Golden 8 – The Overview…
Golden 8 Brighton is now permanently closed. For dinner nearby we recommend Cucina & Co or for delicious Indian food try Swaad (Bentleigh) or Roti Boti (Hampton),
Food: Satay Skewers, Malaysian Fish, Lamb Korma, Coconut Rice
High ceilings with ornate details and a patterned carpet give the feel of stepping into a ballroom. Tables are simply decked out and while narrow at the entrance, the restaurant opens up towards the back. Pleasant background music and caring attentive service help add to the restaurant feel. The menu is surprising, serving both Indian and Asian curry varieties. I think it’s the most vast curry menu we’ve ever seen. On recommendation of the staff we tried the chicken satay skewers and Malaysian fish to start. We then sampled the lamb Korma with rice and naan.
The fish came out looking beautiful and fresh with lots of salad surrounding it. They are keen to present an upmarket feel for dine-in customers and their full liquor license really helps add to that experience. The fish is quite spicy, and they’ve done well to keep its flavour shining through. I really liked how this dish plays out on your palette starting with a slight sourness, before getting the lighter flavour of the fish and the leaving that fiery aftertaste on the tongue.
The satay skewers are the most colourful we’ve seen and are more like kebabs than your traditional small chicken satay. I liked the addition of the veggies to the dish, both for the colour and the variety they brought, and they make this a great value option. The chicken was well cooked and while they are quite spicy they are so delicious! You get plenty of chicken on these too so they are a filling entree.
The lamb Korma was gorgeous with a nice meaty curry. The lamb was very soft and we were pleased how many chunks of lamb were in our seemingly “small” bowl of curry. Even the coconut rice was adorned with herbs and topped with fresh coconut. We really enjoyed this and if they are making all of the curries on their menu to this level that’s something quite impressive.
While it’s noticeable that they have only recently opened – there’s a “newness” about the team and they’re still getting into their routines – they are evidently keen to please and the details with the service are really very impressive. The food, while definitely on the spicy side, is fantastic. There’s a good mix between traditional Asian and a slight Australianisation of some of the dishes with a lot of thought put into the flavours running throughout the whole menu. Everything we ate was so tasty and we can’t wait to go back and try more.
Website: Coming soon
Address: 198 Bay Street, Brighton
Mon 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Tue 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Wed 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Thu 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Fri 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Sat 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Sun 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 10pm
Parking: We managed to score a parking space right outside the door! Bay Street can get a little busy though, but as long as you’re outside school hours, there’s usually plenty of parking in the nearby side streets.
Getting here on PT: North Brighton Station, on the Sandringham line is about a 5 minute walk away. Alternatively, you can take bus routes 626, 219 and 922 which all stop nearby.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Golden 8, Brighton. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.