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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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Ashmore
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Grobnik Fine Foods

It’s Jamie Oliver’s fault. I lift my nose in the air when it comes to sausages. I don’t do ‘bits’, and unless I know who

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Atmosphere
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Cafoo Izakaya

Cafoo Izakaya has settled quietly into the space that held the Blue Door on 5th in Palm Beach. With burnt timber and black painted walls,

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Atmosphere
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Miss Moneypenny’s

A sister venue to Noosa’s award-winning Miss Moneypenny’s opened this week under the Avani apartment tower in Broadbeach, with The Good Time Group’s CEO Ben

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Dinner
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Izakaya Midori

It takes courage to open a ‘destination’ restaurant, one so out of the way that diners must ‘seek to find’ it. Without walk-by foot traffic,

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Dinner
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Kathmandu Momo

If we think cuisine diversity, Nepal and its cuisine are almost as far removed from the Gold Coast as you can get. Most of us

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Byron Bay
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Table Under a Tree

One of the most evident themes in hospitality today is the growing interest in the provenance of our food, where it comes from and how

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Atmosphere
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Oi Izakaya

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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Burleigh Heads
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Rosella’s

Rosella’s was borne from a passion for all things Australiana. It’s a haven of childhood memories, the songs we listened to on the radio, the

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Behind The Plate

Recipes & More From The Gold Coast's Best Kitchens

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  • Imagine an ice cream collaboration with Brookies? Yes, it's almost too good to be true but Knox & Aya have done it with their coconut-based Rainforest  ice cream, including Davidson's Plum with Brookies Slow, and Macadamia fudge brownie vegan ice cream with MAC. We played to work out what that might look for dessert. All we were missing was the bottle of Brookies Slow Gin! (And a glass.)
  • It's easy to make your own platter from local produced goods: Summer sausage and prosciutto from Grobnik, Ashmore City, Tintenbar triple cream brie from Kath Harvey, Byron Bay Cheese Co (bought on James St, Burleigh), Byron Bay Crackers' seed crackers, local strawberries and Barossa Shiraz. It's the weekend!
  • This custard-filled canoli from The Italian Kitchen brings back memories of Cairns, dining at the homes of Italian cane farmers, men over by the BBQ, women in the kitchen. Pasta, BBQ, salads, cannoli and crostoli... Huge dishes of food. It was a feast! @italiankitchencompany
  • We did a little burger research in Ipswich as to which sorts of burgers were available for different diners. There were lots of hunger busters, from Getta Burger's sensational tasty brisket burger to Cafe 63's Marilyn burger or the Retro Diner's Carnivore Challenge. Even the PA turned out a Vego burger, just because we asked! (Our eyes were on the marron, actually!) Take a look at Ipswich's buns on our website www.foodgoldcoast.com.au #burgers #ipswich #springfieldlakes
  • Meat & Co is just a little bit sexy! Newcomers to Surf Parade, these guys have done a fabulous fitout. They're using Cape Grim steak, Jack's Creek Wagyu and Teys ribs, so go check them out. @meatandco_ #broadbeach
  • Cafoo Izakaya has settled quietly into the space that held the Blue Door on 5th in Palm Beach, owner Chef Masa bringing a wealth of experience in izakaya and seafood to the area. It's seafood where Chef Masa excels, bringing his own creative twist to dishes such as Abuli salmon carpaccio, the seared slices of salmon finished with a homemade ponzu sauce, truffle oil, shallots, shredded chilli and red onion. There are Lunch and Daily Osusume specials, with plenty of fine Japanese whiskey and sake on offer. It’s the blend of old and new that’s intriguing at Cafoo Izakaya, so go along and discover your own favourites. Read the review of @cafooizakaya on our website.
  • One of the consistent performers in Top of the Town, Ipswich is Fourthchild. Cafe and restaurant, @fourthchild is open long hours, owner operated and all about local produce. Love the heritage of this cafe, situated in an old bank, the fabulous home baking and pleasant service. #discoveripswich
  • It was a dream come true for Lauren, owning a restaurant in this waterfront location. Not many restaurants have dolphins outside their door, or can boast being a former service station fronting the highway. Now SaltWater at Currumbin is calmer and far more atmospheric, a local haven for brekkie, a quiet lunch, tapas and a drink at sunset, or celebratory dinner. Service is personal and attentive, Chef Alex Sneesby (ex-Avvia & Burleigh Social) is doing a great job in the kitchen, and the view is to die for. Check out the review on our website.
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