Salt Meats Cheese

There’s nothing sexier than men preparing food. Especially Mediterranean men preparing really good rustic whole food. The ladies know it. They saunter in just before midday, hips swinging slowly, arms extended, looking for him. ‘Where’s Alessandro?’ Young and gorgeous, he crosses the restaurant to meet them, a huge smile lighting his face before being enveloped […]

Sage Café Restaurant

Chances are that if you’ve been to Broadbeach for holidays, you’ve eaten at Sage. Slung around a winning corner in the highly competitive Broadbeach dining area, Sage has been a solid performer over the last few years. Now under new owners, a whole Asian Fusion menu has been introduced and we can’t get enough of […]

10 ‘must try’ Hawaiian desserts

“To travel is to live,” said Hans Christian Anderson. As travellers, many of our lasting memories are tied up with food – not only what we ate, but also where we were and with whom. The memory of sipping a Mai Tai at the beach bar with our toes dug into the sand at Waikiki […]

The Cuban

The glamour of Cuba in the 1950s is legendary. In the favoured holiday destination of movie stars and celebrities, at chic bars and stylish restaurants, tables were laden with food and mojitos flowed. Socialites partied on in a haze of cigar smoke, their drivers waiting outside in Studebakers lined along the street. But trouble was […]

Brooklyn Depot

Burgers are one of the Gold Coast’s favourite foods. It seems everyone is hanging their mouth around one, from tiny sliders to sweet brioche wonders housing gourmet delights. Of course, it didn’t take long for the big guns to get involved in the boutique burger business; guys who’d seen trends develop before, such as co-owner […]

Kubo’s Café Bar & Grill

Owned by Jake and Clifford Gutierrez, Kubo’s Café Bar & Grill in Australia Fair Metro is a rare Filipino food presence on the coast, finding its audience immediately. “We’re really happy to bring Filipino food to the Gold Coast,” Jake tells us, “especially food we love eating at home.” Inside under a wallpapered wall of […]

Jimmy Wah’s

“Good morning, Vietnam!” Jimmy Wah’s brings a huge smile to our face. Not only is it a sideways nod to the local GI bar in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam, but its combination of talented owners – Jake Cooley, highly regarded former head chef of Social Eating House + Bar and Shelly Greaves, former […]

Rare Delights – A Month of Truffles at Cucina Vivo

It’s winter, which means it’s the month for truffles, and we’re heading to Cucina Vivo in The Star Gold Coast to enjoy a ‘truffle feast’. It’s been a slow love affair for me. To be perfectly honest, you’d never pick a truffle for a first date! A large, darkish blob covered in wart-like nodules hiding […]

Griffith Street Larder

Sometimes a new owner can bring a breath of fresh air into a place. That’s the feeling we get with Griffith Street Larder. Early in 2016, Kylie and Dennis Bastos settled on the Gold Coast leaving Melbourne’s cold winters behind. Their purchase of the already successful Larder, formerly owned by the crew from Blackboard Coffee, […]

Max Brenner

When a certain family member comes home from up north, there’s always a ‘hit list’ of where we’ll eat, the must have dishes which have been sorely missed since the last visit, his own special culinary GC ‘bucket list’. Invariably, the bald guy is on the list: Max Brenner’s. It can be late at night […]