Australia’s picturesque Gold Coast is playing host to athletes from 71 nations for the 21st Commonwealth Games. Fans can enjoy 275 different events over the two-week competition, with sports ranging from swimming and squash to beach volleyball and badminton. As the region welcomes visitors from across the world, top Gold Coast restaurants are preparing to impress both locals and newcomers with the best of Queensland eats. While you’ll find world-class dining throughout the Gold Coast, we’ve picked out the top places to dine as part of your Commonwealth Games experience.
The Cuban, Broadbeach
Cuba may not be part of the Commonwealth, but the island nation’s distinctive brand of hospitality is well-represented at the Cuban Oracle. Just a short walk from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Cuban is where guests can wrap up a day of netball and basketball watching with an expertly crafted mojito and some traditional Caribbean cuisine. Menu highlights include Ropa Vieja, a Cuban classic of melt-in-your-mouth tender shredded beef, served with herbs, tomato, and capsicum. Beyond the athletic events, the Cuban is steps away from the Commonwealth Games Festival taking place at Kurrawa Park, featuring artistic creations from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and First Nations artists and communities.
Ally Chow, Nobby Beach
As the new kid on the block in Nobby Beach, Ally Chow packs a one-two punch of elevated Asian shared plates and a Sunday Session menu worthy of daytime indulgence. Consider fueling up for the Games’ April 15th closing ceremonies with six decadent courses complemented by all-you-can-drink beer, bubbles, and Thai basil caipiroskas. Celebrate the Games’ spirit of global solidarity with a menu that pays homage to Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan. You’ve never had a better reason to order everything off the menu. But, if you’re there on a weekday or going a la carte, check out the saddle tail snapper, prepared in a tangy ginger broth and served with rice noodle sheet, shitake mushroom, baby corn, and garlic chives.Continue Reading