After a long first day at the Problogger Conference, I headed back to our hotel to have dinner with the SO and Bubby. The SO had done a little scouting and decided we should try The Avenue on the Gold Coast. Who was I to deny the man a decent dinner?
The Avenue is on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, across the street from the Hilton hotel. Exposed woods and brick grace the walls, and the wood theme is carried through with their bar and tables. Lots of texture makes the space feel very casual and comfortable.
The bar is positioned in front of The Avenue. There was music blaring, but we didn’t hear much of it at the seats closer to the pass and pizza oven. There was a television screen above us playing a game, so it was not quiet.
At first glance, the Avenue seemed like a party venue, but I was surprised by how family friendly they were. Service at The Avenue was extremely friendly and accommodating. The staff brought out a high chair for Bubby and interacted with him every time they came over to the table.
The Smoke Stack pizza didn’t disappoint on the smoke factor. Just look at the layers of smoked ham, salami and smokey cheese!
The Avenue has a large wood fired oven and every pizza I noticed was gorgeous. Mine certainly arrived fresh and hot. The crust was thin and crispy, and perfectly cooked. I was able to hold each slice without them flopping limply or slowly dislodge their toppings sadly onto my plate. Definitely a winner and the Smoke Stack was apparently recommended by The Avenue‘s door greeter.
The Black Angus Sirloin mentioned it came with polenta chips, red wine jus and garlic butter on the menu. What it failed to mention was that the garlic butter was extremely generous and there was also broccolini on the plate. The steak was incredibly juicy and melted in your mouth. The SO quipped that The Avenue sous vide their steaks, resulting in a tender perfectly cooked product. It certainly showed.
The Black Angus beef skewers had a ponzu drizzle with sesame. While they were tasty, they were understandably not as succulent as the sirloin. We had ordered these for Bubby, but he found them too tough and preferred slices of the sirloin instead. I came away unconvinced they were worth AUD$6 each.