Golosi Food Emporium is one of the most impressive specialty food shops on the Gold Coast. Established in March 2013 by Selena Quested, the passion for fine food has been continued and expanded by new owner Donna Harrison, who also owns Burleigh Bar and Bites, also in James Street. The shop may be small, yet it showcases fine produce and deli items from local producers and Italy in a beautiful setting.
A visit to Golosi is a sensory experience of smell, taste, texture and visual presentation. Golosi means ‘gluttonous or greedy people’ in Italian; fittingly, we hunger for more! For foodies, it’s ‘like walking into a hug’, the emotional connection established from the moment we set food in the door, embracing and comforting.
Donna is a ‘hands-on’ owner, arranging the flowers for sale in the shop and personally making the delicious gluten-free caramel slice by hand.
Everywhere we look there are bursts of colour and deliciously tempting displays. Her fresh flowers line the doorway in tin buckets, the specially made ‘Golosi candle’ can be seen on the top shelf, and tabletop cloches are filled with artisan-made slices and biscuits.
Dry goods fill the 120-year-old hardwood shelves of the shop and a large central table. Stacked vintage boxes stand alongside the shelves, the well-spaced displays enabling an unhindered circuit of the store, lingering to examine each product, collecting trophies as we go.
Donna tells us that the hand-picked produce she sells could be divided into two sections: handmade goods from small batch local producers and specialty Italian goods including the best tinned seafood, aged balsamic vinegars, shell pasta and the best sugo. You won’t find anything like this in a supermarket!
It’s the range of local produce that impresses us the most: chocolate from local chocolatiers Little Cocoa and Love Byron Bay, Forno Grasso pasta meals from Burringbar, Australian ingredient producer The Native Collection, Good Mix meusli from Burleigh, Mountain View Delights jams and chutneys, Fellini and Noosa’s Artisan dried pasta to be served with Resugo pasta sauces, salts and oils, and Bread Social sourdough.
In the deli and fridge sections, there’s a great range of local and imported cheeses alongside Salumi Australia’s smallgoods, smoked mussels and salmon from Smoke Barrel Burleigh, dips, feta and pizza from local providores In Season and Innobake, Salumi Australia’s smallgoods, local pate from Belles Kitchen and In Season olives. Open-faced and beautifully packaged, every single product we look at is the best of the best.
“It’s all about sourcing the most exceptional products we can,” says Donna. “Though the products may change, the quality doesn’t. There’s no standout bestseller. It’s a living breathing entity, always evolving,” she tells us.
Besides dry goods and fridge items, Golosi also serves The Laughing Pug coffee and Byron Bay tea with gourmet sandwiches and cake. Their baskets and hampers make great gift items for foodies. In fact, there are so many enticing items on display that foodies rarely leave without a armful!
Small? Maybe, but certainly exceptional! Golosi proves that you don’t have to be big to be great. There’s nowhere on the coast quite like it.
3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220 Ph: 07 5520 0704
Open: Mon to Sat 8am – 6pm; Sun 8am – 4pm