Your independent guide to Gold Coast food

Benowa
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Bambino Italian

After years on the top of the Gold Coast’s dining popularity list, De Vito Waterfront recently opened their little brother restaurant, Bambino Ristorante in the

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Kat Harvey, Cheesemaker

If you wander along James St., Burleigh in the quietness of a weekend afternoon, you’ll see a tiny popup selling cheese in the Seadog nook

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Crafty’s Reimagined Hot Dog

Crafty’s Sports Bar, located at the main entrance to Harbour Town Eats, is a family-friendly sports bar offering sociable dining complete with competitive games such

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Atmosphere
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Cabukee

There are few suburbs on the Gold Coast built to encourage a sense of community well-being, however Emerald Lakes is one of them. Oozing the

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Barbeque
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Brazilian Flame Bar & Grill

There’s nothing like the delicious aroma of roasting meat! Brazilian Flame is a tribute to all things Brazilian (well, almost)! Sporting the country’s flag in

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Burleigh Baker

Bread is one of the most fundamental of foods. Though it may appear to be out of favour at times, bread’s very name denotes staple

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Broadbeach
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Finn Poke

If there’s something we never tire of, it’s freshness. And that freshness has just moved closer to us! The first dedicated poke bar to open

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Fish on the Quarterdeck

With waterfront dining at a premium on the Gold Coast, it’s surprising that Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar is still a secret haven, frequented by locals,

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Asian
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Grand Dynasty

Bridging old and new traditions, Grand Dynasty is one of our most modern Chinese restaurants on the Gold Coast. Ken Zeng, who co-owns the restaurant

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Breakfast
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Jack’s Coffee Roasters

When it comes to coffee worldwide, Australians demand the best. So, we’re pleased to see another specialty roaster pop up in our midst late in

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American
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St Helens

There’s a swell of new eateries opening up along the foreshore of Kirra Beach, St Helens being one of the first. From Seattle on the

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Recipes & More From The Gold Coast's Best Kitchens

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  • It was sheer delight to dine again at the Italian Kitchen Company last night On Spaghetti Marinara with prawns like these and half price pizzas. Yes, that's right. - Half price all night enery night! Their seafood, such as the king prawns pictured, is magic, their marinara sauce the tastiest. And there's a boutique Italian wine list.  Do yourself a favour... Just saying! @italiankitchencompany
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  • Loving this long weekend with more to come! Time to enjoy Eggs Bene and Pea and zucchini fritters with labna, avo and quinoa salad @cafe.catalina this morning. What a beautiful view across the Broadwater! Top spot!
  • Sometimes simple is brilliant. Take these classic aranchini from @bambinoitalian Their filling includes tomato, capsicum, eggplant, mozzarella and sopresso. It's a fresh lighter approach than the usual truffled mushroom arancini. So delicious we could go back for more!
  • At @kokumrestaurant where our small share plates take modern Indian cuisine to a new level. Tandoori prawns with pomegranate and Prawn bhaji taste as sensationally delicious 😋 as they look. @marinamirage
  • Ask for pearls on date night... Balsamic pearls, that is. The little orbs of darkness add the spark of imagination to the caprese salad, backed up by arancini balls at @cabukee.  Dining in the midst of a French-style village adds the romance at a fraction of the cost. #emeraldlakesgoldcoast #arancini Review on website foodgoldcoast.com.au
  • Do we have to choose? Thankfully not, because these desserts at Bambino Italian are both exquisite: Homemade chocolate spaghetti with fresh berries, vanilla mascarpone and chocolate sauce to pour over the top, and Tiramisu. Oh my lord! Not too sweet, it was a chocolate feast for three! @bambinoitalian Hand model: @thefoodhedonist
  • Looking for a new weekend date night spot? Head to @cabukee in the magical setting of the French-style village of Emerald Lakes. Chef Fin Tully has designed a menu of share-style dishes and wines to match. Casual and friendly, Happy Hour goes from 4pm - 6pm on Friday and Saturday nights with $5 house wines and $ 20 Corona buckets. See you there!
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