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In the past ten years or so, Australian cuisine has embraced Asian flavours and endeavoured to make them our own. Lots of recent new restaurant openings boast Asian-inspired dishes, each one with their own palate of flavours, none more unique than Ally Chow. Inspired by the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine, Ally Chow’s owner-chef...
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Pacific Fair is well on the way to creating an ‘eat or shop’ dilemma. As part of a $670 million redevelopment, high end fashion shops with huge investment fit outs have been opening along the boulevard attracting international shoppers and lots of onlookers. The centre is also well on the way to establishing itself as...
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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 with business partner Alain Yue, is no stranger to hospitality. Having grown up in his family’s restaurants in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Ken trained in hospitality before moving to Australia....
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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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Tucked away from the busy coastal precincts in a small suburban shopping centre, Yum Cha Delights is one of the Gold Coast’s favourite yum cha restaurants. Opened early in 2011 by the Lei family, its ‘all-day yum cha’ menu is loved by locals, many of whom the owners know by name. Its convenience, good food...
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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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Dining at the Taiwanese-based chain restaurant Din Tai Fung in Kuala Lumpur (now also located in Sydney) was a watershed experience for us, so much so that we’ve now visited Din Tai Fung in a number of world cities! The creation of the dumplings exemplifies art as entertainment in the glass-surrounded kitchen, with chefs all...
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Southport’s star continues to rise with the opening of the Jasmine Room Chinese restaurant. Owned by Chinese restaurant royalty, the Cheng family (ex-Landmark, Sunnybank), who also own the very successful Dragon Cove, Jasmine Room is situated on the second level of the Meriton Sundale building, Southport, overlooking the Broadwater. In this peaceful, relaxed venue, diners...
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Every so often we love to give you a list of places worth watching out for, just in case you missed our reviews. Here’s our latest: 8 More Hot Asian Eats. Whether it be a hot steamy night after a day at the beach or a blustery evening when the cold seeps into your bones,...
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Saltwater is a baptism by immersion experience of the gentlest kind. Disarmingly simple yet overlain with cultural intent, Saltwater brings together several known experiences to make a completely new one: a shared table dinner with conversation led by Singaporean Australian performance artist Jamie Lewis, brought to us by the Bleach Festival. Some of our most...