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The Dish: festive feasts, new northern night markets and fancy fungus

The Dish: festive feasts, new northern night markets and fancy fungus

There’s a lot happening on the Gold Coast these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of the coast’s food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of new night markets, fresh new dishes from a much-loved cafe and festive feasts that will have you feeling all of the warm and fuzzies.

Elk Espresso unveils its winter menu
As the season changes, so too does the menu at Elk Espresso. This chilly season, we’ve been gifted with some seriously decadent breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes including a fried-chicken Benedict with fermented chilli hollandaise and Green Scrambled Eggs that even Dr. Seuss would approve of. Keen to swap coffee for something a little bubblier? Take advantage of Elk’s Boozy Brunch offering where you can choose any meal and enjoy an hour of bottomless mimosas for just $45 per person. Better be quick, we’re already one month into winter so time’s ticking.

Don your finest ugly sweater for Christmas in July at D’Arcy Arms
Tucking in to a plate of yuletide favourites is undoubtedly one of the silly season’s highlights, but as anyone who has sweated their way through a roast dinner on a hot day can attest, sometimes it’s just too hot for a traditional Christmas feast in December. If you are fond of the festive feast, get along to D’Arcy Arms’ famous month-long Christmas in July celebration. Rally your nearest and dearest to indulge in a three-course menu starting with pumpkin soup and a bread roll before moving on to roast turkey, roast pork, ham, seasonal vegetables, and all of the trimmings. Finish with a serve of traditional pudding with brandy and vanilla ice-cream. The Christmas feast is $55 per adult and $27.50 per child. Bookings are essential, call 07 5592 0882 or jump over to the website here.Salt Meats Cheese truffle menuSalt Meats Cheese celebrates truffle season
It’s that time of year when our favourite flavoursome fungus comes back in vogue. That’s right, it’s truffle season! For the rest of winter, expect to see truffles appear on plates across restaurants with greater frequency, with some venues even dedicating entire menus to the not-so-humble truffle. From Friday July 1 until Sunday July 31, Salt Meats Cheese will offer a limited-edition truffle-infused menu for fungi fanatics to froth over. Just some of the toothsome morsels to be devoured is baked brie with truffled mascarpone and shaved truffle, deep-fried bocconcini cheese with breadcrumbs and truffle dust, house-made egg pappardelle bathed in clarified butter and topped with parmesan and freshly shaved truffle, and pork and beef meatballs on a bed of soft polenta coated in truffle paste and truffle cheese sauce. It’s enough to get our hearts racing! This menu will be available at SMC’s Surfers Paradise venues – click here for all info on SMC’s truffle month.

Feast your way around the new Moonlight Night Market
Have you heard? There’s a new night market in town dedicated to slinging good food and even better times. Dreamworld is playing host to the Moonlight Night Market every Friday and Saturday evening from 5:00–9:00 pm. Entry is just $2 for adults and free for children, granting you access to an array of delicious bites and drinks. Get ready to take your graze your way around the world with fare from Asia, America, Mexico and the Mediterranean all represented. You can also sip your way through frozen cocktails, homemade iced tea, craft brews and ice-cream floats, and treat yourself to dessert in the form of loaded waffles, sundaes, mega milkshakes and more!A plant-based 'pork' burger from Plant PattySink your teeth in to plant-based delights from two new virtual kitchens
Whether you’re a devoted vegan or you’re dabbling in a plant-based diet and actively trying to consume less meat, Concept Eight, aka the owners of Noodle Box and Pattysmiths franchises, has unveiled two new ghost kitchen brands specialising in meat-free fare. Nature’s Wok delivers a reimagined plant-based food adventure through Asia. Experience popular Asian classics with a plant-based twist, packed with bold flavours, fresh ingredients and a variety of options to enjoy, all cooked-to-order and delivered straight to your door. Plant Patty specialises in plant-based burgers that have widespread appeal. The ‘Meat Eater’ and ‘Chicken Lover’ replicate the taste and texture of real deal, while the ‘Health Freak’ and the ‘Adventurer’ provides traditional plant-based vegetable and tofu options. Both Nature’s Wok and Plant Patty are available via Concept Ate Rewards, UberEatsDoordash and Menulog.

Sip mulled wine and roast marshmallows by the fire at Robina Pavilion
Winter tends to get a bit of a bad wrap among us summer-loving locals but there’s something deeply satisfying about sitting around a fire. Time seems to escape into a vortex of dancing flames against a backdrop of crackles and pops. Slightly charred marshmallows that accidentally (on purpose) catch on fire and that unmistakable aroma – it’s one of the season’s true joys. From Friday June 10 until Saturday July 30, Robina Pavilion is luring you out of hibernation with the promise of antipasto platters, s’mores and cocktails by the fire. Head here for all of the delicious details.Image 1 credit: Elk Espresso, Brooke Darling Photography

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