Newly opened Isla Cantina on the Capri on Via Roma waterfront on the Isle of Capri, brings the fusion of traditional Mexican food with a Californian twist to the Gold Coast.

Isla Cantina is the latest restaurant venture for Mulpha Hospitality Group, which acquired the Capri on Via Roma shopping centre in mid-2022 to create a shopping and dining experience like no other on the Gold Coast. The waterfront retail precinct has made its mark as a budding social and foodie hub, with a handful of high-end and casual dining establishments, including Edgewater Dining & Lounge Bar next door.

With seating for up to 100 people, Isla Cantina offers a casual yet cool dining experience, having had a new fit-out by Brisbane-based architect and interior design expert Simone Barr from DAARC. Complete with a cocktail bar and waterfront deck, the restaurant interior features light, airy tones in earthy finishes, and reflects the coastal vibes of the Gold Coast.

Mulpha’s Area Executive Chef for Queensland, Mark Marshall has designed a menu with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood including cachaca & lime cured ocean trout, spanner crab tostada with jalepeno lime mayonnaise, snapper ceveiche, yellowfin tuna tiradito and the Cal-Mex signature dish, fried red snapper taco. Lovers of meat can feast on Adobo BBQ chicken, eight hour slow roasted lamb barbacoa, or BBQ flank steak with bone marrow butter, fire roasted onions and tomatillo salsa. Lighter offerings include jackfruit carnitas and BBQ sugar loaf cabbage. Desserts include BBQ pineapple and chocolate and chipotle mousse.

“We are thrilled to bring a whole new taste offering to the Gold Coast that is fresh, fast and fun, with authentic flavours and fabulous ingredients. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make great food. You just need to combine great flavours, prepared the right way,” said Mark Marshall.

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