Social Eating House, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Social Eating House located on Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland. It promotes a unique shared dining experience from oysters to bar snacks, small plates and large plates. It is always busy so make sure you book to secure a spot.There is indoor and outdoor (curb-side) seating available.

We first visited Social in June this year (2015) for a lunch meeting. The service was really good. We ordered two small plates to share: Bev’s forever favourite “Soft shell crab” and “Octopus” (see old pictures we took in June below). These were taken by using smartphone camera therefore the colour doesn’t look that great as the taste!

Table setting at Social in June, 2015
Table setting at Social in June, 2015
Soft shell crab at Social in Jun, 2015
Soft shell crab at Social in Jun, 2015
Octopus at Social in Jun, 2015
Octopus at Social in June, 2015

Both dishes tasted like heaven. Bev even commented that “The soft shell crab is the best I have ever had in recent years.” Prices were pretty fair for Broadbeach. Therefore, we decide we must re-visit this cute little place.

Finally, the chance came this month. It is one of our eating group members had a birthday celebration. We had booked for the 6.00 sitting (outside). This time we brought our “professional” blogger camera (Haha!), and surely you can see the quality of photos becomes much better!

“Social” logo
Sparkling water
Sparkling water
Lemon lime bitters
Lemon lime bitters

We had a variety of food: chargrilled octopus, soft shell crab and beer battered whiting fillets, all small plates to start with. All the food was exceptional!The char- grilled octopus was firm, beautifully cooked and really tasty. The fish fillets were moist and the batter was light.

Chargrilled WA Octopus, Potato Aioli, Lemon & Herb Dressing
Chargrilled WA Octopus, Potato Aioli, Lemon & Herb Dressing
Close-up of chargrilled WA Octopus
Close-up of chargrilled WA Octopus
Spiced Soft Shell Crab, Asian Slaw, Peanuts, Fried Shallots, Chilli Caramel
Spiced Soft Shell Crab, Asian Slaw, Peanuts, Fried Shallots, Chilli Caramel
Asahi Battered King George Whiting, Potato Aioli, Confit Fennel, Frisee, Onion & Chervil Salad
Asahi Battered King George Whiting, Potato Aioli, Confit Fennel, Frisee, Onion & Chervil Salad

For the second round, we ordered steak for our birthday boy. Since we girls don’t eat meat, we just quote the meat eater who commented about the steak: “The steak was very tasty, moist, rare, juicy, but perhaps a little bit on the salty side. Beautifully presented and overall I loved it!”

Flank Steak, Grilled Shallots, Roasted Kipflers, Onion Rings, Pea Puree, Red Wine Jus
Flank Steak, Grilled Shallots, Roasted Kipflers, Onion Rings, Pea Puree, Red Wine Jus

For us girls, we were very keen to order the soft shell crab again and we DID! It was sooo good! If you are a big fan of soft shell crab, this is a must try dish. You won’t be disappointed.

At the end, we listened to the waitress’s suggestion and also ordered their signature dessert – Milk chocolate & coffee marquise. To be honest, it was too rich and too chocolaty to us. But if you are a chocolate lover, you can’t miss it!

Milk Chocolate & Coffee Marquise, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Soil, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
Milk Chocolate & Coffee Marquise, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Soil, Banana Ice Cream

In total, we spent $163  for all the food dishes, two glasses of wine, one beer, two soft drinks and one bottle of sparkling water.

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