Kwila Lodge opens

If you are looking for your perfect event space, you now have the choice of booking Kwila Lodge, an iconic Gold Coast venue that has been reborn. Once the ‘Summer House’, and a stop for Cobb and Co coaches to collect milk via a flying fox from the neighbouring dairy farm, the former Eco Studio […]

Junior’s Deli Sandwich

One of the great trends to emerge from lockdown has been the increased demand for simple comfort food that we could enjoy every day. Before Covid, there had been mumblings that food trends had got way too complicated, with all those foams and frills. Not only restaurants were changing, the retail sector was too. The […]

Anekawa, a sustainable journey

There is no cuisine finer than Japanese. It’s a well-recognized art form in sourcing, preparing, plating and presenting fine food with additional kudos due for its health benefits. Fortunately, though we can’t travel to Japan at present, we can take a short drive and find ourselves in the back streets of Tokyo where Chef Koki, […]

The Wine Barrel

Coast dwellers now have a new reason to cross the highway, as The Wine Barrel opens its doors for breakfast. Besides our love of ‘the village’, The Wine Barrel holds a special place in our hearts. Nothing about it has been ordinary from the start, nor is it now. Their new breakfast menu is a […]

The Oak Café

Somehow, every time we visit Mudgeeraba we fall in love again. It’s because little things count. A greeting from wait staff or a friendly smile from the open kitchen, water immediately brought to the table, a bowl of water for someone’s dog… it all adds up to make a village. The Oak Café, Mudgeeraba’s latest […]

Thai Mudgee

Sometimes dreams take us to unexpected places. At least, so it seems for Thai Mudgee’s owner Siranee Hocheuay, known to her guests as ‘Boo’. After moving to Sydney from Central Thailand, Boo fell in love with the Gold Coast when visiting friends. “It was just like my home town,” Boo tells us. “In King Street, […]

Mudjira Village Eatery

It’s the case of ‘the girl least likely’ marrying royalty; a fairly pedestrian café in an outer suburban shopping centre scoring seasoned hotel and restaurant owners Graham and Kate Bennett (ex Helm Bar) as its new owners. Mudgeeraba should be so lucky! But we didn’t know about the hometown queen when, after hearing really good […]

Kampung Malay, Bundall

Kampung Malay is testament to the successful formula that Jason Tan and partner Kate Ferber have used in their existing restaurants. It is the same in all three of Tan’s restaurants: a combination of Malaysian/Chinese food, consistency of product, friendly service and BYO ($1 per head) which make this an extremely affordable dining experience.  As […]