The weekend was sunny and inviting us to get out take a walk and breathe the fresh air. We headed down south to Coolangatta / Tweed Coast and did a bit of walking followed by ice-creams and fish and chips.
Sometimes you can just get a craving for good Indian food, especially if you don’t eat meat. Indian food always has grea vegetarian dishes. Our absolute favourite is Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese). We could not help but go back to Bombay Affair because it is local, friendly and great value. Here’s a little photo journey of what we ate and loved.
Chaats: This restaurant has a range of chaats, which are small savory snack (these are often served road side in India).
Without doubt this remains one of our all time favourite dishes. Smooth and tasty this spinach and Indian cottage cheese never ceases to impress. Green spinach looks so healthy and the taste is amazing. We love dipping our naan bread in and scooping up the spinach – getting hungry just thinking about it!
Some of our friends have a passion for Dahl and we have to admit this one was great. A little spicy but gorgeously smooth and tasty.
The spinach and cheese naan is wonderful with a lot of flavour.
Not pictured here but some of our group also had garlic naan and lamb curry.
Visited: 6 January 2017
Cost: $103 for food for six people sharing
Verdict: We still love it and will be back regularly; great value; great service
Palm Beach on the Gold Coast has truly come of age and has fabulous dining experiences. Opened at the end of December 2016 is the multi cuisine The Collective. We rocked up on the first day of 2017 ready for lunch. There were lots of people milling around and waiting to try out the latest eating house.
The menu covers several of the ‘food outlets’ and it’s all delivered to the table for a small service fee of $3. There are five different options covered on the menu – including Modern dining, Asian, Pizza and Mexican. Really loved the fish taco!
Our food: salt and pepper calamari, spring rolls, pizza, chips, fish taco.
Cheers and get on down to The collective if you live or visit the Gold Coast, it’s great.
We really enjoyed the dining experience and would definitely head back for more. It is a good mixture of spaces and dining options. There is a kids friendly play area zone too.
It was just after the new year had hit and we thought a trip to somewhere healthy was in order. As we love Instagram for finding new restaurants we had come across a hidden away little place that serves coco soft-whip, goji and other delights. This place is located on the Gold Coast, Australia in Clear Island Waters. Goji Granola Bar and Cafe is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood with easy parking and access by car.
We set out as a group of four. One member decided to order the fruit toast and marmalade, while the rest of us went for poached eggs on toast with avocado.
The toast was a real hit! It was full of fruit and toasted to perfection. The marmalade was tangy and tasted of fresh oranges making us think of our visited to the market where we can purchase fresh oranges.
Three of us opted for the eggs. We ordered two serves – one for our male friend and one for us to share.It came with two eggs, perfectly poached and two slices of toast.
This place is known for its smoothie goji bowls served with homemade granola. We went for the coco soft-whip i the duo of vanilla and charcoal. Apparently charcoal is good for hangovers.
Visited: 2 January 2017
Cost: $64 for four people and a holiday loading
Verdict: We enjoyed the food and the coco soft. The coffee was good but not as strong as we like.
We have written about The Kitchens before but this time we wanted to share our experience of the Roti and Buns. It was pretty quiet after Christmas with many eating houses closed; The Kitchens was no different. Our group was a family of four adults and one toddler. We were seeking a place where we could get good food and feel relaxed with a young one running about. The Kitchens delivered. We ordered all our food from the Roti and Buns, where we encountered friendly service and a reasonable set of food options.
The spinach and cheese roti was definitely a hit – yum. Juicy, tasty and soft.
The prawn dumplings were good and fairly flavoursome. We added some chilli dipping sauce and a bit of soy sauce for extra grunt.
The vegetarian dumplings were great – juicy inside with a good mix of vegetables. On the list for next time.
Once again we liked to add soy and chilli to the dumplings. The place was very happy to provide us with extra sauces.
Some of party also ate meat and reported the pork buns and chicken curry were great. The toddler gobbled up two of these buns and seemed to really enjoy them.
Visited: 27 December 2016
Cost: $72.00 for four adults and a toddler (sharing)
Verdict: We felt is was good value, tasty and great location for a family group
Sometimes you have to search out those little hidden gems to get a good dining experience at a good price! We ate at an out of the way place called Zipang in Currumbin Creek Road on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and it met our expectations. Zipang offers lots of tapas style dishes and has a following with the locals. The location is a bit out of the way in the industrial area of Currumbin Waters – it is worth finding though.
We went on a Saturday night with a group of friends, they were about 16 of us seated at a long table outdoors. The menu was preset as a banquet where courses were delivered to us over the evening. When we arrived there were some lotus root chips and edamame beans on the table.
A little starter to nibble on – lotus root chips
The first main dish to arrive was some beautiful sesame seed crusted salmon. This really was a taste sensation and incredibly moist. This one is definitely on our reorder list when we go back.
We were then treated to some Japanese-style tofu that was done with the very special skin on the tofu and topped with a special Asian sauce.
Because two of us do not eat meat there were some substitutes. This was particularly nice because many restaurants do not take the time to substitute when it is a large group. That was not the case at this restaurant and we were exceptionally well taken care of. One substitute comprised green beans and cashews with some Japanese dressings on the top.
Another of the substitutes was a noodle and vegetable soup. This had some beautiful juicy, fresh and thick udon noodles coupled with an array of vegetables.
We also were pleased to receive some classic Japanese-style eggplant with miso topping.
The finale was quite interesting as it comprised green tea ice cream that was a little different from what you might normally expect. The ice cream was wrapped in a glutinous coating, which made this dish very memorable. We loved it but not everyone wholeheartedly agreed with us. If you like Japanese flavours and texture we recommend it.
The menu is quite extensive for the size of the restaurant, and by all accounts they pulled pork bao is supposed to be pretty good. If you are looking to discover a different side of Australia’s Gold Coast then why not head out to Currumbin Waters and sample some of this food. For more information on some of the places that have set up business in this area check out this Bulletin review. Some of our friends who were there on the evening told us they regularly come down to get pastries and croissants from the artisan bakery. They reckon it is well worth the trip.
We visited on 26 November 2016 as part of a larger group. Please be aware this is a casual restaurant and the small stools are quite hard. Some of our group brought a cushion!
Cost per head for a banquet $40
Allows BYO alcohol
Verdict: We loved it; great food, excellent service and good value for money. We will be back.
What’s authentic? This is something that can be argued about time and time again.
Of course one of us comes from mainland China, so is pretty expert at ordering the very best of items from the menu at any local Chinese restaurant. We were out for a quick Wednesday evening meal to a place called Asian Court. The restaurant is located in the suburb of Robina on the Gold Coast is Queensland.
We ordered some vegetarian spring rolls to start with. Spring rolls are one “must-have” dish when Chinese people celebrate their Spring Festival. Every family in China cook this dish to celebrate the start of Spring. The spring rolls in Australia are a bit bigger than in China perhaps reflecting cultural adaptation.
For the main dishes, we ordered the eggplant with sweet and sour chilli sauce and the roast whole Barramundi. Both dishes are very traditional Chinese dishes.
The eggplant dish is a signature dish in Sichuan cuisine. The sweet and sour sauce contains soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, chilli and healthy amounts of fresh ginger, garlic and green onion. The sauce gives you a subtle salty-sweet-sour flavour with a hint of spiciness. Chinese people use the sauce to cook with different ingredients, including pork, chicken, eggplant and tofu. We usually prefer our eggplant vegetarian style but sometimes it is not available.
The roasted whole fish is another famous and traditional Chinese dish from Sichuan province. The fish is roasted until moist and tender, with a crispy surface. The accompanying vegetables (Chinese cabbage, seaweed, tofu, or any veggie you like) are cooked in Sichuan hot sauce with fresh chilli, then served at the bottom of the plate before placing the fish on top . A party for the eyes and the taste buds comes together in a single dish.
Visited on 16 November, 2016
Cost for three people: $70
Our verdict: Efficient and pleasant service; Good food. We will return.
Photo images from a second visit:
We went back for a second visit and tried a few more dishes. Some seafood wrapped in lettuce; meat in lettuce; calamari; seafood hot pot (dry); tofu and BBQ pork