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Pavement Whisper: COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is set to bring a sophisticated new dining experience to Surfers Paradise
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Pavement Whisper: COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen is set to bring a sophisticated new dining experience to Surfers Paradise

If you've spent any time in Surfers Paradise recently, it's highly likely you craned your neck to gaze in awe at Ocean by Meriton. Soaring 76 levels into the sky, it's arguably one of the most significant projects coming to life on the Gold Coast this year. Last month we got our first taste of the food and beverage offering with Castaway Coffee Bar, a wholesome cafe slinging organic coffee and nourishing nosh. Now, we've got wind of an elevated modern Australian restaurant called COAST Beach Bar & Kitchen that is set to open in mid-June. Here's everything we know so far ... more

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The round-up: sink your teeth into the Gold Coast's best burgers
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The round-up: sink your teeth into the Gold Coast’s best burgers

There is something deeply satisfying about sinking your teeth into a delicious, juicy burger. Whether you prefer a humble American cheeseburger with pickles, or you like to live on the edge with pulled meats and some sort of fancy sauce, we've got you covered with this handy list of where to get a darn-good burger on the Gold Coast ... you can thank us later. more

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The round-up: get cracking to the Gold Coast's best seafood restaurants
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The round-up: get cracking to the Gold Coast’s best seafood restaurants

The Gold Coast is swimming with stellar seafood joints, which is really no surprise given that we're surrounded by some of the best sea-based produce in the country. When you crave seafood, you want to seek out the best of the best, so we've put together a handy list of some of the top seafood slingers on the Gold Coast for you and your fishy friends. Oh, and if you're simply chasing a feed of fish and chips, then you'll want to cast your eyes on this round-up of casual fish and chipperies. more

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Yippee IPA – Burleigh Barrels Brewery, distillery and smokehouse has arrived!
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Yippee IPA – Burleigh Barrels Brewery, distillery and smokehouse has arrived!

We are experiencing a golden age for locally brewed craft beer. Sip-from-the-source watering holes have exploded in popularity on the Gold Coast in recent years, with eager new players popping up all over this fine city like mushrooms after the rain, which is something we've had plenty of lately. The latest to join the coast's clutch of craft breweries is Burleigh Barrels on West Burleigh Road. With taps dedicated to pouring thirst-quenching tipples and a kitchen specialising in elevated pub-style eats, Burleigh Barrels Brewery is poised to become a popular respite for socialising, sipping and snacking. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Satisfy your craving for curry and bao-gers at Burleigh's new Seaside Kitchen & Bar
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Satisfy your craving for curry and bao-gers at Burleigh’s new Seaside Kitchen & Bar

As we hurtle towards the chilly season, a little soggier and hastier than we'd like, we've found ourselves daydreaming about plunging a spoon into rich, flavoursome curries, meltingly tender meat that falls away from the bone with just a nudge and steamy soups that deliver the culinary equivalent of a warm hug. You too? Go ahead and pull up a table at Seaside Kitchen & Bar in Burleigh Heads. You'll be mighty glad you did ... more

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The Fireplace
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The Fireplace welcomes a brand new executive chef well versed in fine-dining and seasonal cuisine

After sharpening his skills across the United Kingdom and New Zealand, homegrown fine-dining expert Hamish Watt has settled into his new home as the executive chef at The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. In his new role, Hamish is nurturing his love of fresh produce and native ingredients as he oversees the resort’s culinary offerings across the numerous restaurants, bars, meetings, conference and event venues. The Fireplace’s brand new autumnal menu looks to perfectly capture the nature of innovative Modern Australian cuisine with a touch of European flair, seamlessly incorporating Hamish’s skills into the unique wood-fired roots of every dish. more

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The family behind Lupo is back with a 16-seat micro-restaurant, Piatto
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The family behind Lupo is back with a 16-seat micro-restaurant, Piatto

When Mermaid Beach's much-loved Lupo announced last drinks, we think we speak for everyone who ever dined there when we say there was a collective gasp. If there's one thing we've learned about the exceptionally hard-working Pearce family over the years, it's that they aren't afraid to shake things up, even when their venue is at peak popularity. We saw it with Broadbeach's Espana, which later became Franc's Wine Bar & Deli, and now, history has repeated. After a brief hiatus for renovations, may we introduce you to Piatto, Lupo's pint-sized successor.  more

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Pablito's Mexican Cuisine and Tequilaria opens at Sanctuary Cove
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Pablito’s Mexican Cuisine and Tequilaria opens at Sanctuary Cove

From the team behind Tugun’s eternally adored Caracara Cantina comes a gorgeous new tequila-infused sip spot aptly called Pablito's Mexican Cuisine and Taquiliaria. Born from an inherent love of tacos and tequila, the northern newcomer has settled snugly into its home at Sanctuary Cove's The Marine Village. Offering a slight step up from its southern sibling, Pablito's is designed to deliver an elevated dining experience that showcases authentic, quality modern-Mexican fare. more


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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you might have missed in April
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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you might have missed in April

Somehow we blinked and it was May. Did April even happen? If the past few weeks have been a blur of long weekends, you may have missed the news that the Gold Coast welcomed a bunch of exciting new eateries including a seriously impressive new poolside bar, a KBBQ (or Korean barbecue) joint, plus a couple of old faves. ICYMI, here is a quick round-up of some the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes from April 2022 ... more

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Bring your appetite for adventure – Suzy is bringing a little taste of Seoul to Burleigh Heads
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Bring your appetite for adventure – Suzy is bringing a little taste of Seoul to Burleigh Heads

Korean barbecue is a unique culinary experience. For those who have not yet had the pleasure, it looks a little something like this – your nearest and dearest seated around a sizzling barbecue, laughing loudly, jovially arguing over who should hold the tongs. The beauty of the experience is that instead of just sitting back and waiting for your food to come to you, it's communal. Everyone shares the responsibility of creating and enjoying the meal. Up until now, the Gold Coast's Korean barbecue joints have been fairly traditional in terms of their offering. Enter Suzy. Suzy is Korean barbecue, but not as you know it ... more

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Beloved Broadbeach icon Social Eating House + Bar has debuted a luxe new look
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Beloved Broadbeach icon Social Eating House + Bar has debuted a luxe new look

Celebrating ten years in an industry as fickle as hospitality is no mean feat. Rather than cruise into the next decade on the coattails of the preceding one, Matt Jefferson and Dayna Cooper, the husband-and-wife duo behind two of Broadbeach's most esteemed eateries Social Eating House + Bar and Orzo, have seized an opportunity to expand and embark upon a seriously impressive floor-to-ceiling renovation. Take a peek at the new-look Social Eating House + Bar ... more

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Harvest Buffet
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Feast with a friend and enjoy two-for-one dinners at Harvest Buffet

If you're anything like us, decision making can be difficult – especially when it comes to food. The best solution to menu anxiety? One of everything, baby! While this might be a bit extravagant at standard restaurants, it's encouraged at Harvest Buffet. In delicious news, the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord is offering Members of The Star two-for-one dinners on Monday and Tuesday nights from April 11 to May 10. That's right, you and your favourite foodie friend can don your finest stretchy pants, pop a napkin in your collar and dig into a gastronomic wonderland. more

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Date night sorted – indulge in a decadent shared feast for two with change from $50 at Cucina Vivo this April
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Date night sorted – indulge in a decadent shared feast for two with change from $50 at Cucina Vivo this April

There’s something incredibly soul warming about Italian cuisine. Twirling your fork into delicate strands of al dente spaghetti, reaching for a slice of perfectly cooked woodfired pizza with just the right ratio of topping to crust and scooping spoonfuls of fresh, vibrant salad – honestly, is there anything better? Actually, there is. Devouring all of those dishes with change from a $50 note for two people – it’s all kinds of satisfying and you can experience it every week during April at Cucina Vivo. more

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Pavement Whisper: EFSHAR Restaurant and Wine Bar is bringing modern Australian bites to Labrador
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Pavement Whisper: EFSHAR Restaurant and Wine Bar is bringing modern Australian bites to Labrador

After a couple of tumultuous (understatement) years in the dining scene, the rumour mill is in overdrive with whispers of new openings and exciting eateries in the pipeline, and we couldn’t be happier. One in particular that has piqued our interest is EFSHAR Restaurant and Wine Bar, which is set to bring elevated sips and modern Australian bites to the Broadwater. Inspired by the flavours of land and sea, the sophisticated spot is set to open oh-so-soon, and here's what we know so far ... more

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Feast on yakitori and seriously stacked sandos at Southport's brand-new Koko Cafe & Bar
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Feast on yakitori and seriously stacked sandos at Southport’s brand-new Koko Cafe & Bar

A lot of deliciousness has come out of Japan – ramen, gyoza, sushi, whisky … the list goes on. One of our all-time favourites, however, is the not-so-humble sando. To be clear, we're not talking about a sad-looking schnitty sandwiched between two thin slices of bread, no siree. Japanese sandos are a work of edible art, from the sizable slab of crustless shokupan (Japanese milk bread) through to its deliciously crisp katsu-crumbed filling. If your mouth is watering right about now (same), you'll be pleased to learn there's a brand-new sando bar in town – it's called Koko Cafe & Bar and here's everything you need to know ... more

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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan's most lip-smacking fare
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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan’s most lip-smacking fare

Sometimes when you've lived in a city for so long, it can feel like you've wined and dined at every establishment, had your morning cuppa at every corner cafe or had one too many late-night HSP from that trusty kebab shop. If you want to broaden your horizons both from a culinarily and geographical perspective, then we think you should hop in the car and drive to a city not so far away – Logan. Brimming with mouth-watering fare from almost every country you can think of, this epicurean melting pot is worth diving into. Here are some top-notch spots for when you plan on embarking on a self-curated Logan food trail … more

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Ex-Gimlet and Supernormal chef Tim Goegan takes the reins at The Eltham Hotel
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Ex-Gimlet and Supernormal chef Tim Goegan takes the reins at The Eltham Hotel

Embarking on roadtrips in search of culinary adventure is one of our all-time favourite weekend activities. While there are plenty of reasons to head south right now, we've been gifted another very tasty motive with the arrival of Tim Goegan as head chef at The Eltham Hotel, nestled amongst Byron's beautiful hinterland. The celebrated chef has decamped Melbourne to come full circle back to his old stomping ground in the Northern Rivers, and we're set to reap the benefits. Read on for all of the delicious details ... more

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Ming Ming's brings vibrant northern Vietnamese fare to Surfers Paradise
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Ming Ming’s brings vibrant northern Vietnamese fare to Surfers Paradise

If you're the kind of person that goes out of your way to uncover your suburb's hidden gems and believe that sometimes, the best – and most authentic – feed isn't always on the main thoroughfare but in alleyways and unassuming spaces, you need to know about Ming Ming's Express in Surfers Paradise. Nestled in plain sight on Orchid Avenue (across from Cali Beach), the neighbourhood noshery may not boast the flashiest fit-out in town, but the stream of happy faces in and out is your first indication that there's more to this venue than meets the eye. Read on for all of the mouth-watering details ... more

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Omakase at Kiyomi sashimi
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Bespoke Japanese dining to ignite the senses – Omakase at Kiyomi is here to stay

If your tastebuds tingle at the thought of sashimi so fresh you can still hear the rolling waves of the ocean in which it was caught, then get excited for executive chef Chase Kojima’s Omakase offering at Kiyomi. This 20-course degustation of Japanese delights is accompanied by an expertly paired sake flight that will leave you floating on cloud nine after every mouthful. more

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Award-winning chef Michael Lambie opens Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar in Nobby Beach
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Award-winning chef Michael Lambie opens Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar in Nobby Beach

When it comes to award-winning venues, Michael Lambie has had his fair share. The lauded chef's illustrious career has seen many Michelin stars and chef hats, including as head chef at Marco Pierre White's self-titled Knightsbridge restaurant in London, through to partnerships in the Van Handel Group's Circa at The Prince and Federation Square's Taxi in Melbourne. Since 2012, Michael has continued to draw hungry Melbournians in droves, serving exceptional Asian-inspired cuisine at Lucy Liu alongside business partner Scott Borg. Most recently, however, Michael has set his sights north – and we're about to reap the benefits. This Friday, March 11, Michael is opening the doors to his very first Gold Coast-based restaurant. Her name is Rubi Red and here's everything you need to know about this showstopping new arrival ... more