Food & Drink

Inside Look | Why Bread And Butter Is Back And Better Than Ever

By Morgan Reardon - 13 Nov 2018

bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra
bread and butter kirra

For years Bread And Butter in Kirra was THE go-to spot for live music, cocktails, pizza and let’s be honest, serious eye candy. So, when the GC institution closed two years ago we, and their loyal fans, were understandably devastated. 

But we have excellent news, Jorge Mayoral and his team are back and we can guarantee you’re going to love their slick new eatery. 

Gone is the converted Queenslander and shabby chic furniture and in its place is a chic new beachside apartment block with Bread And Butter nabbing a prime corner position—yes it still has those stunning and uninterrupted vistas of Kirra beach. 

Jorge explains that while the core of Bread And Butter remains—great food, vibes and views—the eatery, just like him, has grown up and that’s reflected in the stunning décor and sophisticated menu. Expect polished concrete floors, dark grey concrete walls (which Jorge sponged himself), tan suede tub chairs, moody pendant lighting and walnut timber. 

There’s an impressive bar, an open kitchen decked out in Italian granite and Spanish tiles, as well as the star of the show, a Marana stone baked rotating oven that looks more like a piece of art than kitchen equipment. On one wall a projector plays old Charlie Chaplin movies while bifold windows allow the refreshing sea breeze in. There’s ample outdoor seating as well as plans for some chilled out local music in the future. 

Now on to the food. The menu has had a complete overhaul, including the addition of a Michelin star chef direct from Spain. While there is still mouth-watering stone-baked classic pizzas available like the good old days (you can’t go past the margarita or prosciutto and rocket) there’s also sumptuous local seafood, delicious gnocchi and a selection of amazing tapas. 

We recommend starting with the classic patatas bravas and following with prosciutto and parmesan croquettes. They’re so moreish we won’t judge for ordering a double portion. But our fave tapas have to be the Queensland garlic prawn croquettes with a creamy béchamel sauce. They’re so delicate, the prawn literally melts in your mouth.

But like we said, local seafood is the hero here and you can’t go past the butterfly king prawns with lemon and salsa verde, they’re THE summer dish that go perfectly with a crisp glass of vino. Next up you have to try the wild-caught Freemantle octopus, sous vide for 24 hours, it’s bursting with flavour and one of the best octopus dishes we’ve ever tasted. 

If you feel like you need a little more greenery in your life, grab their pear, shaved parmesan, wild rocket and caramelised walnut salad. It’s so tasty. This is one plate of greens you’ll want to finish, and then some. 

Feeling thirsty? They’ve got a huge selection of wine, bubbles and beers as well as local drops Balter and Stone & Wood on tap. Their resident mixologist is quite the magician, whipping up decadent tipples like the Coastal Elixir with apple juice, vanilla vodka and passionfruit. 

It opens tomorrow (Wednesday, November 13) and will operate Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm till late, while Sundays will offer up a special degustation menu 12pm till 5pm. 

Just like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, Bread And Butter is a welcome return to the Gold Coast foodie scene. 

Want to make a night of it and crash nearby? Check out the newly opened The Pink Hotel in neighbouring Coolangatta. 

Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for The Urban List
 

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