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Burleigh Pavilion: Beachfront Food Haven

If you needed another reason to head to the Gold Coast besides sunshine, beaches and fun, the new Burleigh Pavilion is reason enough.

The Burleigh Pavilion recently opened with epic beachfront water views in Burleigh Heads thanks to the crew behind the venue, who are the same as Sydney’s popular Manly Wharf Hotel, Mrs Sippy in Double Bay and the famous Seminyak beach club of the same name.

The grand scale second-storey oceanfront space features two main areas, catering for over 600 patrons. At the northern end sits a full-service restaurant, The Tropic and at the other end is The Terrace. Aside from the view, the highlight of the venue is the large open kitchen, which allows diners a front row seat to head chef Guillaume Zika and his team.

So here’s the real question, what should be at the top of your list when ordering?

The Tropic’s fresh and local produce-driven menu showcases ingredients from the local area and northern NSW region, with standouts being the seafood platter and the woodfired pig doughnut with preserved veggies and fermented chillies. Other dishes on the 240-seater restaurant’s menu include buffalo curd, fresh figs, grilled sprout and orange dressing; giant octopus; grilled tiger prawns with dry vermouth butter, shellfish oil and basil; rib eye on the bone rolled in black pepper, thyme and rosemary; and a dessert of roast yellow peach, coconut sorbet, gin and pistachio. Convinced yet?

If you’re after a more casual vibe The Terrace is the spot for you. So casual in fact, you can step straight up from the sand, have a shower and rack your board off to the side. And to accompany the casual vibe, you’ll find delicious comfort treats like wood-fired pizzas; burgers; salads; beer-battered fish and chips; seared barra with beetroot quinoa, preserved lemon, yoghurt, dill and pomegranate; and a French Dip steak sandwich layered with grilled silverside, caramelised onions, pickles, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard.

But what is food without a delicious drink? The drinks list across The Tropic & Burleigh Pavilion is extensive.  The wine list itself is a masterpiece – a 90 strong menu with local and international wines, organic options, while offering both small and large glasses. There are approximately 14 beers on tap including local favourites Balter, Stone and Wood, and Burleigh Brewing. For those of us who prefer to sip and indulge on a cocktail, there are plenty of those. From Rosy Gin Kombucha with gin, Campari, lemon juice, fresh ginger with lemon and ginger kombucha, or the Burleigh Barrel with Bacardi Fuego spiced rum, Licor 43, strawberry, lime and vanilla sugar; to The Point with spiced rum, Malibu, pineapple, ginger syrup and lime – they’ve got it all. 

So what are you waiting for?!