December on the Gold Coast is pretty special. It signifies warmer weather, beach time, longer days and most importantly the launch of summer menus.
We’ve gone and sampled a whole bunch for you. Here are three of the very best you absolutely have to try this week on the Gold Coast.
The North Room
The intimate 28-seat restaurant might be small in size but their talent for creating incredible menus and carefully curated wine lists is anything but. Headed up by chef Tim Stewart and his sommelier wife Shannon, the duo has put together a visually stunning and incredibly tasty summer tasting menu. Highlights include pork jowl with tomatillo, carrot and curry leaf and the spanner crab with a bone marrow crumpet, cultured cream and salted egg yolk. Vegetarians (and to be honest even the biggest of carnivores) will marvel at the celeriac schnitzel, whey and lemon, which is so light and tasty you won’t want to share, nor will you long for a meaty protein in its place. Rounding out the savoury dishes is their classic cheese toastie with comte gruyere on brioche with apple crisp. You can’t dine at The North Room without trying one of their desserts—which often resemble works of art—so get stuck into will-be classics such as rhubarb, rosemary, apple and gingerbread (it tastes like Christmas) and the refreshing beetroot, strawberry and yoghurt. Tipple wise, Shannon is on hand to suggest a selection of matching wines to ensure you take your meal to the next level.
Since it opened its doors back in July, Restaurant Labart has quickly established itself as one of the top restaurants on the Coast, thanks to the talent of head chef Alex Munoz Labart and its chic, refined interior. Perhaps the biggest sign Labart is on top of their game is the extension of their Sunday hours to include dinner service. And you’ll want to make the most of said extended hours with their new summer menu, which champions local produce and incredible seafood. Think Hiramasa kingfish with black garlic and burnt orange dressing as well as BBQ king prawns with prawn butter, capers and parsley. The new dessert offerings are equally as delightful—our personal favourite being the pineapple, white chocolate curd and lemonade granita is a knock out . To compliment to the new menu, they’ve also developed a refreshing line up of cocktails (we loved the Third, made with Four Pillars Australia Christmas Gin, red vermouth and Campari). Like us, Labart are lovers of a long lunch and have also introduced a special three course lunch menu for $50 available Friday and Saturday which kicks off this week. All the more reason to book in your Christmas catch up here.
Nineteen At The Star
Boasting a stunning interior and jaw-dropping views of our beautiful coastline, there’s so much to love about fine dining eatery Nineteen. Which is why we’re thrilled they’ve created a special new Christmas menu. The team, led by head chef Kelvin Andrews, have created a truly nostalgic menu that celebrates all of the festive classics, executed with a refined, Nineteen twist. For $75 per person you’ll start with a classic prawn cocktail and a moreish sauce américaine, followed by juicy Christmas ham with a crisp celeriac remoulade. Save room for the main event featuring roast turkey with a pistachio and champagne-soaked stuffing. It comes served with a selection of sides that deserve their own moment of appreciation, including spring peas and asparagus with aged cheese and their famous Fifty-Fifty mash, which we’re dubbing the creamiest, silkiest mash on the Coast. To round out the meal and truly dial up the festive vibe, you’ll finish with Nineteen’s take on a Christmas pudding for dessert with a rich brandy custard and fresh berries, all topped with a sprinkling of 24 karat gold dust. It is Nineteen after all…
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Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography