Nestled within the Southport Sharks clubhouse, Carmody’s enjoys a name-recognition status along the Gold Coast for its light, fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. Although the menu specializes in steaks, Carmody’s prides itself on a commitment to sustainability and supporting the local organic agricultural trade; these values are clearly reflected in their recent menu offerings, like the Fig Tree Organic prime rib fillets, Black Angus tenderloin from Paul Graham’s Organic Farm, and Sunforest Organic pork belly. While surveying the grounds of Southport Sharks from the scenic dining deck, start your meal with an order of creole calamari with smoked jalapeno aioli and honey sriracha, followed swiftly by fennel and pomegranate lacquered roast duck with celeriac puree, beetroot and star anise jus. Accompany the above dishes with some unusual sides like watermelon, balsamic fig, pistachios, quinoa & danish feta, or chimmi churri sweet potato salad with rocket, pepitas & dried cranberries. If you can manage dessert, finish your healthy feast with their roasted white chocolate and goats curd panna cotta (topped with rhubarb and apricot compote and served with a wild rice crispy).
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 8.30am – 12am; Friday and Saturday: 8.30am – 2pm
Watch out for: The list of sustainable organic producers on the menu
Carmody’s, Musgrave Ave, Southport, Australia, +61 7 5532 1155
Lambar is a charming suburban pizzeria, known for nourishing the citizens of Chirn park with thick, saucy dishes for a number of years now. Beyond the effortlessly cool blue marquee you’ll find a friendly, efficient team of servers ready to cater to your every pizza-related whim. Notable offerings include the Matisse – ‘A Work of Art’ composed of mushrooms, ham, olive, capsicum, salami, onion, garlic, and oregano; the Kicken’ Chicken with tandoori chicken, bacon, garlic, mushrooms, onion, and optional greek yoghurt; and the simple yet flavorful lamb, feta, and red onion pizza. Lambar also serves a number of traditional marinara pastas, though we’d recommend the matriciana for something a little special (bacon, mushrooms, onion, capsicum, garlic and chili, finished in tomato napoli). Best of all, they do takeout!
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 5pm – 10.30pm
Watch out for: The Kicken’ Chicken pizza with tandoori chicken and mushrooms
Lambar, 4/37 Musgrave Ave, Labrador, Australia, +61 7 5532 0112
The Great Greek Kafe is a modern Greek restaurant specializing in beautiful breads, tasty mezze dips, and a menu centered around five grain fed meats prepared with BBQ rotisserie charcoal cooking and paired with mouthwatering sauces. The atmosphere is bright and welcoming, while the décor incorporates an impressive bevy of statues and more marble sculpture than the British Museum. Their sharing plates include chargrilled octopus flavored with herbs, lemon and olive oil; the classic Greek moussaka topped with béchamel, potatoes and parmesan; and the souvla with your choice of signature hickory smoked charcoal rotisserie chicken or lamb, served with tzatziki, lemon, olive oil, oregano, Greek salad, lemon and potato. Greek coffee and classic baklava make for a sweet finish here, or you can opt for tempting drinkable desserts, like the tiramisu martini. They also offer a special banquet menu for larger functions and groups.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11am – 12am
Watch out for: The range of mezze dishes and the house BBQ rotisserie meats
The Great Greek Kafe, 151 Scarborough St, Southport, Australia, +61 7 5679 3398
Fufu House only recently opened on the Southport strip, but word of mouth has traveled fast to make this Japanese bar a quick success story. Fufu certainly makes a great first impression through its friendly service and traditional Japanese izakaya decor, with polished floorboards, high wooden bar stools, and classically painted artwork. The menu offers a spectrum to cater equally to more Western palates and to those seeking an authentic Japanese dining experience (with intriguing Taiwanese undercurrents). For starters, one can choose from grilled beef and shallot skewers, fried pork dumplings with dipping sauce, grilled quail eggs and broiled tilapia fish, to name only a few. Hungrier diners should turn to the impressive range of udon noodle/grilled chicken bento boxes and filling seafood hot pot soups, while the thirsty should turn to the drink menu for a refreshing selection of Chinese and Taiwanese beer, house white wine for just $2.20 per cup, and Taiwanese plum wine for $4.50 per cup. This new neighborhood gem is blowing up fast, so stop in soon before it’s packed to capacity!
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 4pm – 9.30pm
Watch out for: The bento boxes
Fufu House, 154 Scarborough Street, Southport, Gold Coast, Australia, +61 7 5679 5624
By Alex MacKay