Hidden on Main Place in the main Broadbeach dining precinct, Aloha doesn’t look like anything more than a graffitied establishment from the outside. Once you step inside, however, you’re engulfed in the Polynesian atmoshphere the bar is themed around.
Our visit landed on a Saturday night and though they were fully booked we were lucky enough to nab a table.
Greeted by a friendly and bubbly matradee, we were shown to our table and given a run down of the menu.
Broadbeach is filled with a number of cool restaurants and bars and Aloha is one of the best. With no visible signing, a walk down Main Place will have you thinking you’re in the wrong place but keep your eyes out for lights and ears out for music and you’ll soon find it.
We had to walk by some parked cars to find the entrance, but this just adds to the exclusive feel of the bar.
If you’ve been to Aloha before you’ll know what I’m talking about, but if you’re a first time visitor and can’t find the door just give them a call and you’ll find it in no time.
With a Poleynesian and Asian menu, you’ll find the likes of crispy wonton tacos, dumplings and the current it food, poke bowls. Aloha is the ideal dining option for a tapas style meal, making it perfect for groups, couples looking for a nibble or solo diners looking to try one of everything.
The smaller portion sizes and affordable prices make ordering a few more dishes than you normally would an easy feat.
My top menu picks are the pork dumplings, the vegetarian mushroom dumplings, the coconut chicken curry with a side of coconut rice and served IN a coconut, and of course, edamame.
Now onto the important stuff, the bar at Aloha is next level. With a wall of spirits from local Australian brands, you’ll be able to find a drink of your choice. Happy hour has a list of prices to make both you and your bank account happy.
You’ll be able to enjoy the cocktail of the week for just $10, Burleigh Brewing Co pale ales for just $5 and a few more great choices for prices just as low.
If the cocktail of the week doesn’t appease – though I’m sure it will – there are two full pages of cocktails on the menu that will have you feeling giddy.
With friendly faces at the front entry, the bar and attending to your table, the experience at Aloha was tops.
The attentive nature of our main server was excellent and she was available to answer any questions we had about the menu, chat about the evening and fill our glass of water without us having to wave anyone over.
Though they were quite busy, it didn’t feel as though you were left in the lurch if you needed anything, which is something I value very highly when I’m dining out.
The atmosphere at Aloha will have you never wanting to leave. With a range of tunes from the 80s, 90s and now, we found ourselves singing and dancing along in our seats as the night progressed.
The DJ had just begun setting up his decks as we were wrapping up our early dinner, so I’ll definitely be back for a later seating in the near future.
I give Aloha Bar & Dining 4 forks out of 5. The food, drinks, staff and vibe were all top notch and came together to form an enjoyable night out on the Gold Coast with an exclusive feel.
Location: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
Images: Aloha Bar & Dining