Food Review: N3 Tapas Bar

Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Ph: 07 5591 1400

Open 7 days 11.30am – 9pm; Sunday live music 12 noon – 4pm

There are many ways to choose where you want to dine: food, vibe, service, location. For us, location is the most negotiable, and food the least so. If the food is ordinary (or worse), nothing else can make up. Smash food, service and atmosphere off the charts and you’re on a winner.

N3 Tapas Bar overlooking Seaworld Drive at the front of Marina Mirage, which originally opened in time to bring in the 2016 New Year, has relaunched with a sexy new fitout and gorgeous street art by Jamie Cutrupi, (who also painted Hideaway) to match the exquisite food of Chef de Cuisine Geoff Hart.

Follow that chef! One of our up and coming, extremely talented young Gold Coast chefs, Geoff has worked at a number of award-winning restaurants including Hank, crowned with One Chef Hat by the AGFG. His cuisine is exceptional and at N3 he’s back serving tapas, given the liberty to be creative in the kitchen by owner/manager Jamie.

The menu, divided into Lunch, Tapas from the Paddock, Ocean or Garden, Charcuterie, Large plates to share and ‘To Indulge’ invites us on a culinary world journey: gorgeously presented Scallops with black pudding and cauli puree, Ham hock terrine with truffle mayo and wild mushrooms, Sticky Lamb ribs with smoked salt and salsa verde or the even heartier 48-hour slow-cooked Wagyu brisket with onion rings and hand-cut chips, available for lunch or as a larger plate to share. It doesn’t matter what you choose; it’s all delicious! One of the tapas on opening night was even topped by gold leaf. Stunning!

Too difficult to choose? Then why not go with the ‘Feed Me’ option: Chef Geoff’s selection of seven courses – five tapas, one main and dessert for $52 per head.

Lunch, tapas or larger share plates, all with ‘Gluten-free friendly’ clearly marked; there’s lots to please, well-priced smart cocktails and some really interesting wines to check out. With exceptional food, a funky vibe and friendly attentive service, all we need to do is to take a few friends… Are you free?

Read more of Marj’s reviews on Good Food Gold Coast

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