The contemporary Wildernis Café & Rooftop Bar’s former tapas-style offering has been refreshed to meet demand from customers, who want to keep the good times going by breaking bread with friends rather than simply enjoying a cocktail or two and some small bites.
Wildernis co-owner Josh Bailey said the vibrant menu features a full restaurant-style offering of large plates and share boards, while also debuting the vegan Mermaid Smoothie Bowl ($15) bringing a touch of aquatic-themed magic to Wildernis’ All-Day Eats menu.
“We have been working really hard on creating a super-fresh and diverse menu with heaps of options for everyone to enjoy, whatever the occasion or time of day,” Mr Bailey said. “We have definitely found people are wanting plenty of options with food. While our house cocktails are of course still very popular, our evenings are now very much focused on groups sharing a meal together, so we have completely overhauled our menu to give our customers what they want,” he said.
Mr Bailey said fresh seafood and locally sourced produce were given starring roles in the new Wildernis offering, which also boasts a stunning banquet menu ($39 per head) and for those who like their food with a hearty dose of nostalgia, Wildernis is also bringing back the 1970s party classic, the Cob Loaf. Large plates and share boards were designed to be eaten either with friends or alone, as appetite may dictate, and will appeal to those in need of a hearty feed.
Main menu highlights include the seasonal addition of seared yellowfin tuna, with zucchini noodles, green chillies and baby herbs with miso and sesame dressing ($28); while the rib eye steak is sourced direct from the lush Darling Downs, and served with blistered truss tomatoes, sautéed broccolini, steakhouse chips and mustard ($27). Standout small plates include the delightful kingfish ceviche, with cucumber ribbons, radish and crusty baguette ($18).
Meatless options are another big focus of the spring/summer menu, including the signature Wildernis Board ($20), a tantalising vegan and gluten-free spread of house hummus, vegan tzatziki dip, broccoli guacamole, beetroot falafel, roasted pumpkin, figs, crostini, grapes and bread sticks. “We went to some lengths to ensure vegan and vegetarian options were as appealing and creative as every other dish on our menu, and actually meatless options now make up half our menu,” Mr Bailey said. “Everyone is more conscious about what they are eating on the Gold Coast, and vegan and vegetarian meals need to be a real focus of a great menu and not just a token. We would like our customers to be able to consider Wildernis a destination where they can always find a meal that is not only delicious and fresh, but also fits into their own lifestyle and preferences,” he said.
From the breathtaking rooftop bar, Wildernis will continue to toast the last rays of the day with their renowned espresso martinis and signature cocktails, made fresh daily from local produce and served in large carafes.
The venue has collaborated with Grey Goose vodka to create a range of inspired cocktail creations, set to be on tap throughout summer, while also serving their own in-house cocktails on tap alongside an extended list of European wines, available to order by the glass or bottle, as well as Stone and Wood Pacific Ale and Balter XPA on tap, and a selection of other craft beers.
Fast becoming Palm Beach’s favourite social playground since its opening in April last year, Wildernis comprises a contemporary café and bar at street level, while beckoning guests to its show-stopping Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar upstairs, accessed via a secret laneway.
Exuding the understated glamour of coastal Hamptons with a distinctly local laidback vibe, Wildernis underwent a complete transformation to emerge as a beguiling venue drawing a crowd of early morning surfers, through to late night revellers.
Owners Mr Bailey and Andy Canfield, both with backgrounds as tradies, capitalised on the beachside location by installing vaulted skylights above the bar, with a retractable roof that opens up to capture sunsets and sea breezes, while bi-fold doors allow glimpses of crashing ocean waves opposite.
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