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  • White Gold Creamery 2

    White Gold Creamery 0

    6/645 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters, Queensland 4216

    Artisan food products are exciting. Instead of production aimed at standardisation of flavour, traceable provenance and small batch makers gain individuality and distinct rich flavours. On a journey into the unexpected, expect surprise! Sensing a wisp of a story from a couple of overheard comments, we sought out our latest Gold Coast artisan food producer: […]

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  • Wine Barrel 8

    The Wine Barrel 0

    8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba, Queensland 4213

    It’s easy to fall in love with a place as unassuming as The Wine Barrel. Most of us embark on a dining experience with expectations of pleasure, but when the experience is close to perfect in food, service and atmosphere, we feel a rush of joy. “Ah! That’s what we’re talking about!” Situated in the […]

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  • Lester 22

    Lester and Earl 0

    1097 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    American barbeque is a world away from an average Aussie backyard fry up or the lowly snag offerings outside Bunnings! There aren’t many times we’re willing to defer to the US as the epitome of taste, but BBQ is one. From Texas to the Southern States, these guys take the art of smokehouse to the […]

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  • Vivreavie10

    Vivre a Vie 0

    Shop 1 & 2, 2364 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Update June 2015: Vivre a Vie gained new owners, Tati and Callum, in March 2015. The good news for diners is that the menu’s central tenet remains organic. On our last visit we enjoyed a tasty brunch from the short menu, augmented by specials: a Corn fritter served with fresh figs and salad, and a […]

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  • Scenic Rim 7

    Discovering the Scenic Rim 0

    Defined by a rim of mountains circling the area west of the Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim covers 4,000 square kilometres of land, a diverse area of natural beauty which includes six national parks, three lakes and many areas of fertile, arable land. It’s the source of a much of our food supply and food […]

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  • Grind house coffee 1

    Grind House Coffee 0

    66 Bundall Road, Bundall, Queensland 4217

    At first it’s merely a blip on my radar; a little horse trailer plonked in a carpark beside Bundall Road. The sun has not long risen as I wend my way to work, hands rubbing away the cold, wipers scratching the heavy night dew from the windscreen. Look here! A tiny coffee van with a […]

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  • Marriott 9

    An Indian Fiesta 0

    Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Who doesn’t like a party, especially when it’s at the Marriott, one of our favourite hotels! Following on from their Mexican Fiesta, The Surfers Paradise Marriott continues their world culinary tours at Citrique Restaurant, this time with a ‘Culinary Tour of India’ (12 – 20 June 2015). Greeted by Sheherazade Indian belly dancers spinning like […]

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  • Caffe republic 3B

    Caffe Republic, Bundall 0

    Shop 1, Bronberg Plaza, 138 – 162 Slatyer Ave., Bundall, Queensland 4215

    Ever since Peter Dufty became our ‘Paleo Pinup’ chef for the Gold Coast, we’d been waiting for this change: the integration of paleo cuisine into the mainstream menu of Caffe Republic. A classically trained ‘master chef’ who has jumped the culinary fence from haute cuisine (Cha Cha Char and Restaurant Bespoke in Brisbane, Peppers Spicers […]

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  • Hachi 2

    Hachi 0

    2249 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach, Queensland 4218

    Following seven years in Palm Beach, Nam Sukhyum has opened a second Hachi in Nobby Beach, adding variety to the already popular highway front strip. It’s an ambient space with its two-piece floating ceiling and smart bar, the open kitchen showing off the chefs hard at work. Effective use of stone and wood together with […]

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  • Chef and chef 5

    Chef and Chef 0

    Shop 11, The Piazza, 228 Varsity Parade, Queensland 4227

    I wouldn’t try to serve curry to Indians. But I guess they wouldn’t like Vegemite either! For chefs who migrate to Australia, how much can they alter their food to suit the Aussie palate before they lose authenticity? At what stage does integrity get lost? It’s a question for chefs from other cultures, for the […]

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  • Progressive 6

    Eating at the Chef’s Table 0

    2/8 Pirelli St, Southport (2 minute walk from Queen Street Q:link station), Queensland 4215

    Are you an ‘underground dinner virgin’? Perhaps you’ve been following the crowd goss’ about ‘known’ and ‘trendy’, without stepping away from the spotlight for a real adventure? Then why not consider taking a trip on the wild side! Grab a friend and book a foodie adventure, such as a popup dinner. There are many varieties […]

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  • Kazbah 1

    Kazbah 0

    The Strand, 72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225

    The Middle East. It’s a broad term covering the Eastern side of the Mediterranean; a fertile crescent of land which encompasses so many traditions and countries. As a crossroads destination, bringing influences from Europe, Asia, Africa and the West, Middle Eastern cuisine boasts many flavours, yet there some common elements: grains (such as burghul, cous […]

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  • Street Corner Espresso 0

    Street Corner Espresso 0

    1/1840 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Coffee shops are the new community centres. They’re the places we meet, read the papers, catch up with friends and generally hang out. If you live in Burleigh or Palmie, you’ve got tons of choice. In those suburbs, the coffee shops are as busy as Central Station. Everyone has their favourite place. (Bad luck for […]

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  • Tupe-Aloha 9

    Tupe-Aloha 0

    Shop 1/ 1 Douglas Street (Corner of Musgrave Street), Kirra QLD

    It’s ironic, given our sub-tropical climate, that we see little Pacific Rim food on the Gold Coast. Tupe-Aloha Bar and Grill goes some way towards remedying that. Hawaii meets the Caribbean in this live music venue. Step in off our famous Kirra Beach and you’d be mistaken for thinking that you’d stepped into a tiki […]

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  • Fosters 2

    Retro Refuel 0

    Every country town used to have a Niagara Café or the equivalent. Mostly owned by Greeks or Italians, they were the place we relied on in the 70s for fast food, a meeting place for farmers’ wives and, besides the Chinese takeaway, the obvious choice for under 18s to meet for a ‘date’ before the […]

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  • Boom boom 6

    Boom Boom Burgers 1

    7-9 Burra Street, Chevron Island, Queensland 4217

    Boom boom! With the bang of a proverbial drum, Boom Boom has opened. Owned by seasoned restaurateurs Meyjitte Boughenout, former owner of Absynthe French Restaurant, and Chef Arnaud Ollivier, this playful little restaurant raises the bar on the Gold Coast burger scene. The interior, reworked in vintage cartoons and exposed brickwork, would tell us that […]

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  • Mecca Bah 20B

    Mecca Bah Gold Coast 0

    3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland, 4218

    Food and love…even the mention of Mecca Bah brings me warm memories of a first date, journeys to far distant lands, exotic and elusive, but loaded with promise. Once more, I’m unable to resist its charm. Mecca Bah Gold Coast forms an essential piece of the multicultural mosaic of Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach. In this sophisticated […]

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  • Brooklyn Depot 9

    Brooklyn Depot 0

    T2, The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Burgers are taking the Gold Coast by storm. They come in all shapes and sizes, from sliders to giant mamas, from the humble fish and chip shop soft bun filled with a mince patty, lettuce and tomato to a sweet brioche wonder housing gourmet delights. Everyone’s onto them. Of course, it didn’t take long for […]

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  • Long Table 3A

    Long Table Dinner, 16 May 2015 0

    Village Green, Salt Village, 8 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff NSW 2487

    It was to be an evening of fabulous food and entertainment under an umbrella of stars – ARIA’s French inspired Long Table in the heart of Salt Village in Kingscliff, the ‘kick off’ event for the Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast, a ten day festival of food events to be held from 10 – […]

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  • Good Day Coffee 6B

    Good Day Coffee 0

    2/476 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun, Queensland 4224

    If you travel down to Tugun where the two highways meet, you’ll find a winning combo: simple food done well, great coffee and friendly service. “Tugun is a really cool suburb,” says Damien (DJ), who owns the café with his partner Ebony. “We’ve met some really awesome people here!” With great Marvell Street coffee from […]

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