The Ultimate Foodie's Day Out on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is ripe for food fanatics with its burgeoning restaurant scene brimming with choices.

Is food your “thing?” If yes, then you are in luck, because we’ve scoured the region to discover some great foodie finds.

Whether you have to Instagram your meal before you eat it, or just simply appreciate quality cuisine that tastes divine, then read on, as we have the ultimate foodie’s day out on the Gold Coast for you!

Bam Bam Bakehouse's freshly made dessert pots are hard to resist.
Bam Bam Bakehouse's freshly made dessert pots are hard to resist. (©Roshan Sukhla)

Start off with brunch at Bam Bam Bakehouse. Locals in the know head here for quality handmade pastries and damn good coffee. "The Breaky Burger" is very popular (pork sausage pattie with haloumi cheese, wild greens, red pepper jam and a two-egg omelet on a soft roll), or satisfy your hunger with a "Bam Bam Benny," which consists of two poached eggs, ham off the bone and tarragon hollandaise on a toasted Bam Bam croissant.

For a snack-to-go, try the baby choc croissant or the Vegemite and cheese scroll. There is a full range of hot coffees, chilled drinks and milkshakes. Sample their range of cold pressed juices—the "Watermelon Kisses" with watermelon, lime, apple and mint is especially delicious. Bam Bam’s dessert pots are to die for with flavours like s’mores, chocolate and key lime pie.

If you are in town on a Sunday, pop down and have a wander around the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market in the morning. Purchase certified organic fruit and vegetables straight from the farmers who grow them. There’s tasty and nutritious produce on offer at the Gold Coast’s first organic growers market. 

Pick up something fresh and healthy at the Organic Farmers Market, Australia
Pick up something fresh and healthy at the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market. (©Roshan Sukhla)

For a casual yet sophisticated dining experience, head to Social Eating House. Located in the Oracle precinct at Broadbeach, it is the perfect spot for a meal with friends. With plenty of share and tapas-style dishes, you can’t go past the divine Yellowfin tuna sashimi with soy, pearls, ponzu and watermelon radish as a starter. The chargrilled W.A. octopus with potato aioli, lemon herb dressing and smoked potato crisps is also highly recommended. The braised lamb empanada, with aioli and sherry reduction are a favourite, as is the spiced soft shell crab with green papaya, peanuts, chilli caramel, wasabi and mayonnaise.

Meat lovers should make a beeline for Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill. Serving the best steaks you’ll find along the Coast, Moo Moo sources the highest quality beef from across Australia. You can’t go past the master Kobe Wagyu or the Moo Moo in-house dry aged Black Angus. True carnivores will appreciate the signature spice rubbed 1kg Wagyu rump roast which features 100 percent certified AACO Wagyu rump cap, rubbed with the chefs’ secret spice rub, sealed until smokey on the char grill and oven roasted to your liking.

An edible work of art at Nero restaurant, Australia
An edible work of art at Nero (©Roshan Sukhla)

Sides include Wagyu fat nicola potatoes with garlic, thyme and rosemary; glazed maple baby carrots with almonds and heritage tomatoes with fior di latte, capers, oregano and lemon powder. Of course, they also offer a great variety of seafood, poultry and vegetarian options. Those with a sweet tooth will be impressed with the range of modern innovative desserts at Nero.

Desserts are ever-changing and may include the delightful green tea marshmallow with black sesame ice cream, peanut praline and fresh raspberries; or chocolate tart with spiced cream, fig leaf ice cream and candied walnuts. 

The Goma Street dessert at Kiyomi restaurant is decadent and delicious.
The Goma Street dessert at Kiyomi is decadent and delicious. (Courtesy Kiyomi)

Finish off your Gold Coast foodie day with a visit to the Kiyomi Bar at Kiyomi Japanese Restaurant. Enjoy a wide variety of Japanese tap and bottled beers, sake, shochu cocktails and Japanese whiskies. If you are still hungry, Kiyomi also has a masterful dessert menu with creations like Goma Street, a chocolate wonder consisting of black sesame ice cream, caramelised white chocolate mousse and tempered dark chocolate.

And with that it’s back to your hotel, to rest up, for tomorrow is another (foodie) day!