A luxurious gin bar and fine dining venue isn’t exactly what comes to mind when you think of Broadbeach. But be prepared to have your mind changed entirely: this new addition to the Goldie’s food scene is proving to be a heavyweight in the flavour department.
The concept of Old Tom centres around 18th century prohibition era United Kingdom, where the picture of a tomcat outside a bar meant that patrons could obtain gin for much less than the heavily taxed price (call it the olden day version of “$3 basics” if you will). So, for history’s sake, it would be rude not to indulge in a nip of gin, particularly when it comes in the forms of wildly imaginative forms of gin and tonic.
Yes, there’s an exhaustive list of local and overseas beer and wine, but it’s hard to go past an Australian Applewood Gin with feijoa, an English Tanqueray no. Ten with grapefruit and lime blossom or Swedish Hernö Old Tom with pear and raspberry. There are also some purrrrfect cocktails, like the Gatto with Bombay Sapphire, grape and juniper salt, the Sergeant Tom with orange bitters and paperbark smoke, or the Ginacillian with honey, lemon and ginger (just what the doctor ordered!).
If you’re just stopping by for a tipple, do yourself a favour and feast your eyes on the bar menu. There are no soggy olives or limp breadsticks here, instead replaced by pork belly croquettes, fried chicken ribs with miso butter and whipped caviar with potato chips. We claim no responsibility though if the mushroom jaffle with black garlic butter or the Queensland spanner crab with aged comte toastie inspires you to become more adventurous with the office kitchen sandwich press!
If you’re here to woo your out-of-your-league Tinder date, impress the in-laws or just have a delicious night out with your squad, then the a’ la carte menu is the way to go. For entrée, try the smoked hen’s egg or glazed pork cheek with mandarin caramel. For mains, the Ranger’s Valley wagyu rump cap with roasted apple and stout sauce or the torched Kingfish with local citrus are sure to please. For dessert, the cheese ice cream with local plums will be sure to feature on every foodie’s Instagram, while the strawberries and cream with lemon myrtle broth and smoked paperbark parfait sounds just as unashamedly delicious as it does Australian.
If you’re here for the long haul, then the $85 five course tasting menu is definitely the way to go. Order yourself a cocktail and groom your whiskers for a feast of fancy (rather than Fancy Feast!). Designed as a journey from the sea to the mountain top, the tasting menu is a chef’s selection from the a’ la carte menu and is a showcase of Queensland flavours, with much of the produce foraged by the venue’s superstar head chef Cody McKavanagh, who has experience in two Michelin star kitchens under his belt.
Old Tom’s fine dining without the attitude (or the price tag) will have you wishing you had 9 lives to relive your dining experience all over again!
Located at 12-15 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach, they are open from 11:30 til late 7 days a week.
By Kat Gridley – out of all the gin joints in all of the world, this gourmet is glad she walked into this one.