Baskk at Kirra Point

There’s nothing more exciting than a beachfront location, especially overlooking the northern end of Coolangatta, Kirra Point.

Baskk, brought to us by Steve and Donna Archdeacon, owners of local haunt Café D’Bah on Point Danger, is an arty venue fitted out in tones of driftwood, shells and marble.

Open daily from brunch until late, it’s a picturesque spot to while away an afternoon, turning lunch or tapas into sunset drinks and date night.

Though you may expect the food in this beachy venue to be low key, sophisticated dishes are emerging from young chef Oscar Wade’s kitchen. Hailing from Port Macquarie, Oscar has come from Luke Mangan’s Mojo, Glass Brasserie, and the Intercontinental Sydney, bringing with him a beautifully plated share menu spiced up with Asian flavours.

“I lived in Chinatown in Sydney, right in the middle of the city, so I like Asian influences in food, Asian flavours,” says Oscar.

“It’s harder on the Gold Coast to consistently get all of the produce I want, but I’m working on getting closer to some of the suppliers,” he tells us. “I want to keep the menu interesting by experimenting with dishes: the Wagyu amuse bouche, crab dip, popcorn prawns as a bar snack…Even our pizza has great flavour. Less is more, with a touch of mint making all the difference.”

Catering for a broad range of local tastes, there’s something in the multi-menu to please every diner and occasion. (There are, in fact, a complicated handful of menus covering day and night, pizza and snack as well as drinks, requiring diners to seek some guidance from staff.)

Smart simple snacks include gourmet woodfired pizzas with toppings such as charred king prawns with fennel kimchi, cucumber yoghurt and almonds, and pastrami with sauerkraut, miso mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese, various tapas and cheese platters. But there’s an even greater bounty of rewards for the more adventurous.

To start, every diner is served an amuse bouche of wagyu beef and salted cabbage on a taro chip. Exquisite, it sets the scene for the gorgeous dishes to come:

Salmon tartare with green pawpaw and watermelon radish topped with Yarra Valley caviar and handmade wontons, and the smartest ‘crab dip’ we’ve tasted, dressed up with finger lime, apple and apple gel.

Many dishes are so beautiful that it seems a shame to disturb them. Instagrammable? Absolutely!

Ingredients are treated with respect but they also play their part in creating an inspired, artistic dish whose combinations are intriguing. Who would have thought to pair Hiramasa kingfish with jamon iberico, Kirra pippis, daikon noodles and dashi, or Dry-aged duck tacos with miso and BBQ cabbage?

Our Nos Flower dessert emerges under a cloud of liquid nitrogen, an ‘Ice Age’ wonder of red and white – raspberry dust, frozen yoghurt, raspberry nerds and lavender ice cream topped off with sugared petals.

“I’m creating a garden, but trying to make it look as natural as possible,” Chef Oscar tells us when we ask about his plating. “I just throw the dust on the plate. I don’t like to be restricted by doing things in a particular way.”

There’s talent too in the drinks department, keenly priced to encourage a session. Light and fruity cocktails such as Apple cinnamon mule and Apricot squash morph into longer drinks and local craft beer on tap as the warmer weather approaches.

Very smart in both its presentation and menu range, Baskk aims to be “a social destination, embracing the home-grown surfing culture, offering a casual but sophisticated dining space and outdoor setting with idyllic ocean views” – a beach community hub masquerading as a bar restaurant.  Basking in a seven-hour lunch or grabbing a sneaky pizza and cocktail, one thing is for certain: no one will go hungry or thirsty. It’s the ideal place to settle in for a ‘baskk’.

Beach House Plaza, 52 – 58 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Open: Mon – Sun 10am – late Ph: 0401 079 448

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Baskk at Kirra Point.

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