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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 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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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

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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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Indulge in some of life's finest at Main Beach's Oyster Bar & Grill
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Indulge in some of life’s finest at Main Beach’s Oyster Bar & Grill

For more than 30 years, resort-dwellers and seafood lovers have been indulging in some of life's finest at Sheraton Grand Mirage's Oyster Bar. Opening in the late 1980s, the standing-only bar was dedicated purely to oysters, champagne and let's be honest, straight-up 80s decadence. While it has continued to operate relatively under the radar over the years, 2019 was time for it to be transformed into Oyster Bar & Grill –  and while there's still degree of decadence, it's about more than just oysters and champagne now. more

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Sashimi den Goto brings authentic tastes and Japanese charm to Southport
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Sashimi den Goto brings authentic tastes and Japanese charm to Southport

If you've ever spent time in Japan, you'd be familiar with its bustling izakayas, backstreet noodle nooks and hidden yakitori bars. These unassuming spots are full of authentic food, fresh seafood, litres of sake and a lot of personality – and luckily for us, Gold Coast-based chef Kozo Mitsuyama has packaged up all of these elements to create the city's newest Japanese eatery, Goto. more

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Sanctum Kitchen & Bar brings sophisticated dining (with a side of shopping) to the north
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Sanctum Kitchen & Bar brings sophisticated dining (with a side of shopping) to the north

In the past, Harbour Town Shopping Centre would probably not have been a place you would associate with sophisticated restaurant-style dining. Well, things have changed. Big time. Just before Christmas, the shopping destination unveiled Harbour Town Eats, a multi-million-dollar food precinct, and within that is Sanctum Kitchen & Bar – an eatery that is spinning the concept of shopping-centre dining on its head. more

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Coolangatta favourite Bondi Grill'e expands with a new Burleigh Heads steakhouse
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Coolangatta favourite Bondi Grill’e expands with a new Burleigh Heads steakhouse

It was back in 2015 when the Gold Coast got its first taste of Bondi Grill'e – a casual seaside hang slinging burgers, ribs and steaks in the heart of Coolangatta. With the southern hotspot often bursting with locals and surfers strolling in sandy-footed off the beach for a feast, Bondi Grill'e's owners decided to take the popular name north, opening a more refined restaurant-style steakhouse in Burleigh Heads just before Christmas. more

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From market stall to seaside dining space – BKA Vegan Restaurant & Bar opens in Burleigh Heads
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From market stall to seaside dining space – BKA Vegan Restaurant & Bar opens in Burleigh Heads

There's no denying that the plant-based movement is here to stay. The thing is, it's not just vegans who are fuelling the fire, with more 'everyday carnivores' regularly seeking out and actually enjoying vegan dishes than ever before. The strict divide is no longer – and that's thanks to people like Kylie Wood and Ryan Jacobs, a duo who are blurring the lines between vegans and non-vegans with their new Burleigh Heads venue, BKA Vegan Restaurant & Bar. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's must-try openings of 2018
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2018

Phew, what a year it’s been! We’re only a few weeks away from the festive season and the New Year’s celebrations, but it seems like there’s still so much more to cram in before 2018 wraps up for good. Thankfully we’ve got some much-needed holiday time on the horizon, which should allow us to take a breath and look back at everything that’s happened this year. If you’ve been too busy to cast your eyes north, you might not have noticed Brisbane’s banner year in terms of new openings. Bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants – 2018 was a boom year for top-tier hospitality arrivals. If you’re planning a trip up the M1 over summer, pencil a stop or three at some of the best new openings in Brisbane over the past 12 months. more