Like its famous eponym, Sky Lounge in Hong Kong, Sky Broadbeach is a great place to have something to eat while you watch the view, in this case the passing parade. Owner Jack Shum has not gone ventured far geographically from his other restaurant, Aussie China Kitchen, but Sky brings in the welcoming face of Partner/Manager Sam Cheng and a fresh, more lavish shop fit out to the Broadbeach dining precinct, The Oracle. By day an open airy space, the restaurant is elegant and romantic by night.
Decked out in stunning black, silver and cream with mirrored tiles and modern feature artworks, Sky brings us Australian Chinese favourites, specialty regional dishes, as well as the daily yum cha experience.
It’s a real treat to see thousand year old dishes such as “The Monk Jumps Over the Wall” on the menu, a signature dish of one of the eight main cuisines of China. This traditional dish is made up of many different kinds of meat and premium seafood, including abalone, sea cucumber and dried scallops. It is a delicacy fit to serve to honourable guests and heads of state. Legend has it that a monk spreading Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty could smell delicious aromas coming from a restaurant near the temple where he was staying. No longer able to resist, he jumped over the wall between the temple and the restaurant to sample the dish that smelled so delicious, and so the name was born.
Fortunately for the Gold Coast, it requires only a phone call to try such exotic regional cuisine. For us, yum cha on the weekend fits the bill for our family, a great dining experience where everyone looks for their favourite dish, ordered in the quantities they desire. When we dined at Sky, the yum cha lay in wait for us, prawn dumplings tipping their boat hats, long rice noodles poised in submission on the plate. Each morsel was delicious to the bite, the pastries light and flaky, the rice skin of our dumplings melting in the mouth. We ordered from the cart, but there’s a menu to choose from, as well as à la carte.
The Oracle dining precinct is growing in popularity, a modern streetscape punctuated by upmarket shops, restaurants, and twice monthly Sunday markets. With Oracle Boulevard bringing us the ‘foods of the world’, Sky adds a welcome Chinese cuisine element to the mix in Broadbeach.
Shop 3 & 4, Oracle Boulevard, Surf Parade, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5539 9996