Pavement Whisper: COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is set to bring a sophisticated new dining experience to Surfers Paradise
If you’ve spent any time in Surfers Paradise recently, it’s highly likely you craned your neck to gaze in awe at Ocean by Meriton. Soaring 76 levels into the sky, it’s arguably one of the most significant projects coming to life on the Gold Coast this year. Last month we got our first taste of the food and beverage offering with Castaway Coffee Bar, a wholesome cafe slinging organic coffee and nourishing nosh. Now, we’ve got wind of an elevated modern Australian restaurant called COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen that is set to open in mid-June. Here’s everything we know so far …
Located on the first floor of the new Meriton Suites and featuring unobstructed views of the ocean, COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is set to add a sophisticated new dining experience to the city’s culinary landscape. The superlative $2.5-million venue will be the latest from husband-and-wife hospitality duo Justin and Elizabeth Allie – proprietors of Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar in Surfers, The Fish Shak in Southport and catering company Gourmet en Counter. Assuming the coveted role of head chef will be Rhett Willis, who eagle-eyed readers might recognise from the MasterChef: The Professionals television series. Backed by more than two decades of culinary experience in some of the country’s best venues, including Jellyfish and Cha Cha Char in Brisbane, Rhett has curated a menu that showcases locally sourced modern Australian cuisine with flare. A hallmark of the kitchen will undoubtedly be the traditional Spanish Josper wood and charcoal oven that infuses food with a signature smoky, charcoal flavour. Among the venue’s stand-out dishes will be an in-house aged cut of beef smoked at the table and duck-liver-parfait stuffed brioche doughnuts.
Accompanying the fare will be a 2000-bottle-strong wine cellar that will take centre stage in the restaurant, offering up to 120 wines, predominantly Australian drops. Those who fancy vintage vino will be pleased to know that COAST will also offer an impressive collection with prized drops from Torbreck, Yalumba and Veuve Clicquot, to enjoy on their own or with a complementary food pairing. The venue’s feature piece is a 26-year vertical Penfolds Grange Magnum Collection, valued at over $60,000.
In terms of its overall aesthetic, COAST is set to impress with its sophisticated design and dining space. Featuring flexible but distinct spaces, the floor footage will be spilt into a 110-seat restaurant and 160-seat bar, which will also include the main dining room, lounge dining area, private booths and spacious outdoor bar area for wining and dining, and a stand-out 14-m marble bar. Designed by boutique Gold Coast architect firm Space Cubed Studio, which is also responsible for Broadbeach’s The Loose Moose Tap & Grill House, Rubi Red, Cali Beach and La Luna Restaurant, to name a few, with builders Open Projects Group on the tools. The stunning fit-out will echo the restaurant’s land and sea focus, with colour themes of muted blue and green, contrasting brass, leather, and marble fixtures.
COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is set to open mid-June. As always, we’ll have a closer look for you when it opens so watch this space.
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