If you’ve been driving past Burleigh Heads’ dining strip on the reg and scratching your head about what’s going on with one prime piece of restaurant real estate, you’re not alone.
The space vacated by the Salvos last year, and next door to the hidden shop front of Iku Yakitori, has had a checkered start to life. But now is the time to get excited, peeps, because it's just been announced that one of the Coast’s most prolific hospitality teams are about to take the keys. Let’s just say, we’re confident its future is in safe hands.
Why? Because Scott Imlach and the crew behind ever-popular Bine Craft Beer Bar, Hideaway Kitchen and small bars Nightjar and Soho are at it again!
Scott is partnering with his talented head chef from Hideaway, Jon Hizola, to turn the 100-seat venue into a moody Chinese-inspired dining hotspot, complete with an internal urban garden and vines cascading from the ceiling.
After two years steering the ship at Hideaway, Jon has been eager for a new challenge. And, what greater honour than opening a restaurant with your namesake? Burleigh’s newest eatery will be dubbed Mr Hizola’s and feature a flavour-packed Cantonese-style menu.
While Chinese food falls ambiguously into several different styles, Cantonese cuisine originates from the southern Guangdong province, with the language itself the official dialect of Hong Kong and Macau.
At Mr Hizola’s, we’ve been told to expect a contemporary spin on the classics, from wontons and dumplings to chow mein noodles, beef short ribs, barbecue duck, flaming wagyu beef and whole fish (eye balls and all). And, given the Coast’s love affair with Asian food and this team’s innate ability to draw a crowd, we reckon they’re onto another winner.
Had your fill of pot stickers and tofu cheesecake? Once you’ve settled your bill, the staff will no doubt be enthusiastic to escort you out via the rear exit, which connects with their laneway bar, Nightjar, so you can party on into the wee hours. Genius.
And you won’t be waiting long to chow down in Burleigh. Mr Hizola’s is scheduled to open within weeks, operating seven days with yum cha lunches and vibrant food and booze-filled nights. We’ll be back soon with a tasty look inside!
What: Mr Hizola’s—contemporary Cantonese restaurant
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
When: Opening mid to late June; seven days for lunch and dinner
Yet to check out Burleigh dive bar Nightjar yet?
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List