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Great concept where everyone benefits

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.

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Menu

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!

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You can head up to the roof top as well
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Each ‘restaurant’ has its own little kitchen

Our food: salt and pepper calamari, spring rolls, pizza, chips, fish taco.

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Salt and pepper calamari – yummo

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Vegetarian (mushroom) spring rolls
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Fish taco – going back for more
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Ham and cheese pizza – pretty good

Cheers and get on down to The collective if you live or visit the Gold Coast, it’s great.

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Beer anyone?

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.

Visited: 1 January 2017

Cost: $77 for four adults sharing food

Verdict: We’ll be going back soon

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Where is the best place to spend some quality time with your besties? -Social Eating House Broadbeach

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.

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A work of art – char-grilled octopus
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Soft Shell Crab
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Who ate the Whiting?

Next we opted to share some gorgeous fish, a salad and sides of mushrooms and potatoes.

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Grilled fish, risotto and caviar – so very good
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Green salad with peas
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Look at these potatoes!!!!
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Mixed mushrooms

Some of us finished off with a little piccolo.

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A small coffee to round off the meal

Visited June 2016.

Mamasan Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

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.

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King fish sashimi with Nippon vinaigrette, pomegranate and round mint
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Asian mushroom spring rolls with house made sweet chilli
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Close-up of the spring rolls

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.

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Vietnamese papaya salad with Mooloolaba prawn, green apple, Vietnamese mint, coriander
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King crab ravioli with water chestnut + coconut sambal bisque
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Close-up of the ravioli
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Panko fried squid

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.

Mamasan chocolate brownie with toasted sesame ice cream salted caramel fortune cookie
Mamasan chocolate brownie with toasted sesame ice cream salted caramel fortune cookie
Close-up of the brownie
Close-up of the 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, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

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!

Table setting at Social in June, 2015
Table setting at Social in June, 2015
Soft shell crab at Social in Jun, 2015
Soft shell crab at Social in Jun, 2015
Octopus at Social in Jun, 2015
Octopus at Social in June, 2015

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!

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Sparkling water
Sparkling water
Lemon lime bitters
Lemon lime bitters

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.

Chargrilled WA Octopus, Potato Aioli, Lemon & Herb Dressing
Chargrilled WA Octopus, Potato Aioli, Lemon & Herb Dressing
Close-up of chargrilled WA Octopus
Close-up of chargrilled WA Octopus
Spiced Soft Shell Crab, Asian Slaw, Peanuts, Fried Shallots, Chilli Caramel
Spiced Soft Shell Crab, Asian Slaw, Peanuts, Fried Shallots, Chilli Caramel
Asahi Battered King George Whiting, Potato Aioli, Confit Fennel, Frisee, Onion & Chervil Salad
Asahi Battered King George Whiting, Potato Aioli, Confit Fennel, Frisee, Onion & Chervil Salad

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!”

Flank Steak, Grilled Shallots, Roasted Kipflers, Onion Rings, Pea Puree, Red Wine Jus
Flank Steak, Grilled Shallots, Roasted Kipflers, Onion Rings, Pea Puree, Red Wine Jus

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!

Milk Chocolate & Coffee Marquise, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Soil, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
Milk Chocolate & Coffee Marquise, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Soil, Banana Ice Cream

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.

Thai Puntip at Burleigh

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!

Calamari rings
Calamari rings
Yummy fish cakes
Yummy fish cakes

Some little Thai money bags were also very tasty.

Money bags
Money bags

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.

Garlic, pepper and coriander stir fried Seafood with mixed vegetables
Fish fillet in tamarin sauce and red onions
Fish fillet in tamarin sauce and red onions
Slow cooked Massaman beef curry with potatoes, onions and peanuts
Slow cooked Massaman beef curry with potatoes, onions and peanuts

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.

Lychee panna cotta
Lychee panna cotta

$35 pp as part of a group banquet deal. Good value and we will be back to try some noodles.

Melbourne Winter Exploration – Day 2

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.

Coffee and almond croissant with friends
Coffee and almond croissant with friends
A piece of heaven
A piece of heaven

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.

A little amuse bouche
A little amuse bouche
Delicious little taste to awaken the taste buds
Delicious little taste to awaken the taste buds

Next, we chose the soft shell crab with charred cucumber, seaweed and mayo. This was an interesting blend of flavours and textures.

Soft shell crab
Soft shell crab

Two main courses included Salmon, risoni pasta flavoured with blended broccoli – stunning meal.
Cauliflower, cheese balls, eggplant.

Cauliflower with some very special cheese
Cauliflower with some very special cheese
Salmon and risoni with avocado
Salmon and risoni with avocado
Close up of the the exquisite risoni
Close up of the exquisite risoni
Close up of the cauliflower main
Close up of the cauliflower main

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.

The little bit of theatre surrounding the signature dessert
The little bit of theatre surrounding the signature dessert
So totally yum!
So totally yum!

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!

Working in the kitchen
Working in the kitchen
Kitchen view St Crispins
Kitchen view St Crispin

We love the fun of St Crispin.

What makes for a fun restaurant experience for you?

Melbourne Winter Exploration – Day 1

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:

  1. Coffee options
  2. Gelato (N2; Messina)
  3. Eating places
  4. Trams
  5. Gardens

Of course, a trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without lots of coffee and food experiences.

Waiting for SkyBus outside the airport
Waiting for SkyBus outside the airport
Foodie Wei arriving Melbourne Airport!
Foodie Wei arriving Melbourne Airport!

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.

A cozy corner to have our first coffee
A cozy corner to have our first coffee
Checking out food option for lunch
Checking out food option for lunch

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.

Wei & Bev trying out the new camera
Wei & Bev trying out the new camera

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.

Yarra River view from Arbory on a cold winter's day
Yarra River view from Arbory on a cold winter’s day
Flakey pastry and delicious fish filling!
Flakey pastry and delicious fish filling!
Close-up of the fish pie
Close-up of the fish pie
Tasty side salad
Tasty side salad

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.

Getting started at Ruyi
Getting started at Ruyi

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.

Soft shell crab
Soft shell crab
Sweet chilli sauce eggplant fries
Sweet chilli sauce eggplant fries

What are your favourite things about Melbourne?