Sunday lunch at Taverna

Sunday was a perfect example of the stunning winter weather we get on the Gold Coast.

The air was crisp but the sun was shining, warm and brilliant, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

To make the most of it, we decided to take ourselves down to Kingscliff for lunch at Taverna.

If you haven’t yet experienced Kingscliff, it’s worth the trip. This picturesque little coastal town is brimming with boutiques and restaurants, set along one of the prettiest beaches.

Nestled at the southern end of the esplanade, towards ‘Kingy Creek’ is Taverna, a Greek-inspired, small 60-seat restaurant with lovely ocean views.

It’s an Instagrammer’s dream (just search #thetavernadoor) with its white-painted brick and mint trimmings, but it’s the food that is the star of the show.

All designed to share, the dishes are strongly Greek-inspired, with a modern twist.

After tucking into the olive bread, we started with the Byron Bay haloumi with bush honey and rosemary – a lovely combination of flavours.

We also had the confit ocean trout with broad bean, artichoke heart, goats cheese, apple and mint, and the slow roasted New England lamb with jus, soft garlic, oregano and some simple sides.

But it was the fried local squid with seaweed, sesame, pink peppercorn mayo and lime that was the winner for me.

If you enjoy good food, good drinks and great atmosphere (who doesn’t!), Taverna is a must.

It was the perfect place for a long lunch with friends. You can find out more about it here.

Photos by Ranger Creative