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  • Source 6

    The Source Bulk Foods 0

    Shop 23 Miami One Shopping Centre, 1930 Gold Coast Highway, Miami, Queensland 4220

    OK. I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of ‘clean and neat’. A clean freak, even! Somewhere in my handbag, there’s a little plastic bottle of hand disinfectant, alongside the tiny torch. Girl scout! And if you say to me just as I’m finishing a meal, ‘But did you see the kitchen?’ with one of those […]

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  • Idospices 1B

    My Coffee Café & South African Bistro 0

    Crestwood Shopping Plaza, 458 Olsen Avenue, Molendinar, Queensland 4214

    “You can tell the history of a country by a plate of food.” Cass Abrahams, Cape Malay Cuisine chef …….. Bunny Chow was the winning dish at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival competition last year. A decrusted loaf of white bread filled with a mild aromatic curry, the loaf container soaking up the juices, […]

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  • Etsu 0B

    Etsu Izakaya 0

    2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    “There was a time when people went out just to enjoy a really good meal. Restaurants’ reputations were built on the quality of their food. That’s all changed. Now, restaurants must provide the whole package. It’s not just about the food. We’re in the entertainment industry. We have to give someone a great experience. Bad […]

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  • Lobong 17

    Lobong Culinary Experience, Ubud, Bali 0

    What do we look for in a cooking school? A culinary experience which includes unfamiliar ingredients, improved techniques, new tastes, and even an addition to our repertoire of dishes. Taking a Lobong cooking class gave us that and more: a taste of another culture and a glimpse into other people’s lives. Lobong is the name […]

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  • Locavore 14

    Good Food Bali 0

    Bali, Indonesia

    Bali is fast becoming an international food destination. Forget the ramped up bad press on Aussie TV. (Sorry, but why is there always a camera present to capture ugly moments?) Forget your images of street food… Not for us! Our recent trip impressed upon us the rise and rise of Bali’s culinary scene at every […]

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  • Euphoria 12

    Euphoria Espresso Café, Robina 0

    105/137 Laver Drive, Robina, Queensland 4226

    It’s a pleasant surprise when you don’t expect too much from a corner coffee shop and then find out that all the food’s made by the chef in the oven you can see, that the coffee’s great and the service friendly and attentive. Euphoria Espresso Café is a rare watering hole in the urban jungle […]

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    Alfresco 1

    2991 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    NOTE: Alfresco closed on 16 September 2012, continuing their business at Alfresco on Elston just across the street. We are deeply saddened that Tony Velardo passed away on 14 September 2014. His passion for life, his warm welcome to all their clients and his sense of fun will be remembered by so many people with […]

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  • Spiced 31B-001

    Spiced Gourmet Foods 0

    Shop 7 Robina Quays Shopping Centre, Cnr Robina Parkway and Markeri Street, Robina, Queensland 4226

    There’s a trend to dine in the burbs – maybe not for the stiletto clad, but for the rest of us mere mortals… I have fond memories of a little restaurant we used to frequent, tucked away in a country town, a cosy little BYO with classically cooked food, where we were greeted warmly by […]

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  • Vie 0

    Vie Bar + Grill 0

    Palazzo Versace, Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    It was so perfect a day that there was no mistaking why we live on the Gold Coast. With a glimmer of secret serenity on the Broadwater. The off season has arrived in all its glory. Where do you take guests to dine on a day such as this; a place of luxury where they […]

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  • Hank 0

    Hank Dining & Bar 0

    Shop 12, 15 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Broadbeach’s latest restaurant, Hank, is a serious step into innovative classic cuisine. After his resounding success with Spanish tapas at Pablo Pablo, Palm Beach, LeeRoy Donily has backed the food he loves: modern international fusion dishes, quality ingredients in interesting combinations, not too serious to share! Hank sits on the northern edge of Broadbeach Square, […]

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  • Hakataya 2

    Hakataya Ramen 0

    Shop 26 Centre Arcade, 3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    How can a restaurant survive with only six items on the menu? Yet Hakataya’s trade is the envy of many other local establishments. Open for 14 hours a day every day, Hakataya’s on every blogger’s list of ‘must do’ places, and highly recommended as the ultimate cheap and cheerful by travellers. Don’t expect somewhere grand, […]

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  • Delikatessen 8

    Delikatessen 0

    2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    There’s a quiet revolution taking place in Surfers Paradise. Squeezed between a bottle shop and a tour company, in the tiny café Delikatessen, chef Chris Howard is reinventing Denmark’s most famous dish, the smørrebrød. Originally from Perth, Howard had begun his work as a chef on the Gold Coast. The youngest Head Chef of Quality […]

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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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