A sister venue to Noosa’s award-winning Miss Moneypenny’s opened this week under the Avani apartment tower in Broadbeach, with The Good Time Group’s CEO Ben Walsh hinting that it’s even better than the original.
“Come and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, with fine food and wine as well,” Mr Walsh told media yesterday. “We’re known for our cocktail offerings, but we’ve taken the food up a couple of notches as well,” he said.
“Miss Moneypenny’s is all about fine dining quality without the fuss,” said Mr Walsh. “We had been looking for the right location and we’re really happy to be here. Now our focus is on delivering expectations.”
“Broadbeach has always been a food and beverage destination,” he said, adding that while the past couple of years had proved a test to some restaurants, he believed that new openings would drive more traffic to the area.
The stylish 200-seat restaurant, created by Sydney-based Paul Kelly Design, is classic and timeless, earthy tones of tan and grey offsetting the warmth of timber. Emerald blue couches bring a splash of colour, a striking bar spans one side wall, the open kitchen at the back shows off the chefs at work, with the other two sides of the restaurant open to gardens and an alfresco area for dining in the sun. What the venue achieves is ‘capital city elegance meets Gold Coast chic’.
Executive Chef for the $8 million mini dining precinct which also includes Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner and The Rimini Room, an exclusive private dining and function space, is Braden White (ex-Bikini, Sisterfields, BO$$ MAN, Sibling, Revolver Espresso Bali, Stokehouse Brisbane, and Ricky’s Noosa).
Accommodating his offerings to Gold Coast tastes, the menu is globally-inspired Mediterranean fare geared to ‘social dining’.
“Bar snacks don’t have to be just bar snacks,” Chef Braden says of the first part of his menu which features over a dozen different ‘bar bites’ including some that are vegetarian-friendly, from Freshly-shucked oysters to Green pea croquettes, Suckling pig spring rolls with a caramelised-apple and onion emulsion to Porcini mushroom fritters.
Gourmet pizzas are available from breakfast until 11pm, and while breakfast is ‘go it alone’, large dishes such as fried market fish with papaya salad, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and whole BBQ chicken with harissa are obvious choices to share later in the day with a range of sides. Want your own meal? Then there’s a range of entrées and mains to cater for that, such as Coral Coast barramundi with clam and potato puree, XO, warrigal greens and wood sorrel, or Rangers Valley Black Onyx Sirloin with truffled cabbage and smoked mushroom.
What many will be just as interested in are the bar offerings: a range of international beers with a splattering of local brews, smart wines ranging from sessionable to rare both by the glass and bottle, classic 80s cocktails with a twist of new, such as the Peppered peach iced tea cocktail, an original Raffles Hotel recipe Singapore Sling, or a Citron meringue served in a coconut shell (in a nod to Surfers’ renowned 80s venue The Shell Bar).
One of the great additions the venue brings to Broadbeach is all-day dining, the kitchen opening at 7am for breakfast, through lunch and dinner, to late night bar snacks and pizza until at least 11pm daily.
With elegance, class and such a range of dining and drink experiences on offer, there’s a firm promise here that Miss Moneypenny’s will be a ‘go to’ for Gold Coast diners and the upmarket party set alike.
Avani Apartments, 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5655 0785
Open: Mon – Sun 7am until late