The Gold Coast’s Food Evolution

Despite rising costs of living, labour shortages and turbulent weather, 2023 proved to be a year of growth for the Gold Coast hospitality industry. Consumers may have adjusted their discretionary spending, but they still made room for dining. Tourism was strong in 2023, with approximately 12 million tourists contributing $1.7 billion into the local economy. […]

Blowfish, home of seafood delicacies

After twenty years in the making, the Gold Coast has a seafood restaurant to boast about: Blowfish Ocean Grill + Bar. In a whirlwind turnaround, owners Steven and Autumn Adams took over the former Bavarian Restaurant site on Oracle Boulevard and, with the assistance of Space Cubed Design Studio and Zero 9, their dream was […]

Serving Our People

Café Served opened in Pacific Fair in December 2023 with a unique business model. All profits from the café are used to support the charity Serving Our People Inc. (SOP). Founding SOP in 2020, Yas Matbouly tells us that his initial motivation was to help elderly people who were struggling during the pandemic. The organisation […]

Margarita on at Nude Amigos

If the thought of downing a margarita of two with the girls appeals, then listen right up. The site that once housed Cardamom Pod has been reborn as Mexican restaurant, Nude Amigos. From the folk at Kin, Burleigh, comes a clean, bright venue bathed in light but discreet enough to house a lunchtime tipple with […]

kōst opens in Broadbeach

When the slick new kōst Bar and Grill opened in Broadbeach in August 2023, it was a dream realised for industry veteran Dave Galvin. Well known to the coast through his SITE hospitality consultancy business and his own venues including Crafty’s Sports Bar Harbourtown, Mozza Mozza at Sharks and Bird Royale in Ferry Road Markets, […]

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast

The vegan dining scene has flourished during the past few years. Gone are the days when ordering a vegetarian or vegan meal drew the expectation of a plate of steamed vegetables or a green salad landing on your table. Nor is it just about tofu and tempeh. Now your dining preference may be vegan, lactose […]

A Feast of Seafood

With 52 kilometres of coastline and 860 km of sparkling waterways, the Gold Coast has access to an abundance of fresh seafood. Seafood forms an integral part of our dining culture. From Sunday night fish and chips to freshly cooked prawns straight off the trawlers, we can enjoy a casual meal of seafood at home […]

Sofia’s Broadbeach

The Gold Coast gained a touch of European style when Sofia’s Broadbeach opened on the ground floor of The Oasis late in 2020. As spring arrives in 2022, Sofia’s has moved location and doubled in size to a venue that better accommodates the four seasons. Now situated between Mario’s and Grand Dynasty, owner Henry Hunt […]

A Touch of Goya

Every so often we are blessed with dining venue that is truly different. A year ago, Sens Coffee, at the base of the Meriton Broadbeach, transformed their café into Goya Café, a modern, ultra-sexy Japanese street food café. But after shouting ‘Revolution!’ and taking the coast by storm, it could not have been a more […]

Finn Poke celebrates the goodness of life

If there’s something we never tire of, it’s freshness. The first dedicated poke bar to open in the south-east corner, Finn Poke, opened their second venue upstairs in Pacific Fair exactly a year after the opening of their Byron Bay shop. With a longterm hospitality background in extended family restaurants ‘Fig & Olive’ and the […]