With waterfront dining at a premium on the Gold Coast, it’s surprising that Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar is still a secret haven, frequented by locals, boaties, football stars and millionaires.
New owner Kieran Hogue and his wife have undertaken some smart renovations, including a stainless-steel bar and new tables, decking out the venue like a beach house, instantly approachable and welcoming. Through floor to ceiling glass there’s a stunning 180-degree view of yachts, water and the unspoiled natural habitat of Hope Island stretching out beyond the veranda.
Chef Kingsley Saville (ex-Beaches on Tedder) in the kitchen is turning out uncomplicated fresh fare that’s perfectly suited to a water-side location.
“Fresh is best,” Kingsley says. “I’ve been a chef for twelve years, and this is my kind of food.”
Changing the menu seasonally, Kingsley makes the most of local produce, including seafood, a winner with coastal diners. The envy of many, he can buy from the fishing dock right behind the restaurant. Local trawler King Prawns, tender squid, Fisherman’s basket…this is the place to enjoy seafood with a view for a lunch date or celebration
In a great rendition of the ever popular ‘Fish and chips with tartare’, Chef Kingsley shares his herb crust recipe with us. At Quarterdeck, barramundi from Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory is seared, topped with a pesto crumb crust and finished in the oven before serving with crispy kipfler potato, a rocket salad with salsa, fried capers and a house tartare.
Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar, 76-84 Waterway Drive, Coomera Ph: 07 5529 7127
NOTE: This article was published in The Sun newspaper on 3 April, 2019.