Mid-last week, I was at the Gold Coast for a conference. It’s an annual event, one in which I have been fortunate enough to go for the past 6 years. I don’t usually enjoy going to conferences, but this one I don’t mind. There’s a lot of drinking involved, so usually by the end of the conference, I am over drinking (yes that’s right) and do not really want to drink for another month!
I was fortunate enough that an ex-colleague, S, was up there, and thought we would catch up. Mind you – by the time we caught up, it was about 8-ish and I have had some decent amount of drinks in me and was looking forward to a nice meal! We asked the concierge for some ideas, and she suggested we go to Moo Moo, which was located on broadbeach, which apparently is where all the bars are, should we decide to kick on.
Moo Moo is known for its steak, ‘putting sexy back to steak’. Unfortunately both S and I didn’t feel like steak and was sold by their special of the day. The restaurant is casual with an open kitchen which gives diners a view of the chefs at work. It had a lively atmosphere, however, at times quite noisy.
We started with the amuse-bouche, unfortunately, I can’t remember what this was called. I do remember the waitress saying that it was ‘wagyu beef’. It had a sweet chutney sauce and the vegetable that came with it was spinach. It was a little cold for my liking but it was tender and succulent.
The special of the day was pan seared Atlantic Ocean trout with wasabi, served with an Asian salad with orange dressing. The Ocean trout was absolutely wonderful, fresh and tender. The hint of wasabi was subtle but a great compliment. The orange dressing surprisingly complimented the salad and the fish, and each mouthful was just magnificent. I was pleasantly surprised, it was a beautifully done dish, and both S and I really enjoyed it.
Both S and I love desserts, so we opted one each. S ordered the hot fudge sundae ‘Moo Moo’ style – rich chocolate brownie topped with vanilla bean ice cream lashed with hot fudge sauce and finished with homemade crunchy honeycomb. The presentation was fantastic and did it taste as good as it looked? Even better, as it did not disappoint! The chocolate brownie was deliciously rich, and chocolatey. The vanilla bean ice cream was creamy and the honeycomb was crunchy, chewy and absolutely scrumptious. It was RICH but scrumptiously good.
I opted for something non-chocolately, and ordered hot passionfruit and marshmallow soufflé with blood orange sauce pot and burnt caramel ice cream. It had me at ‘burnt caramel ice cream’. The soufflé was light and fluffy and a tad sweet for my liking, the burnt caramel ice cream magnificent. My only gripe would be not enough ice cream!
Unfortunately (or fortunately) the restaurant has different shades of red light, which turned all the photos red-ish, however, I have to admit that it was quite funky and had a nice ‘vibe’ to it. The waiters attentive, service fantastic and both S and I really enjoyed our meal.
It was great catching up with S, I have missed a good girlie conversation. It was great catching up with you dear friend and I can’t wait to catch up again.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Moo Moo The Wine Bar and Grill
Broadbeach on the Park
2685 Gold Coast Highway
Broadbeach QLD 4218
Ph: +61 7 5539 9952