From the moment I arrived on Australia’s Gold Coast, I kept hearing that I needed to try Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads. From my cab drivers to people I met on the beach or exploring the city everyone seemed to praise Rick Shores as one of the best spots for food in the city.
Unable to resist trying the much-praised restaurant, I was fortunate enough to get a table for lunch. Be warned, reservations for this spot are in demand, so make your reservations in advance as far as possible.
Rick Shores has a prime location, right on the beach. The back of the restaurant is floor to ceiling windows, so as you dine you can watch the crashing surf. Inside all the seats are arranged so that everyone can enjoy the amazing view. There are larger tables close to the front, with long tiered tables perfect for solo dinners or pairs.
The menu at Rick Shores is Pan-Asian with flavors inspired from Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Japan. Here the dishes are small sharing plates, many of which include fresh local seafood. Meanwhile, the wine list features lots of organic producers, and there are plenty of by the glass options.
The most popular dish at Rick Shores is the bug roll, which is a battered Queensland bug tail topped with lettuce and Sriracha and served on a soft brioche-style bun. If you are a fan of lobster rolls, you’ll love Rick Shores bug roll, which has a nice bit of heat to it. The dish is delicious and is what you crave when dining at the beach.
Additionally, I also ordered the shrimp wonton, served in a fish broth and topped with dried bonito.
For my third dish, I had the mouthwatering BBQ pork steam bun.
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Finally, for dessert, I ordered their daily special ice cream parfait. It was a mix of sweet and salty and was the perfect thing to cool you down after a hot day on the beach.
I can’t happily say Rick Shores lives up to the hype. The food and view are extraordinary, and it should be considered a must-try when on the Gold Coast.