Food review: Surfers Pavilion

30/34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5620 1012  

Say ‘Pav’, think Pavilion. Surfers Pavilion, to be exact, the new hot spot in Surfers Paradise.

Party goers and diners alike are jubilant that this iconic waterfront venue has been brought back to sparkling new life. Located on Ferny Avenue with uninterrupted waterfront views, the site of the former Helm Bar has been transformed into a slick Californian-style coastal dining and function venue.

Tastefully decked out in pastel shades of duck egg blue and pale pink, it’s the wide water views of Nerang River that grab our attention. The building faces west to the hinterland, maximising sunset vibes, but also captures northerly and southerly vistas of long stretches of river.

Water and seafood go together and, fittingly, Surfers Pavilion showcases a great range of locally sourced seafood. You can choose your own seafood delights from the menu or dine on oysters from the interactive oyster and champagne station just inside the main entrance.

Featuring a wide range of dishes from small bites, burgers and club sandwiches to share plates and mains, there’s great food to suit every occasion.  We dine in a group and share plates, but you could just as easily enjoy a traditional meal there with your partner or friends, dine on a poke bowl for a getaway lunch or linger over an antipasto platter with beers with your mates.

There’s a frosé station supplying drinks to accompany your kingfish sashimi, enjoy a beer on tap, or live it up with a bottle of Moet Ice shared over a girls’ lunch of small dishes.

The pinnacle of our dining, though, is the signature Oceanside Seafood Platter. Comprising two huge decadent platters of hot and cold seafood and a separate stand of chips, the seafood is both abundant and sparklingly fresh. A half lobster thermidor graces one side of the hot platter, surrounded by char-grilled bugs, garlic king prawns, white wine mussels and crumbed whiting, while the cold platter features kingfish sashimi, oysters, smoked salmon, freshly cooked prawns and sauces.

Direct boat and jetski access will soon be encouraged further with the construction of a substantial mooring outside the venue. Yes, there is parking under the venue, but why drive when the light rail station is only a block away and Uber even closer!

Whether you want an impressive place to hold a business lunch, a venue to show off to international visitors, a romantic dinner at sunset or a rowdy Sunday session with friends, this is the venue that is casual and lively with waterfront views. It’s a top spot. Got to #LoveGoldCoast !

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