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.
What more can a girl want but to catch up with friends over great food? That was our great pleasure recently at Social Eating House. Located in Broadbeach, Queensland Australia this place has a lovely casual but chic feel about it. There is an emphasis on sharing food, which is great when eating out with friends. Here is a photo-journey of our spectacular meal shared with friends.
We started with Whiting, Soft Shell Crab and Char grilled Octopus.
Next we opted to share some gorgeous fish, a salad and sides of mushrooms and potatoes.
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar just opened in 2015 and is located in “The Oracle” Broadbeach, Gold Coast. We have been attracted to this venue by its modern Asian fusion menu since its opening. Their menu focuses on share plates, which is a very popular trend and includes cuisines influences from China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Finally we got the chance to have meal here – for our early Christmas celebration!
We were in a group of 3 and made our booking 3 days before the dinner date. We were greeted by a super friendly French waitress and seated quickly. The biggest surprise was (actor Shane Jacobson) was seating right next to our table. He was alone and enjoying a glass of wine. Some staff were so excited and asked for selfies which we should have asked as well! Next time!
We started our meal with king fish sashimi, sweet corn cake and Asian mushroom spring rolls. The sashimi was the best. The fish was so fresh and juicy, plus the ginger pickle on side and pomegranate on top were both adding value elements which made the sashimi even more tasty. The mushroom spring rolls were nice as well. If you are vegetarian, this is a “must” for you. The corn cake was ok but not as tasty as the other two dishes.
After enjoying these beautiful dishes, we gave ourselves a break and started to consider what we should order for the second round. Our French waitress was very helpful. She recommended “Vietnamese papaya salad” which was made by Mooloolaba prawn, green apple, Vietnamese mint and coriander. It sounded very tempting so we decided to try it. Besides the salad, we also ordered the king crab ravioli and panco fried squid. OMG, the salad and the ravioli were so so so yummy! We highly recommend these two dishes if you are a big fan of Asian cuisines.
After six dishes, we were actually very full. But for our duty as food bloggers and the festival season (excuse and excuse), we decided we were going to order Mamasan’s signature dessert – Mamasan chocolate brownie.
The brownie was a little on the chocolaty side for the three of us and the salted caramel was very sweet. So if you are not a rich chocolate lover like us, we would recommend that you might consider to try other desserts on the menu, like passion-fruit tart with Persian floss, mango sorbet, coconut coulis or ginger and lemongrass cheesecake. But, if rich chocolate is your thing then go for it!
In total, we spent around $250 for the whole meal including 4 beers, 4 lemon lime bitters and 1 bottle of sparkling water. We did enjoy our meal and would love to re-visit to try some other interesting dishes in the future.
Social Eating House located on Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland. It promotes a unique shared dining experience from oysters to bar snacks, small plates and large plates. It is always busy so make sure you book to secure a spot.There is indoor and outdoor (curb-side) seating available.
We first visited Social in June this year (2015) for a lunch meeting. The service was really good. We ordered two small plates to share: Bev’s forever favourite “Soft shell crab” and “Octopus” (see old pictures we took in June below). These were taken by using smartphone camera therefore the colour doesn’t look that great as the taste!
Both dishes tasted like heaven. Bev even commented that “The soft shell crab is the best I have ever had in recent years.” Prices were pretty fair for Broadbeach. Therefore, we decide we must re-visit this cute little place.
Finally, the chance came this month. It is one of our eating group members had a birthday celebration. We had booked for the 6.00 sitting (outside). This time we brought our “professional” blogger camera (Haha!), and surely you can see the quality of photos becomes much better!
We had a variety of food: chargrilled octopus, soft shell crab and beer battered whiting fillets, all small plates to start with. All the food was exceptional!The char- grilled octopus was firm, beautifully cooked and really tasty. The fish fillets were moist and the batter was light.
For the second round, we ordered steak for our birthday boy. Since we girls don’t eat meat, we just quote the meat eater who commented about the steak: “The steak was very tasty, moist, rare, juicy, but perhaps a little bit on the salty side. Beautifully presented and overall I loved it!”
For us girls, we were very keen to order the soft shell crab again and we DID! It was sooo good! If you are a big fan of soft shell crab, this is a must try dish. You won’t be disappointed.
At the end, we listened to the waitress’s suggestion and also ordered their signature dessert – Milk chocolate & coffee marquise. To be honest, it was too rich and too chocolaty to us. But if you are a chocolate lover, you can’t miss it!
In total, we spent $163 for all the food dishes, two glasses of wine, one beer, two soft drinks and one bottle of sparkling water.
Out for some group dining at a little Thai restaurant at Burleigh Heads.
We started our dinner with some delicious fish cakes which were really tasty; we then went on to have some calamari rings with hot chili sauce. Both were fabulous but the fish cakes were the best!
Some little Thai money bags were also very tasty.
We also had some beautiful seafood meals – one was mixed seafood with some delicious mussels in a peppery sauce. Another was a really beautiful fish fillets in a Tamarind sauce with red onions. There was also a beef Massaman curry (for the meat eaters) with potatoes onions and peanuts slowly cooked in a traditional manner.
Our last dish for desert was a light lychee panna cotta – it was a soft creamy version with some jelly on top – easy to eat and a nice light way to finish off a lovely meal.
$35 pp as part of a group banquet deal. Good value and we will be back to try some noodles.
Seven Seeds, 114 Berkeley Street, Carlton
It was our second visit to Seven Seeds a little coffee place that brews pretty good coffee. We also had an almond croissant, which was a nice little delicacy to go with the coffee. We will return.
St Crispin, 300 Smith Street, Collingwood This busy restaurant is located in Collingwood, Melbourne. St Crispin was recommended to us by a friend.
We opted to select the two-course menu for $50 pp. We ordered one entrée, two mains, and one dessert.
We started our lunch with some freshly baked bread and a little amuse-bouche of taramasalata.
Next, we chose the soft shell crab with charred cucumber, seaweed and mayo. This was an interesting blend of flavours and textures.
Two main courses included Salmon, risoni pasta flavoured with blended broccoli – stunning meal.
Cauliflower, cheese balls, eggplant.
The grand finale was the signature dessert of blood orange panna cotta. This was a wow moment with theatrical service at the table with liquid nitrogen creating a smoky haze over the dish.
Our verdict: Good service, really innovative food with interesting textures and tastes. Some theatre associated with it in a modern hip atmosphere. Yes, we would go back!
We love the fun of St Crispin.
What makes for a fun restaurant experience for you?
So excited to have the opportunity to visit one of our favourite Australian cities – Melbourne (7 August to 11 August). Five things we love about Melbourne:
Gelato (N2; Messina)
Of course, a trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without lots of coffee and food experiences.
Patricia, Cnr Little Bourke & Little William St You can’t come to Melbourne and not look out for the best coffee place. We searched high and low – well we referred to Bean Hunter (ha) and we found Patricia. Tucked away down a little side street this place is always busy it seems. They specialise in coffee and it’s standing room only – there are no seats at Patricia but the coffee is worth waiting for.
Arbory, Flinders Walk, Melbourne
Lucky for us it was a clear even though fairly chilly day when we visited Arbory at the Flinders Street station.
Surrounded by heaters and looking out over the Yarra River we enjoyed the fish pie. We shared the pie as it was rather large. It had beautiful pastry and A filling of salmon and white fish in a creamy sauce. It was absolutely delicious.
Ruyi, 16 Liverpool Street
We arrived at Ruyi (a modern Chinese restaurant) and the place was buzzing. Modern decor – think nice white faded timber some lovely little pots with beautiful greenery in them.
This place modernise Chinese food with some interesting touches. There were some lovely pottery mugs that we used for a sparkling water and also for our lemongrass and green tea.
We ordered the soft shell crab, eggplant fries and a side of broccoli and garlic. Our conclusion was that the food was not good enough to draw us back in future. Things were generally acceptable it just wasn’t outstanding.