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  • Fellini 1

    Fellini Ristorante e Bar 0

    Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    As soon as a southerly brings in the hint of a winter chill, Gold Coasters looks for the opportunity to enjoy some winter fare. Out with salads! In with some comfort food! We may need to be prised out of our armchairs to dine out on cold winter nights, but many of us are partial […]

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  • TMD 9

    Tamborine Mountain Distillery 0

    87 – 91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine, Queensland 4272

    There’s something about distilleries that reminds me of the saying ‘The stolen apple tastes the sweetest.’ Maybe it’s the hangover of a prohibition upbringing, or the connotations of ‘hard liquor’. Whatever! I can hardly contain my excitement about our planned visit to a real pot distillery! Tamborine Mountain Distillery (TMD) is the first stop on […]

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  • Bistro on3 4

    Bistro on 3 0

    Sofitel Gold Coast Level 3, 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    There’s no mistaking the French elegance of the Sofitel chain. From the manicured topiary at the entrance, colourful floral displays and artwork in the foyer and furniture (all imported from France), the daily rituals of baking bread and lighting the lamp, the Sofitel’s signature fragrance wafting through the air-conditioning in foyers and restaurants, through to […]

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  • Ten 13

    Ten Japanese Restaurant 0

    Meriton Pegasus Building, 2679 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    If there’s one restaurant on the Gold Coast which embodies the essence of timeless simplicity in a most sophisticated way it is Ten Japanese. Hidden behind impressive stainless steel doors on a street offset from the main dining areas of Broadbeach, it’s a tranquil world away from the outside bustle. Ten is divided into a […]

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  • Marios 1

    Mario’s Italian Restaurant 0

    The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218

    If there was a family tree of restaurants on the Gold Coast, Mario’s would be the patriarch. For 25 years, Mario’s has been a favourite of many families, whether they are locals or tourists on annual holidays. Mario’s longevity, when so many other restaurants have come and gone, is testament to its great food and […]

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  • One 50_1B

    One 50 Public House 0

    150 Bundall Road, Bundall, Queensland 4217

    Street smart and sophisticated, One 50 Public House occupies a favourite local haunt; a location that has hosted many nights out as Margarita’s on the Water, then Surfers Rowers, before undergoing a total revamp. Now the doors are open again as One 50 Public House, a trendy New York inspired bar and restaurant, and a […]

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  • Not Tonight 1

    Not Tonight 0

    50B Nerang Street, Southport, Queensland 4215

    “Not Tonight.” There’s a seductive challenge in those words. An enigma. It’s a saying is steeped in history; a famous dismissal that leaves plenty of room for alternatives. Let’s get creative! If not tonight, when? “Then how about today?” I throw out the alternative, and we meet for lunch instead. Location, location, location! It’s often […]

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  • Marc Kinvig and Nick Pearce

    Chalking up the points at Blackboard 0

    Shop 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, Queensland 4227

    Following your dream can take sacrifice. For Nick Pearce, starting his first café meant selling his car, a difficult call to family to borrow some money, and he was on his way. Still a student at Bond University studying Business with an Entrepreneurship Major, Nick opened Blackboard, a coffee shop in Varsity Lakes. “…impossibly young…preppy…Nick […]

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  • IC 7

    A Little Bit of the Irish at The InterContinental 0

    Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island Queensland 4212

    A night of Jameson Irish Whiskey paired with food at The Fireplace, The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s signature restaurant? It was an invitation that we could not refuse, especially since there’s more than a dab of Irish blood in my veins! Whiskey may not be the spirit which first comes to mind when the word […]

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  • Lot 1 coffee 1

    Lot 1 Coffee 0

    Shop 1, 40 – 42 Hanlan Street, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Finding it hard to get a good coffee in the Big Smoke? Then look for Rowan Atkinson. Well not literally, but standing outside Lot 1 Coffee in Hanlan Street, Surfers Paradise, is a statue that really looks like the great comedian. We’re only a street away from Cavill Avenue, but it’s quiet enough here to […]

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  • Metro 6

    Metro Coffee 0

    163 Surf Parade, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    “Treat celebrities like locals, and locals like celebrities, because everyone loves being made to feel special.” New York restaurateur Gabriel Stulman It’s such a breath of fresh air to walk into a café and be greeted warmly! Do we take it for granted? No, not at all! How much fun do we have as diners […]

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  • Carmodys 5

    Carmody’s Grill 0

    Southport Sharks, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Ave., Southport, Queensland 4215

    Dining at Carmody’s, Southport Sharks’ award-winning signature restaurant, it’s hard to believe how far the club has come from its humble beginnings. Following its founding in 1961, most early social gatherings were held in a tin shed adjoining change rooms at Owen Park. Named in honour of Gerry Carmody, respected Treasurer and Licensee of the […]

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  • Light rail

    Good Food on the G: Link 0

    With the G:Link now open, how can we use the light rail to go out and dine? Here’s a listing (and links) to our reviews which are in walking distance of the rail, station by station. Enjoy! Station 1: Gold Coast University Hospital (Cnr Olsen Avenue) Nozomi Japanese Restaurant, 280 Olsen Ave Station 2: Griffith […]

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  • Fellini 0

    Ristorante Fellini e Bar 0

    Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    Fellini is, without doubt, the most highly regarded Italian restaurant on the Gold Coast, having received countless awards since it opened as a founding member of Marina Mirage eighteen years ago, most recent being the coveted certification of the Eccellezene Italiane. The restaurant’s ownership brings generations of traditional family cooking to the table, as well […]

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  • Organics 6B

    Organics at Home 0

    Shop 7, 5th Avenue, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    Sometimes an event happens which stops us in our tracks, pulls us up and shakes us out before we head off in a different direction. For John Gorry, that event was cancer. Like some of my friends who have suffered from the disease, he says that it has changed his appreciation for life and the […]

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  • Mexicali 11

    MexiCali Bar Y Taqueria 0

    Level 1, 2223 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach, Queensland 4218

    You never know who you’ll meet in a bar. It may be the future king of Denmark or, in the case of Luke Johnson and Will Hudson, that person may be your future business partner! Fortunately for us, their chance encounter in a bar in Mexico would later come to fruition in MexiCali, a Cali-style […]

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  • Hunter 2

    Hunter & Harvest 0

    Shop 20, 26 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “Let food by thy medicine…” Hippocrates Sometimes during my holidays, I become an imaginary tourist. I venture out to a suburb I rarely visit. I walk slowly, looking with ‘the eyes of a tourist’, noticing places, people, deciding where I would stop to shop, checking out where and what my food options would be. A […]

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  • Le Cafe Gourmand 8

    Le Café Gourmand 0

    2545 Gold Coast Highway, Cnr Cronulla St., Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    One of our fondest memories of France is wandering through little country villages, ‘discovering’ a café to enjoy a snack or to have a coffee. You almost feel like an intruder on the film set of ‘Chocolat’. Leave the rustic boulangerie, a paper-wrapped loaf tucked under your arm, add some fromage (cheese), and a ‘pain […]

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  • Clam bake 9

    Clam Bake, Fourth of July – Independence Day 0

    I’ve never been one for American traditions. Who really loves Halloween? Handing out lollies to random children to avoid being egged doesn’t sound like my sort of fun! But traditions which involve good food…that’s another matter! So, on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day, we went on a clambake. I was at a loss […]

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