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Mr PP’s Coconchiglioni recipe

Southport has a long history, evidenced by the historical buildings on the Southport Heritage Walk. Beside the Town Hall and former Ambulance Station in Nerang

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Bar 11

There’s something special about a great bar. It has that ‘just lazin’ round’ kind of feeling, like it’s cool not to try too hard, when

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Madisons Café, Broadbeach

Every town needs a beating heart where people gather, be it the town square, the piazza, marketplace or other venue at its geographical centre. Madisons

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Moana Restaurant and Bar

Alex Kaihea has always dreamed of owning a restaurant in Australia. Last month he achieved that goal with the opening of Moana on Isle of

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Cycho’s Buffalo Wings

I have a secret messy delight. It’s a passion that I harbour with love, indulged in only now and again. But I love it. Wings.

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Feature articles

The Art of Food

“I believe that anything done well is art, and great food is like great art but without the evidence,” Damien Hirst, English artist. Trends are

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Another Five new Eateries

Brazilian Flame Brazilian Flame is a feast for the senses and a tribute to all things Brazilian. Sporting the country’s flag and honouring its most

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Behind the Plate

The Little Plate’s Pizza

Tucked away in a side street off the Lower Burleigh Highway, there’s plenty to recommend The Little Plate, with the co-owners Gaynor and Olivia both

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Behind The Plate

Recipes & More From The Gold Coast's Best Kitchens


  • Mario's' 30th birthday. One of Gold Coast’s longest-standing restaurants, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, is turning 30 this month, marking the occasion with a huge family-style banquet on Thursday 29th August from 6pm at The Oasis. You’re invited to join in!
There will be long tables of twelve so diners can interact.
“It’s all about family and togetherness, while paying homage to family traditions,” says co-owner Marlon Pirie.
“The merrymaking begins with a hearty four-course Italian feast for $60 per person including pizza bread, a shared entrée platter, your choice of any main from the entire Mario’s menu and a delectable dessert selection.  We ask everyone to book and join us at our shared tables on Thursday 29th August!” said the Mario’s owners and management team.
Drink specials include Aperol Spritz, Italian wines and buckets of beer. Of course there will also be cake!
Here’s to another 30 great years, Mario’s! Call 07 5592 1899 to book.
  • There's nothing like handmade pasta, or seeing it made in front of you! We love the realness of Belvedere Stonemill in Burleigh who have the courage to do things the hard way. Fabio cooked for the Ferrari team. Federica is the pasta guru. Haven't been yet? You're missing out on #topitalianfood #burleighheads @belvedere_stone_mill Review on website.
  • Pla on the hill at Thai on the Hill, excellent company of family around the dinner table and a morning touring the new digs of @zarraffas_coffee with the extraordinary Kenton Campbell. Who could ask for more! #birthdaygirl #feelingspoiled #lovemyfamily❤️
  • Not just potatoes! We look back on our recent trip to Ireland and give you some great reasons why you should go there on a food journey. See the article on our website
  • Jack's Coffee Roasters lures us into spring sunshine with their clean fresh flavours. Bask in the sun's warmth, looking across water to Palazzo Versace as you enjoy a salmon and haloumi salad, pastrami Reuben bagel, cold-pressed juices or coffee with breakfast biscuit. It's a top spot to relax @jackscoffeeroasters @marinamirage #goldcoast
  • Red chicken curry $12 at Nahm Kitchen & Bar @theoasisbroadbeach - fresh, vibrant and just the right size for a lunch special, I feel warm from the inside out. Thai-riffic! @nahmkitchenandbar
  • Great coffee is one of the fundamentals of a successful cafe, but so are food and service. Using Allpress coffee and with Chef Rodney Anlezark (ex-Siguenos, Substance Espresso) in the kitchen, Espresso Moto's new menu is a cracker. Our favourites are Loaded Brekkie Quesadilla, Not Your Standard Melt - a posh Croque Monsieur, with roast potatoes and chimmichurri (yum!) and the most ramped up Avo Smash we've seen -You All Know Me AEP, where avo, edamame and peas are joined by beetroot hummus and chick pea bombs. These guys' menu is out of the park! @espressomoto
  • Thought for today... Eat well, my friends!
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