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  • Gyoza 0

    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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  • Wildernis Café and Bar 0

    1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    While much of the furore in the foodie press surrounds the precincts of Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre, changes in the Palm Beach dining scene are creeping in with stealth. But they’re no less exciting. The once sleepy suburb will more than double its talent within a few months, making it a new destination […]

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  • Finders Keepers Bar 0

    49 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    It was the secret hideaway loved by many on the Gold Coast. No grass on the ceiling, no backwards clock or teacup chandelier, but there was more than a touch of mystique to Finders Keepers, a vintage dining room and quirky bar all rolled into one. Finders Keepers! Find the key, and the secret was […]

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  • Videre 1

    Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa, Queensland

    There are moments in my food history that hang like snowflakes, timeless in the air. Moments I remember clearly – where I was, who I was with, sounds and smells in the room when the epiphany of taste occurred: the perfectly cooked pink flesh of a rainbow trout with almonds (for the young woman who’d […]

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  • SoPo Dining Room 0

    Australia Fair Metro, Young St., Southport, Queensland 4215

      “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child There will always be a place for classic comfort food. No matter what is the trend of the moment, we still come back to food that’s familiar and loved. Of course, Julia Child is true. […]

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  • Ipswich 0

    Ipswich

    ‘Welcome to Ipswich Central.’ There are many reasons to visit Ipswich. Whether you’re sharing a car racing or steam train experience, visiting family and friends or travelling for business, there are lots of reasons to stop, spend a night or two and enjoy the city’s hospitality. We’ve returned for another visit, eager to discover more […]

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  • Easy House Vegetarian, Mermaid Waters 0

    Shop 8, 90 Markeri St., Mermaid Waters, Queensland 4218

    If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to the usual yum cha, stop in to the Easy House and let Mary Tsang convince you that, as well as being excellent for your health, vegetarian food can taste fantastic. Open since 2010, Easy House forms part of a small recently renovated suburban shopping centre which also […]

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  • Rumi Persian Restaurant 0

    2765 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

    You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a taste adventure. In fact, it’s possible to stay on the Gold Coast and journey via your tastebuds to the exotic Middle East, dining on the authentic cuisine of one of the oldest cultures in the world: Persia. Influenced by many surrounding countries through trade and migration, […]

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  • Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast 3

    The vegetarian dining scene has flourished during the past few years, particularly on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Elsewhere on this site we’ve looked at food trends – the growing awareness of provenance and sustainability, education and healthier food habits. Gone are the days when ordering a vegetarian meal drew the expectation of […]

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  • Vintage Espresso, Mermaid Beach 0

    1/43 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Vintage Espresso is really just that in Gold Coast coffee history – vintage royalty. Originally opened seven years ago by Andrew and Jodie Whiting (now owners of Elk and Sparrow), it was one of the first cafés to serve up a decent cup of coffee. It’s been owned by Chantelle and Brian Steele for over […]

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  • Harry’s Steak Bistro and Bar 0

    1744 Gold Coast Hwy Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar, with its motto ‘beef, booze & banter’, is a clear tribute to good times – a steak house where you’re invited to meet with friends and enjoy yourself. Harry’s is situated on the quietest corner of one of the busiest blocks in Burleigh overlooking a small park and its resident […]

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  • Seaduction, A Taste of Autumn 0

    Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Queensland 4217

    There is nothing quite like a long, decadent degustation lunch with spectacular views. For that particular indulgence, nowhere surpasses Seaduction, perched on the first storey of Peppers Soul, Surfers Paradise. Reminding me of the elegantly clad mother of one of my childhood friends, Seaduction awaits us as we arrive, ever patient, ever smiling. We are […]

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  • Adam Dundas-Taylor, Fire Cue Bar & Grill 0

    1/2243 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach, Queensland 4218

    Not everyone can boast cooking for Beyonce, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Parker-Bowles family, running the company that catered for clients such as Ruinart champagne and Kate Moss, or co-owning Barbacoa, one of the most successful restaurants in Bali. But travelling the world with his supermodel wife, cooking for the stars and running high-pressure events, […]

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  • Pancakes on the rocks 0

    4 The Esplanade, Shop T1.31 Soul Arcade, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Pancakes, for me, bring back the nostalgia of teenage university years. Pancakes on The Rocks had just opened and, given any occasion, my sister and I would make the trip into the city to indulge. In the days of Easy Rider, pancakes were all the rage, and The Rocks venue was the place to go! […]

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  • A Taste of Surfers Paradise 0

    Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Board the train, forget the pain! The G: link offers us a new way of dining – a progressive meal experience that until now has been denied to the Gold Coast. Whether you Uber or taxi to the nearest station, for many locals a short train trip opens a myriad of dining opportunities, including in […]

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  • Bazaar, QT Gold Coast 0

    7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    There’s a feeling of excitement when travelling, entering a new town and seeing a market set up in the square. Not only is there the stimulation of lush sights, sounds and colours, perhaps we will also discover something completely new. Bazaar at QT Gold Coast embodies the concept of an interactive marketplace comprising ‘help yourself’ […]

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  • Fingers & Bones: The Best of the British 0

    2364 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    We’ve been avid followers of Chef Dennis Duncanson’s cuisine since he arrived on the Gold Coast in 2013, moving from London to his wife Leigh’s home town to settle down, work and start a family. We followed Dennis around from restaurant to restaurant, enjoying many meals from the couple’s catering company Fingers and Bones, their […]

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  • El Patio de Cuba 0

    Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd., Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    “It’s 1958 in Cuba, the mojitos are flowing, fine food is in abundance and the show girls are dancing.” It was a time when Cabaret Quarterly wrote that Havana was “…a mistress of pleasure, the lush and opulent goddess of delights.” But as rich jetsetters, celebrities and gangsters flew to Cuba to sample a luxurious […]

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  • Paradox Coffee Roasters 2

    10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    In the iconic makeover of The 4217, Paradox Coffee Roasters takes up the western end of the building, straddling both sides of the central walkway. With soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork accented by wood and brass, it’s reminiscent of stylish eateries in Sydney’s Alexandria or Melbourne’s Bourke Street morphed with Masterchef Kitchen. The venue is […]

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