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. […]

The Other Brunch List

Beneath our love of all things new, we are creatures of habit. It’s too easy to go back to places we love; places that have the vibe we love, reflecting a lifestyle we aspire to. In the spirit of sharing, we pay homage to some of our most popular brunch places, giving you an alternative […]

Substance Espresso

‘Success breeds success,’ they say, and for Substance Espresso that’s certainly true. There were tears when Jareth and Leah Smith sold Daark Espresso in Chirn Park, in fact the lights dimmed a little on the northside of town. But there were better things coming, with the pair opening a coffee shop, Substance Espresso, in Runaway […]

Indian Empire

When we think of Indian Cuisine on the Gold Coast, the picture in our minds is predictable: Copper clad bowls filled with curry, accompanied by naan bread and rice. If we’re fortunate, those curries are rich and succulent with spices, served obligingly in an ambient venue.  Beyond this, the vision fades. Rick Stein’s spectacular journey […]

Can Tho Kitchen & Bar

“Memories framed on the wall last a lifetime in our hearts.” I’m really interested in the concept of others being ‘observers’ of our lives. Our close friends and family, who have known us for a long time, understand the hurdles we’ve vaulted or staggered over. They do not judge us at face value, but know […]