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Award-winning Gold Coast restaurants

Marj Osborne | March 2017

Nowhere in Australia has a more exciting and diverse food scene than the Gold Coast.

With dining venues opening in record numbers, the city has established itself as a foodies paradise, unrivaled in its constantly evolving offering.

And it isn’t just locals that think so.

Gold Coast restaurants are being recognised around the country and the globe for its unique offering.

Whether it is a fine dining restaurant, boutique café or humble pizzeria, the Gold Coast’s critically acclaimed venues host the most innovative chefs; those who use the freshest local produce to create exciting and distinctive dishes. We Are Gold Coast shines a light on the best of the best…

Mamasan Kitchen & Bar | Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Mamasan made a spectacular debut to the dining scene, gaining a hat in the Good Food Guide Awards and inclusion in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide in its first year of operation.

These awards recognise not only its innovative modern Pan-Asian cuisine but also its superb service.

Head Chef Ray Choi uses different combinations of ingredients and cultural nuance to create bespoke dishes for Mamasan.

In a modern menu packed with unexpected twists of exotic flavour, traditional dishes are turned on their head and given new inspiration.

Whether you visit Mamasan for bao and beer, dessert and an Asian-inspired cocktail or a full three courses, your taste buds will be challenged.

Kiyomi | Jupiters Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach

Overlooking the lobby bar at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Kiyomi is the stunning sibling to Sydney’s Sokyo, both overseen by Executive Chef Chase Kojima (ex-Nobu).

A modern take on traditional design with its fabulous cocktail bar and mood lighting, the extraordinary art of Houxo Que casts a kaleidoscope of brilliant colour across the restaurant.

Recognised for serving some of the finest Japanese fusion in Queensland, Kiyomi gained critical success within its first year of operation, continuing as a hatted restaurant in both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards 2017 and the Australian Food & Travel Guide.

Kiyomi was also named in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017.

Kiyomi’s cutting edge Japanese-influenced cuisine is a delight.

The set menu includes seven signature dishes such as the beautifully balanced ocean trout sashimi with baby capers, pickled wasabi and smoked yuzu soy dressing, the intriguing crispy rice and tuna, as well as the chef’s selection dessert platter.

Ristorante Fellini | Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

A consistent performer for almost 20 years, the family-run Ristorante Fellini has taken out more than 100 industry awards.

Ristorante Fellini was recognised 10 consecutive years as a hatted restaurant in both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards and the Australian Food & Travel Guide.

It also won Queensland’s Best Italian Restaurant as part of the 2016 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards and was presented with the coveted international certification of the Eccellezene Italiane.

Fellini celebrates true Italian hospitality in service and cuisine, using recipes passed down through generations of Italian matriarchs – fresh burrata, house-made pasta, prosciutto-wrapped figs and succulent seafood.

Elegantly timeless, attention is drawn away from the open kitchen where chefs are framed by a line of peg-held orders, past linen-clad tables and elegant wait staff to gaze out across sweeping views of the Broadwater where luxury yachts and jet skis show off the Gold Coast at play.

Double Zero | 2/2715 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Double Zero was the first restaurant in Queensland to receive accreditation with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, an organisation founded to protect and promote authentic Napoletana pizza.Accreditation is based on the detail.

The base must be made from certified ‘00’ flour to a specific recipe, hand kneaded and rested.

Using only San Marzano tomatoes grown in the only ‘DOP’ region on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius for topping, the pizza must be of specific dimensions, baked in a wood-fired domed oven at 400 degrees Celsius for no more than 90 seconds.

Double Zero has the feel of a semi-industrial working kitchen, with the white-tiled dome of the Stefano Ferrara M 130 oven overseeing the restaurant like a Madonna.

Fired only by wood, the Ferrara reaches 400 degree heat – an essential element in the making of a true Napoletana pizza.

room81 | Sofitel Gold Coast, 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Perfectly matched to the understated elegance of the Sofitel brand, room81 is an exclusive venue lauded by both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards (1 hat) and the Australian Food & Travel Guide (2 hats).

The restaurant also received a 2-glass status in the 2016 Wine List of the Year Awards.

Room 81 seats only about 20 diners, their closeness to the kitchen adding a voyeuristic dimension to the degustation dining journey provided by Chef de Cuisine Sam Moore.

In contrast to a venue that embodies quiet sophistication, Moore’s cuisine is delicately exquisite and playful; an artistic culinary tapestry. Moore’s decade of experience spans from Europe to top restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne, including Greg Doyle’s Pier, No 41 Chifley Place, and the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins’ No 35.

Social Eating House | 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Social Eating House is what Broadbeach dining is all about – excellent casual share plate cuisine with professional service and a pumping hot bar open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

From Japan and Vietnam to Italy and Spain, Social’s chefs draw inspiration from across the globe in their familiar yet sophisticated dishes: the finest charcuterie plate featuring jamón ibérico, tempura oysters with wakame and wasabi, veal carpaccio with tuna mayo, or slow-roasted saltbush lamb shoulder.

Living up to its name, this very social eatery is hatted by both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards and the Australian Food & Travel Guide and listed in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017.

Owner and Executive Chef Matt Jefferson has also been awarded People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ for three consecutive years.

Ten Japanese | 2669-2679 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Ten Japanese is a secret destination hidden behind impressive stainless steel doors not far from the main dining areas of Broadbeach; a tranquil world awaiting discovery.

Ten’s highly praised Japanese cuisine is perfect in its rigorous preparation and timeless artistic presentation. Ten is a hatted restaurant in both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards and the Australian Food & Travel Guide, and is also included in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017.

In this elite, sophisticated restaurant, the dining style is yours to choose: à la carte or from a range of degustation menus at either the sushi bar or teppan bar.

Vanitas | Palazzo Versace, 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

From its floor of intricate mosaics and Italian marble to bespoke Versace tableware overlooked by an expansive painting inspired by Gianni Versace, Palazzo Versace’s signature restaurant, is the ultimate in understated luxury.

At Vanitas, diners gaze through floor to ceiling glass across Versace’s sparkling lagoon pool to the Broadwater beyond.

This very special venue, named The Most Fashionable Restaurant Around the World by Harper’s Bazaar in 2015, was hatted by both the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards and the Australian Food & Travel Guide, and included in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017.

Australian-born Dayan Hartill-Law, who honed his skills in Sydney’s three-hatted Quay, and two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, has created awhimsical menu filled with the intrigue of unexpected combinations.

The signature degustation dining experience with matching wines from a world-spanning collection is a must try if you are seeking an unforgettable culinary journey.

The Fish House | 50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Owned by restaurateur Ronnie Tarabays, The Fish House presents us with the freshest fish, delivered twice daily to its doors.

With the ocean just beyond the restaurant’s front windows, one can almost taste the salt spray as they dine.

The Chef’s Selection may see you dining on freshly-shucked Sydney rock oysters, simple lemon fish soup, scallop risotto or Patagonian Toothfish from Heard Island.

One of our most awarded restaurants, The Fish House gained two hats at the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards, one hat in the Australian Food & Travel Guide, two glasses in the 2016 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, and inclusion in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017.

With knowledgeable service, relaxed elegance and a fine handpicked wine collection, The Fish House provides an exceptional wining and dining experience.

More Gold Coast award-winning restaurants Australian Good Food Guide Restaurant Awards 2017: 1 hat:Hank, Jonez on Food, Little Truffle, Nero, Seaduction, Songbirds, Videre.

2016 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards:

2 Glass: The Fireplace, The Fish House, Room 81

1 Glass: Carmody’s, Cicchetti Gold Coast, Deliziosa At The Strand, Gemelli Italian, Hellenika.

The Australian’s Hot 50 Restaurant Awards 2016:

Rick Shores

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2017:

Etsu Izakaya, Hellenika, Justin Lane Establishment, Kiyomi, Rick Shores, Seaduction, Social Eating House, Ten Japanese, The Fish House, Vanitas