NOTE July 2018: Allure’s new owner and Head Chef Ryan Humphries.
Stunning. Sexy. Sophisticated.
Allure on Currumbin is the perfect experience for the discerning diner: sensational food beautifully presented, attentive but relaxed service in elegant ambient surroundings.
Dining at Allure is a feast for the senses which begins at the front door and is remembered long after you leave. It’s an elegant restaurant beautifully decked out in black and white, complemented by gilded mirrors and silver ornaments – a candelabra on one table, a glistening chandelier overhead, crisp white linen tablecloths and serviettes, with silver cutlery and a fresh rose on every table. It’s French provincial decor with a Gold Coast touch, looking out past alfresco diners to the dimly lit sleepy Currumbin street.
Wait staff, elegantly dressed in black, are presided over by owner Cheryl Fullarton. The service is impeccable: knowledgeable but friendly and a bit chatty, attentive without being intrusive.
We choose from the wine list and are brought a complimentary aperitif: a tiny glass of asparagus and cauliflower cream soup – simply delicious and packed with flavour! Chef Bradley Hooper, we are told, has worked in the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, the Sydney Hilton, Versace and Sea World Nara. And doesn’t that experience show! As meals are brought out from the kitchen, heads turn and conversations stop. We look in wonder at Brad’s creations, comment on meals delivered to other tables and even begin a conversation with them about the food!
Our meals arrive: a perfectly cooked rare fillet mignon wrapped in Kessler bacon with roasted mushrooms, potato gratin, broccoli & red wine jus ($36.00); the freshest Snapper with kipfler potatoes, asparagus and snow peas served with lemon beurre blanc and preserved lemon salsa ($31.00), the dishes accompanied by complimentary bread rolls.
We are reduced to silence as we savour each bite. The food is simply exquisite and perfectly balanced – a generous sized steak, thick, juicy, flavoursome and tender enough to easily cut with a bread knife – by far the best we’ve eaten in ages, the snapper freshly caught and perfectly complemented by the richly elegant beurre blanc.
Dessert is also too good to pass up: Freshly made profiteroles filled with Baileys cream, chocolate sauce and homemade vanilla bean icecream ($16), decorated with pomegranate seeds. Before we leave, cashew, macadamia and apricot filled chocolates accompany our bill.
It is rare these days to have an exquisite dining experience where all the elements of dining come together. Somewhere in the past fifteen years or so, many establishments travelled a road of ‘dude food’ and minimalist ambience. For years there seemed to be a focus only on the protein element of the dish (with chips and salad filling half the plate). ‘Smart’ cafes displayed the barest table presentation, and meals were delivered with very casual diffident service. There have been few independent restaurants on the Gold Coast which offer international standard classical cuisine, excellent service and can be relied upon for a great night out.
So it’s fabulous to find a restaurant that dares to be different, returning to the delight of beautifully prepared French-inspired dishes, prepared from the freshest ingredients, exquisite presentation, and knowledgeable but welcoming service in ambient surroundings. Allure is the ideal restaurant for a celebratory occasion, a special date, or just because you appreciate the perfect casual fine dining experience.