A few streets away from Broadbeach Mall towards Surfers Paradise is a local foodies paradise. The menu at Elk is refreshing, modern, innovative and offers an awesome combination of brunch dishes. Where else can you get pork belly or a ploughman’s board for breakfast? I was especially pleased to see a breakfast salad on the menu and excitedly ordered the Very Green Salad. Perhaps, I should introduce Elk to my Very Green Smoothie! My salad of kale, avocado, peas, pumpkin, broccoli, labneh and free-range poached eggs was healthy and delicious.
The fit out of the Elk is beach chic with a soundtrack to match. Service is knowledgeable and efficient and the aspect is over a local park. A constant stream of locals come by to pick up takeaway coffees and linger over mouthwatering house made cakes and slices in the display case. The Elk has thrived in this location for 5 years and I do not see that changing. In fact they have opened another venture, Sparrow Earing House in Nobby beach, which has an equally impressive menu and an apple and rhubarb crumble cocktail which sounds divine.
This place is not only heaven for vegos and vegans, it is also heaven for anyone who enjoys quality, healthy whole foods that are made fresh and taste amazing. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and breakfast on the weekend TCP provides clean eating options that will make your mouth water. The raw, vegan cherry ripe slice was so good that I accidentally ate the whole thing when I had only meant to have one little bite and save the rest for later that night. Ah, impossible. Cherry Ripes are my favourite chocolate bar but this slice surpassed them in every way, truly addictive.
On the other end of the scale I did start off very virtuous with a juicy and satisfying 2-salad combo of pumpkin, avo, pomegranate and chickpea salad combined with broccoli and tofu. Order your healthy deliciousness at the counter and take a seat at one of the many boho styled options, communal, couch or traditional, either indoors or out, overlooking Victoria Gardens.
If you are on the go, takeaway is available which is ideal for the range of supremely nutritious organic smoothies. Keeping with my addiction to green smoothies I chose The Hulk, which was full of spinach, spirulina, kale, mint, banana, aloe vera, coconut water and protein. This smoothie was super refreshing and perfect for recharging after some time in the surf.
Having opened in March 2015, JaMm is a newcomer to the Broadbeach scene. One of the owners is an ex Manager of the popular Social Eating House which is just next-door. I was instantly attracted by the sleek, wooden fit out with gold and torquise accents and plenty of outdoor seating to soak up the Gold Coast sun, and a good people watching posi too. The menu was similarly intriguing with a noticeable breakfast/dessert slant on the lunch items of which there are 7. I really wanted to try everything as they were so unique including sardines on pumpkin bread, a pickled beef and kimchi pasty and a mango, red paw paw and mint slaw. I ended up choosing the salmon pikelets, which were light and fresh, ideal for a hot, sunny day.
For an afternoon treat for my journey back to Melbourne I chose the berry and mango macaron, house made by JaMm's Korean pastry chef who has 4 years of training in Korea and 2 in Melbourne. It showed. The flavours and texture of the macaron were what they should be. Too often macarons never quite taste like the flavor they purport to be. No such trouble here. At the back of JaMm is a discret little lounge where you can imbibe in private with your friends surrounded by images of Snow White and her naughty 7 dwarves as illustratred by a local award winning tattoo artist.
When I was heading to the Gold Coast my learned Brisbane friends assured me that a visit to Moo Moo was well worth it and how right they were. With the restaurant at absolute capacity the chef managed to have all of our dishes arrive simultaneously and all at a level of perfection that one does not expect when the kitchen is placed under the pump like that. I enjoyed the barramundi with chorizo, an inspired combination. A few of my dining companions did not realise that the barramundi came with chorizo and when they bit into what they thought was the best tasting carrot of their lives (very dim mood lighting in effect and a few glasses of vino consumed) I had to break it to them that despite the undoubted quality of the chef, they were in fact eating some very tasty chorizo. Oh, and the steaks got rave reviews too.
For large groups and private functions dessert can come as a share platter of sweet bites including profiteroles and macrons and/or cheese platters if you prefer. Moo Moo is benefitted by having walls that disappear on two sides of the restaurant so that you can experience outdoor dining whilst being under cover. Moo Moo is the place to go for business lunches, men in suits abound, and once 4pm hits it’s also a popular watering hole for corporates and pretty people alike.
Ten Japanese Restaurant - Meriton Pegasus building, Shop 2-4, 2669-2679 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
I have left the best dining experience in Broadbeach to last and it won’t surprise you to hear me say that this place is 10 out of 10. From the moment you book online you get the sense that this is going to be a special experience and this is confirmed when you enter through some impressive traditional doors that slide open silently as you approach. On the other side of these doors you are welcomed by some very polite, polished and well-presented staff that take your drink order whilst you wait for your party to arrive. Should you have call to use the restroom or even if you don’t it is so worth popping in there to see that no detail has been spared on the Japanese styling of Ten, complete with the full functioning Japanese toilet and English instructions to boot.
Once all are in attendance you are ushered to your table, private dining room or the sushi bar. What ensues from there is the seamless and well-timed presentation of refined Japanese delicacies, each more stunning and flavourful than the next. Should the mood take you, truffle shavings are available at $8 per gram. Choose between set course menus or go freestyle with the a la carte option. Enjoy the hand crafted artwork and ceramics as you sip your drink of choice between courses.
I find it hard to go past scallops on a menu and given these ones had come all the way from Canada I thought it only right to give them a try. They were a pure delight, slow cooked, buttery and plump. For main I chose fish of the day, which happened to be seared tuna, perfectly rich, fatty and melt in the mouth. The succulent side dish of eggplant was the perfect accompaniment and the best tasting eggplant you are ever likely to have.
Dessert was the triumph that it should be. “Summer chocolate” – an oozing, decadent chocolate fondant was presented to the table in it’s own copper pot alongside a bowl of refreshing pineapple sorbet surrounded by a light, fragrant, chilled coconut soup. I truly did not want that dessert to end; my taste buds were in total bliss. I swear they were smiling.
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