The Royale Peacock is a two-floor repository of heart-warming and soothing South Asian cuisine, located in the retail heart of Main Beach. The Peacock’s award-winning chef claims to have ‘successfully captured the exquisite flavors and aromas of fine Indian cuisine that were prized by the maharajah dynasties’. The resulting menu is an inspired selection of meat and meat-free dishes for all palates, from the chicken and lamb specialties of chicken vindaloo goanese, murgh dopiaza, chicken saagwala, butter chicken (of course), kashmiri rogan josh, lamb koftas, and handi la-jawab to seafood curries like the fish shahjajani and prawn tava fry to vegetarian offerings like the palak paneer and the dal makhani.
3/25 Tedder Ave, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5679 5824
Another of the luxury hotel Palazzo Versace’s in-house eateries, Vanitas is an exclusive high-end culinary experience for the Gold Coast’s most fashionable and monied diners. The interior is the definition of neoclassical opulence: as you take your place in their silk upholstered chairs, you’ll see the Versace Medusa mosaic branded on every little detail of the furnishings, while the walls are adorned with glorious original artworks (including a 13-meter canvas painting inspired by Gianni Versace’s book Do Not Disturb). It is immediately clear why Harper’s Bazaar has dubbed this venue ‘the most fashionable restaurant around the world.’ What grounds this ostentatious display is the undeniable strength of the food. Smaller tables can look forward to a la carte offerings like violet gnocchi, Burrawong duck, and suckling pig; for larger groups, look to Vanitas’ signature six-course degustation menu. Past stars of this ever-changing menu include mud crab with watermelon, pear, mustard cress and bisque; tarragon brioche soaked in lobster broth with poached Moreton Bay bugs; and snapper baked in pancetta served, on a beetroot risotto and broadbeans. Whatever you choose, their wine list is sure to offer the perfect complement for your meal; it is, after all, 400 bottles long. The desserts are impeccable, and should be savored to the last bite; we’d especially recommend the chocolate and caramel tart with red wine-poached pears, flecked in gold leaf.
Vanitas, Marina Mirage, 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5509 8000