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The round-up: pizza to pappardelle – we've uncovered some of the Gold Coast's best Italian restaurants
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The round-up: pizza to pappardelle – we’ve uncovered some of the Gold Coast’s best Italian restaurants

From fresh-made pappardelle and deliciously crisp hand-stretched pizzas, to glorious negronis and sweet cannoli – we've sure got a lot to thank the Italians for. Here on the Gold Coast, there's certainly no shortage of great Italian restaurants, be it longstanding eateries serving time-honoured favourites, or modern-day dining spots that combine innovation with tradition. To point you in the right direction, we've put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast's best Italian restaurants, all for your eating pleasure. more

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Mermaid Beach eatery FuFu reinvents itself with a sleek new look, moody vibes and fancy bites
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Mermaid Beach eatery FuFu reinvents itself with a sleek new look, moody vibes and fancy bites

Back in March 2018, Gold Coast restaurateur Morgan Walsh (the founder of Bonita Bonita and The Milkman's Daughter, and owner of Poké Poké) gifted the city with a fun new American-Chinese diner by the name of FuFu. Over the past few weeks, Morgan and the team have been working around the clock to implement exciting changes for the popular Mermaid Beach eatery, giving it a whole new look and shifting its culinary direction entirely. Friends, meet FuFu 2.0. more

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Elia Greek Island Taverna brings traditional tastes and family recipes to the Marina Mirage waterfront
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Elia Greek Island Taverna brings traditional tastes and family recipes to the Marina Mirage waterfront

A slice of Santorini has arrived on the waterfront at Marina Mirage this week in the form of 250-seat dining spot Elia Greek Island Taverna. Dishing up everything from dolmades to spit-roasted lamb and gloriously sweet loukoumades, the new casual eatery combines traditional homestyle cooking with pristine broadwater views to transport diners to the sun-drenched shores of the Greek Islands. more

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Japanese eatery Oi Izakaya lands in Burleigh with sushi burgers, sake and okonomiyaki
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Japanese eatery Oi Izakaya lands in Burleigh with sushi burgers, sake and okonomiyaki

If you've ever travelled throughout Japan, you would have been captivated by more than a few culinary surprises along the way. From okonomiyaki to takoyaki and sweet mochi, traditional Japanese food is equal parts delicious and intriguing. After falling in love with the cuisine after just one bite, local lads Troy Olsen and Stephen Thompson wanted to bring the tastes, flavours and infectious hospitality that they found in Japan back here to the Gold Coast. more


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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants
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The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast’s best Indian restaurants

You just can't beat that overwhelming sense of satisfaction that comes with ripping apart some garlicky naan and dunking it into a deliciously creamy butter chicken from your local Indian restaurant. Are we right? You know we are. Whether you can handle the heat, or prefer to enjoy the more subtle flavours, there are plenty of delicious Indian joints that will suit your tastes. We've put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast's best Indian restaurants that will really ignite the fire in your belly. more

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Modern-Asian dining spot Madam Fu arrives at Isle of Capri
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Modern-Asian dining spot Madam Fu arrives at Isle of Capri

Hand-made dumplings swimming in punchy dashi, pillow-soft bao buns sandwiching Sichuan snapper and pickled jalapenos, and delicately crisp pieces of karaage chicken with white kimchi. Salivating? Well, take a moment to compose yourself so we can introduce you to Madam Fu – a sophisticated-yet-fun newcomer that is bringing a melting pot of Asian flavours to Isle of Capri.  more

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The round-up: the best spots for a sizzling Chinese feast on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: the best spots for a sizzling Chinese feast on the Gold Coast

If you're partial to Peking duck, go wild over wontons and get a little crazy over chow mein, then this round-up is just for you. We reckon Chinese food is sometimes a little underrated – there is so much more to this flavoursome cuisine than the stereotypical sickly sweet honey-glazed chicken from a bain marie! We've put together a tasty list of some of the Gold Coast's best Chinese dining spots, all for your eating pleasure. more

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Inside Moana Restaurant and Bar – Isle of Capri's new Pacific Rim-inspired seafood haven
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Inside Moana Restaurant and Bar – Isle of Capri’s new Pacific Rim-inspired seafood haven

Lovers of fresh fish, cracking crustaceans and moreish molluscs, put your claws in the air – the Gold Coast has scored a sleek new seafood haven! Taking the space of now-closed Italian restaurant Cicchetti at the Capri on Via Roma precinct on Isle of Capri is Moana Restaurant and Bar – a fresh, new sea-based venture from New Zealand celebrity chef, Alex Kaihea, who is looking to meld the best local seafood with the flavours of the Pacific Rim. more

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Social House at Voco reimagines hotel dining with burgers, ‘low teas', share bites and meaty delights
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Social House at Voco reimagines hotel dining with burgers, ‘low teas’, share bites and meaty delights

In late 2018, the Watermark Hotel in Surfers Paradise officially became known as Voco Gold Coast. The iconic building's sleek new brand and direction is now filtering through to its restaurant and bar offerings, with the hotel group recently lifting the lid on Social House (formerly known as Walrus) and the newly overhauled Social House Cafe on the ground level. Look, we get that a hotel is often not the first place you'll look to for Friday night burgers with the crew or your morning coffee and bacon-and-egg roll – so, consider this a gentle nudge to kick that stereotype to the curb. more

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Flock to it – local food truck Cycho's Buffalo Wings opens its first eatery in Southport
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Flock to it – local food truck Cycho’s Buffalo Wings opens its first eatery in Southport

When local food truck and market stall Cycho's Buffalo Wings first started in the game four years ago, its menu consisted of crisp, saucy wings in just three flavours. That's it. While it wasn't the biggest menu out there, local finger-licking wing fiends became hooked. Now, after four years of organic growth and tireless work in the wild world of mobile food, the owners of the wing-slinging food truck, Cyrus and Hanzel Platon, have opened their first bricks-and-mortar location in the heart of Southport. more

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Spice up your life – Ari Thai Kitchen & Bar brings Bangkok-style street food to Robina
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Spice up your life – Ari Thai Kitchen & Bar brings Bangkok-style street food to Robina

Nestled off the beaten track from Thailand's bustling Bangkok lies the far-less-hectic neighbourhood of Ari – a hub known far and wide for its authentic food, dispensed day and night from street-side restaurants and stalls. Sounds delicious, right? Well, lucky for us Gold Coast folk, Ari Thai Kitchen & Bar is opening today (Wednesday April 24) in Robina, so we can now experience the tastes and flavours of one of Thailand's favourite street-food hubs, minus the plane ticket.  more

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The Star Grazing Food Tours are back (by popular demand) to take you on an intimate culinary journey
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The Star Grazing Food Tours are back (by popular demand) to take you on an intimate culinary journey

The Star Grazing Food Tours, the sell-out foodie events where diners are taken on an exclusive guided journey of four contrasting restaurants at The Star Gold Coast in one delicious night, are back this autumn! A limited series of just five tours will be held throughout May – bookings are a must and you'd best be quick, because seats on these guided foodie tours do not last long. more

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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast
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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast

In October last year, the northern Gold Coast was gifted with the arrival of the $470-million Westfield Coomera. At the time, the colossal retail and dining precinct welcomed a swag of exciting new eateries, cafes and shops – and this Friday March 15, a craft-been haven will be added to the mix with the opening of double-storey hotspot, Tapworks Bar & Grill. more