The sister restaurant to Mario’s, Beachside Pavilion is the ‘Elle’ of Broadbeach dining, a bright beauty sweeping up from the sand into beachside life. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beachside Pavilion presents as decidedly casual. Emerging fresh from the surf, her whitewashed walls still dripping with salt water, she’s bold and empowered; so savvy and sophisticated that we’re drawn in by her charm.
There’s a casual holiday vibe to the venue that makes us expect fish and chips to come romping out of the kitchen. Yes, there is that, with a takeaway window at the front of the restaurant, serving fish and chips to eat on the beach. But there’s more…
Beachside Pavilion is an all-day dining venue with so much to offer: cracker modern menus well suited to both locals and tourists, locally-sourced and house-made food that’s approachable and expertly made by international chefs, and attentive service.
Impeccably sourced sustainable seafood is the king of this bright and breezy beachside restaurant: a bucket of Ballina prawns with dipping sauces, Mussels Provençale from the Spencer Gulf in SA, Baked ocean trout from Macquarie Harbour TAS.
There’s the lightness of a Mediterranean or modern Italian touch; minimal intervention that we see in our best seafood restaurants: Whole Snapper is cooked simply in lemon, mustard, olive oil and dill; Yellow belly flounder from Victoria in luscious brown butter and saltbush. Both are accompanied by moreish crispy chips and a honey mustard dressed leafy salad.
Saffron linguini marinara is piled high with fresh seafood, topped in glory with a perfectly grilled half bug. No cloying sauce in sight, lit instead by a flash of chilli, the dish is light, balanced and healthy.
The rest of the menu backs up in style to deliver amazingly smart modern food, the influence of the owners’ Italian heritage evident, yet that’s not all. World cuisine that heroes fresh seafood adds to the mix, be it Japanese, Hawaiian, Singaporean or modern Australian.
Having secured the services of Japanese sushi chef Yus-uke (formerly sous chef at Ten, then Head Chef at Etsu for two years), the seafood master orders the best available in Australia, displayed on ice in a glass cabinet fronting the restaurant. Yus-uke explains to us that he only uses salmon belly in his poke bowl, (one of three on offer on the menu), which must be cut in a certain way to maximise flavour and texture. His light touch can also be seen in the raw scallops, salmon and Tuna sashimi plates.
Two signature dishes take pride of place in the middle of the menu: Chilli mud crab and Seafood platter. While these may be the choice for a big occasion, don’t be distracted by the ‘big ticket’ items. Modern classics are scattered throughout the menu. This is food perfect for sharing, if only because there are so many dishes too good to miss!
For example, in the ‘Starters’ section, Grilled polenta bruschetta is a triumph, soft and melt-in-the-mouth creamy, topped with a mix of fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes, roast capsicum, endive and asparagus in a fresh basil pesto. Our dishes are all simply delicious, so well done that we can’t help but murmur one word: ‘Perfect!’
Meat lovers will be pleased too with the investment in a Mibrasa charcoal oven, the only one on the Gold Coast, imparting a smokiness to the meat that only a wood-fired grill can give. Our Angus rib eye still clinging to the bone yields easily to the knife, succulent and full of flavour. It’s top draw meat, just like the seafood.
A return visit alerts us to one of the best all-round breakfast menus on the coast, featuring Classics, Healthy Starts and Brekkie Bowls.
Our breakfasts are substantial, on point and well-priced. Avo smash takes on a lower GI twist with the addition of mashed sweet potato, while the croissant-stuffed Eggs Bene is a luxe indulgence for a breakout breakfast.
Being a weekday morning, our two chosen breakfasts are healthy options: Brekkie panna cotta with house-made gluten-free granola ($15) packed with nuts and fruit (so moreish I long to take some home), and a Japanese mushroom omelette that’s a umami-filled wonder, with soy and ginger packing a little extra punch to make an extraordinary dish ($18). It’s perfect beachside fare with a green smoothie full of vitamins to start the day.
Head breakfast chef, Rebecca Lee talked to us about the team’s approach: locally sourced produce such as haloumi from Byron Bay Mozzarella Co., croissants from Nubi’s and Panya’s sourdough. Her international culinary team having input into menus, tweeking and adjusting until they are all satisfied with the recipe. Such devotion shows!
You may have to walk that little bit further towards the beach to find Beachside Pavilion, but when you do, be sure to wander in.
Order a burger or fish and chips if you must on a cool blustery day, but there’s so much more on this menu to intrigue and delight foodies. Look for the hidden gems within.
Ticking all the boxes for friendly service, drinks and exceptional food, Beachside Pavilion raises the bar on great modern Italian and international food on the Gold Coast. It’s totally worth a visit!
Shop 46, The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall (Beach end), Broadbeach Ph: 07 5539 0377
Open: Mon – Sun 6am – late
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Beachside Pavilion.