Class and sophistication is the key at Social Eating House on The Gold Coast. This relaxed yet formal dining experience. Set in a quiet corner of Broadbeach only emphasizes the relaxed nature of this venue.
Impressively Social is the winner of three consecutive years of the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, and even more impressive is Matthew Jefferson is the Owner, Operator and Executive Chef of this fine restaurant.
Located on the Oracle Boulevard, tucked just behind the Oracle building. Located in a quiet spot, however only minute walk to the centre of Broadbeach.
The food is based around share plates small and large with a variety of influences from all over the world.
Musts would be the roast quail or the wagyu tartare from the small plates and slow cooked lamb shoulder in yoghurt or twice cooked pork belly in chilli and tamarind for mains.
And please please please, try the cheesecake pannacota with stewed rhubarb and yoghurt sponge. Its divine, i can honestly say a pannacota has never tasted so smooth.
Presentation of food is considered a art form at Social with almost art like dishes, but what makes it stand out is the quality to match it that that is a stand out for us.
A little slice of Vietnam on the Gold Coast. Located a bit out of the city in the suburb of Runaway bay lies Can Tho Kitchen.
A once uninspired dining room was transformed and modernised a few years back and Can Tho kitchen has never looked back. The modernisation has really bought a sense of comfort and sleek look. And yet has enriched the vibrant Vietnamese feel.
Located in the quiet northern Gold Coast area of Runaway Bay. 20 minutes from the center of Surfers Paradise. Can Tho Kitchen lies in a little shopping village
The food at Can Tho is a great mix of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with contemporary twists.
The food has always been second to none, known for there homemade Vietnamese pancakes (Bahn Xeo). With fresh and vibrant rice paper rolls and flavorsome bowls of Pho is not hard to see why Can Tho is a leading player in the Gold Coast food scene.
Other inspiring dishes on the menu include Bo Kho (braised beef cheek) and sizzling yummy chicken. Which is brought out on a sizzling steamy hot plate, adding a bit of drama and tasting great.
And not forgetting the afters. A waffle co e featuring the most delicious Macadamia ice cream, dolce de leche and peanut crumbs.
Alternatively and our favourite dessert is a liquid one with a fine list of contemporary and traditional cocktails your be spoilt for choice.
Lucky Bao Gold Coast is a restaurant with a story we just love. What was once a stall at the Miami Marketta when there were pumping out Bao’s out of a small marquee to foot traffic then fast forward they opened the doors of there own restaurant. A dream any small business would love to achieve.
A modern Asian eatery who pride themselves on share plates and of course featuring there trademark Baos.
Small but quaint little venue noticed in this little precient by there brightly shining pink sign.
Lucky Bao Location
Lucky Bao is located on Makeri Street, in the quiet Gold Coast suburb of Mermaid waters, tucked away in in a small parade of shops. !5 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 20 minutes from Coolongatta.
As mentioned Lucky Bao operates on a modern Asian share plates large and small and of course the highlights are the bao’s. I can honestly say and have tried them all, here are no bad bao’s here. However special praise goes to the Taiwanese fried chicken, pork belly and the tempura soft shell crab absolutely delicious and flavoursome, the best your find on the Gold Coast.
Other favourites at Lucky Bao would include, succulent Korean chicken wings with either spicy Korean or Sichaun Sweet and Sour, our preference being the Korean but both delicious. Another must try would be the the bang bang chicken vermicelli salad. Packed full of freshness and flavour a real treat.
We loved enjoying a liquid journey for dessert and the cocktails at Lucky Bao are delicious. With my favourite being the birch wood smoked old fashioned.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Edgewater Dining, Gold Coast offers upmarket modern Australian cuisine with a slight Italian twist.
Opened in 2014 Edgewater quickly became a premium destination for quality dining on the Gold Coast. With it’s river views onto the city, fine food and extensive cocktail list, it wasn’t long before it became a busy spot.
It’s a great mix of a formal set up, without being over the top and still having a casual feel about it, making it a very relaxing and enjoyable environment.
Location Of Edgewater Dining
Located in the residential area of the Isle Of Capri one of many neighbouring suburbs of Surfers paradise. It takes river side placement in the Via Roma on Capri Centre. Edgewater is one of many Isle Of Capri restaurants that have popped up over the last few years in this location.
The food and drink delivers to, more of a formal dining experience than the share plate theme the Gold Coast adopts. With a grand open kitchen and team of experienced chefs on hand. Edgewater prides itself on quality food all produced homemade on site. Employer one of the best teams of experienced chefs around.
With a great selection of menu items like lemon pepper calamari and pork tacos to start and sticky pork belly and grass fed eye fillet for mains. Note: the calamari is some of the best we have ever had, crispy juicy and packed full of flavour.
The Eton Mess is a must and is a dessert Edgewater is known for and doing its just perfectly. Alternatively a liquid dessert in the form of a cocktail is also quite a tremendous idea. Our pick would be the selection of Espresso Martinis, with lots of different combinations to choose from.
Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri ,Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217
A restaurant worthy of all the praise, and this is why Edgewater is a top player in the ever expanding Gold Coast food scene and very high up in as a go to place in Queensland. So much so it has become a main restaurant in our best restaurants Gold Coast guide.
Edgewater is also a great place for boating enthusiasts with its river side location and many a yacht park up on the jetty’s to come by for a spot of lunch or if your lucky enough bring your own vessel.
Hidden away behind the large white wooden doors on the Gold Coast Highway, is this hidden little gem, you’d say speakeasy as other than the music it is relatively unseen. With just a little red lantern shining out the front to distinguish Etsu themselves say “look for the red lantern”. And here your find Etsu Japanese restaurant.
Enter through the doors and through the tunnel shaped bar area and don’t forget to look up at the impressive half pipe (yes half pipe skate ramp) as a ceiling. And into the large dining area of share and private tables.
Etsu is a popular Japanese restaurant on the Gold Coast with a reputation beyond the Coast. The owners must know a thing or two with there other popular business Commune Cafe.
Location Etsu Gold Coast
Located in the ever popular and trendy suburb of Mermaid Beach, a short couple of minutes to Broadbeach and only 10 minutes from the central hub of Surfers paradise.
The food at Etsu is second to none, with a large variety of Japanese inspired food, one of a kind on the Gold Coast.
There are 3 parts to the menu and indeed the kitchen with the raw bar (sushi), the main kitchen and the robarta (a specific Japanese grill).
Most of the food is served with the assumption of sharing with small plates and many options to try. We personally recommend five, but you know yourselves how hungry or in our case tempted we might be.
Our favourites would be the sashimi plate, mixed seafood or individual fish choices can be made, the produce is always fresh and of top quality. For a cooked sushi suggestion the Spider Maki (soft shell crab)is always a great choice.
Homemade pork gyoza, chicken tsukune (chicken meatball) and the 72 hour marinated black miso cod are by far our favourite selections.
For something larger to share the miso pork ribs are not only delicious, but super tender falling off the bone with ease.
The bar at Etsu is equally impressive, with an array of modern and traditional cocktails, the finest selection of Japanese whiskey your find anywhere and top quality Saki. Making this not only one of the best Gold Coast restaurants but also bars.
The reputation of Etsu as a restaurant on the Gold Coast has grown and grown over the years and that’s why its a multi award winning restaurant. So much so it has also featured in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly up the top.
With it’s multicultural dining scene and vast variety of food, the Gold Coast offers a little something for everyone. The Vegan restaurants scene has exploded over the last 5 years, and not jus the run of the mill restaurants, a list of top quality establishments with a vast variety of plant based cuisines.
Although not a vegan myself i have enjoyed such restaurants, the wholesome meals have certainly benefitted me. And i have certainly enjoyed trying all these on the list.
Taking Vegan food to new heights is the Cardamom Pod. Bright, energised and flavourome food, for someone who is non vegan my most visited cafe in the last few years was the Cardamom pod.
You must try the Indian Dosa, this homemade Dosa with spiced potatoes is to die for. Another favourite would be the vege big breakfast, I love the peanut fritters on here.
This cafe is also renowned for its elaborate range of acai bowls which taste amazing and are certainly insta worthy captures.
The Cardamom Pod is as popular as they come on the Gold Coast and with that said was also a worthy entrant in our Best Cafes guide.
3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport 4215
8 am to 3pm
Starting off as a market stall selling vegan raw desserts, one stall quickly became 2 within the first year. Fast forward and Blendlove opened up there own premises and still sticking with the fantastic raw desserts also expanded into a 100% plant based cafe.
Menu items consist of and a couple of our favourites are the corn fritters paired with avocado salsa and corn relish and the magic mushrooms with field mushrooms and Blendlove’s own kale and walnut mince top with vegan cashew aioli.
The raw desserts are ever changing and are sold individually or in packs with plenty of variety they boast vegan, gluten free, dairy free and free from any refined sugar and I can say are delicious.
They were right I do like ramen, and this vegan take is as good a bowl of Ramen that I have ever had. Known for being Australia’s first vegan Ramen restaurant.
The food here is as delicious as it is photogenic, flavours are through the roof and although im someone who does enjoy meat I certainly would not miss it here.
The kimchi ramen with red miso spicy kimchi broth and the mapo tofu ramen with is a creamy broth, oat milk being the vegan alternative here are our two favourite ramens. Both slightly different, but packed with a punch of flavour.
The name suggest only one type of food here, well your wrong. Panko mushroom bao’s, and karage cauliflower add something different and believe me all the selection of bao’s are delicious.
Asahi on tap and a great selection of fine whiskies make this place a firm favourite hangout.
2/2251 gold coast highway, mermaid beach, 4218
Monday 5pm to 9 pm
Wednesday to Sunday 11:30am to Late
I wont lie here, this is the only place I have never been to and I hate recommending somewhere I haven’t visited. However from multiple sources I have heard this is a cracking place for food.
One thing that struck me was that Izakaya Midori is tucked away in a back street in small suburb of Ready Creek. Making this a destination venue and not only does it take balls and confidence in what you do to open a destination restaurant. To go with a plant based Japanese restaurant the first of its kind in Queensland is impressive.
With such dishes like Tempeh and unami sushi, king mushroom ceviche and the Midori plant based ramen, they all look drool worthy and a place we can’t wait to try.
50 Woodland Drive, Reedy Creek QLD 4227, Australia
Sunday to Thursday 11:00am to 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 10:30pm
Greenhouse Canteen & Bar
Greenhouse Canteen has been a leading player in the Gold Coast Vegan scene since 2014. With its recycled timber fit out and sweeping views across water to Surfers paradise, veganism entered a new age.
The owners disappointed with the Vegan options on the Gold Coast decided to offer something new and something trendy. After moving premises to the suburb of Miami Greenhouse has never looked back.
With small plates such as Cauliflower Wings (Delicious) an mushroom and sage Arancini Balls make a perfect start.
To follow you cant go passed the Jackfruit Enchilada, full of flavour, and Jackfruit is not something if I’m honest i have enjoyed in the pass. But this was delicious. The Eggplant Moussaka is equally as good, tasty and hearty with that punch of flavour it needs.
1916 GC Highway, Miami, Gold Coast QLD
5pm to Late
So thats our best vegan restaurants Gold Coast list. A great array of choices offering something completely different between them all and featuring the best plant based eateries. Hard to pick a favourite but with Cardamom Pod making the best cafe list, it would certainly make for a stand out.
There are many many more Vegan restaurants to try on the Gold Coast hopefully soon we can add to the list we have tried.
Built at the back of a small precinct in Mermaid Beach lies Bonita Bonita, undoubtedly one of the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast. A renowned place for it flavorsome food and sticking to native Mexican ways.
With its dark lights, candles and Mexican décor brings this restaurant to life, the sound of authentic Mexican music in the background all sets the scene for this unique experience.
The addition of a bar on the side by the name of Bon Bon and an impressive back bar of over 50 tequilas all adds the this authenticity of this venue.
As mentioned Bonita Bonita on the Gold Coast is located in a small preciect in Mermaid Beach, it lies just along the Gold Coast Highway. Close to the trendy suburbs of Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads and a short 3 minute ride to Broadbeach and 10 minutes to Surfers Paradise.
Bringing modern Mexican dining to new heights, pack up your faijitas you wont find them here. Cali style tacos, taquintos, croquettes and chimichangas are all on and pack full of flavour. Can personally recommend the homemade guacamole, pescado (fish) and achiote chicken tacos are firm favourites with us. All locally sourced where possible giving fresh Mexican produce.
An impressive banquet menu venue is available for tables 8 and over and at $40 a head for 7 courses and an opportunity to try a whole range of food is great.
Once you finished your savoury fair, a must is the Raspberry BonBon dessert with Coconut ice cream, Malibu, Chambord, raspberry and chilli coulis ,shredded coconut, fresh raspberries and whipped cream..
A restaurant with a top reputation and a multi award winning Mexican food on the Gold Coast And this is exactly why we included this in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly at the top.
Tip: Bonita Bonita is generally very busy we advise booking ahead and early.
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