Food & Drink

This Flaming Cheese Wheel Is Now A Thing And We Can't Even Deal

By Brooke Darling
24th Feb 2017

Okay guys, we are not sure we can even deal with this news.

It’s been a cheese-filled week on all fronts; haloumi chips coming to the Coast, the sweetest spots to drink wine and eat (all of the) cheese, and now, this. Are you sitting down? You’d better sit.

Feast your eyes on the Flaming Cheese Wheel!

Salt Meats Cheese in Surfers Paradise’s funky 4217 complex has just introduced the most mind-blowing, cheese-worshipping dish we’ve ever laid eyes on.

Essentially it’s an impressive tradition plucked straight from southern Italy. Known as “cacio e pepe” which translates to “pasta and pepper”, this preparation method has long been shared when Italian families gather together, and now you can experience it IRL, right here on the Gold Coast.

Every Wednesday night, pasta lovers are invited to front row seats of the theatrical performance, where warmed brandy is set alight and flambéed inside a massive semi-hollowed wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. As the alcohol burns off, the melted Parmesan is scraped away, Caserecci pasta (cooked al dente in a four cheese sauce) is then added and tossed, more cheese is scraped away, the pasta seasoned with lots of cracked pepper and sprinkled with parsley, then finally served into a bowl and straight to your table. Jeepers, our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

Un-brie-lievable? Wait ‘til you watch this video!

This is possibly the simplest yet most dramatic and authentic pasta dish to grace our sunny shores, and we’re busting with the chance to try it for ourselves. The first two Wednesday nights were booked solid, so if this sounds like your jam (if it doesn’t, are you even human?) pick up the phone and make a date with one of the best cheese dishes on the Gold Coast. Amen!


When: Every Wednesday night from 6pm
Cost: $25pp (minimum two people) includes wood-fired focaccia
Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Contact: 07 5661 1517 (bookings essential)


Photo Credit: Salt Meats Cheese

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