Simon Gloftis casts a line at Burleigh
A different focus to Hellenika ... Simon Gloftis at his new venture The Fish House.
Owner of the ever-popular Hellenika at Broadbeach, Simon Gloftis has opened a second venue at Burleigh.
Rather than serving up Greek cuisine, The Fish House, as it's name suggests, serves seafood.
"My first love is seafood," Gloftis says. "I did seafood at Hellenika; I used to fly in beautiful seafood, but people tended to ignore it in favour of dishes like lamb. So I've been thinking about doing this for the past three-and-a-half years."
All about seafood ... A dish at The Fish House. Photo: Vince Valitutti
Despite being a seaside resort, there's always been a definite lack of good seafood options on the Gold Coast, something Gloftis was keen to rectify.
"I think in this day and age and with our beautiful coastline and abundant seafood, there's no excuse to be eating frozen Vietnamese catfish," he says.
"And everyone does snapper or barramundi because it's either frozen or just really easy."
The Fish House's ethos, Gloftis says, is fresh fish prepared simply and you'll find no barra on the menu.
"We've got lots of fish that is either baked or pan roasted just with olive oil and lemon; like rock flathead, John Dory, and garfish. Then there's my own personal favourite, King George whiting; I actually don't make any profit at all on the King George, I just serve it because I love it; it's something I grew up with."
Interestingly, the best-selling dish on his seafood restaurant's menu is a kingfish head simply grilled and served with lemon and oregano salt.
As well as fish, the menu, which changes daily, features live crustaceans, octopus, scallops and oysters. Christmas and windy weather have kept local fishermen at home, but Gloftis says once the fleet's back out, there'll more local fish on the menu too. Fish House also boasts the presence of the only one of a few WSET qualified sommeliers on the Gold Coast, Barbara Vega.
The Fish House, 50 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads 5535 7725.