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  • Café Catalina 2

    Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Highway, Southport, Queensland 4215

    If there’s an eatery with a top location, this is it: Café Catalina, overlooking the Broadwater, adjacent to the expanded Broadwater Parklands leisure area, the Rockpools play and picnic area and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, host for the Commonwealth Games swimming and diving events. Yet, in many ways, much like its namesake, Café Catalina […]

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  • Taste Tweed 2017 0

    Salt Village, 1 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff, NSW 2847

    “Come down and taste what the Tweed has to offer.” The ten-day Taste Tweed festival challenges locals and tourists to experience the region. Event Manager Jayne Henry says that the festival, held annually in July, is a showcase for both business and produce in the Tweed Shire. Once considered one of Australia’s largest sugar bowls […]

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  • Mr Brown’s Tuckshop 0

    5/7 Brown Street, Labrador, Queensland 4215

    We love discovering the little secret places that locals frequent. They may not be big or hip. All they need to do is hit the mark of their demographic, be true to their charter and serve the people. That’s Mr Brown’s Tuckshop to a tee. In the surprisingly busy ‘no name’ Brown Street shopping centre […]

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  • Beachside Pavilion 0

    Shop 46, The Oasis, Broadbeach Mall (Beach end), Broadbeach Queensland 4218

    Sometimes there’s reason enough for a restaurant to change its name. Especially when it changes persona. Co-owned by the Ierna and Dimmatina families for twelve years, the sister restaurant to Mario’s has transformed from the sexy dusky Alto Bar into a beach babe, the ‘Elle’ of Broadbeach dining. The new Beachside Pavilion has stepped out […]

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  • Oskars on Burleigh 0

    43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Oskars has been a Gold Coast institution for over thirty years. Beginning its life in Coolangatta, this iconic restaurant moved to Surfers Paradise before settling in its present location in Burleigh Heads overlooking the beach. What a location it now boasts, overlooking the famous surf break and pearly white beach fringed with Norfolk Island palms! […]

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  • Dare to Dream – Is further food study for you? 0

    Le Cordon Bleu Australia, Days Road, Regency Park, South Australia, Australia 5010

    ‘Dare to dream.’ It’s the motto that our busload of foodies has in common; the ability to dream big and to act to make it happen. I’ve joined Le Cordon Bleu’s Masters in Gastronomic Tourism course for a day as they take part in a four-day summer residential school. In a unique collaboration between Southern […]

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  • Heating up Winter Dining 0

    Winter is comfort time. Shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures tempt us to retreat bear-like to our caves, snuggling up, hands cupping a mug of soup in front of the tele. Our hibernation is made easier by UberEats and Netflix, a deadly combination for our social life, providing comfort food and entertainment at call as […]

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  • Halal Butchers 2

    Metro Plaza, 7/9 Brown St., Labrador 4215

    Halal meat is an important produce item for Australia, not only for export (with a worldwide market of over 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide), but also for Australia’s 300,000 Muslim population. So it’s hardly surprising that many larger meat companies process and prepare Halal meat and meat products, nor that Australia is a world leader in […]

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  • Cooking Schools on the Gold Coast 0

    Icon Cookery School, Robina Town Centre, Shop 5036 The Kitchens, 19 - 33 Robina Town Centre, Robina

    We’re surrounded by a plethora of cooking programs, celebrity chefs, cook books and magazines, yet there’s nothing as therapeutic as getting off the couch and learning to cook. Besides promoting better nutrition, learning to cook has many benefits: giving a sense of well-being, and boosting confidence in our own ability to master skills, be self-sufficient […]

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  • Golosi Food Emporium 0

    3/45 James Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Golosi Food Emporium is one of the most impressive specialty food shops on the Gold Coast. Established in March 2013, Golosi is themed like a European deli, a labour of love for owner Selena Quested, showcasing fine produce and deli items from Australia and overseas in a beautiful setting. A visit to Golosi is a […]

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  • Harry’s Steak Bistro and Bar 0

    1744 Gold Coast Hwy Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220

    Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar, with its motto ‘beef, booze & banter’, is a clear tribute to good times – a steak house where you’re invited to meet with friends and enjoy yourself. Harry’s is situated on the quietest corner of one of the busiest blocks in Burleigh overlooking a small park and its resident […]

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  • Winter Solstice Dinner at Mavis’s Kitchen 0

    64 Mount Warning Rd, Uki, NSW 2484

    As we reach the shortest day of the year, winter chills creep in as the sun sinks behind the hills. We linger in tracky dacks, loathe to venture out, content to reach for comfort food in the shelter of warm homes. The winter solstice or ‘Yuletide’ marks a turning point from which days get longer, […]

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  • Balcony 69 at Thai Mudgee 0

    69 Railway St., Mudgeeraba Queensland 4213

    Sometimes dreams take us to unexpected places. At least, so it seems for Thai Mudgee’s owner Siranee Hocheuay, known to her guests as ‘Boo’. After moving to Sydney from Central Thailand, Boo fell in love with the Gold Coast when visiting friends. “It was just like my home town,” Boo tells us. “In King Street, […]

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  • Glass Dining & Lounge Bar 0

    Marina Mirage, 74 Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    If there’s a position worth coveting, it’s that of Glass. You could embark from your luxury yacht anchored on the sparkling Broadwater just beyond the windows, or fly by helicopter to the helipad at the end of the jetty… so it seems as we dine at Glass Restaurant, overlooking the Gold Coast at play. In […]

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  • Hot Shott 0

    3/17 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach, Queensland 4217

    Gold Coast café culture has done well from the downward shift in fine dining culture. Hot Shott is no exception. An example is owners and business partners, Chef Kellie Rolfe and Barista Jenna Finch, who took the opportunity to move from their jobs at Palazzo Versace to open their own business in Main Beach in […]

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  • Shiraz Moderna 0

    210/8 - 10 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    Sometimes it pays huge dividends to try something different and pay just a little more, especially when it comes to food. A meal in Surfers Paradise is a good example. Where do you get food that’s quick but homemade, slow-cooked but easy to eat when you’re on a night out? Try Shiraz Moderna, just along […]

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  • Salt Meats Cheese 1

    The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217

    There’s nothing sexier than men preparing food. Especially Mediterranean men preparing really good rustic whole food. The ladies know it. They saunter in just before midday, hips swinging slowly, arms extended, looking for him. ‘Where’s Alessandro?’ Young and gorgeous, he crosses the restaurant to meet them, a huge smile lighting his face before being enveloped […]

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  • The North Room 1

    Shop 1/2527, Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Queensland 4218

    Every so often a restaurant rises through the mist to say, ‘This is what I’m talking about!’ It’s a place where rhetoric meets practice, where service is genuinely informed without being stuffy; a place where we’re so amazed at its quality that we miss it already. One of our most exciting openings of 2017 has […]

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  • Lamham 0

    30 Mount St, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

    Lamham – ham made from lamb – is a superlative product from Gold Coast-born Maree King and her husband Andrew. It could be said that Lamham was borne of love. In a twist on The Farmer Wants a Wife, Maree met Andrew, a fourth-generation Merino farmer from Longreach, at a B & S Ball (bachelors […]

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  • The Blue Door on 5th 0

    2, 5th Avenue, Palm Beach, Queensland 4221

    There’s something very special behind the blue doors on 5th Avenue Palm Beach. In the former home of Pablo Pablo, owner/chef Dylan Cashman has taken up residence. He’s intent on raising the bar on Gold Coast cuisine, offering food that’s locally sourced, excitingly fresh, innovative and theatrical. It’s all that and more! Having worked at […]

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