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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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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.

 

 

Kenny’s Malay Kitchen

It was a relatively cold and wintry night, so we felt like something spicy. A friend had previously told us about a little hidden gem – Kenny’s Malay Kitchen located at the Bowls club in Broadbeach Waters, Queensland (Australia).

We thought ‘why not?’ let’s just give it a go. We decided to arrive early (for us) around 6 PM and  have a quick meal. After looking at the menu – and also getting a Chinese version of the menu! – we decided to try some curry puffs and some roti bread as a starter. Both were excellent.

Chinese menu
Chinese menu
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Curry puffs and plum sauce

 

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Roti Bread

Next, we tried some salt and pepper soft shell crab (an all time favourite with us), as well as some prawn sambal and a tofu dish.

Salt & pepper soft shell crab
Salt & pepper soft shell crab
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Close up of crab
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Vegetarian Tofu

It was all very tasty and, for total price for three of us around $75, we thought it was pretty good value. This place is fully licensed and you buy your drinks at the bar adjoining the restaurant. Most drinks, such as a glass of wine or some beer cost about $5 each.

We enjoyed the food and agreed that we would come back for another cheap and cheerful meal. It is a simply decorated venue so don’t have high class expectations for the decor. We visited in June 2016.

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Simple decor at Kenny’s

Do you love a cheap and cheerful meal out?

Vice Baby, Miami Beach, Gold Coast

We dropped in to this little gem for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It was our first visit to the garden of Vice Baby. Located in Miami, Gold Coast, Australia.

First of all we can tell you that the atmosphere gives off a really lovely vibe. The staff are super friendly and happy to explain the menu while they get your coffee ready.

Nice table in the garden
Nice table in the garden
A little taste of green
A little taste of green
Just want to relax here for a whole day!
Just want to relax here for a whole day!

We ordered a baked eggs and also a mushroom and avocado on toast. Sorry about the red tinge but it was a sunny day and we were under a red umbrella. We didn’t even think about it at the time but our food pictures are a bit red.

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Mushrooms, avocado and fried egg on toast
A closeup of our toast
A closeup of our toast
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Baked eggs and bacon (for the meat eater in our group)
Nice coffee
Nice coffee

It’s a dog friendly place so if you have a little Pooch you can bring it along.

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Pooch enjoys herself at Vice Baby

Lunch looks really great as well with lots of Asian Hawker style food on offer. We plan to head back there soon and get ourselves a bowl of noodles.

Interesting menu
Interesting menu
Hawker style setting
Hawker style setting

 

Love some of the rustic touches like using the old Lychee can to store knives and forks. And, of course, if you like your food a bit spicy there is always good ol Sriracha! Enjoy a visit to Vice Baby.

Want the latest scoop on where to get vegetarian food on the Coast?

This week we checked out Cardamom Pod at Ferry Road. It was just a quick trip as it was before our yoga class. We ordered some coffees and decided to share an Apple Pie with Green Matcha Ice Cream.

The place was buzzing even though it just opened a couple of days ago. We took the opportunity to take a few photos of the decor when we waited for a coffee and food.

Interior design
Interior design
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Nice table setting
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Menu

Service was great everyone was very friendly and helpful. The menu looks fabulous with lots of savoury and sweet offerings. Peeping across the tables at other people’s meals (we know shouldn’t do it!) some of the food looked absolutely stunning.

People were excited to photography their food
People were excited to photograph their food

A coffee arrived in rather a large cup, our personal preference is for a small cup so next time we would clarify this with our waiter. The Apple Pie with Matcha Ice Cream looked a stunner and tasted really great. One thing we can say is that the meals here are really large and for many people it might be good to share a dish unless you are particularly hungry or are someone with a big appetite. Also, we should say we are not really big eaters so it might just be our preference.

Our organic coffee
Our organic coffee
Cute cup!
Cute cup!
Fried apple pie with Matcha icecream
Fried apple pie with Matcha icecream
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Yum yum yum!

We will definitely be going back and sampling the lunchtime menu everything at Cardamom Pod looked great. Can’t wait to try the savoury waffles with avocado – spotted these going to another table and they looked yummo.

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. 

Miami Rice, Miami, Gold Coast

A colleague of ours recommended Miami Rice to us. When we checked this place online, we found out that it has been rated as one of the hottest Asian eats in a recent review (see Review published by More Gold Coast). So we decided to have a meal there and see if it meets all our expectations!

We went there on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was almost full (lucky we booked!). Once we arrived, we received a very friendly and warm welcome. Our table was right next to the garden, so very pleasant on a breezy summer night.

There were 3 dishes on the specials dinner menu that night: Moreton Bay bug, salt & pepper sole fish and Buddha fried rice with goji berries. All sounds very yummy. When we were reading the menu and trying to decide what veggie dish we would order, the owner Mr Yep came to take the order. He highly recommended everything on the special menu and also helped us to decide that we could try the beancurd with shiitake mushrooms hot pot as veggie dish. We order all 4 dishes as recommended (seemed the right amount since there were four of us dining).

The Moreton Bay bug was everyone’s favourite! So delicious! In particular, everyone seemed to like to sauce on top of the bug. It was sweet and sour chilli sauce mixed with chopped onion, spring onion, garlic and some herbs. Mr Yep served us the bug himself and even taught us a lesson on how to eat the bug in a more elegant way – is that even possible?. Thank you very much Mr Yep!

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Moreton Bay bug

The salt and pepper fish was also delicious and very generous. Interestingly it was deboned and served on the fish ‘carcass’ – it’s hard to describe but the fish meat had been removed and cooked separately then placed back on the fish minus its flesh!

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Salt & pepper sole fish
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Fish meat
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We finished the whole fish!
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Buddha fried rice
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Fried rice
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Goji berry in the rice
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Bean curd with shiitake mushrooms hot pot

 

My Yep offered us some chilli sauce from the kitchen.  It is homemade on the premises and tasted fabulous. Not too spicy but enough zing to satisfy most people.

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Homemade chilli paste, Yummo!

Just for some fun we played around with some fortune cookies. The messages were fairly bizarre and gave us a good laugh to finish off our meal.

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We recommend a visit.

In total, we spent $105 for all 4 dishes plus 2 lemon lime bitters.