Pavement Whispers: i like ramen returns, The Ipoh Club is coming and Fu Manchu 2.0
From whispers of new Asian dining spots to vegan ramen bars, The Weekend Edition Gold Coast is always on the search for the latest news on the Gold Coast, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out …
i like ramen
Gold Coast’s own vegan-ramen kings i like ramen are coming home! After making a mark in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the team are departing the big smoke and will bring the plant-based concept back down our way with a new ramen bar to open in Nobby Beach next month. The new i like ramen venue will be located within the high-traffic corner site that used to house Local Knowledge surf store. i like ramen will join a to-be-announced cafe operator on the ground level of the site, while upstairs will be a surfboard retail showroom. Plenty of raw materials, concrete features and live greenery will shape i like ramen’s new Nobby Beach venue, which will serve a similar menu to what our Brisbane friends experienced – vegan ramen, tasty plant-based sides, and a couple of fresh new additions for summer. It’ll also feature tap beers, natural wines and a tight menu of cocktails, and will trade over lunch and dinner. The new i like ramen Nobby Beach is due to open in November – we’ll give you a look inside in a few weeks time!
Asian-infused Chevron Island dining spot Fu Manchu has closed its doors and will re-open this month with an entirely new identity. The new incarnation, named Fu Manchu Oriental, has undergone significant works to reinvigorate and shake-up its interior, adopting more of a cocktail-bar vibe with the inclusion of outdoor dining. Set to be adorned with opulent, oriental-inspired decor, Fu Manchu Oriental will dish up a food menu of Asian-influenced share-style eats – which we’re told will be more generous and adventurous than its predecessor – as well as a late-night ‘supper club’ menu served until 11:30 pm. Think plates like house-made crumpets with pork pate and duck skin, Shanghai soup dumplings, lager-battered bug rolls with nashi-pear slaw, and Korean fried chicken ribs with wasabi and green-onion gel. As for the sips, expect plenty of imported beers and a raft of vibrant Asian-inspired cocktails. Kids will also be catered for and a unique and playful Asian-fusion breakfast menu will be available on weekends. Fu Manchu is due to open late next week. But wait, there’s more …
The Ipoh Club
Fu Manchu Oriental’s owner Zuraya Hamilton is taking the revival of the Chevron Island space to new heights, announcing plans to open a British Colonial-style bar and dining space directly above Fu Manchu. The Ipoh Club (pronounced ee-poh) will be a relaxing sipping and snacking spot, designed to take diners on a Malay, Chinese and Indian-infused food journey. Expect gin and tonics, intriguing dishes and an impressive interior (dotted with lush greenery) that gives a nod to the post-colonial era of the Malaysian city of Ipoh. We’re told The Ipoh Club will be opening its doors in November – stay tuned, folks.
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