Social Eating House, Gold Coast

Social Eating House Gold Coast


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

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.

The Food At Social Eating House

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.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12 to 3 and 5:30 to late


Social Eating House Website



3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland, 4218

And Lastly

If you want a great dining experience Social Eating House is a must visit on any Gold Coast Visit. It is a restaurant that has won many a accolades and rightly so.

Social Eating House was also one of our picks in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Australia list and would be hard to deny it a top two at least on the Gold Coast.

Can Tho Kitchen, Gold Coast

Can Tho Kitchen


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

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.

Vietnamese pancake Bahn Xeo

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.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm and closed Mondays.


Can Tho Kitchen Website



5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland

And Lastly

Certainly one of the Gold Coasts finest and most unique restaurants.

A restaurant which was certainly a selection in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast category. And one we hope will be churning out this great Vietnamese food for many years to come.

Finally the success is all to see with the opening if a second venue Eddy and Wolff. A contemporary Asian share plate eatery.

10 Best Things To Do Mount Tamborine

Mount Tamborine History

Mount Tamborine has a very interesting history that spans back millions of years, it it is  a former crater rim of a volcanic explosion that happened about 22 Million years ago. It is based around cluster of three villages that have settled on the mountain ridge over the past years.

Making up one part of the area the Scenic Rim, for which Mount Tamborine is known as the gateway. The Scenic Rim is the name given to a mountain range in that region.

The high altitude of the mountain  has given it a very pleasant climate which supports coffee plantations, avocado farms and kiwi orchards. Which are all known to be week produced in the area.

10 Best Things To Do In Mount Tamborine

We take a look the 10 best things to do on the beautiful Mount Tamborine. Only 45 minutes drive from the center of the Gold Coast and a complete contrast to the lively nature of the coast.

Lush green dense forest, unreal views and a sense if peace and tranquility makes Mount Tamborine a sought after retreat to escape.

Add to that, boutique shops, wineries, restaurants and  waterfalls  are just some of the things Mount Tamborine are known for.

So here we go here is our op 10 list of the best things to do in Mount Tamborine.

Go See Curtis Falls

One of Queenslands finest waterfalls. With its stunning short but beautiful walk to the falls through lush rainforest and with only the sounds of the whip birds in the background.

Once at the falls there is a viewing deck in place for protection of the falls and for viewing purposes.

For preservation purposes no swimming up and around the falls is allowed.

Curtis Falls

Visit Mason Wines

A  great little boutique winery tucked away out  in a quiet area out the back of North Tamborine lies Mason Wines.

With tasting rooms and restaurant for your pleasure. We can highly recommend the food its certainly one of the top restaurants on the mountain, with small tasting plates perfect to pair a few wines with.

Buy wines to take with you or arrange delivery. A great variety, we love the very light picnic red very easy to drink.

Go See The German Cuckoo Clock Shop

One of the most unique shops on Mount Tamborine is the German  cuckoo shop. With a vast range of clocks available from the small ornamental ones to the giant Grandfather Clocks, which are fantastic.

German Cuckoo shop on Tamborine Mountain

Delivery can be arranged all over the world, you certainly wouldn’t want to be carry one of the grandfather clocks away with you.

Great owners who are particularly helpful and also willing to help with information, deliveryand all questions.

Top Tip: be prepared for noise with the amount of clocks they are always chiming, best not to have sore head, unlike myself.

Go Climbing At Thunderbird Park

An adventure park on the heart of the mountain, and it’s main attraction is the tree top challenge. High in the trees an assortment of obstacles, zip lines and challenges. Great for kids, families and adults alike, to do the full challenge it can take a couple of hours so be prepared.

The park also has on site camping and dining and a host of evening entertainmet.

Taste Some Cheese At The Tamborine Cheese Company

Straight away I must say try the triple cream brie its delicious. You can try all the cheeses before you buy. All produce  made on site.

Speciality platters can also be made up to take away or to enjoy with a drink in the adjacent brewery Fortitude Brewery.

Stay At Pethers Rainforest Retreat

Set amongst the dense rainforest off the beaten track, Pethers brings style, fun and relaxation all in one.

As a kid I always had a dream of staying in a tree house. And at Pethers this comes true.

10 unique large tree houses complete with log fires, floor to ceiling windows and spa baths surrounded by glass looking out onto the rainforest floor.

On site farm to plate restaurant, and morning delivery of breakfast baskets with fresh and local produce.

Pethers rainforest retreat tree house

Walk The Witches Falls Track And See The Falls

The Witches Falls has a 3km round trip walking track to the falls, a suitable amount of fitness would be good as it ha a bit of a climb with steps.

Arrival at the falls has viewing deck and the most unbelievable view as far as the eye can see over mountains and lush rainforest

See The View And Have A Drink At Eagle Heights Mountain Resort

Just before you make the top of Mount Tamborine, you come across  Eagle Heights Mountain Resort. Enjoy a drink and a bit to eat and take a look at the stunning view back over the Gold Coast below.

A perfect setting for a wedding or a get together capture some stunning and memorable photos.

Eagle Heights Mountain Resort

Go Watch The Paragliding Off The Mountain

At the weekends out the back of North Tamborine you can watch the local paragliders set off on there flights.

One by one they set off west into the distance, to sit and watch them jumping off the side of the hill is fascinating and a great way to spend a morning.

Taste Some Beers At Fortitude Brewery

Fortitude brewey is situated at the end of gallery walk in the Eagle Heights part of Mount Tamborine.

With beer tasting boards and a fine selection to choose from, a pizzeria with beautiful homemade pizzas and wander inside and watch through the glass windows and see the factory at work churning out the beers.

This Brewery made it into our 3 Top Craft Breweries On The Gold Coast list.

Tasting selection Fortitude Brewery

Getting There

When travelling northbound from the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is 36km from Southport via the Pacific Highway exit 57 then following the Oxenford–Tamborine Road or alternatively just 28km from Nerang exit 71via the Nerang–Beaudesert Road, turning off and following Henri Robert Drive.

Travelling south from Brisbane, take exit 35 at Beenleigh and continue on state route 92 the Beaudesert – Beenleigh Road, for a more scenic drive. Alternatively similarly as from the Gold Coast exit at exit 57 and follow the Oxenford -Tambirine Road.

Unfortunately Mount Tamborine currently has no public transport links and driving by car is the main way of accessing the mountain.

The Gold Coast

As we said it’s just a short 45 minute drive to the center of the Gold Coast, with it’s host of cafes, restaurants and large amount of things to do and see. It’s certainly well worth adding these two together on a visit and having the best of both worlds.

40 Things To Do In The Gold Coast Australia

The Gold Coast

Gold Coast History

The history of the Gold Coast Australia is one of fast development since WW2.

After WW2 the South Coast region of Queensland was a popular holiday destination for servicemen returning from the war. From then on and with inflated prices for real estate and other goods and services led to the nickname of “Gold Coast” in the early 50s.

As tourism grew throughout the decade businesses began to adopt the term in their names, and a memorable day the 23 October 1958 the South Coast Town Council was renamed “Gold Coast Town Council”. One year later the Gold Coast was labelled a city.

By the late 60s Surfers Paradise had established itself as the main destination and then the crazy introduction of bikini-clad meter maids in 1965 the aim to feed parking meters to prevent holiday makers from getting parking fines was a particularly popular innovation. And even still alive to this day.

The 70s came along and with that did the high rise boom followed 10 years later by the Gold Coast Airport, making the Gold Coast Australia number one holiday destination.

During the 80s the introduction of the 5 theme parks that lie there today (see in list) only solidified its presence as a number one destination.

The turn of the century bought a real estate boom with it’s economical peak in 2005 with the opening of the 322.5m ‘Worlds Tallest Residential Tower’ Q1, in Surfers Paradise.

To this day the Gold Coast continues to grow and strengthen its position establishing itself as a international destination to add to its domestic success.

Moving On

The Gold Coast is not is not one place that is short of things to do and see, its the number one destination in Australia for fun and entertainment and boy do they do it well.

You would think making a top 40 list would be hard but, and to be honest we probably haven’t even scratched the service.


Located half way up the east coast of Australia, an hour south of Brisbane and hour north of Byron Bay.

This beautiful city is made up of a number of suburbs along the coast line forming the Gold Coast as a whole.

The Gold Coast has it’s own international airport in Coolongatta on the south end of the coast. Services many parts of Asia and domestic Australia routes

Gold Coast Top 40 Things To Do

This list has been tried and tested by ourselves and we hope it can all be of some value.

So without further ado here is our Top 40 things to do on the Gold Coast Australia.

Take a Surf Lesson on the Famous Gold Coast Strip

The most well known suburb of the Gold Coast aptly named Surfers Paradise so it would not do it justice if you didn’t take a surf lesson.

With some of the best qualified instructors around you are in capable hands. We tried the long standing company Get Wet and found them great, well organised and really imformative.

Visit Q1 Observation Deck

360 degrees views around the Gold Coast, as far as the eye can see. If you get a clear day you wouldn’t believe what you can see.

The tall residential tower stands head and shoulders above most buildings and the Skypoint observation deck is located on an impressive 77th floor, with a bistro bar and gift shop available.

One of the best views in Australia and with 300 days of sun on the Gold Coast it’s normally a good chance your get a great view.

Catch A Sunset On Burleigh Hill

The place to be for sunset, sit on Burleigh Hill with the view looking back over the Gold Coast across the white sandy beach. Grab your picnic, blankets and drinks and unwind with these sensational views.

Top Tip: Weekends get there early it gets pretty crowded.

The view on Burleigh Hill

Visit A Gold Coast Theme Park

With many a theme park to choose from, the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. 

The five main parks are

  1. Warner Brothers Movie World
  2. Dreamworld
  3. Wet and Wild
  4. Seaworld
  5. White Water World

Top tip: Walk along the boulevard in Surfers Paradise and look for the theme park booths, there are many deals available.

Check Out Miami Marketta

Love the street food markets of asia, well Miami Marketta brings a taste of it to the Gold Coast.

A trend setter for food markets on the Gold Coast. With it’s converted warehouse and 20 plus international food stalls, live musicians and a fully stocked bar make this a great night for all.

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 5pm

Miami Marketta

Make Your Millions At Star Casino

Star casino is one of the Gold Coast most popular venues, with numerous bars, restaurants and huge casino floor you would certainly never get bored inside here.

Even for people who don’t gamble its a great night out. Residents at the casino have great options with cinema and huge outdoor pool to name a few.

Perfect localality to Broaadbeach and Pacific fair shopping center.

With it’s 24 hour opening time the casino comes a late night hotspot for the Gold Coast locals and visitors.

Barefoot Bowls At Broadbeach Bowls Club

A bit of a tradition on Australian soil is the barefoot bowls. Grab a group of mates some beers and get competitive.

Broadbeach was our favourite but there are a scattering of clubs all over the coast. The venue was also home to the bowls during the Commonwealth Games.

Visit A Brewery

The craft brewery scene in Australia and on the Gold Coast especially exploded a few years back and is flourishing still today. With tours around your favourites breweries and weekends the taphouses open for the public with live music and food trucks.

Here is our choice breweries and favorite tipple in each .

  1. Burleigh Brewey – Big head
  2. Balter Brewery – Balter IPA
  3. Black Hops – East Coast Haze
  4. Fortitude Brewery – Fortutude Pacer

Afternoon Drinks At Edgewater

Nestled in on the beautiful Isle Of Capri is Edgewater Dining. With its river side seating and views of the impressive Surfers Paradise makes for a excellent late afternoon drinking spot.

The view at Edgewater

Farmers Market Bundall

A perfect Sunday morning would always be wandering around the ever popular farmers market. More than just farm supplies with food trucks, boutiques pop up shops and live music.

Farmers Market

Visit the Gold Coast Turf Club

The Gold Coasts only horse racing track and home to the Magic Millions Carnival, one of Australia’s premium horse racing carnivals.

Get trackside or enjoy premium stands either way you are guaranteed a fun day out.

Top Tip: 150 public house is a stones throw away and is the perfect post race spot.

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Walk round the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Benowa. Well maintained and array of plants, pond and wildlife.

Two other bonuses are the 2 km walking track around the grounds and lake to the side. The gardens also has it own cafe with a whole host of treats, coffees and preboooked high teas.

A great place to bring kids, with its large playground and plenty of grass for them to run around in the sun.

High Tea at the Botanic Gardens

Go see the Gold Coast Suns

The Gold Coast now has it’s own AFl side, playing out of the 25,000 Metricon stadium in Carrara. Catch a game against some the countries best sides.

Fixture List

Go see the Titans

If rugby is more your thing then rugby league from the Gold Coast is also available with the Gold Coast Titans playing in Australia’s premium league NFl. applying there trade out of the 21,000 Skilled Park stadium in the suburb of Robina.

Fixture List

Take a drive to Tallebudgera Valley

At the end of Tallebudgera Valley lies a great little place so quiet to many and home of the great cream track walking track. A difficult but rewarding walk over the mountain range.

Tallebudgera Valley

Wander through the rainforest forest with only the sound of the whip birds and the crunching of twigs on the floor. Relatively untouched area, so very important to bring away whatever you bring with you.

Walk over the Burleigh Headlands

Take a walk from Burleigh Hill through the headlands and out the other side to see the stunning view of Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek

Eat tacos at Bonita Bonita

Gold Coast number one Mexican and taco bar Bonita Bonita is a must on any visit.

With tapas style small plates you really get to indulge. And the tequilas, oh the tequilas an impressive back bar with over 50 to choose from. Did someone say Margarita?

Bonita Bonita restaurant

Try the acai bowls at Cardamon Pod

These are a must, pleasing to the eye and even more so on the belly. A wide selection to choose from, all vegan plant based.

Cardamon Pod is a regular haunt for tge Instagram faithful trying to get the snap. But to Cardamon Pods credit what they deliver in appearance doesn’t waiver the quality of the food.

Acai Bowl at the Cardamon Pod

Visit Pacific Fair shopping center

Shopping center or village ? it’s hard to tell so many shops to choose from with a scattering of restaurants, 2 food courts, cinema and a range of entertainment. Find top brands like Tiffany and Prada or budget like K Mart and Big W it has something for everyone. Perfectly located in the heart of Broadbeach.

Tackle Surfers Paradise slingshot

Warning!!! Make sure you have a empty stomach before attempting, based just outside Surfers Paradise is Slingshot.

Get fired from your seat at 160km and 80 metres in the air, and well basically bounce your way back down. Best of all it gets captured on video for you to purchase after.

Holey Moley Gold Coast putt putt golf

Holey Moley is a themed putt putt golf center or for those Europeans crazy golf. All indoors with many a fun twists and turns to keep you guessing. Drinks are available only to enhance the experience or decrease the playing experience. But a fun night out is certainly had.

Take a river cruise

Follow the famous waterways of the Gold Coast, meandering past luxury residences and even the odd famous inhabitants.

Enjoy this trip with Surfers Paradise River cruises with on board bar and snacks, its no thrills just good old cruising round the outskirts if the city.

Gold Coast Gondola Rides

Take a romantic gondola ride all around the Gold Coast rivers at sunset. Unwind with certain packages, food, drinks or just the ride. A perfectly relaxed experience, can seat up to 4 people on board tours last from 45 minutes to two hours.

Visit the Collective Restaurant

Its like a food market and restaurant at the same time. The usual restaurant set up but 4 different purposely built kitchens run by different vendors and with different cuisines.

Its a unique experience but a great idea for a restaurant with its variety and options.

Go see Curtis Falls

On Tamborine Mountain between North Tamborine and Eagle Heights lies Curtis Falls and the walking track. A beautiful waterfall and viewing deck.

Curtis Falls Mount Tamborine

Go enjoy the views of the coast at the Spit

Out past Main Beach and past Seaworld is the spit. A bit of beach sticking out looking back at the coast. With further walkway heading out to sea, gives you the best views of Surfers Paradise of the remaining Gold Coast.

Visit Eagle Heights Tamborine Mountain

A long road quite aptly named Long Road is Eagle Heights. Full of boutique shops, eateries, wineries and antiques.

Compared to the vast growth of the city, this part of Tamborine feels like it hasn’t changed in 30 years. Making it refreshing change.

Go wine tasting at Mason Wines

Mason wines on Mount Tamborine is a boutique winery and restaurant in the woodland of North Tamborine.

A great selection of Reds and whites, with tasting tours and guided tours to talk you through the winery.

The food is known as some of the best on the mountain and with its lush green views, really sets a great scene.

Check out Getaway Day Spa

Located in North Tamborine also Getaway, has its own spa rooms with steam room, jacuzzi and mineral pool. Take 2 hours of relaxation in these before unwinding with one of there treatments.

Great quiet surrounding, which is just a perfect setting to relax in comfort.

Stay at Pethers Rainforest Retreat

This is a special treat nestled in the deep hinterland in North Tamborine lies Pethers. 10 large eco friendly tree houses. That’s right tree houses, who wouldn’t want to stay in a tree house.

With log fires, in room hot tub, fresh breakfast baskets and stunning views out into the rainforest who wouldn’t want to get lost here.

Natural Bridge

One of the most spectacular places to see in Queensland. This naturally formed bridge, glow worm cave and walking track is just paradise to see. The walking track is a loop track, of 2.4km taking you through the forest and beneath the trees.

The Natural Bridge is about 40 minutes out of the main center of the Gold Coast, but certainly worth the drive.

Natural Bridge Springbrook Mountain

Purling Brook Falls

One of the best and biggest waterfalls on the east coast. With uts 200ft waterfall drop and 3.5 km loop walking track to the bottom of the falls makes for a great experience.

Purling Brook Falls is accessed at the top of Springbrook Mountain in the heart of the suburb.

Too Tip : its a big incline up the Springbrook Mountain so be prepared

Purling Brook Falls

Visit HOTA

HOTA meaning home of the arts. Is home to all things entertainment. Theatre, cinema, music, comedy and live festivals is all readily available.

Walking tracks with sculptures and the well maintained Evandale lake to swim in.

Top tip: 150 bar is only 500 metres away a river side bar and restaurant well worth the visit.

Check out the Heinze Dam

An impressive site is the Heinze Dam, you get the sheer size of it when you see it up close to it. And has grown over the years since it’s 1976 opening.

Now the dam is a huge attraction with visitor center, cafe and walkways along the dam and the adjoining woods.

Try axe throwing

They say when in Rome! well what about on the Gold Coast, Located in the backstreets of Miami is the Lumper Punks axe throwing.

What can we say you throw axes at a target sounds fun right ?

With multiple venues across Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, these guys know how to put on some fun

Surfers Paradise beachfront markets

If you haven’t had enough of the beach then head back Friday and Saturday evenings for the beachfront markets.

A range of boutique stalls from jewelery, hand crafts, health products and even more. Its just as nice to meander through and maybe finish with some refreshments from one of many close by local bars and restaurants.

Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Gold Coast very own little zoo featuring all the native Australian animals, like koalas, crocodile, dingos, kangaroos and many many more. get you pictures taken with the resident koala.

Cafe available on site for your refreshment needs, and this site is also the home of the Sanctuary Markets. A market dedicated to food around the world open every friday 4 – 10

Visit Gold Class Cinema

Want some down time catch a movie in style, order meals, alcohol, snacks and sit back in a reclining armchair and watch on the usual large cinema screens. You can even book your food and drinks to come at certain points throughout the movie.

Once you try you wont go back to a normal cinema experience..

Shopping at Harbour Town

Situated on the northern end of the coast lies Harbour Town shopping Village. A wide range of well known shops and local boutiques give Harbour Town great variety.

A 10 screen cinema with Gold class and wide screen rooms adds a bit of entertainment to this shopping town.

Ferry Road Markets

The trendy Ferry road markets in Southport bring a range of boutique shops, trendy eateries and top end food suppliers. we would certainly recommend the Providore bakery its certainly one of the best around for cakes, treats and our favourite sausage rolls.

The Round Up

A fine list for a fine city, the Gold Coast Australia is certainly a busy and entertaining place to be. The Gold Coast should be proud of its uniqueness and wide variety for all varieties.

Many more things that didn’t make the list but could easily of been included. Maybe one day we would need to do a volume 2.

We love all things Gold Coast and we have served you with the best things to do, but now you may need somewhere to eat. Make sure you try out our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Best Cafes Gold Coast and Best Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast guides offering an inside to the dining scene on the Gold Coast.

For now it’s goodbye but we will be back soon.

Best Vegan Restaurants, Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast Best Vegan Restaurants

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.

The Restaurants

Cardamom Pod

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

Opening Hours

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.



Shop 1 / 253 Ferry Road, Southport, Gold Coast, QLD 4215

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 7am to 3pm

Sunday 8am to 3pm

I Like Ramen

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

Opening Hours

Monday 5pm to 9 pm

Wednesday to Sunday 11:30am to Late

Izakaya Midori

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

Opening Hours

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

Opening Hours

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.

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast


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.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

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..

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5pm to Late


Bonita Bonita Website



2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach,​ Gold Coast, QLD, 4218

And Lastly

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.

Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach, Gold Coast

Barefoot Barista


One that’s been around a long time Barefoot Barista has survived the time and is still a leading cafe in the Gold Coast.

This cafe brings a funky industrial look with concrete walls, floor and black steel, giving Barefoot its unique look of modernisation and trendy.

The reputation of Barefoot has grown so much that they can now boast another two cafes on the Gold Coast in the suburbs of Mermaid Beach and Currumbin


Located in the trendy Palm Beach suburb in the southern end of the Gold Coast. 10 minute drive to Coolongatta Airport and 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

The Food

The street wrap is a our favourite, featuring Halloumi, fried eggs, grilled sweet corn salsa, fresh herbs, avocado, spinach, house sweet chilli jam & aioli and a
sourdough wrap.

Another popular choice would be Karage Chicken Benny with siracha hollondaise.

For the health conscious a top choice would be Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters with pickled radish & grains, cashew beetroot cheese, tumeric dukkah, chilli & citrus dressing. Or another must is the Hotcakes with fresh fruit, toasted seeds & nuts,
Canadian maple & organic coconut ice cream.


Counter sweet treats, accommodating those looking for a guilty pleasure or a healthy treat.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5am to 4pm until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays


Barefoot Barista


15 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, QLD



Barefoot Barista is a popular cafe on the Gold Coast and one that has won many of accolades. With that said it was an entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast list. A well worthy entry and one we reckon will flourish for a long time.

BSKT Cafe, Nobby’s Beach, Gold Coast



BSKT Cafe is one of the most popular, renowned and first health conscious cafes on the Gold Coast. It has been feeding the massives there nutritious treats from this beachside spot in Nobbys Beach since 2013.

More impressively BSKT also designed one of the first vegan, bio – fermented soft serve ice creams in the world, and its right there what gave BSKT not just a great name locally but internationally also.

Known for it’s food and coffee BSKT also has it’s own yoga studio above the cafe. And add to that one of the only cafes on the coast to have a children’s play area.


Located on the beachfront at Nobby’s Beach about 400 meters from the main precient and next to the iconic Nobby’s Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

15 Minute Drive to the central Surfers Paradise and 25 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.

The Food

My two favourites would have to be, firstly and a crowd pleaser at that, the Navajo native breakfast with beans, fried eggs, avocado mash and house made flatbreads (these homemade beans on this are great) and you can’t go past there haloumi and egg burger with homemade relish.

Native Breakfast and Egg and Haloumi Burger

The Breaky salad is a great hit for with Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Hummus, Roast Pumpkin ,Spinach, Kale, Quinoa and Corn Tabouli

As stated BSKT really emphasizes a healthy life and such dishes like vegan, banana choc chip pancakes and the vegan granola bowl featuring coconut yoghurt (which is delicious on its own)

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm Saturday and Sundays until 4


BSKT Website


4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218



Everyone who has lived on the Gold Coast knows of BSKT Nobby’s Beach. Its set in stone in the Gold Coast dining scene.

BSKT was an easy entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list beating a lot of competition on the way.