With waterfront dining at a premium on the Gold Coast, it’s surprising that the Gold Coast Marina precinct in Coomera is still a secret haven, frequented mostly by locals, boaties, media stars and millionaires. We take a quick look at dining options within the precinct that you might like to check out.
Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar 76 – 84 Waterway Dr, Coomera Ph: 5529 7127
Quarterdeck boasts one of our best locations, fronting the water inside the Gold Coast City Marina gates. It’s a casual waterfront venue decked out like a beach house, with stunning 180-degree view of yachts, water and the unspoiled natural habitat of Hope Island stretching out in front of its verandas. Quarterdeck’s seasonal menu makes the most of local produce, including seafood, a winner with coastal diners. The envy of many, the chef buys seafood from fishing trawlers that dock right behind the restaurant. This is a top venue for a birthday celebration, wedding, sunset drinks and dinner, weekend ‘Happy Hour’ or a Sunday session. One of our best kept secrets!
The Galley 200 Beattie Rd, Coomera Ph: 5502 6435
The nautically themed Galley Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with weekend dinners and functions on at night. The Galley offers traditional cuisine, cooked and presented with a twist of originality. Of course, local seafood forms the core of the menu, featuring in a traditional Prawn cocktail, Salt and pepper squid, Tempura local Goldband snapper fish and chips, Wild-caught barra and Blue Swimmer crab linguine. Burgers also feature on the menu. Using artisan or homemade locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, The Galley is a top spot to dine overlooking water.
Espresso Twenty5 1 Boatworks Drive, Coomera. Ph: 0456 079 546
Part of The Boat Works and soon-to-be-built superyacht facility, Espresso Twenty5 recently opened, providing daytime dining for the 1,000 workers on site. The café also holds general appeal to car and bike lovers and Coomera residents. Set against the private vintage car and motorcycle collection of The Boat Works owner and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Tony Longhurst, it’s a rare chance to see so many classic and vintage vehicles in one place, including a1911 Model-T Ford, a vintage Douglas motorcycle and many classic sports cars. Specialising in ‘grab and go’ home-made pies and pastries, paninis, fresh wraps and sandwiches, juices and organic eco-friendly coffee from Byron Bay Coffee, the venue is also available for car club meets, functions and weddings, complete with catering and a licensed airstream bar.
NOTE: This article was published in The Sun newspaper on 14 August 2019.