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Vibrant Cantonese bites meet local oceanic flavours: say hello to Broadbeach's mouth-watering newcomer, Uncle Su
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Vibrant Cantonese bites meet local oceanic flavours: say hello to Broadbeach’s mouth-watering newcomer, Uncle Su

Get set for a brand-new culinary adventure, folks – The Star has just unveiled the brand-new dining locale Uncle Su, a Cantonese restaurant serving up decadent bites and traditional rare teas. Specialising in Chinese bites given a modern coastal reimagining, it's the ultimate place to indulge in a memorable meal and features fresh takes on traditional favourites along with fresh local seafood. more

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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso
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Brews, bites and good vibes abound at The Ranchero – the new home of Morena Espresso

If you're a Gold Coast local with a penchant for live music, it's pretty likely that you've found yourself grooving away at Mo's Desert Clubhouse on more than a couple of late-night occasions. The Burleigh Heads-based live music locale serves up myriad events each weekend, from vintage markets to local music shows and even the occasional wedding, all with Mo's signature rainbow flair. Well, now it is also host to an equally colour-drenched Gold Coast venue, Morena Espresso's newest outpost. Say hello to Morena at Mo's! more

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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean' fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach
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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean’ fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach

The recent spike in temperature has correlated in an increased desire for chilled beverages in the sunshine. Thankfully, we Gold Coasters are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to excellent sip spots, but those who fancy long, lazy lunches that roll effortlessly into cocktail-filled evenings, need to know about Tropic Vice. The brand-new rooftop restaurant and bar, perched above the Nobby Beach strip, has transformed the space formerly occupied by SPLIT Upstairs and Fat Pig BBQ, and is here to set the scene for summer adventures. more

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Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane's best and brightest
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Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane’s best and brightest

The Scenic Rim is a region of abundance – a wonderland of breathtaking vistas, fertile farmlands and warm and welcoming hospitality. While the area's plethora of natural landmarks, sleepy towns, bountiful farmlands, restaurants and cafes, and hidden gems make it nearly impossible to take in the Scenic Rim's true majesty in a single weekend, we're always eager for more excuses to book another trip. From what we hear, we'll have one before year's end. One of Australia's best young chefs is taking his talents to the countryside to open Blume – a gorgeous 20-seater restaurant currently taking shape in Boonah. Blume will look to showcase the best produce the Scenic Rim has to offer, delivering a sumptuous set-menu service that is already sitting atop our next getaway to-do list. Here's what we know ... more

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Broadbeach scores a sophisticated new hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ sip spot, Chameleon Lounge Bar
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Broadbeach scores a sophisticated new hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ sip spot, Chameleon Lounge Bar

There's been a pretty noticeable absence on the Gold Coast bar scene for the last little while, but Dan Duncan is here to change that. The qualified zookeeper and veterinary nurse has traded khakis and scrubs for nightlife, opening a hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ lounge bar in Broadbeach. Perched along Surf Parade, the refined new watering hole is a safe space for everyone in the community to enjoy a drink and a show. Here's everything you need to know about this colourful newcomer ... more

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Baos, bowls and laksa lasagne – Fu Manchu Oriental unveils a tantalising new menu
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Baos, bowls and laksa lasagne – Fu Manchu Oriental unveils a tantalising new menu

Fu Manchu Oriental on Thomas Drive has been igniting culinary curiosity in diners since it opened in 2016. A lot has happened since then, including a shuffle in ownership that saw the venue's original co-founder Zuraya Hamilton step back into the fray and a substantial two-level renovation that was unveiled in 2019. Having only reopened six months prior to the global pandemic, Zuraya was forced to pivot, and fast. Now, the Chevron Island eatery has come of age and delivered its most creative menu yet. more

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Pavement Whisper: Kirra's iconic Pizza Hut to be transformed into Siblings Kirra
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Pavement Whisper: Kirra’s iconic Pizza Hut to be transformed into Siblings Kirra

After leasing the prime beach-fronting site from the City of Gold Coast for four decades, the iconic Pizza Hut at Kirra closed its doors for the last time in 2019. Now, we've got our first glimpse of its successor – it's called Siblings Kirra and will be the latest hospitality venture from the seasoned operators behind Isle of Capri's Edgewater and Fish Emporium. There's no self-serve ice-cream, but there are plenty of other reasons to be excited. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Sabor Brasil brings flavoursome Brazilian fare to Nobby Beach
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Sabor Brasil brings flavoursome Brazilian fare to Nobby Beach

Right about now, Australian passports are buried under a thick layer of dust as international travel remains out of reach for the moment. Thankfully, we needn't board a plane to experience a taste of Brazil following the opening of Sabor Brasil on the Nobby Beach strip. The eatery has transformed the former Basil Thai into a light and bright Brazilian-style restaurant complete with multi-coloured seating, samba music and an authentic menu featuring Cachaça, Brazil's national spirit. Here's everything you need to know about this colourful newcomer ... more


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Step back in time at Murwillumbah's brand-new bistro, Tweed River House
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Step back in time at Murwillumbah’s brand-new bistro, Tweed River House

A grand old manor has been perched on the banks of the Tweed River at Murwillumbah for more than 100 years and, thanks to an inspired plan by its new owners, is now receiving a new lease on life – and it’s looking pretty damn spectacular. While we can't head across the border for a long lunch just yet, take a peek inside the brand-new (but old) venue for when we can day-trip to Northern New South Wales. more

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Luxe poolside precinct Cali Beach is set to open this weekend!
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Luxe poolside precinct Cali Beach is set to open this weekend!

If you've ever spent time partying poolside in Las Vegas or sipping cocktails at any number of the day clubs scattered around the Greek Islands and Ibiza, it's highly likely you've lamented the lack of something similar at home. Well, friends, we have some very exciting news. The Gold Coast is set to welcome Australia's largest (and most luxurious) day and nighttime entertainment precinct this weekend! Cali Beach officially opens its doors this Saturday September 25. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes' brand-new bistro Oscar Italia
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Sink your teeth into pizza and pasta at Varsity Lakes’ brand-new bistro Oscar Italia

Keeping occupied during various COVID-related lockdowns has manifested in some pretty unlikely hobbies to pass time (focaccia, anyone?). For Leisa and her husband Shaun, who found themselves separated by border closures for nine long months, they passed the time apart by planning a restaurant they hoped to open one day. As it turns out, they were pretty good at it – so when the restrictions lifted and the pair were (finally) reunited, they had all of the necessary building blocks in place to turn their hypothetical plans into a reality. The only thing that was missing was the perfect location, and as luck would have it, the perfect place was right in front of their eyes. Varsity Lakes, say hello to Oscar Italia ... 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

The Gold Coast has its fair share of top-notch Chinese eateries, from opulent waterfront dining rooms to classic hidden gems tucked away in the backstreets. The good news for those keen to devour some dumplings, savour some san choy bau and chomp on some crispy duck is that we've done all of the legwork for you. We've put together a tasty list of some of the Gold Coast's best Chinese dining spots, so that all you have to do is turn up and stick your chopsticks into some Chinese delights. more

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Palm Beach's new eatery Scott's Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine
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Palm Beach’s new eatery Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine

If you're not yet familiar with the name Perry Scott, you soon will be. Perry has shaken and stirred sips for some pretty famous faces around the world, having first learned the craft from New York's Dale DeGroff (A.K.A. The Cocktail King) before moving on to London’s Match Bar Group, as well as some of Soho’s most renowned cocktail bars including Milk & Honey and The Player. Inspired to pioneer a drinks revolution here in his home state, Perry opened Lark Food & Drink in Brisbane as well as a roving cocktail bar The Dispense Station, which toured the country at major music events (remember those?), picking up a stack of accolades along the way. Now, Perry has turned his attention towards the food side of things and has opened a laid-back beachside eatery called Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar right here on the Gold Coast. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Eat charcuterie and sip spiced sangria at Alkemist's new night-time noshery
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Eat charcuterie and sip spiced sangria at Alkemist’s new night-time noshery

Our options for travel are, shall we say, limited for the foreseeable future, but one Broadbeach Waters caffeine dispensary is dishing up a little taste of Spain and Valencia with its new evening endeavour – Alkemist Nights. The joint project represents the union of two hospitality heavyweights, Steve Powell of Alkemist and Jon Hizola, the celebrated chef behind some of the city's most-loved Asian-fusion restaurants including Etsu, Hideaway, Mr. Hizola’s and more. Here's what you need to know about this new night-time noshery ... more

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Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont's luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate
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Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont’s luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate

Well, 2021 – it's been a time. If you too feel a certain heaviness due to the general state of the world right now, you are not alone. One sure-fire way to reset and recharge is to escape the daily grind, reconnect with nature and breathe in that fresh country air. Perhaps that's why the timing of Hazelwood Estate's opening feels particularly pertinent. Intended to deliver the reprieve we all need right about now, the picturesque, privately-owned Wagyu and polo farm is nestled just outside of Beechmont in the Scenic Rim, approximately 40 minutes from the Gold Coast. The sprawling 75-acre property is both a place and a dream – of a simpler, slower way of life. Take a peek at this stunning new retreat ... more

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Get a taste of Costa Taco's brand-new Palm Beach outpost
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Get a taste of Costa Taco’s brand-new Palm Beach outpost

Brothers Nick and Matt Stanley aren’t a pair to sit idle – the New Zealand-raised brothers are the brains behind the coast’s much-loved Cuzzie Pies as well as newcomer Costa Tacos, which has been tantalising tastebuds with a weekly pop-up at Alfred's Apartment and Dust Temple’s Summer Courtyard Sessions for the last little while. Following repeated requests from customers for a more permanent outpost, the brothers are taking their tacos to the next level with a brand-new eatery on the Gold Coast Highway in Palm Beach. Here's everything you need to know about this new taco slinger ... more

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Get egg-cited! Two Yolks is bringing breakfast burgs to Burleigh Heads
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Get egg-cited! Two Yolks is bringing breakfast burgs to Burleigh Heads

We have a confession to make – we love burgers. Not in a low-key take 'em or leave 'em kind of way but in a complete all-consuming, salivation-inducing, soul-satisfying kind of way. When we caught wind of a brand-new burger bar in Burleigh Heads, you'd better believe we were hanging for a taste. At long last, Two Yolks opened its bright orange doors this week – here's everything you need to know about this eggs-traordinary new burger joint ... more

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Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
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Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star

There's a lot happening at the minute, so you'd be forgiven for thinking we're still hovering around mid-year. Friends, we're well and truly on the downhill slide into the silly season, which everybody knows (un)officially kicks off on Melbourne Cup (Tuesday November 2, in case you forgot). Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most anticipated days on the social calendar, the success of any Melbourne Cup festivities hinges on a little pre-planning to ensure you don't get left at the gate. No matter what you're in the mood for, The Star Gold Coast has you covered with a range of happenings, from low-key to all-out baller. more

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Roast marshmallows and sip mulled wine by your own private fire at Robina Pavilion
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Roast marshmallows and sip mulled wine by your own private fire at Robina Pavilion

Picture this – you and yours sitting arm in arm, sipping soul-warming mulled wine and picking your way around a cheese board by a crackling fire. Sounds pretty dreamy, right? Before you drop everything and make haste to Bunnings to invest in a fire pit or book the nearest B&B out of town, we have some news that may be of interest – Robina Pavilion has teamed up with the legends at Stone & Wood for Fire Pits By The Lake.  more

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Settle in for steak, seafood and sensational cocktails at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove
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Settle in for steak, seafood and sensational cocktails at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove

Steak is one of those seemingly simple orders that can often leave us disappointed. As many meat eaters can attest, their desired medium-rare isn't always so. If you're on the hunt for a truly sublime steak that's cooked precisely to your liking, take a seat at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove. With no less than ten different cuts, including your choice of grass fed and grain fed, this modern steakhouse is taking things back to the dining days of old with nostalgic throwbacks sitting pretty alongside contemporary plating, crafted cocktails and an unbeatable view of the marina. Read on for all of the juicy details ... more