Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid is a haven for the Mermaid Beach ‘coastal community with a village feel’. It’s a home away from home for many, a place to hang out with friends, and a venue with the vibes they love. “This venue has been created with one clear vision,” Little Mermaid’s website states, “to foster friendships, generate […]

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 […]

Koi Broadbeach

‘The only constant in life is change’ Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, and that’s certainly true of the dining scene in Broadbeach. Restaurants open, close, change owners, staff and cuisine so often that it’s hard to keep track. Among them, there are several stayers that set the standard of food and service for the rest, their […]

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 […]

Tonic on Chirn, Labrador

With the village-like hub of Chirn Park a rising star in Gold Coast dining, Tonic on Chirn is a tried and true local hero, an establishment where we can recommend food, drink, ambience and service as being equally important and on point. Walk into Tonic on Chirn, and you could be mistaken for thinking that […]

BSKT Café, Mermaid Beach

When Titans Greg Bird, Nate Myles, Sel Berdie and Mat Rogers decided to open a restaurant with their friends, we were interested to check out the food of superheroes! Hype aside, BSKT is a simple concept: a dual function holistic café integrated with a yoga/pilates centre upstairs; a venue flooded with sunlight holding the best […]

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, […]

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Despite the reference in its name, there’s nothing ‘Stone Age’ about Bam Bam Bakehouse. Nor anything so deep; it’s just the childhood chant of owners Ursula and Ben Watts’ young son. Cute? Yes. Symbolic? Yes. In more ways than one, Bam Bam Bakehouse marks the ‘coming of age’ of The Paddock Bakery crew, who have […]

Cadence Cafe

You never know what you’ll come across when you get away from the big smoke. Everyone is pretty familiar with the talent showing up on the coastal strip, particularly on the south end, but head out into the ‘burbs towards the highway, and even beyond, and there’s some damned great eating to be had. We’d […]

Burleigh Brewing 2.0

Burleigh Brewing began as a love story, when in 2002 Peta Fielding persuaded her American-born master brewer husband Brennan to leave Hawaii and return to her homeland of Australia. After working for local breweries for four years, it was time to found their own brewery in Burleigh Heads in 2006. Ten years on, Peta Fielding, […]