Capri on Via Roma

Capri on Via Roma has transformed shopping and dining for those who live on or close to the Isle of Capri. Shops opened in slow progression like a blossoming flower, and many of us fell in love slowly. Housed in a huge, cool industrial shed and outer buildings, it’s contemporary yet inviting. Completed, the site houses around six lifestyle, fashion and beauty shops, an independent supermarket, and several stylish eateries. Towering ceilings plus floor to ceiling glass overlooking the water and views to Surfers at one end give a feeling of space. It’s a grand central place to catch up with friends while enjoying a fabulous view.

Blackboard 2There are plenty of dining options to suit your taste and budget, easy parking around the buildings, underground as well as across the street and, while you’re on Capri, you can pick up a few groceries, meat, fish, bread, flowers, coffee and chocolates for your next meal at home.

Manolas 1Manolas Bros Delicatessan Ph: 07 5538 7603

Situated at the main entrance of the building, Manolas Bros Delicatessan is a multi-faceted business. Con & Steve Manolas have successfully run delis on the Gold Coast (in Carrara, Main Beach and Broadbeach) since 1994, and their expertise shows in their stock. The back of the deli is lined with fridges full of goodies and a huge refrigerated cabinet of baked items and smallgoods dominates the middle of the shop. Most of the dining is situated al fresco.

You can order deli items to take away, a meal from the cabinet or one made from scratch off the menu. The nature of a deli means that it’s a place to seek advice about platter combinations, to taste different cheeses; even to enquire about menu items. As there is no table service, meal orders are taken and deli goods are bought at the same checkouts, sometimes causing a queue. Be patient! It’s worth the wait.

Fish Emporium 1The Fish Emporium Ph: 07 5539 9257

There’s nothing quite like a fish and shop overlooking the water, and The Fish Emporium boasts one of the best vistas in town! Sure, things have changed in the F&C world – costs have risen, the range of fish on offer is more diverse, and there’s a lot less ‘battering’ going on. Lots of fresh tasty seafood being served here: Delicious seafood stacks, Fish cakes, Sushi, Oysters by the dozen ($22), Daily sashimi mix (14 pieces for $25), New England seafood chowder with crusty bread ($22), yes, and even old-fashioned Fish and chips! Wash it down with a glass of wine, beer or cider overlooking the view and the remnants of newspaper wrapping and fat-laden deep fryers at your corner shop will be but a distant memory.

Of course there’s fresh fish to take away, some of it very reasonably priced. It’s ironic that this venue once overlooked a popular refuelling spot where locals would fill their boat before going fishing. With the price of fuel increasing, maybe it’s time to sell the boat and come buy your fish from The Fish Emporium instead! Sounds like a great option to me!

Edgewater 5BEdgewater Dining & Lounge Bar Ph: 07 5570 1624

Edgewater has hit the ground running, packed to the brim, and keenly overseen by Peter Cianci, (also owner of The Fish Emporium and leasor of Fisherman’s Wharf in Main Beach with his wife Tracey).

Every base is covered: all day breakfast items, small plates and share platters, burgers, pasta, risotto, sensationally fresh grilled fish or quality meat; the menu at Edgewater will please many people. There’s a great choice of ‘liquid journeys’ for you to travel; a cracker of a list assembled with a sense of humour and littered with literary quotes.

The view’s a pearler by day or night, the restaurant vibrant. Whether it’s $10 Chandon on a Friday afternoon with the girls, craft beer on tap with the guys, a place to meet friends for dinner, or a party for 20 in the private dining room, this is a ‘must do’ restaurant!

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Urban Fix 6Urban Fix Espresso Ph: 07 5538 3272

Urban Fix was the first cafe to open in Capri on Via Roma, and still provides some of the most keenly priced food in the complex. You can drop in from 6am on any day and grab a Bacon and egg roll or Banana bread to go with your coffee, a smooth Adore Estate, or sit in the funky café and enjoy an Eggs Bene brekkie or lunch.Sit outside in the winter’s sun and enjoy the Signature sandwich, packed with tender eye fillet, semi dried tomato and avocado ($12.90). The Adore coffee’s smooth and creamy, and there’s a display cabinet full of Turkish rolls, muffins and cakes to go with it, most goodies made in house.

IMG_9201Pomeroy’s Ph: 07 5592 0868

How would you like your coffee? Boutique coffee roaster and tea purveyor Pomeroy’s have settled into the coffee spot inside the market hall. It’s a plus for patrons, getting their choice of six single origins as well as six blends together with a complimentary carbonated water.

IMG_9204Tea drinkers have a choice of over twenty blends of specialty teas, brewed for the correct time in a Hario tea dripper and delivered to your table ready to be consumed, no waiting required!

Cicchetti 4BCicchetti Ph: 07 5526 8868 

Situated on the southern face of Capri on Via Roma, Impeccably classy yet welcoming, Cicchetti is impeccably classy yet welcoming – among the most elegant ‘fast fine’ dining we’ve seen. Diners are seated at handmade Australian blackbutt timber tables looking across to the expansive open kitchen. Overhead, 100 rose gold spheres suspended from the ceiling create a warm atmosphere, while over the new marble-fronted bar hangs a magnificent custom-made Australian chandelier.  With impeccable service and unique dishes served in this gorgeous venue, it’s impossible not to be impressed.

With Enrico Semenzato Executive Chef across both Cicchetti restaurants, James Fiske (ex Vue de Monde) has come on board. Building the menu already in use at their Byron restaurant, some signature dishes remain, supplemented by a large number of new dishes created especially for this venue. There are several specialty items difficult to find on the Gold Coast, such as Baccala (creamed salted cod, a post-war dish, served on charred grilled polenta) and the hypnotic Black truffle burrata, imported directly from Italy. Many dishes are twists on Italian classics. Cicchetti shows off the subtleties of Venetian culture with attentive sophisticated service and the diversity her cuisine.

 

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