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Published January 5th 2013
Dim Sum in the Sun
There had been a sign up in Broadbeach saying "new exciting restaurant coming soon" for what feels like an eternity, yet the transformation to said "exciting new restaurant" seemed to happen over night.
Sky Broadbeach is a classy new Chinese seafood restaurant which opened recently at the Surf Parade end of the up and coming Oracle Boulevard.
This particular area of Broadbeach has a number of high quality restaurants with Moo Moo, Mecca Bah, Lauxes Champagne Bar and the Bavarian Bier Cafe all close by - they are all extremely popular offering the best in fine dining and socialising.
Sky looks pretty unassuming from outside, especially when the white screens are down, and the decor inside is pretty minimal, but the experience is a very different story where the food and service really speak for itself.
Located on Surf Parade, you would think that being so close to the road side and traffic would spoil the ambiance, but in fact it doesn't and you barely notice. The large outdoor setting on the pavement manages to make you feel you are in a quiet restaurant, rather than next to a busy main road.
I went there on a date night with my boyfriend and found it a lovely relaxing atmosphere and the food and service was just superb.
The menu is pretty extensive and we were struggling to choose what to have, so the friendly manager happily asked us what kind of food we liked - spicy or mild, seafood or meat, what styles, what sauces etc - and then he recommended a number of dishes that matched what we were after. This was really helpful, as we could have been there for days otherwise, the menu is that big.
Now it does specialise in seafood but I really don't like seafood of any kind so I cannot give an opinion on that aspect. It does have a live tank which you can choose from, so if you like that then you will love this place.
To start we had the starter sharing platter with pork dim sum, spring rolls, prawn dumplings and prawn crackers - that was a perfect starter - not too huge, but just enough and it was all yummy. Then we had the Fillet Steak in Black Bean Sauce and Sweet & Sour Crispy Chicken with steamed rice.
I found the staff some of the best I have experienced - polite, friendly and knowledgeable, which of course they should be. But more than that I found them funny and playful - from joking with each other to giving an amusing lesson in chop stick use to my boyfriend - which gave a light relaxed feel to the meal which I enjoyed.
The Oracle Boulevard is fast becoming a social and dining hub - and with the introduction of quality places like Sky, it will be soon be the "in" place to be on the Gold Coast for quality dining.
As far as I can see they don't have a website or Facebook page, so for now it is the good old fashioned phone to find out more. Or just pop along, we got there at about 7:30pm on a Friday night and got a table fine, but it soon filled up quickly and I would imagine as word spreads, like the other restaurants in that area, you will need to book in advance.
Oh, and for those lucky enough to live close by they also offer a take away service, you can pick up a leaflet at the restaurant.
They are open for lunch and dinner from approx 11:30 am to late.