On travelling with our hire car back to the Gold Coast airport from Surfers Paradise we decided to heed the advice on a TV ad, and call in at the 'Best Little Club in the World' for lunch. To be honest, we thought the boast on the ad cheeky and amusing and we weren't sure what to expect (having had the experience of many an RSL club throughout Australia). But I have to say, the claims we pretty correct! From the moment we arrived (too early for lunch, but looking for a haven to kill the time) we were greeted with outgoing, charming and friendly staff who were happy to help in any way they could.
We sat in a lovely shaded spot outside right on the river reading our books and newspapers while sipping cool drinks. The cafe serves salads, wraps, quiches and cookies pretty much all day and at 11:30am they start serving the hot food (for which there was quickly a line up!). As hungry as we were, we held off till Alleys Restaurant opened at 12pm for a fantastic lunch. The wait staff knew we were on a tight schedule (we needed to leave by 12:45pm) and accommodated us beautifully. Again, we sat outside in a lovely sheltered spot with fabulous views and atmosphere. What really was a surprise was the quality and value of the meal. I ordered the grilled chicken breast with oven baked roma tomatoes, asparagus and salad (veges available instead of chips and salad). The chicken had that delicious (and difficult to achieve) balance of moist and tender interior with a crisp and tasty skin. Highly recommended. My friends had the chicken Caesar salad and the toasted club sandwich, apparently all good. On leaving, it was apparent that we were not the only ones impressed, as the restaurant was filling at a good rate (especially for a Friday lunch).
My only disappointment was that we had to leave to catch a flight and were unable to stay longer and savour the atmosphere or try the evening menu which looked quite delicious (although I am sure I would've had trouble deciding which dish to have!)
So, do yourself a favour. Next time you are driving through, or needing a haven while waiting to catch a flight, pop into the Currumbin RSL (it was 10 minutes drive to the airport).
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