig” as its namesake, the roast pork belly on bubble and squeak and served with caramalised apple and raisins does not disappoint. Bubble and squeak is one English food that, if you don’t know already, you should be getting familiar with ASAP. We suggest you do that here!
Where: 9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
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