Broadbeach, Gold Coast, is the host to Conrad Jupiters Casino, the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre, Raptis Plaza, Oasis Shopping Centre and many modern shopfronts by the beach. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the energy and stylish atmosphere of the area. Whether with a champagne cocktail or a bowl of Thai Laksa. There’s something for everyone. And here are Nicole Chiu’s top 5 picks:
1. Watergate Lounge Bar Restaurant
Situated on Queensland Ave near Raptis Plaza and Oasis Shopping Centre, The Watergate features fusion tastes of modern Australian cuisine and exotic flavours from Spain. The restaurant has been quoted as “The most stylish lounge bar in Broadbeach.”
A must to try is the Spanish Tapas and Chicken Quesadillas.
2. Donto Sapporo Japanese Restaurant
Just five minutes drive from Surfers Paradise, Donto Sapporo is easy to spot on the Gold Coast Highway with its snowman logo. It is one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants on the gold coast, and suits family functions, couples and friendly gatherings.
Guests may be seated in the tatami rooms with a deep-set floor (so you don’t actually have to kneel). Modern yet traditional Japanese décor provide excellent ambience. The restaurant provides excellent facilities and flavours for its table-top cooking menu (Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki & Kaisen Nabe).
3. Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant
Winner of the Best Alfresco Restaurant 2008, and Best New Restaurant 2007, Yellow Fin is sure to please any seafood lover travelling to Gold Coast for some crustaceous delights. The menu is predominantly modern Australian cuisine with some Asian and Mediterranean influences.
Must try: Grilled Seafood Hotplate, and Ginger & Sweet Chilli Prawns.
4. Dracula’s Theatre Restaurant
For a bit of spookyness and genuine laughs, you must try Dracula’s Theatre Restaurant. Your night will begin with a ride on the Ghost Train into the restaurant, where you’ll meet disgusting and horrifying characters who like to taunt you and give you a fright.
Food may be served on skull-shaped bowls and jokes are often implicitly for adults only (yet of course, it is a family restaurant).
Bookings are essential.
5. Food Fantasy Buffet Restaurant, Conrad Jupiters
The best value for money – if you are the type who really can eat and eat and eat!
Bookings are only required for parties of 12 guests or over. It’s a pretty big space. Enjoy the steaks and cakes.