Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vapiano @ Cavill Avenue, Gold Coast

Vapiano has a similar concept to the Marche Movenpick that we have back in Malaysia. You are given a card to "swipe" for your food and drinks and you pay the bill at the end of your meal. The focus here is the pizza, pasta and salad, all made fresh on order.

While i have read the highlight is the home made pasta made on the premises daily, the pre-made sauces and the wok action by the unconvincingly looking line chefs finally said to me, skip it. 

However looking at the pizzas coming out from the oven, that looked like a different story.


Another highlight of this concept restaurant is the pot of basil where you pluck off as required. In the middle of the restaurant there is a small glasshouse that probably has a good 50 pots of herbs for your consumption.


The thin crust pizza laced with prosciutto and parmesan did its job in satisfying our late afternoon hunger. Made with an industrial oven, you don't get any smokiness from a wood fire pizza oven. The pizza was AUD18 i think.


After sitting at home from Christmas right through to New Year because of the rain, we were happy it was hot and sunny in Gold Coast. That meant quenching your thirst with some tap beers. Your choice of a light Italian Peroni or a darker James Squire. 

Everything is self serve and that gives you a bit of flexibility to order as little as you want opposed to when you have a waiter/waitress taking your order. The whole place is relaxed, i mean its after all in Gold Coast and you are meant to be relaxed. I wonder how the outlet in the Brisbane CBD tastes like, lets see if i return.

Address and contact details:

Gold Coast
Phone:  07 5538 8967
Opening hours: From Sunday - Thursday 11 am to 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11 am to 12 midnight.
Where: In Soul Retail, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise.
We take bookings for groups of 8 or more every day.

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Don't expect it to wow your palate but it does its job if you happen to be in Gold Coast and do not want to resort to Hungry Jacks or McDonalds.


Baby Sumo said...

Are there many Vapiano branches in Aus? We've been to the ones in Germany and London.

Life for Beginners said...

Me likey them fresh pots of basil... Yay...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: yeah me too, i got a pot outside my house too!

babysumo: i know they started off with brisbane and theres 3 outlets already.

eiling lim said...

i like the beer glasses. very classy!

CUMI & CIKI said...

you're so lucky la.. beer and pizza on the Gold Coast. Glad the floods have pass and glad you were untouched.. hope all is well!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: beer is like a staple drink in australia haha..yes all is well!

eiling: its a bit of a girl's beer, so i suppose the glass is more feminine too?