“Meet you in the Garden.” This is the tagline for the Garden Kitchen and Bar, an innovative new restaurant located in the Jupiters Hotel & Casino complex. The restaurant has captured the Gold Coast lifestyle perfectly. The Garden Kitchen occupies a huge space which has both indoor and outdoor dining options.
Dine on the verandah or take advantage of the private atriums which open onto the beautifully landscape gardens. Perhaps a cocktail in the garden is more your style. Take a seat in a beanbag or deck chair and soak up the atmosphere.
Jupiters Hotel & Casino is doing everything right with their 345 million refurbishment. The Garden Kitchen & Bar is the third restaurant opening in the complex. Kiyomi and Cucina Vivo have each been open a year now and have wowed the crowds.
The Garden Kitchen is something completely different again. The light airy appearance of the restaurant celebrates the Gold Coast weather and lifestyle and the food mirrors this sentiment in its “garden fresh,” clean eating style. We were at Jupiters to celebrate the launch of the Kitchen Garden and Bar so we had the opportunity to try quite a few of the dishes off the menu.
The red quinoa salad was one of my favourites. It was a simple dish presented beautifully. The salad consisted of raw and roasted vegetables combined with red quinoa and served with a sprinkling of creamy feta and vinaigrette. The “planted” radish on top completed the lovely, garden fresh look.
The white sangria looked almost healthy with the inclusion of a virtual fruit salad in the crisp sauvignon blanc and soda combination. I could imagine myself settling in for an afternoon with a few of these cocktails.
The atmosphere at the launch was of a beautiful garden party.
A waitress explained the chef tries to use as much produce as possible from the Jupiters Casino garden as she offered us the house smoked salmon salad. This was another dish that tasted like you were doing your body and your taste buds a huge favour. The house made, hot smoked salmon was so moist! It was perfectly cooked, delicate and had a lovely smoky flavour. The salmon was served with a salad of tiny, sweet baby peas that had barely been blanched. They still had that slight raw flavour and I would imagine these were fresh picked from the garden.
I asked the waitress to put the tray of Mooloolaba Crabs Cakes down so I could take a photo of the tray. If I’d known how good they were I may not have allowed the tray to be removed. The spanner crab was so sweet and tasty, and the cakes themselves were impossibly light! It tasted like I was eating a crab and air. They were served with creamy dressing and a basil leaf which added a lovely fresh flavour to the dish. Oh, and aren’t these the cutest serving toothpicks EVER!
“Would you like a heavenly cocktail?” asked the waiter.
How could you turn down a cocktail with that name?
As the names suggests it was “Heavenly.” It wasn’t an overly sweet cocktail but it had lovely fruit flavours. The drink contained a Lychee flavoured liquor, lemonade, cranberry juice, Malibu, Cointreau and Vodka. Wow, it sounded strong, but was surprisingly tame.
Next we were offered some gorgeous Pacific oysters. They were served natural with a vinaigrette, salmon roe and a garnish of micro herbs.
The oysters were so perfectly plump and tasty. All the food served at the Garden Kitchen really suited the relaxed, light and breezy atmosphere of the space.
Listening to X Factor finalists Matt Price and Jess Dunbar sing, added to the relaxed atmosphere of the evening. During the speeches it was explained that the Gold Coast benefits from 350 days of gorgeous Queensland weather.
Jupiters envisages a restaurant and space that allowed guests, tourists and locals to take advantage of the climate in beautiful surroundings. The aim was to give a true “Garden Dining” experience to guests.
Pork Belly is my secret love. This lovely moist morsel was served with an apple glaze on a bed of fresh celeriac and apple slaw. The sprinkling on top is a pork crackle crumble. I would have happily had another serve, but I noticed a risotto was also doing the rounds.
The menu we experienced certainly had something for everyone. The risotto like all the preceding dishes was beautifully fresh. A simple honest dish that tasted like you were doing something really good for your body. This green pea risotto included zucchini, thin slices of al dente baby carrot, and pumpkin, and was served with a parsnip crisp.
Our final dish of the evening was a wagyu steak dish from Jack’s Creek. Jack’s Creek is a local Gold Coast producer. The producer holds the title of the World’s Best Steak as decided at the World Steak Challenge. The wagyu was served on roasted baby chat topped with a fresh chimichurri sauce.
After such an amazing meal we decided to take a stroll into the garden and make ourselves comfortable on the bean bags. A waiter brought us a glass of red wine and we watched the party from our new vantage point.
I think it’s safe to say that Jupiters Casino has achieved exactly what it set out to do with the Garden Kitchen & Bar. The space is unique, relaxed and welcoming. The menu is fresh, and has a local, paddock to plate feeling.
You may also be interested to know that Jupiters Casino has now completed the refurbishment of their executive apartments. The result is a sophisticated room with state of the art appointments and gorgeous plush linen. Staying on the Executive floors entitles guests to a range of exclusive serves such as express check-in, valet, complimentary food and drink and exclusive executive lounge access.
Garden Kitchen & BarCasino Level, Jupiters Gold Coast
Broadbeach, Qld, 4212
Ph: 0755 92 8787