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Get a sneak peek inside Palm Beach Ave – the showstopping new restaurant from the team behind Little Truffle
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Get a sneak peek inside Palm Beach Ave – the showstopping new restaurant from the team behind Little Truffle

The Gold Coast’s culinary landscape is rapidly evolving. Perhaps one of the greatest glow-ups of recent years is the beachside suburb of Palm Beach. So much so, that the laid-back locale has attracted the keen eye of the Ridgeway Group, headed by the award-winning chef and restauranteur Daniel Ridgeway and his wife Ruggie, which is set to embark on its most ambitious restaurant to date – a seriously showstopping 150-seater on the corner of Palm Beach Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway. Nestled underneath the newly constructed Village Palm Beach, the dreamy new venue is aptly named Palm Beach Ave – or PBA for short – and it is set to open its doors next Wednesday July 13. Here’s everything you need to know … more

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From afternoon delights to lobster-filled buffets – The Langham, Gold Coast unveils its eagerly anticipated new restaurants
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From afternoon delights to lobster-filled buffets – The Langham, Gold Coast unveils its eagerly anticipated new restaurants

Last week, in what could only be described as a defining moment in our city’s story, the eagerly anticipated The Langham, Gold Coast welcomed its first guests. The lavish five-star hotel is the first development with direct beach access to be built in more than 30 years and has undoubtedly ushered in a luxurious new era of staying and playing on the Gold Coast. It goes without saying that a hotel of this calibre is bound to have some pretty impressive dining options, and friends, The Langham, Gold Coast does not disappoint. Read on for all of the delicious details … more

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Enjoy nourishing nosh at the Gold Coast's best vegan restaurants and cafes
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Enjoy nourishing nosh at the Gold Coast’s best vegan restaurants and cafes

If you're on the hunt for the best vegan restaurants and eateries on the Gold Coast, you're in luck. The plant-based movement is alive and well across the city, and it has created an abundance of options for plant-based folk looking for a spot for a long lunch, an intimate date night, a late-night burger or a tasty yum cha feast. If you're on the hunt for a cruelty-free feed, look no further than this handy guide to the Gold Coast's top vegan restaurants. more

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The recap – 20 of 2022's best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you need to try
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The recap – 20 of 2022’s best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you need to try

Can you believe we’re approaching the halfway point of 2022? We know, it’s wild to think about, but that’s what happens when you’ve been too busy enjoying all of the exciting things happening in and around the Gold Coast! So far the year has seen some pretty massive openings from a Michelin-starred chef as well the emergence of some exciting new local eateries and a few hidden haunts – each adding something special to the city’s culinary melting pot. Before we blink and it’s Christmas, we thought we’d take a minute to look back at the year so far and reflect on some of the best openings of 2022 … more

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Munch on mortadella sandos and sip margaritas at Mermaid's newly opened Cantina
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Munch on mortadella sandos and sip margaritas at Mermaid’s newly opened Cantina

It's undoubtedly always a sad day when one of our favourites announces its closing its doors for the final time. The pangs of longing for one last meal weigh heavy on our hearts. The silver lining, if there is one to be found, is the alluring promise of something equally as exciting waiting in the wings. Alexander Graham Bell once mused that when one door closes, another opens. In the case of Lupo in Mermaid Beach, however, when one door closed we were gifted two exceptional new eateries – Piatto and the newly opened Cantina. more

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Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar has unveiled a Shanghai High Tea with bottomless cocktails
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Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar has unveiled a Shanghai High Tea with bottomless cocktails

Whiling away an afternoon with a cocktail in hand, engaging in spirited conversations as you graze your way through plates of fine food as the sun ever-so-slowly sinks below the horizon, are the kind of cup-filling, soul-satisfying experiences we live for. If you too possess an appreciation for such food-filled adventures but always get a little bit nervous when the bill arrives, we have some excellent news – Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar has gone and dropped its brand-new Shanghai High Tea with the option to include bottomless bevvies. Read on for all of the delicious details ... more

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European-inspired restaurant Bistro Livi plates up an ever-changing menu of locally inspired fare in Murwillumbah
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European-inspired restaurant Bistro Livi plates up an ever-changing menu of locally inspired fare in Murwillumbah

Murwillumbah is currently experience a culinary renaissance – Tweed River House, Ventura Brewing, Keith and now, a European-inspired restaurant called Bistro Livi has arrived on the scene. The handiwork of a respected trio from Melbourne's hospitality scene, this charming gastronomic newcomer is bringing top-notch locally-inspired fare to the Northern New South Wales town. Here's what you can expect to discover at the elegant eatery ... more

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Stay toasty at these Gold Coast restaurants with fireplaces
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Stay toasty at these Gold Coast restaurants with fireplaces

It's been unseasonably chilly here on the Gold Coast. Okay, we know what you're thinking – of course it has, it's winter. And while you are indeed right, this season's start has been particularly frosty. While it might be pretty tempting to hibernate and binge-watch Netflix until the warmth returns, you'd be missing out on one of winter's true joys – drinking wine by the fire. So it is without further ado, we've round-up some of the Gold Coast's best restaurants with crackling fireplaces ... more


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Sink your teeth into the ultimate comfort food at Mermaid's Pastel & Bossa
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Sink your teeth into the ultimate comfort food at Mermaid’s Pastel & Bossa

If you were to make a graph plotting our eating habits, the moment the mercury drops below 20 degrees, our cravings for crisp, roasted potato, steamy soups loaded with immune-boosting ingredients and rich, flavourful curries increases exponentially. If you too have a soft spot for winter's wonderful bounty, there's a new player in the comfort food category that you need in your life. Allow us to introduce you to the humble pastel ... more

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Pottsville's Pipit restaurant has unveiled The Courtyard Wine Bar
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Pottsville’s Pipit restaurant has unveiled The Courtyard Wine Bar

When award-winning chef Ben Devlin (formerly of hatted fine diner Paper Daisy at Cabarita’s Halcyon House) and partner Yen Trinh lifted the lid on their first restaurant venture Pipit in Pottsville, the foodie world took notice. Fast-forward three of the toughest years to face hospitality and the casually refined, community-focused restaurant is thriving thanks to Ben’s seasonal prix fixe set menu that features sustainable Northern Rivers produce. Now, the hospitality power duo has unveiled a new concept for part of the space, a courtyard wine bar. Here's everything you need to know ...   more

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Sanctuary Cove
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Sanctuary Cove’s signature dishes are here to warm you up this winter

As winter hits in South East Queensland and the temperature drops below the usual 24 degrees that we are accustomed to, many a Gold Coast local will reach for sweaters and scarves to warm up. While plush clothing can help protect you from the elements, the best way to heat up your body, soul and stomach is by eating warm, nourishing nosh. Our cravings will change with the seasons, meaning it's time for you to ditch the salads and smoothies and whet your appetite with something a little more hearty. Thankfully, Sanctuary Cove is ahead of the game and has hustled the restaurants in the popular precinct to offer an extensive range of signature winter dining options. Not only that, but Sanctuary Cove is sweetening the deal and giving away five $200 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant gift cards. more

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Falafels Vegetarian Kitchen brings a taste of the Middle East to Mermaid Waters
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Falafels Vegetarian Kitchen brings a taste of the Middle East to Mermaid Waters

If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or an all-round foodie with an appreciation for Middle Eastern street food and meat-free goodness, we’ve got some delicious news for you. Falafels, the Gold Coast’s newest vegetarian kitchen, has opened its doors in Mermaid Waters. Slinging everything from loaded eggplant to packed pitas and bowls, this enticing new eatery is sure to catch the hungry eye of passers-by. more

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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