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Published June 20th 2016
Upmarket Greek-style taverna with vintage 80s glam
Grecian urns, Art-deco-inspired booths, crisp white tablecloths and attentive staff make for a relaxed and somewhat decadent afternoon, or evening. And all this for a refreshingly budget-friendly bill at the end of a lovely meal.
The whole experience is excellent value for money. There is no denying that Georges Paragon at Sanctuary Cove is a relic of a bygone era, but I like everything about it. It is such a relief that the biggest challenge of the day is deciding what to order.
image courtesy of George's Paragon website
Barouti is one of the most popular dishes on the menu at Georges Paragon Sanctuary Cove, and I can see why.
It is a feast of grilled barramundi, prawns, scallops and BBQ bugs; topped with a classic garlic, white wine and cream sauce; served on a bed of rice with crispy French fries. All this deliciousness for only $35.50 on their 'half-price all day' menu.
Mr George Tassis and his family operate George's Paragon restaurants at Sanctuary Cove, Coolangatta, Mt Tamborine and Brisbane. Reliable sources suggest that Burleigh Heads will soon re-open in coming months, and locals are excited.
The Sanctuary Cove flagship restaurant has been operating for 22 years and has undergone many improvements in recent years.
In 2006 the waterfront restaurant received a $5 million upgrade which makes the most of the spectacular views across the marina. In addition to more dining space, the renovations added a larger bar and a functions area. Seating capacity is now close to 600 patrons, making it one of the largest restaurants in Queensland.
"My aim is to deliver great food and excellent service; if you have those elements, people will come." – George Tassis
George Tassis (image courtesy of Georges Paragon)
Coffee, Cake and Cocktail Bar The seafood restaurant at Sanctuary Cove underwent further extensions last year to create a café/cocktail bar to the left of the main restaurant entrance.
"Atmosphere is important because it draws people in and keeps them here for desserts, coffee and drinks." – George Tassis
This Café-Wine Bar is open for breakfast from 9am, and offers a relaxed lounge-style area for coffee, cake or cocktails, all the way through until 6pm every day.
They also offer the convenience of a takeaway counter where Sanctuary Cove residents and visitors can purchase fresh and cooked seafood.
Pizza & Wine Bar In modern Greek tradition, where would we be without a relaxed waterfront eatery offering pizza, pasta, ribs and salads? Haven't tried the pizzas, but the location is sublime.
Lots of outdoor seating with huge market umbrellas, and views out across the water. You can almost feel like you've been spirited away on a private yacht to some exotic spot in the Mediterranean.
Sanctuary Cove Community
The sheer scale of this restaurant is rare nowadays, and its sprawling emptiness is a little eery on a quiet weekday's afternoon. And yet, back in its day, Sanctuary Cove was a popular haunt for the well-heeled, and a unique concept resort where residents could zip around on golf buggies in the main street. Relatively recent investment of Middle-eastern 'oil money' should see a new sparkle in the eye and a spring in the step of most local businesses.
Sanctuary Cove marina
Sanctuary Cove is a resort-style master-planned community, featuring two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, Hyatt Regency Hotel and Country Club including full fitness centre, tennis courts and 25m swimming pool. At the heart of the community is the Marine Village – Sanctuary Cove's very own waterfront commercial, retail and dining precinct, with more than 80 tenancies. (source: Mulpha Sanctuary Cove)
Sanctuary Cove resort community
OPERATING HOURS SANCTUARY COVE (open every day)
George's Restaurant is open 11am to 10pm, Ph: (07) 5577-8420
George's Café & Cocktail Bar is open 9am to 6pm
George's Pizza & Wine Bar is open 11.30am to 9pm Ph: (07) 5514-8241