19th May, 2014

3 Top Restaurants to Visit in Surfer’s Paradise

Dollarphotoclub_56212787If you want to experience more than just the beach and theme parks on your next Gold Coast holiday, tantalise your tastebuds with exclusive, fine food instead. These top three restaurants – all located within a stone’s throw of Surfers Paradise Central – will change your expectations of a dining experience. With meals to share, single serves and degustation plates, you are sure to find something to excite even the most sensitive tastes.

The Salt Grill

Chef: Luke Mangan

The Salt Grill is located just a block back from the ocean and specialises in modern Australian cuisine. Local produce are the stars, with a menu that centres around and emphasises the delicate flavours of Australian products; fresh fish, speciality beef and crisp vegetables will take on new meanings after tasting Mangan’s unique cooking techniques. A five or seven course degustation menu is available for the patrons who are feeling a little more adventurous.

The Salt Grill only seats 120, so bookings are essential to secure your table.


Chef: Steve Szabo

As the name suggests, Seaduction is all about seafood – and with its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, you are sure to remember that fact. The atmosphere at Seaduction will not disappoint: modern, elegant yet relaxed, the food is the perfect accompaniment to the scenery.

The menu consists of mainly seasonal Australian produce cooked with hints of Asian and Pacific Rim influences, while Molecular Gastronomy makes the food interesting – gel cubes, wispy powders and creamy foams add texture to already unique food.

Szabo recently stated that “With its sweeping ocean outlook and iconic location, I believe it will be the most stunning restaurant in all of Queensland. It is a pleasure to match the food and wine to such a precinct.”

Absynthe French Bar and Restaurant

Chef: Meyjitte Boughenout

Absynthe is fine dining at its best. Chef Boughenout believes that “Flavours should not be overworked,” and this is evident in the delicate flavours of his food. Much of the produce used is not only local, but also organic – both of which is promoted on the menu.

A seven course degustation menu is available to allow diners to better taste French cuisine, or you can choose a seasonal main. Whatever you choose to eat, you are sure to find the perfect drink as Absynthe also has one of the most comprehensive bars on the Gold Coast – stocking over 1500 labels. With the cellar often called a ‘connoisseur’s dream’, it’s worth planning a romantic dinner at Absynthe.