Food & Drink

Inside Look | The Tropic Is An Absolute Gamechanger

By Morgan Reardon - 18 Jan 2019

the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion
the tropic burleigh pavilion

Burleigh Pavilion was easily the most anticipated opening of 2018. But because it opened just mere days before the new year, we’re still buzzing about it. Even more so now they’ve officially opened the doors to their rooftop restaurant, The Tropic.

Located at the northern end of their sprawling venue, The Tropic offers Gold Coasters a more refined experience compared to the laid-back vibe of The Terrace. Boasting stunning views of the coastline, the eatery’s jaw-dropping locale makes you feel as if you’re dining on the edge of the ocean. 


The stunning décor also deserves a serious shout out. With plantation-style ceilings, a pale pink tiled bar, crisp white tables, thoughtful greenery and splashes of pastel blue, moss green and creamy yellow, every inch of the 200-seat restaurant is achingly cool. On the deck there’s cosy booths and romantic two-seater set-ups, while inside there are long tables ideal for a boozy lunch with your gang. 

The Tropic’s kitchen is headed up by chef Guillaume Zika, who nabbed two hats while running esteemed restaurant Cottage Point Inn in NSW, so you know you’re in for a mouth-watering treat. The menu is produce-driven featuring only the freshest local ingredients which means anything seafood related is a must-do.


We recommend pushing the boat out and starting with the seafood platter filled with juicy prawns, oysters, kingfish, smoked salmon, pickled mussels, octopus and caviar. Other delights include stracciatella with fennel, basil, and an orange and vanilla dressing and the beetroot tartare with tarragon, pink grapefruit and endive. 

If you’re after something heartier you can’t go past the melt-in-your-mouth south-east Queensland rib eye on the bone, rolled in black pepper and brown butter. There’s also grilled market fish with sun-dried tomato, apricot and eggplant hummus and grilled tiger prawns in dry vermouth butter, shellfish oil and basil.

Dessert-wise, you’ve got to try the roast yellow peach, coconut sorbet and gin and the chocolate custard tart with salted macadamia ice cream. 

Tipple-wise, resident mixologist Lou Endey has created a line-up of knockout cocktails that are as delicious as they are beautiful to look at. Our favourites are the Sundowner (mezcal, blood orange, Cointreau and lime), The Palms (vodka, passion fruit liqueur, vanilla and champagne that comes on the side) and The Pineapple Plantation (pineapple rum, lime, bitters and spiced ginger). 


Yep, we know where we’ll be spending our summer evenings now. Burleigh Pavilion is open seven days from 12pm and while it takes bookings, walk ins are also welcome…but don’t be surprised to find them at capacity. 

Looking for more rooftops to enjoy a sunset cocktail on? Check out our round up here

Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List 

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