Restaurant Guide

Rick Shores: Restaurant review

How does a kitchen compete with the finest ocean views on Australia’s east coast? An impressive raft of inventive, meticulously finessed share dishes, that's how.


3/43 Goodwin Tce,
Burleigh Heads,
Gold Coast Qld


Sun-Thu noon-10pm,
Fri-Sat noon-midnight


Share plates $23-$48
Dégustations $70-$80

The name and prime beachfront setting might scream "tourist trap", but don't be deterred. Pan-Asian goodness is delivered here with pace and precision – and tasty crossovers with Little Valley, the owner's Brisbane outpost, are obvious. Comforting, fall-apart Madras-spiced lamb arrives elevated by curry butter and a nutty black rice dressing, while a fried shrimp wonton crowned with pork floss finds another dimension of flavour in a clear smoked ham broth made hot and punchy with fermented chilli. An $80 banquet provides an overview, including Rick's famous bug rolls – crisp-battered Moreton Bay bug served with bug-and-sriracha mayo in a squishy bun. A snappy katsu toastie with pork crackling, candied tomato and mustard greens is a newer addition, but likewise warrants attention. Drinks adroitly navigate border-crossing share dishes, with a fine haul by the glass including spice-loving rosés and a mix of classic and trendier options. Desserts are refreshingly inventive – tangy sorrel ice-cream and Sichuan-scented strawberries play perfectly with peppered meringue and white chocolate ganache. And those epic views of rolling surf just beyond the open windows? Yep, a big, delightful bonus.
(07) 5630 6611
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
James Brady
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.