14 July 2008

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Club

Cnr Marine Parade and Hill St Coolangatta QLD 4225
Ph: (07) 5536 1506
Open: Lunch and dinner every day and breakfasts on Sunday’s.

WHEN one pays a visit to Goldie, one must dine at a Surf Club.
Our first attempt at the Broadbeach Surf Club failed as we missed dinner, which finished at 8.30pm. Oops. Gold Coast retirees like their dinner early.
A second attempt was successful with lunch at the Tweeds Head surf club further south, which happens to be the states oldest surf club.
Boasting a superb balcony, the surf club overlooks the magnificent Greenmount beach which is what attracted the hundreds of high rises and hotels in the first place that some might say spoil what must have been a pristine coastal nirvana.
Looking out over the beach means the high rises are out of view behind.
The lunch menu was impressive. Oysters, steak and prawns every which way. But the steak hamburger with the lot grabbed me. It came with egg, beetroot, pineapple, lettuce and tomato, piled on a perfectly cooked slab of scotch fillet. Fantastic.
Chunky chips and bit of salad rounded out the meal.
My partner in crime splurged on surf and turf and was presented with a porterhouse piled with prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and scallops. More chunky chips on the side.
The superb view, cold beer for him, raspberry and lemonade for me, perfected the occasion, for less than $40.
We were hoping to spot humpback whales that were passing through in their hundreds but instead we enjoyed perving on those dining around us; weather beaten locals, accented tourists, sugar daddies and their young companions.
Traditional surf club specials feature with Monday offering steak night ($13.90), Tuesday, baked roast dinner night ($9.90) and Wednesday, shanks, jazz and shiraz night ($14.90).
For a hearty meal and unrivalled views without blowing a hole in the wallet, the Tweed Heads surf club does the trick.

7/10 - Kate