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Our love for Bombay is increasing

Return visit

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.

Starters

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Pappadam and yogurt

Chaats: This restaurant has a range of chaats, which are small savory snack (these are often served road side in India).

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Puri
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Papdi Chaat – you have to eat this in one bite or beware!
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Samosa Chaat: or Mashed samosa (still a favourite)
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Masala Dosa filled with potatoes and spices with sauces

Mains

Palak Paneer:

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!

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Palak Paneer
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Palak paneer being served

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.

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Delicious lentil Dahl

The spinach and cheese naan is wonderful with a lot of flavour.

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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

Hidden little gem with a big flavour

Fancy some Asian style street food on the Gold Coast? We sure did. We have wanted to go to Hideaway Kitchen & Bar for a long time and never found the right time. So as our list of places to try slowly got smaller we finally booked into Hideaway for a little celebration. And were we in for a treat! This little gem is located in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Street food style is how it feels

The style is bustling, casual with an element of funk! The place was packing a punch in terms of party vibe the night we went with people ever where clearly having a great time. The music is fairly loud but a fun beat to get you in the mood.

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Love the umbrella touch

There is art on the walls and umbrellas to give a fun Asian style vibe.

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Art work on the walls

The service was friendly and they did their best to be attentive despite the crowds.

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The food was impressive and the menu features many modern Asian dishes all designed to share. We shared seven dishes – some tasty edamame spiced with chilli and salt. Fried squid with lime, chilli and mayo. Some prawn skewers, which comprised succulent minced prawn wrapped around sugar cane, plus dipping sauces. We particularly liked the steamed crab wontons in soy and chilli. A very tasty dish was the fish wrapped in banana leaf done with yellow curry.  We also opted for a yellow vegetable and tofu curry featuring eggplant. The eggplant was delicious but the curry was a little on the bland side for our chilli and soy loving taste buds. The waiter brought us some extra soy to add to the dish. Overall, the food was excellent and we want to try more dishes.

spiced soy bean pods in chilli salt
Spiced soy bean pods in chilli salt
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Chilli salt squid with lime
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Sugarcane prawn in panko batter & gem lettuce
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Steamed crab wontons with scallions, garlic & ginger
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Yellow vegetarian curry of eggplant, pumpkin, tofu, beans & carrots
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Cone bay barramundi with yellow curry paste, wrapped in banana leaf

To finish off we decided to share the special exotic ice creams – the special of the evening was black sesame, mango and strawberry. We thoroughly enjoyed the taste sensations of this dish and recommend it as a nice way to finish the meal at Hideaway.

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Assorted exotic ice creams – black sesame, strawberry & mango

Cost for three people sharing food with drinks (three beers and four soft drinks) $150.

Visited in November 2016; would definitely go back for more but we might try a mid week night to see if it is a little quieter.

 

 

Feeling like a quick Thai meal out?

We felt like a quick night out with friends at the end of the week. So, where could be go? We decided head off to Thai on Ferry, just a few minutes up the road. This is a little BYO restaurant located on Ferry Road, Southport (Gold Coast, Australia) and does eat in or take away.

It serves a good range of Thai food and the menu is plenty big enough for even a fussy diner. There was a steady flow of diners and people getting take away on the night we visited. This is our second visit to the little place and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the meals that we ordered.

We decided to order some Fish Cakes and Salt and Pepper Calamari to start. Our view is that fish cakes can be a good indicator of the worth of a Thai restaurant! They were good.

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Thai Fish Cakes – yummy
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Salt and peper calamari

Then we went for Duck with Thai spices (one of our party had been craving duck for a few weeks!), Whole Barramundi and also some Veg and Tofu Curry with Rice to follow (to keep the vego happy). The fish was really crispy and tasty. The veg and tofu curry was excellent – tasty, with a bit of spice. The tofu was perfect. By all reports (from the meat eater) the duck was perfect – tender, juicy, not too fatty and really tasty.

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Spicy Roasted Duck
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Rosted Thai Barramundi
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Veg and tofu red curry

We chose to sit on the pavement.  The good thing about this little place is that it is dog friendly (outdoors), suited us as one of our dining party had a small dog that was not able to be left at home alone.

The service is very good and all staff are very helpful and friendly. All our little requests were met with a smile.

Definitely recommend this little place for a simple and tasty meal; we will be back real soon.

$99 for four people is good value. 

Ricks Shore – modern Asian dining, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Ricks Shore is a newly opened restaurant on the coast. It is located in beautiful Burleigh Heads, with fabulous beach view. So we decided to check out this place on the last weekend of January 2016.

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The best table at Ricks Shore
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Our table!
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Wine glass at Ricks Shore

We ordered miso eggplant tacos, ocean trout tartare taco and fried tofu with smoked tomato jaewl on betel leaf to start our lunch. Trout taco was great with interesting flavours. Miso eggplant taco was okay but the fried tofu lacked enough taste for us.

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Tacos
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Fried tofu
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Ocean trout taco

For main dish, we decided to try the kingfish sashimi with avocado, ginger and horseradish, soft shell crab with Kim Chi, green apple and pickled papaya, and yellow curry with king prawn, turmeric, coconut, and kaffir lime leaf. For veggie, we ordered the wok-fried wombok with garlic, chilli, and oyster sauce.

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Kingfish sashimi
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Close-up sashimi
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Soft shell crab with pickled pawpaw salad
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Close-up of soft shell crab
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Our favourite soft shell crab
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Yellow curry with king prawn
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Wok-fried wombok

Soft shell crab with kimchi was pretty good and tasty. Wok-fried wombok veggie was very nice, while the yellow curry was on sweet side and prawns were slightly tougher than ideal but still good.

For dessert, we went with the trendy soft serve ice cream. The two available flavours for the day were miso and green apple. You can also choose a topping such as matcha, salted caramel, chocolate or peanut butter on top of the ice cream. We selected matcha praline to go with our soft serve. We enjoyed the soft serve but couldn’t get our taste buds to really get the green apple taste, but we loved the flavour all the same. The miso was certainly different and grew on us over time. Liked these soft serves!!

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Green apple soft serve
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Miso soft serve
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Close-up of matcha praline

Overall, the room was very noisy perhaps due to concrete floor. This improved as some tables left. Service was satisfactory to good but a bit slow at times due to the crowds and no real (wow) stand out moments, e.g., no description or positive vibes when food delivered. 

In total we paid about $155 for all dishes plus 2 soft drinks (lemon lime bitters). We would return. It is great to see innovative good being done on GC.