Your independent guide to Gold Coast food

Burgers
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The Jolly Roger

“Simple fresh food. Local and environmentally clean. Handmade as much as possible. Cooked using clean oil. Reasonable pricing.” It’s Isa Ham’s summary of what sets

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Behind the Plate
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Six new casual Japanese restaurants

The back streets of Japanese cities are filled with tiny eateries, each specialising in different dishes. They’re the inspiration for travellers who have gone home

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BYO
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Bay Pho

Pho, considered to be the national dish of Vietnam, is one of our favourite meals. For what may seem to be a deceptively simple dish,

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Breakfast
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Sunlight Drive Café

When you have a child, some things change. Take dining out, for example. It becomes a whole new ball game requiring management, patience and even

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American
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TGI Fridays

American food has long been a favourite of Gold Coast diners. Talk burgers, fries and wings and you’ll get our attention. Sometimes we’ll even join

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Breakfast
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Daymaker Espresso

About two years ago,  Daymaker Espresso popped up on the southern end of Pacific Avenue. Owners Andrew Madgwick (ex-52 Espresso) and Dylan Nesbit (ex-Barefoot, Elk,

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Behind the Plate
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Egg Drop Soup

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival celebrating the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese

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Burleigh Heads
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Goukai Ramen

For a culturally ‘mish mash’ dish, ramen is unrivalled in its ability to gain fans. Talk ramen and its converts will espouse the beauty of

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Atmosphere
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Zipang

Named after the ancient title of Japan, Zipang, Chef Atsushi Mizushima’s cafe has a split personality. By day, it’s a tiny ‘dine in’ or quick

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Behind the Plate
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App rates food’s health value

Late in 2019, politicians decided that health star ratings would not be mandatory for Australian food. However, a company has taken matters into their own

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Coolangatta
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Raw and Rice

When it comes to fast food, one of the most nutritious meals you can choose is a poke bowl. Using the best local seasonal ingredients,

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Behind The Plate

Recipes & More From The Gold Coast's Best Kitchens

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  • I'm loving an iced long black at the moment in this heat - two shots of espresso on ice, topped up with iced water. Zero calories and a double shot is a luxury in a hot day @sunlightdrcafe . . #coffeetime #longicedblack #icedblackcoffee #goldcoastcafe #cafeculture #coffee_inst #coffeelicious #mycoffeelife
  • Brunch at Cafe O'Mai, Annerley is a delight: Bun la Lot - Vermicelli noodle salad with beef wrapped in betel leaves. With the beef wraps cooked over coals for a smoky finish, depth is added by a fish sauce dressing. Delicious! #foodgoldcoastontour @cafeomai . . #vietnamesefood #bunlalot #vermicillisalad #bunsalad #foodbrisbane #brisbanefood #annerley #vietnamese
  • These fruit tarts are almost my favourite sweet at My French Pastries...almost! They would be if it weren't for the delicious Rum Baba. Oh glory! Yes, it's that good! When they're sold out, I buy a fruit tart with coffee to keep my fruit intake up. (Only kidding!) @my_french_pastries #robina . . #frenchpastries #patisserie #foodgoldcoast #goldcoastfood #goldcoastfoodlovers #foodiesofig #letthemeatcake #frenchpastry
  • Seared scallops on pork belly are one of the exciting share plates at Zipang Japanese Dining, Currumbin. It's a secret diner mostly frequented by locals, ambient and secluded in a small block of shops with indoor and outdoor dining. @zipangcurrumbin . . #japanese_food #foodgoldcoast #goldcoastfood #currumbinvalley #japanesefoodlover #currumbin #scallops #porkbelly
  • In this weather I crave great pho - the beefy goodness of a great broth slow cooked for a day and served up piping hot. There's none better than Bay Pho at The Cove, Tweed City Shopping Centre. Link to our review in bio.
  • Lunch at Izakaya Umakamon is always a delight - my favourite Agedashi tofu to share, Aburi salmon bowl flamed at the table and Karaage chicken bowl. It's a feast for two at their keen lunch specials price. @umakamonsurfers #surfersparadise . . #foodgoldcoast #japanesefoodlover #goldcoastfood #goldcoastizakaya #izakayanewstyle #karaagedon #aburisalmon #lunchdeals #agedashitofu #goldcoastfoodies
  • Bar Espana serves the tastiest paella we've eaten in a long time. Coloured with saffron, it's pretty as well, decorated with a crown of mussels and clams, and local prawns on top. What a feast! @barespanabroadbeach in @theoasisbroadbeach . . #broadbeachrestaurants #paella #paellavalenciana #spanishfood #theoasisbroadbeach #foodgoldcoast #goldcoastfood #spanishrestaurant
  • Salad for breakfast? Yes please, especially when it's Thai Green mango salad at Daymaker Espresso. Nothing's better than that fresh, spicy goodness. . #foodgoldcoast #goldcoastbreakfast #breakfasttime☕️ #brekkiegoals #saladforbreakfast #goldcoastfood #pawpawsalad #goldcoastcafe
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