A cold and wet winters day on the Gold Coast.  What is there to do?  Find a great restaurant for lunch, of course!

Fellini Restaurant & Bar

There is nothing better than great Italian food on a cold and wet day.  So we decided to eat at Fellini Restaurant & Bar.  Fellini has a reputation for serving great Italian cuisine.

Fellini

It is located at the Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach on the Gold Coast and has great views of the marina and broadwater.

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Above: This was the view from our table. Even on a rainy day the view is pretty good.

Fellini has been awarded and has retained a One Chef Hat Award for a number of years.  Only 429 restaurants in Australia were awarded Chef Hats in 2016.  Take a look at their website for their menu including prices.

So Does It Meet Expectations?

As we were dining at lunch, we shared two tasting plates and then had a main course each.

Tasting Plates

Our first tasting plate was the Bresaola which is described on Fellini’s menu as “aged air dried beef thinly sliced, topped with fresh tomato, rucola, aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil”.  The price for the Tasting Plate was $14.

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For our second tasting plate we ordered Arancini which is described on Fellini’s menu as “small fried rice balls made with peas, mozzarella and a beef and pork ragu”. The price for four arancini balls (the Tasting Plate size) was $12.

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Both Tasting Plates were a good size for tasting plates and considering Fellini is a One Chef Hat restaurant, the price was reasonable.  And the taste?  I loved both meals and would be more than happy to order both again.

Our Mains

For my main meal, I ordered the Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta which is described on Fellini’s menu as “ravioli filled with fresh ricotta and spinach, cooked in a sauce of tomato and basil topped with parmesan cheese”. The price for the main size ravioli was $33.

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The ravioli was fresh as were the other ingredients.  Overall I really enjoyed this dish and would be more than happy to order it again.

For Darren’s main meal, he ordered the Rigatoni Granchi which is described on Fellini’s menu as “short tube pasta cooked with sauteed fresh spanner crab meat, extra virgin olive oil, tomato sauce with a touch of chilli and basil. The price for the main size rigatoni was $35.

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I didn’t try Darren’s main (I’m not a seafood fan) but he was more than happy with the meal.

Also, there is a good wine selection, however we did not have wine with our meal, rather having sparkling mineral water.

Staff

The staff were very pleasant and personable.  They looked after us well while not being overbearing.  They checked if we were happy to receive our main meals after completing our tasting plates or wanted to wait for awhile before moving on to the next course. I really liked this as we did not feel rushed in any way.

Recommendation

So back to my question.  Does it mean expectations?  Absolutely.  We really enjoyed the meal as well as the view. The staff were great and we felt very welcome at the restaurant.

If you are on the Gold Coast and you enjoy great Italian food, try Fellini’s.  We will definitely be eating there again – we might try the degustation next time.