Experience the Cara Mia Pizzeria difference

There’s a saying that a successful business is ‘all about the show’, so come to Cara Mia Pizzeria where you will meet the entertainment experts. Show business and restaurants may not seem like an obvious mix, but there are a few notable exceptions. The Gold Coast is blessed with a couple of excellent theatre/cabaret restaurants […]

Yum Siam

Patinya Kanasa and her partner, Ruttanaporn ‘Thor’ Somrit always dreamed of having a restaurant of their own. It was a vision they aimed for as they worked in other people’s restaurants. It was on the Gold Coast that they brought their dreams to life. The couple opened Yum Siam in August 2021 on the ground […]

Tonic on Chirn, Labrador

With the village-like hub of Chirn Park a rising star in Gold Coast dining, Tonic on Chirn is a tried and true local hero, an establishment where we can recommend food, drink, ambience and service as being equally important and on point. Walk into Tonic on Chirn, and you could be mistaken for thinking that […]

First Fruits Coffee Café & Roastery

It’s been almost two years since Daniel Smith set up First Fruits Coffee with a business partner in a tiny space in Ashmore. Visiting the Cotlew Street alleyway shopfront where they not only roasted beans but also sold coffee, space was at a premium. Sitting on coffee bags was almost an option! From the level […]

Frigg Café

The pizza arrives, a steaming plateful of cheesy topping dripping over the edges of the crust onto the giant-sized plate. It’s huge, far too big for my appetite, and this is only one slice of pizza! It’s lunchtime in Disneyland, the place ‘where all your dreams come true.’ Someone’s dreams, perhaps, but some of my […]

Quan 55 & Bar

If you visit Quan 55 in search of a traditional Vietnamese restaurant, you might just be disappointed. Quan 55 is all that and more. Wynn Huynh, who owns Quan 55 with her husband Thanh Tram, is the first to tell us that she has never felt confined by expectations. So, you should expect the unexpected! […]

5B2F Bakehouse

We may not see it when we walk in the door, but some Gold Coast business owners come from rather surprising backgrounds, facing tough cultural challenges along the way. That’s the case for Moonsun Yoo, owner of 5B2F Bakehouse. From South Korea, Moonsun grew up in a family of bakers. He was always cooking in […]

First Fruits Specialty Coffee

Sometimes location isn’t the most important factor in success. It’s the quality of product which draws customers, along with the passion of the producer. Daniel Smith, the co-owner of First Fruits Coffee, became fascinated by coffee while in the army’s infantry. After injuring his back, he moved into the battalion’s café and was fascinated by […]

Lambar Pizza

Looking for a ‘go to’ casual BYO/Licensed restaurant with reliably good food and service? For many who live on the north side of the Gold Coast, Lambar is a favourite. Cosy and warmly welcoming, there are intimate touches which draw us in: the beckoning glow of a fairy light heart in the window, a cosy […]

Café Gold Coast, Labrador

There’s a bit of dining competition around the Aqua building in Labrador, and it’s not hard to see why. From there you can cast your eyes over an amazing view of the sparkling Broadwater, follow the action of boats and seagulls, and take your pick from a few restaurants’ menus. So why does Café Gold […]