Burleigh icon Rick Shores reopens with new dishes, new cocktails and an even better view
It’s been a tough time for lovers of the famous Rick Shores fried bug roll. For five weeks, the Burleigh beachfront dining icon had to shut its doors to accomodate for major works on the surrounding building (the soon-to-be Burleigh Pavilion), so its owners took the opportunity to undergo some changes of its own. Here’s what’s in store from Rick Shores 2.0.
First of all – do not stress. The gem-lettuce and sriracha-topped bug fried roll remains on the menu, though let it be known that there is now a tasty opponent in the mix – a katsu beef roll with fried-egg mayonnaise, Korean barbecue sauce and crispy pickles – which is sure to stir up a delicious rivalry. This is one of a number of new dishes unveiled in line with Rick Shores’ reopening last week, and it’s just a taste of things to come with head chef James Brady planning to reveal the rest of the new pan-Asian share-style menu later this year. The new charcoal section of the menu is the most significant addition, featuring dishes like crispy pork belly with chargrilled Ballina prawns and pomelo som tum salad, the charred wagyu with miso hollandaise, crispy kale and smoked pickled onions, as well as the spiced mackerel with white-radish kimchi, cured pork shoulder and burnt spring onion.
There’s also an entirely new cocktail menu, so while we shed a tear for tipples like the Old Salt (we’ll miss you) we say hello to the likes of the Ruby Negroni (Four Pillars Shiraz Gin, Lillet Rouge, Creme deMure and dehydrated dragonfruit), the Clear Skies (Archie Rose White Rye, mandarin, rosemary and walnut) and the fig-infused Rick’s Martini No.4. While the kitchen and bar teams were working hard on new creations, the venue itself underwent a series of upgrades. If you thought the Rick Shores view couldn’t get any better, then think again. The sea-fronting dining space has been opened up even more with the addition of impressive floor-to-ceiling glass – when the doors are open, there is literally nothing between the front tables and the ocean. It really doesn’t get any more beachfront than that. Rick Shores is also boasting a fancy new roof for both aesthetics and acoustics, new furniture and, well, an extra spring in its step – just in time for the change of season.
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