Down on the Gold Coast in Coolangatta for another weekend and had to try the number one restaurant in the area: Bellakai.
Once again, a long lunch, so probably a different feel to a dinner experience.
Bellakai is in a fantastic location, right opposite the beach with a decent street frontage eating area. If this was Bondi it would be worth an absolute fortune. Rent probably expensive here too. Although, I note it's attached to The Mantra, so maybe that's the answer.
Service at the start was a little mixed from the backpacker but once the professional staff took over was fantastic.
The menu is all seafood seafood seafood which is fine by us, but you can still get a chook or a cow too.
We went the seafood share plate for entree which was fantastic. The little pieces of pan fried whiting was the standout for R, but I thought the plain old natural oysters won the day for me. Very fresh, very oystery, just perfect with a little lemon and salt. The prawns tempura were great also. The tempura light and crunchy. We could have stopped here really.
I ordered a second entree of roast pumpkin ravioli in some sort of red sauce. It was supposed to have some type of nuts in it but I didn't see any. Was a very decent serve for an entree size. Nice one.
R ordered the 'fish of the day' which was a King Fish and well exceeded expectations. Was beautifully cooked and presented. R was so full at this point that she handed the dish over to me to finish and we didn't even consider eating the tempura mushrooms that seemed to shock the waitress. Perhaps they were supposed to be a highlight. They did look pretty impressive. Sorry Chef.
Of course, I had to check out the toilet to get the full picture, and I have mixed thoughts. As you walk in they've obviously gone to some effort with the hand washing mirror part, but the loo itself is a disgrace. Replace the old plastic seats with something solid and clean the cistern! A few hundred buck investment will take you to the next level Bellakai.
Overall, really great lunch. Terrific value.
Scores (based on a dining experience):
Wine List: 6/10
White and silver: 8/10
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