If you’re fond of Korean barbecue, get excited. Suzy has transformed the Gold Coast Highway-fronting space (formerly occupied by Wonderbird) next door to Mr Hizola’s into an eccentric new Korean-inspired eatery. With only 42 seats, Suzy may not be the biggest restaurant in town, but what she lacks in size she more than makes up for in personality. The venue is the handiwork of four mates – Tim O’Sullivan, the instigator, who has spent the last few years (pre-Covid) skipping between Australia and Seoul with his side hustle Bae Juice, Stevie Filipovic (Light Years) as well as Madeleine Norton and Lachlan Cuskelly, who together have breathed new life into Panchos Mexican restaurant in Mudgeeraba. When it comes to the menu, Suzy is all about the experience. It’s interactive, in every sense of the word. Inspired by the streets of Seoul, with an Australian twist, the menu meanders from sides such as fried Korean-pear chips to corn cheese, which is exactly as it sounds – sweetcorn kernels doused in a sizzling creamy mozzarella. The kimchi dumplings are set to be a crowd favourite alongside the Korean fried chicken, which is available as original with Kewpie or sweet and spicy. The bibimbap (Korean rice bowl) is also a must-try. For those with an appetite for adventure, the barbecue plates are the star. Here you’ll find everything from pork collar to ox tongue and everything in between. The meat is brought to your table, and the rest, well, that’s up to you. You needn’t be a Michelin-starred chef, in fact, Suzy encourages a kind of culinary hedonism. Like your meat well done and then some? That’s totally fine. There’s a scattering of Korean beer, plum wine, rice wine and, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, give the aforementioned Soju bomb a whirl (that’s a shot of Soju dropped into a beer, in case you were wondering). There’s also a clutch of curious cocktails such as the Kimmys Margarita, which is a kimchi-infused spicy marg to sip while you sizzle. From 9:30 pm, the lights will dim and the music will crank.


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