Lucky Bao, Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast

Lucky Bao

Insight

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.

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The Food

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.

Baos at Lucy Bao

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.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 8:30pm

Closed Tuesdays

Website

Lucky Bao website

Socials

Address

6A/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia. 4218

And Lastly

Overall a fine restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city lights, but a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some of the best food on the Gold Coast Asian and dining scene.

Lucky Bao was an easy pick for an entry into our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, guide. One of many from the restaurants south end of the Gold Coast.

Edgewater Dining, Isle Of Capri, Gold Coast

Edgewater Dining

Insight

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.

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The Food

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.

Edgewater dining food and view

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.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days 11am to late

Website

Edgewater Dining

Socials

Address

Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri ,Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217

And Lastly

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.

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.

Details

Address

3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport 4215

Opening Hours

8 am to 3pm

Blendlove

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.

Details

Address

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.

Details

Address

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.

Details

Address

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.

Details

Address

1916 GC Highway, Miami, Gold Coast QLD

Opening Hours

5pm to Late

Conclusion

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.

Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach, Gold Coast

Barefoot Barista

Insight

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

Location

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.

Hotcakes

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

Website

Barefoot Barista

Address

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

Socials

Lastly

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

Insight

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.

Location

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

Website

BSKT Website

Address

4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218

Socials

Lastly

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.

Paddock Bakery, Gold Coast

Paddock Bakery

Paddock Bakery Insight

Paddock Bakery a small cafe / bakery that can boast a number just shy of 90,000 Instagram followers must be doing something right in the ever popular Gold Coast food scene.

A converted Queenslander building in a quiet back street in the suburb of Burleigh Heads, offers a perfect relaxed and homely feel. Built up from a derelict and overgrown site gives a great back story.

Location

Paddock Bakery is located in the suburb of Burleigh Heads on the southern end of the Gold Coast, tucked away just off the Gold Coast Highway, 5 min drive from the center of Burleigh Heads, and 20 minutes from the centre Surfers Paradise.

Paddock Bakery Menu

A wide selection of food graces the Paddock Bakery menu. With some favourites being there choice of bagels with smoked salmon and herb cream cheese or an open faced benedict bagel with choice of bagel, salmon or haloumi.

Or perhaps your after something a little different, then this twist on toad in the hole. Mini sourdough scotch loaves filled with fried eggs, bacon, avocado mash and chili sambal, we add chorizo for extra flavour. Not only is this a super hearty dish it’s super tasty as well.

Paddock really test the boundaries and my weakness to sweet things with a doughnut French Toast (yes you heard that right) cinnamon doughnut, filled with salted caramel and topped with spiced poached apple, chocolate and walnut crumble finished with vanilla bean ice cream. What could be better on the Paddock Bakery menu than this.

Doughnut French Toast

For the healthier conscious Acai fruit bowls and a quinoa bircher muesli are the go to items. The acai bowls are like little bowls of happiness, the great tasting variety and the enticing presentation make them a must.

Get to the till and your be indulged with a cabinet of baked goods to tempt yourself but be warned you may come back with more than one.

They can also boast great coffee with specialty roasts and blends, a great accompaniment to all the gorgeous treats and patisseries on show.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

6am to 3pm

Website

Paddock Website

Address

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

Socials

Lastly

Paddock is a multi award winning cafe and bakery, bringing not only locals but tourists and destination travelers from a far. With its unique feel and look it’s certainly a must visit spot. And to add to that the food and great coffee a must see venue.

Paddock was a must in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list and one didn’t we miss out on.

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach Gold Coast,

Elk Espresso

Insight

Elk Espresso cafe started life in the suburb Of Broadbeach in a small building resembling a house, which if to be honest we liked the homely feel. But has since moved into bigger premises right on the end of the Oasis Shopping Centre in the middle of Broadbeach. Only a stones through from the beach has made this ever popular cafe even better.

Known for it’s consistency and quality food and coffee, Elk Broadbeach has been a staple on the Gold Coast for many years. In 2020 Elk was voted in the Top 50 cafes in Queensland by the Courier Mail. With the thriving café scene in Australia that is no mean feat.

Location

Located in the heart of of the town, and as mentioned in the Oasis Shopping Centre on the Old Burleigh Road , only a stones throw away from the beach which is perfect for picking up ample foot traffic.

With only a 5 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 30 minutes from Coolongatta.

The Food

The food at Elk is one of the best around and certainly the best breakfast spot Broadbeach has to offer and Broadbeach cafes are plentiful. I have always said it’s one of the only places I have regularly eaten at and its always exactly the same whatever time and whenever we visit, the consistency is unbelievable.

The menu at Elk has a wide range with classics with twists, like potato hash, breakfast burgers with the addition of jalepenos and smoked bacon an eggs. Its worth Noting that the poached eggs are always perfectly cooked.

Goodness green bowls which from time to time even feature homemade lebnah and banana and maple panna cotta give a different option and something a little different and not found on most menus.

Buttermilk chicken and peach cobblers for the adventurous for those really looking for complete change. And i can concur the buttermilk chicken is both delicious and flavorsome.

Coffees, juices and sweet treats round off these meals beautiful. With perfectly brewed, silky smooth great coffee which has certainly become accustomed at Elk, a great end or start to any breakfast.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days a week

5:45 am to 4pm

Website

Elk Espresso Website

Socials

Address

Surf Parade, Broadbeach Queensland 4218, Australia

Lastly

A fine cafe and great food, and for this reason it is in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list, and sat proudly near the top. With maybe our vote for the best breakfast Broadbeach has to offer.

Pro Tip : arrive early to avoid disappointment as this place very quickly fills up.

Daark Espresso, Gold Coast, Australia

Daark Espresso

Insight

Set in your typical Queenslander building, Daark Espresso, Gold Coast has grown from a tiny 6 table boutique coffee shop serving snacks, to a newly refurb establishment busy cafe. With the luxury of now dining in or out on the lavish wrap around deck looking out at the morning sun. Making Daark one of the best cafes Gold Coast has to offer.

Although set away from the city centers and the beach Daark is always buzzing with a strong following from the local area and far beyond.

Location

Located in the ever growing and trendy Chirn Park area of the northern end of the Gold Coast.

5 minutes drive from Southport and a 15 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.

The Food

The food at Daark does not disappoint, with there typical favourites like Persian feta and crushed avocado toast, sweetcorn and zucchini fritters to the more elaborate dishes like southern fried chicken waffles.

Avo persian feta

Classics like eggs on toast, breakfast rolls and bagels also grace this diverse menu, with lighter options like banana bread or date and apricot bread add a little extra.

Sweet treats from the cabinet are as delicious as they look, with guilty pleasures and even healthier options available.

Daark was one of the pioneers of the coffee scene on the Gold Coast, and were the ones that set the standard for everyone else to follow. With the choice now of a specifically picked single origin roast.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

6am to 3pm

Website

Daark Website

Socials

Address

41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park, Labrador, Gold Coast, Qland, 4215

Lastly

Daark Espresso Gold Coast is a top café and features in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia guide and rightly so.

Looking for a dinner venue in this area, well only 5 min drive and you reach the fantastic Can Tho Kitchen in Runaway Bay.

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