Golosi Food Emporium

Golosi Food Emporium is one of the most impressive specialty food shops on the Gold Coast. Established in March 2013 by Selena Quested, the passion for fine food has been continued and expanded by new owner Donna Harrison, who also owns Burleigh Bar and Bites, also in James Street. The shop may be small, yet […]

The Roost @ 53

It had been bucketing rain during the night but Mel had been up since 3am baking the Turkish buns for our breakfast. She didn’t know the buns would be for us, but we’d decided the night before that we’d score an early brekkie at The Roost@53 on the way to work. The Roost@53 is not […]

Mumma’s Greek Cuisine

“There is no greater love than the love of food,” George Bernard Shaw wrote. Conversely, great food is often the result of great passion. At least that’s the way it is for the Mumma’s Greek Cuisine’s mother and daughter team. Their food is not only about a love affair between Cleo’s parents, who waited five […]

The Pastry Emporium

Adrian Grazioli always had a dream of opening his own patisserie. After training at Brunetti’s in Melbourne, Adrian moved back to the coast, working for different cake shops before opening his own premises, ironically in the same block as the restaurant his parents founded: Riviera. Hidden away in a tiny suburban shopping centre in Sorrento, […]

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, […]

Woodchoppers Inn

There’s always been something special about Mudgeeraba – a village feel that embraces locals as family. Typical of that spirit, Woodchoppers Inn, Mudgeeraba’s original restaurant and bar, has been family owned since 1995. A stayer in the local food scene, their recent change of menu direction has given the venue new interest. Built in 1906 […]


It doesn’t seem that long ago that Evergreen was all the rage for a family breakfast or brunch for ‘ladies who lunch’. A verdant wild jungle in the middle of busy suburbia, replete with overflowing water fountains and voluminous plants, owner/chef Robert Powell and his wife Lynne employed a bevy of young wait staff to […]

Adam Dundas-Taylor

Not everyone can boast cooking for Beyonce, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Parker-Bowles family, running the company that catered for clients such as Ruinart champagne and Kate Moss, or co-owning Barbacoa, one of the most successful restaurants in Bali. But travelling the world with his supermodel wife, cooking for the stars and running high-pressure events, […]

Tumbulgum Tavern

Tumbulgum. What a top spot! We’re sitting on the veranda of the ‘Tumby Pub’, as the Tumbulgum Tavern is affectionately known, looking out at the Tweed River as we order our lunch. To me, the place holds memories of water ski heaven; very early weekend mornings when, just out of my teens, I would skim […]

House of Gabriel

Tucked in between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, the Tweed Coast is a foodie destination all its own. The Tweed Fusion Festival, held annually in October, invites us away from our all-too-comfortable armchairs to explore and experience the environs just beyond our back door. Tweed Fusion is a two-day celebration of arts, music, food […]