Elk Espresso

For ten years, Elk Espresso has been at the top of its game, wooing diners with its quality food and seamless service, producing food that’s innovative, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Looking back, the reasons for its success were evident from its beginnings. Elk Espresso wins friends, first of all, for its simple but funky […]

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 […]

Little Truffle

Understatedly elegant. Our recent dining experience at Little Truffle reinforces how truly exceptional this restaurant is. Six years after opening, the restaurant looks better than ever following its mid-2016 facelift! While the four separate dining areas, chandeliers and gilt mirrors overlooking period furniture and luxurious crisp serviettes may seem a throwback to the golden age […]

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 […]

Aardvark and Arrow Brewery

How do you like your beer? Preservative, additive and chemical free, hangover-proofed, sparklingly clear, locally made, brewed just the way you like it? We found such a beer in a boutique Burleigh restaurant, so we went looking for its source: Aardvark and Arrow Brewery in Varsity, our own Gold Coast owned and operated microbrewery! If […]