Is it even a holiday if you don’t taste your way around a destination, losing yourself in local flavours and snapping Instagram shots along the away?! These days it’s all about the ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ approach, and hey, we get it… why wouldn’t you want to spread the love of your most scrumptious foodie finds? Here on the Gold Coast we agree that sharing is caring, and we’ve got a whole lotta deliciousness just waiting to be discovered (and double-tapped!). So dust off that camera and get your taste buds ready for a good time, because we’ve rounded up a list of the city’s most Insta-worthy dishes for you to tuck your fork into.
‘THINLY SLICED SNAPPER’ AT YAMAGEN
Delicate, colourful and oh-so-delicious, the Thinly Sliced Snapper with tosazu, shio kombu, ume boshi and yuzu sesame at QT Hotel’s Yamagen is an absolute dream. As the longest running Japanese restaurant on the Coast, it’s clear this izakaya-inspired eatery can do no wrong, and this standout dish will be sure to make your Insta-feed, well… standout.
ACAI BOWL AT CARDAMOM POD
We’re not going to lie – basically everything on offer at Cardamom Pod Brickworks is 100 per cent Insta-worthy. Their multi-coloured creations are a feast for the eyes as well as the lips, and did we mention they’re chock-a-block full of healthy ingredients? Your soul will be singing and your Insta-feed cheering over these delightful bowls of vegan goodness.
‘KANYE’S MUM’ BURGER AT ZE PICKLE
If you’re in training for a killer summer bod, then look away now – Ze Pickle’s drool-inducing burger menu isn’t for the faint hearted. Think towering stacks of waygu beef, cheesy goodness and flavoursome toppings like smoked jalapenos, maple bacon and deep-fried cheese sticks. For optimum Instagram likes we recommend the ‘Kanye’s Mum’. It’s totally hectic but in the best way possible.
SOUTHERN OCTOPUS WITH SQUID INK VINEGAR, GREEN TOMATO AND POTATO AIOLI AT SOCIAL EATING HOUSE
Another venue where each and every dish is a work of art is the ever-delectable Social Eating House. Their clever and quirky dishes make for epic Insta images and are updated seasonally, but what’s more is they’re total taste sensations. From succulent sashimi to handmade tortelli, and sumptuous seafood dishes… and don’t even get us started on the desserts! Whatever you choose, you can be assured it’ll be jaw-droppingly beautiful.
THE ‘PRAWN STAR’ AT POKÉ POKÉ
They’re fresh, they’re bright and they sure are beautiful – poké bowls are the one of the latest and greatest foodie crazes here on the Coast, and when you drop into Poké Poké you’ll certainly see why. These healthy Hawaiian-inspired meals are packed full of yummy stuff that’s actually good for you – and bonus points – they’re super photogenic. If you’re keen for a winning post on the ‘gram, opt for the ‘Prawn Star’, which comes with grilled prawns, bacon, crunchy cos, edamame, mango mayo and salsa. Aloha!
LIVE OYSTERS AT THE FISH HOUSE
When you rock up at The Fish House, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most adored restaurants in town. You’ll be swooning over its postcard-perfect views over Burleigh Beach and you just wait until you get stuck into the menu… Serving up sophisticated seafood eats that are packed full of flavour, our pick of the bunch are the live oysters served fresh on a bed of pebbles and seashells. Take your photo game up a level and book a table by the window… oysters and ocean views equal Insta-likes galore!
AFFETTATI MISTI AT BALBOA ITALIAN
So grazing in style is more your kind of thing? Then Balboa Italian’s ‘Affettati Misti’ is calling your name. There’s a lot involved in this antipasti masterpiece, with grissini, olives, various types of salami, pickled vegetables, pesto, a lust-worthy amount of mixed cheese and tasty caponata all piled high onto a grazing board to devour. And to top it off? Find cured meats artfully draped over a mini clothesline type-set up making for the perfect feast-slash-Insta-shot experience.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge and pay respect to the land and the traditional families of the Yugambeh region of South East Queensland, and their Elders past, present and emerging.