Neil is the director of Vogue Limousines. He has a thorough knowledge of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, and has providing quality limousine transfers, airport transfers and corporate transfers across the Gold Coast for over a decade.
With so many cultures visiting the Gold Coast for a holiday away, we have had an explosion of food flavours for the taste buds. While you are thinking about your next ‘round-the-world food indulgence escapade, at least you can relax knowing our multi-cultural population is grand for one thing in particular, and that’s the magical mix of ethnic foods that permeate through the suburbs.
Pablo Pablo | Palm Beach – Tapas-style share plate menus have exploded across the Coast, but Spain is where the tapas phenomenon was born so, as you’d expect, Pablo Pablo nails it. Devour steaming plates of mussels, patatas bravas (diced potatoes in spicy tomato sauce), braised lamb shoulder, chicken legs with zesty chimichurri, and cinnamon chocolate churros; paired with a few jugs of chilled sangria, muchas gracias!
Espana | Broadbeach – Espana is another original that introduced tapas-style dining to the Gold Coast. We love their exclusive Spanish beer and wine list, plus their drool-worthy sliced jamon selections and charcuterie platters.
Bavarian Bier Café | Broadbeach – Popular chain, Bavarian Bier Café is now creating their own Bavarian-inspired craft beer right here in Australia. You can pair a tasting paddle with new menu items like coffee-rubbed and smoked BBQ pork belly, blue-eyed cod and chips, and warm haus-made pretzels.
Can Tho Kitchen | Runaway Bay – In the 1980s, husband and wife team Vien and Thao started life in Australia as refugees. Today they are the faces behind Can Tho Kitchen and we’re so glad they chose to call the Gold Coast home. Sharing with us all the mind-blowing Vietnamese flavours we adore, like beef pho, rice paper rolls, and steaming wok and clay pot concoctions; all wrapped up in an energetic and colourful package.
O-Me-Ly – Do not come here for the ambience or fancy trimmings, ‘cause you won’t find it at O-Me-Ly. But if you crave authentically fresh and fragrant Vietnamese cuisine that’ll transport you to the streets of Siagon, well, you’ve found it. Did we mention it’s BYO?
Tribeca NYC | Chevron Island – The most happening joint on Chevron Island, Tribeca NYC single-handily kicked off the American food craze on the Gold Coast. Run by a hard-working and totally admirable local mum and two son team, come for hot wings, steaks, soft shell crab tacos, mac and cheese, Reuben sandwiches, bagels, and mighty fine burgers. Tribeca’s Wednesday ribs nights are legendary and their espresso martinis rock our world too.
Brooklyn Depot | Surfers Paradise – Commanding front row seats of The 4217 complex, Brooklyn Depot has found the recipe for success and that’s pumping out flavour-packed burgers in a fun and funky setting all at very respectable prices.
*Gemelli + Gemellini – The three brothers who make up the young and gracious owners team of Gemelli Italian and Gemellini were hand-making pasta sauce and gnocchi soon after they learnt to walk. Sharing their Nonno’s traditional recipes with the Gold Coast, head in for wood-fired pizzas, authentic pastas, and melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto.
Fellini Ristorante | Main Beach – Looking to spoil someone silly? Fellini is a fine dining classic. Not only will you win points for a romantic backdrop of bobbing yachts (where you can discuss whimsical dreams of sailing away into the sunset, perhaps?), the Naples-native Percuoco family has a long history of operating successful Italian restaurants in Australia, so you are guaranteed of the absolute best.
Horn of Africa | Southport – Do not come expecting bells and whistles, but regular diners rave that Horn of Africa is the real deal, and a packed dining room most nights is testament to the fact. Traditional stewed vegetable and meat dishes come served with spongy injera (flat bread) which you use as a spoon and eat with your hands.
MexiCali | Nobbby Beach – A Nobby Beach institution, pull up a stool on the western-facing upper deck to enjoy the late afternoon sun. The pork belly taco paired with the loaded Carne Asada fries are to die for, and single-handedly make MexiCali one of the Gold Coast’s best Mexican restaurants for a killer taco feast.
Bonita Bonita | Mermaid Beach – Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast, Bonita Bonita serves up next-level Mexican fare in hip and moody ambiance. While we could go on forever, start with the crispy snapper tacos, ceviche, sweet pumpkin empanadas, Bonita Margaritas, and tequila with a verdita chaser. Hola!
Fiery Deli | Burleigh Heads – You can find Mexican food on every second block these days so, for a fresh change, Fiery Deli entice us further south of the border with their casual Venezuelan and Latin-inspired menu. We recommend their tasty arepas, a healthy burger cum taco feast that’s an ideal option if you’re avoiding carbs.
Dae Bark House | Southport – Southport’s CBD is a melting pot of ethnic cuisine, but there’s one eatery that’s noticeably rammed with Korean ex-pats, which can only mean two things—it’s authentic and bloody good value! Lost and craving a bibimbap on the Coast? Dae Bark House is where you’ll find it.
Yi Dynasty BBQ | Southport – If interactive charcoal BBQ-style is more your jam, another Southport gem can be found behind the wooden façade of Yi Dynasty. Sear your own meat to perfection over the grill (think: pork shoulder, wagyu beef, and king prawns) or embrace the wafting aromas as your personal hot pot cooks at the table.
Hellenika | Nobby Beach – Without question one of the best Greek restaurants on the Gold Coast, this Nobby Beach institution is true to its origins: if you can’t find the dish in Greece then you won’t find it on the menu at Hellenika. Order classics like slow-cooked lamb shoulder, saganaki, octopus, dolmades, and moussaka. Take our tip, let the chef choose and order the banquet!
The Lamb Shop | Broadbeach – Pull up a stool at the casual servery where juicy lamb is spit-roasted over hot coals before your eyes, and goes straight from the spit to your plate. Whether you opt for a traditional souvlaki in soft, doughy pita bread or one of their tasty sides (try the char-grilled octopus!), trust us, it’ll be the best 13 bucks or so you’ve spent all week.
Hachi | Palm Beach + Nobby Beach – Menu highlights include ponzu salmon, wasabi steak, or crumbed scallops, but all your Japanese favourites are featured on their extensive menu. What’s best? It’s BYO when means more money for more gyoza.
Etsu Izakaya | Mermaid Beach – This immaculate venue, serving insanely good modern Japanese tapas, has been a raging success since the day it opened. And it’s not hard to see why. With the perfect combination of delicious, refined food, incredible interior design, and effortlessly cool service, Etsu Izakya has set the bar high among the Gold Coast’s best restaurants.
Saffron | Broadbeach – While for many, a night of Indian is an affordable BYO option or a quick and easy take out, Saffron is a cut-above serving the most gourmet Indian you’ll find on the Coast. Come for the deep flavours, aromas, and spices of their to-die-for-curries, all soaked up with pillowy naan bread.
Kohinoor Indian | Palm Beach – Whether you’ve got a mid-week hankering for some butter chicken and lamb curry, or have had a big weekend and just need something to soak up the alcohol, there’s nothing like a hearty serve of Indian.
Mamasan | Broadbeach – Mamasan is a beautifully designed space, where you can watch the chefs work their magic from the dining room or private chef’s table. Their Asian fusion menu is next-level with must-try dishes like the Pork Bao, Mamasan KFC, and delectable chocolate brownie.
Rick Shores | Burleigh Heads – Overlooking the magic sands and surf of Burleigh and across to the iconic GC skyline, Rick Shores’ seriously impressive South East Asian menu is a contemporary fusion of Thai and Vietnamese, along with splashes from further afield, including Indian, Japanese, and Chinese.
MIDDLE EASTERN + MOROCCAN
Taboon | Robina – Arabic for stone oven, Taboon is a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Moroccan flavours: mixed dips with pita, homemade falafel, oven-baked bread, and slow-cooked lamb tagine. Better yet, it’s BYO!
The Pocket | Burleigh Heads – From homemade hummus to moreish babaganoush, marinated grilled vegetables, and their signature falafel pitas; owners of The Pocket share food-inspired childhood memories embracing their Israeli heritage.
Changmai Thai | Broadbeach – Opening on the Gold Coast in 1993, you can’t miss the iridescent pink and purple lights and opulent garden terrace of Changmai Thai. Get your fill of tasty Thai among carved elephants, gold-glint Buddha statues, and water fountains.
Zab Isan Thai | Burleigh – For a low-key easy night out in Burleigh, without the trendy furnishings and fancy cocktail lists, Zab Isan Thai is serving up all your authentic Thai favourites like massaman curries, pad thai, tom yum, green papaya salad, and ginger chilli beef—every dish is a flavour sensation.
Neil is the director of Vogue Limousines. He has a throughout knowledge of the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, and has providing quality limousine transfers, airport transfers and corporate transfers across the Gold Coast for over a decade.
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