Food review: Palm Beach Surf Club

“A review of a Surf Club?!” we hear you cry. Yes, indeedy, for Palm Beach Surf Club has taken great pains over the last couple of years to elevate its entire experience, firstly through a massive host of sustainability measures which recently saw it receive the first ‘Ocean Friendly’ accreditation on the Gold Coast (and the first in Australia, for surf clubs).

Secondly, ongoing renovations and refurbishments have opened up more of the incredible view for inside diners while adding a modern, elegant touch to some of the bar’s seated areas, and last but not least, the venue has done a total re-tool of its menu, dropping a range of delightful summery options onto the plates of its eager diners.

With something for everyone from the hardcore carnivore to the most health-conscious vegan, Palm Beach Surf Club is certainly determined to stay ahead of the curve in every respect.

We sit down to sample the new menu on a stunning late Spring afternoon, the breezy deck providing a perfect spot on which to perch as we gaze out over the pristine white sands and twinkling blue ocean.

The Baked Camembert with honey thyme and sourdough fingers ($17/$18) arrives first up, and I don’t really know what else to say about it except that it’s baked camembert with honey and if you don’t love it then you probably need to get in the bin.

Next up we have the surprisingly gluten free Tomato and Bocconcini Arancini ($15/$17) Served with a sweet balsamic reduction and a zesty basil pesto, these hot and crispy treats would be the perfect accompaniment to a couple of lazy afternoon Sunday drinkies on the deck. Just don’t try saying them after you’ve had a couple.

The final starter, and our personal dish of the day, was the Grilled Prawns Thai Style ($16/$18), skewers of tender prawns served on a fresh papaya and vermicelli noodle salad. Hitting all the right notes of South East Asian cuisine with a perfect balance of salty, sweet, spicy and sour, it was a party for our tastebuds, and something we would come back just to have again.

Although we were quite full by this stage, we couldn’t resist checking out the burger for all those traditionalists out there, so we loaded up the Classic Beef Burger ($16/$17.50 before additions) with basically everything we could think of including haloumi, battered onion rings, bacon, and enough other stuff to make it nearly a foot tall. Both a challenge and a delight to eat, the burgers form part of the standard, popular pub fare that still remains at the venue. We went the healthy route along with it, choosing the Summer Zest salad ($16/$18), a light, bright and vegan-friendly offering packed with chickpeas, greens, pumpkin and avocado.

Finally, too full for actual dessert, we braved our way through a spicy Strawberry and Chilli Margarita ($15/$16) to cap things off. And we can confirm: Not your average surf club experience in any respect.

Note: ($members price / $non-members price). Blank GC dined as guests of Palm Beach Surf Club.

IMAGES (c) Simone Gorman-Clark

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