Brazilian Flame is a feast for the senses and a tribute to all things Brazilian. Sporting the country’s flag and honouring its most famous footballer, Pele, the venue provides an ‘all-you-can-eat’ churrascaria experience. Waiters carry the meat on skewers straight from the charcoal grill to your table, carving off the meat the diner desires. Brazilian Flame is a fabulous addition to the Surfers Paradise food scene, a dining experience that caters well for tourists, families, groups and couples.
The Henchman 8 Henchman Avenue, Miami Ph: 07 5575 1308
The Henchman beckoned the crowds in on Instagram even before it physically opened its doors. The two-storied white house has an imposing presence, hard to miss from the Gold Coast Highway. Open from the wee hours at 4.30 each morning, the café sports Byron Bay Coffee as well as all-day jaffles, salads and bowls, however we’re promised a more extensive menu soon. Super cool!
Jack’s Coffee Roasters Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Showcasing the best ethically sourced coffee with well-chosen food, Jack’s is the place to find out about the maturation of the coffee roast, the volatility of gases released and the best time to drink coffee to taste it at its premium, all the while chomping down on French pastries or a hearty organic breakfast. No, it’s not hard work, especially with a view of the marina and Broadwater beyond.
Rosella’s Bar 1734 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads Ph: 07 5633 5905
In this small Australian-themed bar, most dishes on the menu either utilise ingredients native to Australia or have nostalgic elements to them. The menu gives Aussie classics a shove, reworking each dish with native ingredients. Rosella’s bar, too, stocks only Australian made drinks, the range includes native ingredient liqueurs from Tamborine Mountain Distillery and Brookie’s rainforest botanicals gin. Their signature Rosella cocktail is even served in a rosella shaped glass.
St Helens 2/78 Musgrave St, Coolangatta Ph: 07 5659 2821
Whether you are coming straight off Kirra Beach for a post-surf snack, catching up with friends for sundowners or settling in for a mouth-watering dinner date, Saint Helens is a casual setting befitting the southern Gold Coast dining scene. Chef Jess Hayes, who owns the restaurant with her husband Brendan, brings us a taste of her homeland near Mount St Helens volcano, the menu of North-West American food with a twist, including Okra tots, Artichoke and jalapeno dip and Grandma’s chocolate pie. Yum!