Restaurant Reviews

Nineteen at The Star: Restaurant review


Level 19, The Darling at The Star
Gold Coast, 1 Casino Dr,


Lunch Wed-Sun noon-3pm;
dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


E $29-$54
M $46-$58
D $9-$16


Dinner and a show? You've come to the right place. The bling fest starts with your ascent skywards in a gilded mirror-walled elevator and it's amplified when you disembark in the plush dining room with its wraparound triple-height glass walls, infinity pool and impressive two-storey wine cellar. Theatricality extends to both the food and service. Runners lift a smoke-filled glass cloche to uncover plump mussels sans-shells, arrayed in a poulet Basquaise broth decanted at the table. Precisely handled quail is a dish of two parts, the bird's legs, feet attached, arriving separately, the meat glossed in a rich demi-glace. A slab of slow-roasted rib fills its plate and 50:50 butter mash provides a suitably luxe pairing. Dessert expands the more-is-more leitmotif – citrus tart comes embellished with a tracery of gold-dusted meringue. Gold Coast gold standard.
(07) 5592 8719
  • Licensed
  • Private room
  • Wheelchair friendly
Bookings essential
Kelvin Andrews
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
2019 Top 100 Rank - #81
Food: ★
Wine: ★
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