Sandbar in Surfers Paradise
Our first venue The all-new Sandbar in Surfers Paradise sure has some new stories tell after close to twenty years in the business as a family run business, with all of the family still actively involved. \
Not only is it about the stunning new Hamptons-meets- harbour side fit out, but the fresh menu has also been styled by one of the best global Chef’s on the culinary planet. Diverse in offer with a contemporary take on some old favourites, the breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes capture the salty seaside spirit across a range of deliciously affordable house specialities. Head Chef, Maxie Hill (hailing from Ireland), worked for industry legend Rick Stein where he eventually rose to become his Head Chef over four years of mentoring. Travelling with the world with Rick working on his iconic cooking travel show, Maxie met some fantastic chefs on his journeys who shared their local secrets.
He took Sandbar’s idyllic location steps from the ocean and local passers-by style, smartly into the menu influence. Maxie says it’s all about “a fresh fusion of local produce to deliver exciting dishes at great, eat-every-day prices”. It’s a clean and straightforward approach from breakfast through to dinner. Skillet Eggs or a 6ft Offshore Smoothie Bowl at 7 am, Fish’n’Chips Rick Stein style for lunch and gourmet burgers with a modern twist for dinner. What’s proving to be popular 24/7 though, is the fantastic Hawaiian Poke Bowls packed with healthy ingredients like A-grade tuna, chilli and lime, avocado, ginger and wasabi mayo; try the amazing Kauai, Oahu, Maui or Molokai Bowl.
Also, they have just launched great weekly “What’s On”* deals running from Monday through Sunday for locals and visitors to make bank on. “Break-A- Go-Go” with $10 smoothie bowls and a $3 coffee, “Lunch-A- Lot” for $20 with a Blue Moon Beer and burger or poke bowl and cold-pressed juice and “Salty Sundays” with $12 coast fresh calamari and bowls, drink specials and live DJ on the lawn. “Humpday Helpa” on Wednesday nights offers wings and a beer for $20 or ribs, slaw and a beer for $35. But the big deal is Tuesday nights’ “Bring 4/40” where four people chose a poke bowl or burger for just $10 each!
With an extensive cocktail, wine and drinks list put together by one of their master bartenders and one of Queensland’s top three most significant beer offers including heaps of craft brews; the sipping choices match the eating experience perfectly in this casually-chic haven by the sea. To quote Maxie; “we have all the recipes for success” and when pairing this with the sandbar slogan “Good Times. All the Time”, you can’t go wrong at this Surfers Paradise institution.
Head on down to Ground Floor of the Chateau Beachside, 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD or follow the crew at @sandbargc
Next we take to the Gold Coast’s fastest growing food offerings the Food Truck, Paddy and the guys at Wiener Haus kicked off a few years ago as one of the first food trucks on the coast, they pride themselves on having a fun and friendly atmosphere sensational grub and that all important not taking themselves too seriously mentality noticeable with the slogan “No Di^K Jokes Please”
But what they have achieved is remarkable revamping the old school soggy food truck hot dog into something that will have you coming back for more and more. Now having expanded into a Diner made out of a shipping container located in Burleigh the team have also moved onto the big scene slinging their offerings at Splendour, Falls Festival, The Broncos Games, State of Origin and Justin Bieber and Cold Play concerts.
We’re sure you want to try their Wieners? They have a range of Gourmet Hot Dogs to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Ranging from the legendary Ron (Traditional Dog w/ Tasty Cheese, Red Onion & Sauerkraut) through to their cheeky Budgie Smuggler (Aussie Style Dog w/ Sliced Cheese, Lettuce, Raw Onion Rings & Roma Tomatoes).
Our personal favourite is the Monika Lewinsky ( American style Nacho Cheese and Crumbled Bacon Jerky) Try and get that out of your dress!!
So head down to the diner at 149 west Burleigh road, Burleigh heads / or find the food truck roaming all over GC Byron and Brisbane | Follow the team for info @thewienerhaus
Our next Food Find is the Caffe Republic a venue that always seemed to be appearing on our Instagram feed with sensational looking fresh and health-conscious options.
We had to check out their Food with a Conscience, Peter and the team have been in business for nine years providing locals with a sensational range of foods meeting Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Low Carb Gigh Fat, Ketogenic and Gluten Free requirements,
But they just don’t serve the health food crowd; they pride themselves on having something for whoever comes through the door.
They stock a selection of homemade vegan, and traditional treats, speciality coffee and cold-pressed juice and even a range of take-home meals for those of us who are time poor.
We love the Caffe Republic approach,
Something for everyone visit them by heading to 1, Bronberg Plaza, 138-162 Slatyer Avenue Southport
Our last food find discovery for this month is the hidden coffee oasis that is Neighbourhood Espresso in Currumbin waters who aim to create a space for locals and people in the know to catch up and enjoy some speciality coffee and delicious food.
Undergoing a recent expansion creating a unique outdoor garden space with a large deck area and vintage caravan cubby for the little ones to enjoy. We think you should head down and check it out.
The chef has created a fresh, diverse menu with produce sourced from local suppliers; The Coffee is Yatala based Supreme Roasters with their delicious Beach Blend being the house blend and they also offer a single rotating origin.
They love the journey and meeting all their customers something that shines through in the service, and they are excited to see what is next and showcase everything they have to offer
Visit them at 4/9 Station St, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223 or on Instagram @neighbourhoodespresso