Café D’Bar at Point Danger is the perfect spot to chill out on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Perched high on the hill right on the Queensland NSW border, this cute café boasts views of the entire coast as well as sea vistas of sailing boats, freighters and even whales if you’re patient enough.
D’Bar’s setting is a 1925 old Queenslander, its décor heavily referencing the surfing culture and its history on the southern end of the coast. With its shady verandah and surfing murals, there’s an iconic wholesome Queensland feel to the restaurant, which is a winner for locals and tourists alike. Because of its size, split levels and diverse food and beverage menu, D’Bar has something for everyone.
The restaurant is quite large, giving many options of seating and views: a downstairs verandah with views out to the ocean, a chilled zone upstairs with great views down to its namesake Duranbah Beach and out to the Pacific through glass louvres, an outdoor garden and play area, a deck looking down to Rainbow Bay and the front surf bar. Adjoined to the restaurant is an art gallery filled with paintings of surfing and ocean scenes by local artists and well-chosen gifts; the perfect stopover point for visitors to the coast.
We ate at lunchtime, passing over old beach favourites of chips and gravy, burgers and melts, in favour of the Asian influenced café-style menu. It’s smart marketing by Owner/Executive Chef Steve Archdeacon to provide something for everyone on his menu. The Fresh snapper cakes over Green papaya wakame salad with Nam Jim is a fresh and light dish; a perfectly delicious lunch for a summer’s day. Also available is a Moroccan spiced roast pumpkin, toasted cashews, grilled haloumi and rocket salad with balsamic dressing; Fresh teriyaki tuna grilled with kipfler potatoes, Bok Choy and sweet soy and wasabi mayo. The food is beautifully presented, shattering the preconceived image of a fish and chip beachside shop.
As we eat, a tanker slips past on the horizon, bikers puff their way up the hill and enter the restaurant to have a snack, and surfers pop into the front bar to get a coffee. The espresso bar serves smoothies and specialty thick shakes, frappés and their own award winning Cre8tive coffee. The premises is also licensed from 10am.
On the weekend, Tapas and Cocktails brings a different vibe to the late afternoons. As the sun sets, you can close the working week with friends, listening to live music, a cocktail or cider in hand as the colours of sunset reflect across Rainbow Bay.
The D’Bar would be the perfect place to enjoy breakfast after a brisk walk along Rainbow Bay and up the hill, to take visitors to say goodbye to the coast before they take flight from Coolangatta, or just to chill out and relax. At Café D’Bar you’re above the bustle of mid-coastal urban life, relaxing, enjoying time with friends, eating great food; a timely reminder of what a casual coastal lifestyle is really all about.
275 Boundary Street, Coolangatta Ph: 07 5599 2031
NOTE: The team from Cafe D’Bar also own Bassk.