Food & Drink

3 New Openings We're Super Excited About

By Brooke Darling
2nd Mar 2017

We’ve been #blessed with more than a handful of worthy new openings on the Gold Coast over the last little while.

So we’re pointing you in the direction of three more newbies we are super excited about. Weekend plans = sorted.

The Blue Door On 5th

Listen up, peeps! We hope you’re ready for another neighbourhood hotspot, ‘cause Palm Beach just welcomed its newest resident, The Blue Door On 5th. Owner and chef Dylan Cashman comes fresh from securing a Chef’s Hat for multi-award winning Fins Restaurant in Kingscliff and, previous to that, sous chef positions at Sydney’s Sean’s Panorama restaurant and Cottage Point Inn, and Cabarita’s Paper Daisy. Dylan not only fell in love with the vibe and potential in Palmy (who can blame him), but the fact some of the country’s best farmers and produce are all within a 50-kilometre radius of his front door. For the full experience, we suggest you head straight for the five-course tasting menu ($88 per head or add $44 for matching wines) and be treated to flawlessly presented dishes including Yellowfin tuna tataki, beef tartare, seared scallops, 9+ Wagyu beef rump, and smoked vanilla pav; all served in an intimate setting with just 32 seats. We got our first taste today, and the fanciful food here is legit.

Where: 2 Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach

Espresso Bonsai

Perfectly framed by a weeping Poinciana tree, this cute-as-a-button barista bar is oh so Insta-worthy. While its name is a kind nod to a legend past—the long-standing bonsai studio that once occupied the space—there’s more to this Chevron Island newbie than meets the eye. Espresso Bonsai is Urban Finca’s first physical cafe. Who is Urban Finca, you might ask? These guys already own a coffee bean plantation in Columbia, sourcing and distributing green beans across the country, including to local roasters like GC’s lauded Blackboard. Espresso Bonsai and Urban Finca will be featuring their own single origin roast, as well as a monthly rotation of their fave roasters, paired with some kick-arse latte art. Basically, these guys exist for the sole purpose of educating us about the beans’ entire journey from the farm to our coffee cup, and into our hearts.

Where: 66 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island

That Blue House

The Gold Coast is a young city that is witnessing cookie-cutter developments pop up at a rapid rate. It’s no surprise we often yearn for those characterful old buildings that simply ooze charm—hence why we’re loving Coolangatta’s newest brekkie haunt, That Blue House. This restored 1940s cottage was plucked from Moorooka and gifted a new seaside life among the high rises; lifted to create a lovely three-bedroom holiday rental upstairs, and making space for a cute cafe on the ground level. Gutsy young couple, Taylor Hasler and Elliot Bastian have done a clever job turning That Blue House’s cafe into a cruisy hangout for smooth coffees, turmeric and matcha lattes, and brunches like corn and chilli fritters, French toast with grilled banana and cinnamon mascarpone, and decorative acai bowls. Perfect to break up those hours of beach time.

Where: 5 Dutton Street, Coolangatta

On the hunt for more hot new places to fill your hit list? Check out Mr Bengel in Palm Beach (coming very soon!).


Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson and Brooke Darling for Metropolist

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