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  • Balcony 69 at Thai Mudgee 0

    69 Railway St., Mudgeeraba Queensland 4213

    Sometimes dreams take us to unexpected places. At least, so it seems for Thai Mudgee’s owner Siranee Hocheuay, known to her guests as ‘Boo’. After moving to Sydney from Central Thailand, Boo fell in love with the Gold Coast when visiting friends. “It was just like my home town,” Boo tells us. “In King Street, […]

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  • Glass Dining & Lounge Bar 0

    Marina Mirage, 74 Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    If there’s a position worth coveting, it’s that of Glass. You could embark from your luxury yacht anchored on the sparkling Broadwater just beyond the windows, or fly by helicopter to the helipad at the end of the jetty… so it seems as we dine at Glass Restaurant, overlooking the Gold Coast at play. In […]

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  • Shiraz Moderna 0

    210/8 - 10 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Sometimes it pays huge dividends to try something different and pay just a little more, especially when it comes to food. A meal in Surfers Paradise is a good example. Where do you get food that’s quick but homemade, slow-cooked but easy to eat when you’re on a night out? Try Shiraz Moderna, just along […]

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  • Salt Meats Cheese 1

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

    There’s nothing sexier than men preparing food. Especially Mediterranean men preparing really good rustic whole food. The ladies know it. They saunter in just before midday, hips swinging slowly, arms extended, looking for him. ‘Where’s Alessandro?’ Young and gorgeous, he crosses the restaurant to meet them, a huge smile lighting his face before being enveloped […]

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  • The North Room 1

    Shop 1/2527, Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Every so often a restaurant rises through the mist to say, ‘This is what I’m talking about!’ It’s a place where rhetoric meets practice, where service is genuinely informed without being stuffy; a place where we’re so amazed at its quality that we miss it already. One of our most exciting openings of 2017 has […]

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  • Lamham 0

    30 Mount St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

    Lamham – ham made from lamb – is a superlative product from Gold Coast-born Maree King and her husband Andrew. It could be said that Lamham was borne of love. In a twist on The Farmer Wants a Wife, Maree met Andrew, a fourth-generation Merino farmer from Longreach, at a B & S Ball (bachelors […]

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  • The Blue Door on 5th 0

    2, 5th Avenue, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    There’s something very special behind the blue doors on 5th Avenue Palm Beach. In the former home of Pablo Pablo, owner/chef Dylan Cashman has taken up residence. He’s intent on raising the bar on Gold Coast cuisine, offering food that’s locally sourced, excitingly fresh, innovative and theatrical. It’s all that and more! Having worked at […]

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  • Return to Ipswich 0

    Ipswich

    There are lots of attractions that draw us to Ipswich. While many visit the city to enjoy rail or car racing events, our natural inclination is to visit the Top of the Town area to shop at specialty stores, stopping for coffee and a meal along the way. Fringed with green, it’s as though the […]

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  • Dovetails at The Pumpyard Brewery 0

    88 Limestone St., Ipswich, Queensland 4305

    Ipswich, the ‘grande dame’ of Queensland, is being reborn, her stately buildings and houses undergoing rejuvenation as the city takes on new life. There are lots of attractions in Ipswich if you take time to look: road and rail events, heritage walks, funky cafés and a load of owner-operated niche interest, vintage and gift shops. […]

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  • Opera at Mavis’s Kitchen 0

    64 Mount Warning Rd, Uki, NSW 2484

      Many storms are followed by a rainbow. When we gather on a bright winter’s day in June for a long table lunch beside the lake at Mavis’s Kitchen, we are thinking celebration. But the sobering trip along the Tweed reminds us of the devastation caused by the flood just two months before. Grass, beaten […]

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  • Main Street Burger Bar 0

    Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

      Burgers cross borders. From casual to upmarket, the corner store to fine dining, vegan to carnivore, since the 19th century when someone shoved a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread, the humble hamburger has been crossing boundaries, forging friendships and nourishing a nation (or two). William Ennis, Lawrence Rose, Chris Wright and Tahlia […]

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  • Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium 0

    Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218

    Get on your ‘little Japanese dumplings of happy’ because Harajuku Gyoza has come to town. If the combination of beer and gyoza is not enough to put you into a spin, add the zany elements of ‘Harajuku’ and you’ll be doubly happy! The largest of six (soon to be seven) outlets of the highly successful […]

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  • Seascape Restaurant + Bar 2

    4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

    Seascape holds the ultimate position – in the gorgeous Soul building in the very centre of Surfers Paradise directly overlooking one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. Location, location, location! Who could ask for more! Seascape has three levels: a casual bistro on the first floor, on the second a gorgeous restaurant perched high […]

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  • Woodchoppers Inn 0

    64 Railway St., Mudgeeraba, Queensland 4213

    There’s always been something special about Mudgeeraba – a village feel that embraces locals as family. Typical of that spirit, Woodchoppers Inn, Mudgeeraba’s original restaurant and bar, has been family owned since 1995. A stayer in the local food scene, their recent change of menu direction has given the venue new interest. Built in 1906 […]

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  • The street food of China 0

    China

    A recent trip to China convinced us that there’s plenty of Chinese food to discover besides the tiny slice we know. In this widely varying cuisine, some foods, such as dumplings, are well represented in Australia, while other street foods are completely new to us. This was our third trip to China, a tour which […]

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  • Lethbridge Wine Dinner at Balthazar 0

    Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2807 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “I’m excited about the science and art of making wine – how nature transfigures into what we drink.” – Ray Nadeson, winemaker An opportunity to hear Lethbridge Wines’ co-owner/winemaker Ray Nadeson present his wines proved too good to be missed. The setting, the magnificent wine room of Balthazar Wine & Dining, Crowne Plaza, surrounded by […]

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  • The Great Australian Baking Book – Book Review 0

    There’s nothing like baking to show a little love. Baking for someone you love is an indulgent, made-to-order way of saying that you care. There’s no ‘standard fit’ for baking. Everyone has their own favourite dish, determined by taste, culture, flavour palate and food intolerances. Our family baking needs range from Gluten-free orange to almond […]

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  • The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney 0

    Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015

    The Grounds of Alexandria is a place we’ve been eager to visit since it opened in 2012, creator Ramzey Choker transforming the former industrial space in Alexandria, Sydney, into The Grounds with the aid of friend Jack Hanna, a coffee guru. Carrying reference to Babylon’s Hanging Gardens, The Grounds is the pair’s own vision of […]

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  • Gyoza 2

    Gold Coast

    I have a personal affinity for gyoza. Perhaps it’s my love of the underdog, a sentimental identification with that misshapen parcel of ugliness that hides a hidden goodness. Or maybe it’s my sympathy for the traveller in all of us, for the stereotyped migrant who’s an individual in their own right. Whatever! There’s no hiding […]

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  • Greendays 0

    6 Ashmore Rd., Bundall, Queensland 4217

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that Evergreen was all the rage for a family breakfast or brunch for ‘ladies who lunch’. A verdant wild jungle in the middle of busy suburbia, replete with overflowing water fountains and voluminous plants, owner/chef Robert Powell and his wife Lynne employed a bevy of young wait staff to […]

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