We were on the Gold Coast in October 2018 for the Low Carb Down Under Gold Coast 2018 conference and we wanted to check out the best keto eats on the Gold Coast while we were there. Let’s just say it didn’t disappoint. Two of our favourite keto places in Australia are on the Gold Coast so we made sure we had meals at both of them while we were there.
As a couple, eating out together is one of our favourite things to do. We love finding new places as well as going back to our old favourites. When we began our ketogenic lifestyle we were both really worried we wouldn’t be able to eat out any more.
This has not been the case at all. We have really enjoyed the challenge of finding keto friendly and low carb restaurants in Melbourne, where we live, and in other cities when we travel. The other challenge we love is finding a way to make any menu an option for us.
If you are interested in how we manage to stay low carb whilst eating out make sure you check out our Keto Travel Essentials – Eating out post for further tips.
5 keto eats on the gold coast
5/2623 Gold Coast Highway,
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
(Opposite Broadbeach South G:Link Stop)
Treetops Plaza Shopping Centre
7 Classic Way,
Burleigh Waters QLD 4220
What we ate
Well we have to admit we ended up going here twice. We love this place so much. We headed to the new Burleigh Waters location after spending some time with Erika’s Nan on the day we arrived. This was mid afternoon and we both decided on a treat.
Erika chose a keto ice cream sundae. This is the description on the menu – Fatboy Sundaes single (1 scoop) or to share (3 scoops) fat burning sundaes… EPIC! Your choice of ice cream flavour scoop/s covered w’ smashed cookies, chocolate bars, kibble and sauce – all keto friendly. YES!
I chose a chocolate peanut butter keto shake. This is the description on the menu. Choc Peanut Butter – coconut mylk, avocado, cacao, XCT, chocolate high fat ice cream, sweetened w’ organic birch xylitol, plus your choice of flavour add on: pure peppermint oil / wild orange oil / peanut butter
On our second trip we headed to the Broadbeach location on our way to the airport for breakfast. We decided to try three of their breakfast options. We didn’t opt for any of their drinks but they have some excellent bulletproof drink options on the menu.
The first breakfast item we chose was a la vida low carb raw bowl. This was an acai bowl. It wasn’t labeled as keto, but it had some yummy low carb granola and fruit on top. This is the description on the menu. Organic pure acai, mixed berries, vanilla coyo topped w macadamia granola, strawberry, vanilla coyo, coconut, cacao nibs – banana free.
The second breakfast item was avocado and tomato on toasted LCHF activated seed loaf. It is so good to be able to have avocado on toast and it be keto. We both really enjoy this simple pleasure.
The third item was a breakfast bowl. We chose savoury mince, avocado and mushroom and it is served with scrambled eggs and a bed of spinach. Everything we had at Brio was really tasty and filling. This breakfast kept us going till we got home.
This is the number one keto spot on the Gold coast. This is a must visit for any ketonian when on the Gold Coast.
Shop 1, Bronberg Plaza 150 Slatyer Ave,
What we ate
We were really lucky that Caffe Republic open really early on a weekend. They open at 6:30am and we were able to head there for breakfast before the conference started at 8am on the Sunday morning.
We love that Caffe Republic have a K in the menu key for any of the dishes that are keto. This makes it really easy to order great meals and still stick to your ketogenic lifestyle. Obviously you still need to check if the ingredients are suitable for you as we did notice some of the meals marked as keto had sweet potato in them. So don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
As we were about to order we saw the specials menu and both decided on something from there. Erika chose the cauliflower waffles, which were made with cauliflower, egg and cheese. They were topped with poached eggs, avocado and bacon. I chose chicken karaage eggs benedict on some paleo toast.
We shared these meals and they were both amazing. Hard to believe they were both keto. Eggs benedict is our favourite breakfast when eating out and this was one of the best we have had.
Caffe Republic runs a close second to Brio in the race for the best keto eat on the Gold Coast. If you have time, make sure you support this place and have a meal there.
Seeds of Life
The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre
Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina QLD 4230
What we ate
Seeds of Life are an organic wholefoods grain & gluten Free, plant-based bakery located on the Gold Coast at The Kitchens Robina Town Centre. They express post Australia wide and deliver locally. They have several items on the menu that are LCHF. These include:
- LCHF paleo bread
- Activated golden 4 seed loaf
- LCHF hazelnut cookies
- Activated 7 seed loaf
- LCHF hazelnut and cacao cookies
- Original seed and nut loaf
- LCHF Lemon and poppyseed cookies
We tried samples of some the breads and also bought some of the hazelnut and cacao cookies. We found the bread a little dense, but that is to be expected of seed bread. It would probably be nicer toasted. The cookies were a little crumbly and not sweet at all, but we enjoyed them.
4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218
What we ate
We didn’t have time to make it to BSKT on this visit. We have been there on a previous visit. They have some great options on the menu that are already low carb. They have a seed bread that you may need to check what is in it before ordering.
I often find cafes difficult for lunch if they don’t have an all day breakfast menu, as they are often all sandwiches and burgers. BSKT has some great lunch options with poke bowls, miso salmon, a pad thai using zoodles, beef cheeks and nicoise salad. They also have a keto mocha shake on the menu.
They are also doing dinners now on Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the menu items that sound great are cauliflower side, asparagus side, chicken wings, yellow fin tuna, slow roasted pork and steak.
Shop 3/1957 Gold Coast Hwy Burleigh Heads, 4220 Gold Coast
What we ate
We headed here on the Sunday night after the conference had finished. We ordered the pork ribs with a dry rub, to try and avoid a sweet sauce and just ordered extras. These included beef brisket, smoked sausage and chicken wings.
The thing we loved about this place was that you could order the meat on it’s own. We really enjoyed the brisket with chimichurri sauce. The ribs with the dry rub were our least favourite. The meat was really good, but the dry rub wasn’t cooked and tasted a little strange.
If you are looking to order here I would recommend just ordering a bunch of the extras. Most of these are keto friendly including beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled beef, pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken wings.
1114 Gold Coast Highway
Palm Beach, GC — 4221
We love burrito bowls here at Have Butter will Travel! We ordered a pork and a chicken and asked them to hold the beans and rice. They asked if we would like extra spinach and lettuce instead, which was perfect. The meat had really nice flavour and we added some mushrooms, which were really nice. They also have a green goddess salad that is labeled low carb.
I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to try this place, but if you are staying near Palm Beach it’s a great quick and easy option.
38/1 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
They also have 3 locations in Sydney. Bondi, Cronulla and Parramatta.
This place looks fun and quirky. We didn’t have time to get there on this trip. They offer a naked option on all their burgers. They have some fun and creative names for the burgers like limp brisket, Kevin Bacon and big poppa. This is the type of place where we would enjoy the naked burgers and not stress about possible sugars in sauces etc.
Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
There are several other locations around Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Canberra.
This is really exciting for low carbers. This restuarant is now offering zoodles with all their pasta dishes. This is a game changer for those living a low carb lifestyle. Italian pizza & pasta restaurants like this have been a no go for us since starting our keto lifestyle, but now we can go here and order any of the pasta sauces and ask for zoodles.
We definitely didn’t have time on this trip, but we are keen to find time to go here in Melbourne soon.
Final thoughts on Keto on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast has lots of restaurants and I am sure you could go to many of them and find a keto option. What sets the Gold Coast apart from other cities in Australia is Brio Emporium and Caffe republic. To have 2 cafes doing great keto options is excellent and better than what we have found offered in some of the bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
We are lucky enough to have Erika’s Nan on the Gold Coast, so when we visit her, we get to head to two of our favourite keto places in Australia. So it’s win win.
We would love to hear about your favourite keto eats on the Gold Coast. What did we miss? What places do we need to add to our list for our next visit? Let us know in the comments below.
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