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Published February 27th 2015
Banquet Time @ Justin Lane
Justin Lane in Gold Coast's Burleigh Heads is one delicious, modern Italian restaurant with a happening bar to boot. Located just off the main road, Justin Lane is the perfect spot to commence a Saturday evening in Burleigh.
meredith goats cheese, pickled zucchini @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)
The atmosphere of the bar is one that is relaxed with a great dressed-coast vibe, for those of you who do not know what I mean by that, it's basically taking your beach goers, who rock around in all the high end beach labels and style up for a night out.
Joining them on their adventure, a few friends and I decided to have a night out and commenced our adventure with delicious, European cuisine to get the ball rolling.
A bottle of red came to the table (ordered earlier from the bar) along with menus. After much deliberation out party of four decided to tackle the banquet menu.
The banquet menu is priced at $35 per head with an option of all the 'bites to share' which is a selection of 5. For an added $5 you can get Mooloolaba king prawns with chilli and aioli.
caprese, tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)
The first arrival to the table was the Meredith goats cheese, with pickled zucchini. A fantastic flavour combination. The tarty dense, creamy taste of the cheese was balanced by the zucchini and sprinkling of herbs.
Next was the Caprese, tomato, buffalo mozzarella with basil, balsamic, a great little light dish that is a popular staple in many Italian restaurants throughout the world. You can't really go wrong here. The tomatoes were plump and juicy and the mozzarella had a light, airy texture which allowed it to just melt on the tongue. Absolute heaven.
pork and fennel meat balls @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)
In the middle of our dining experience came the Pork and fennel meat balls. These were really flavoursome, however slightly tougher then your run-of-the-mill meatballs. Still, these were devoured quite quickly and came with a perfect yogurt condiment.
mixed organic olives @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)
The mixed olives and the Pepperonata, peppers, tomato, onion, olive, came out together and were actually perfect as a duo. Whilst the olives are salty the pepperonata dish had a very salsa look to it, which worked well with the olives.
pepperonata, peppers, tomato, onion, olives @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)
The highlight was of course the main of Tiger prawn, calamari, mozzarella, chilli, parsley pizza. This oversized (and very welcomed) pizza arrived by smell first, then by sight. It is after your first bite of this pizza that you will realise what the craze is about with this restaurant.
If seafood isn't to your liking there are over a dozen other mouth watering options. The atmosphere in Justin Lane is quite bustling on a Saturday night as peak dinner time roles in, which makes for a great environment. Next time you are in Burleigh Heads head over to this popular eatery with some friends and do as I did and enjoy the generous banquet menu.
tiger prawn & calamari, mozzarella, chilli, parsley @ Justin Lane (photo by @neelsmcgee)