Whilst sitting at Gloria Jeans, or my "coffice" the last couple of weeks, I started to notice things happening and there being movement within the building. Then the last few days when I saw the Malt Taphouse & Kitchen branding go up, I knew that it was just what I had hoped for - a pub style bar and restaurant.
Since arriving on the Gold Coast and living in Robina, I felt the one thing that was missing around the promenade was a grown up place to eat and drink that was open slightly later. Also if I am honest, somewhere that was a little bit away from the entrance and central area that is next to the playground, which can get pretty busy, loud and manic at times.
So, did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely, and much more. I went along on opening night (2 Nov) to just to have a nose and a look inside, if I am honest. Whilst looking at the outside menu, the restaurant manager, Alan, came over, he was very welcoming and friendly, so we decided to stay and have a drink. Then as we looked through the menu, I soon decided that in order to do a comprehensive review, I simply must try as much of the food as possible.
They really offer a great mix of food and drink from breakfast on the weekend, tapas, meat, fish, veggie, salads, mains and light bites and soft drinks, coffees and alcohol. It has just enough styles and dishes to offer variety, but not so many that it is confusing and too much. Just simple food with a modern twist that I thought was presented beautifully, and cooked to perfection.
My family and I shared some tapas including fries with aioli ($7), Braised Ox Cheek Baby Onion & Mushroom Pot Pie ($12), Fajita Filled Baked Potato Skins w Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream (($12) and Triple Smoked Beef Sliders w Bacon & Avocado ($9) and bread. Wow, it was all very yummy, really, some of the best food I have tasted in Australia. Plus and most importantly of all, my 4 year old niece, who is the official fries Gold Coast taste tester, gave them get seal if approval, which basically means there were none left.
The prices are surprisingly reasonable too, with tapas ranging from $9-13 (and these are not small dishes), mains ranging from $18-32 and kids meals are just $11 including ice cream. For drinks, a house wine is $6.5, they have a range of local and international beers on tap from $5.5-8 and cocktails are $16.
I really like the decor which is all wooden tables and large beer barrel bar tables, the layout is good too – the tables are spaced out well so you are not sat on top of one another, but there are enough tables to give it atmosphere. A simple rustic style, that gets across the feel of the place perfectly.
Located just under event cinema, this is an ideal place to visit either before of after seeing a movie, for dinner after late night shopping or a few drinks and food with mates or a date at the weekend.
A great restaurant and bar, with excellent food and very friendly and attentive staff - I really hope this place does well. It is an excellent addition to an already vibrant promenade in Robina. Highly recommended - go along and give it a try, I am sure you will love it.
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Saturday: 8-10 – Open for breakfast
Sunday: 8-9 – Open for breakfast
As the restaurant progresses and demand increases, times may change to suit customer needs.