Food & Drink

The Feed | The Gold Coast Food And Drink News You Need To Know About

By Isabel Croker
20th Jun 2022

The food news has been coming in thick and fast on the Gold Coast, to make sure that you're on top of all the tasty things happening we've wrapped up everything that you need to know:​​

  • You’ve seen it on Instagram, now it’s time to dive into this bad boy IRL. Reinventing the classic hot chocolate with their usual Paddock Bakery flair, the famous Paddock Signature Hot Chocolate is officially back for winter and we are ready. This drool-worthy hot chocolate is made with nothing but melted Lindt milk and dark chocolate, then topped with a huge dollop of house torched marshmallow. Warning: she’s RICH and may just send your taste buds into a sugary heaven frenzy. This heaven-sent delight is best enjoyed with a freshly baked croissant in one hand while sunbaking in Paddock’s country-style courtyard. Oh Paddock, how we love thee. 
     
  • We can’t wait to jump in the car and hit the winding country roads to enjoy this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, boasting a program filled to the brim with must-eats, must-drinks and must-visits. The much-loved event is back with a bang this year, showcasing over 125 events across 42 Scenic Rim locations from June 25 to July 3. Famed around the country as one of most authentic celebrations of local produce, the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week includes an incredible line-up of long lunches, flavour-filled dinners, farm gates, degustations, culinary celebrations, food walks, tastings, tours and talks, masterclasses, workshops for all ages and more, including the iconic Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday 2 July. Think of it as a backstage pass to all the best farms, wineries and food stores in our beautiful backyard.

  • One of the hottest new venues on the Coast, Rubi Red, is continuing to shake the Gold Coast dining scene up with the introduction of their new Shanghai High Tea. This unique yum cha-style high tea features some of owner, Michael Lambie's favourite dishes, such as sake cured king salmon with crisp wonton, soy braised beef bao buns with pickled cucumber, and vegetable and mushrom dumplings. This high tea with a twist is just $49 per person and you can add on a cheeky two-hour bottomless drinks package for only $50. Did we mention that includes Tiger beers, prosecco and cocktails? The Shanghai High Tea launches Saturday 18 June and will be available every Friday to Sunday at 11:30am and 2pm. We'll drink to that.

  • Elk Espresso in Broadbeach has just dropped their brand-new winter menu, and its serving up allllll of the warming vibes. Think: bowls of goodness like coconut and berry porridge, new additions like peanut butter and jam french toast, and of course all the Elk classics like their famous potato hash. Sip your way through their boozy winter brunch, where you can down bottomless mimosas (which come in classic, strawberry lime and tropical flavours) for an hour for just $45, which includes your choice of brunch meal. You know where to find us this weekend.

  • As the mercury drops, Robina Pavilion has the antidote to your winter chills, bringing heat with the return of its famous lakeside fire pits. From Friday 10 June until July 30, you can snuggle up around a lakeside fire pit, which each fit ten people, to enjoy a cosy winter escape. Pull on your fluffiest jumper and treat yourself to the specialty menu, including a delicious antipasto platter, house made marshmallow and s’more toasting kits, plus a delectable selection of cocktails and Mr. Consistent Mulled Wine.

  • Enjoy the rich aromas of Italian cuisine at Citrique's Italian buffet takeover this June. During Friday and Saturday dinner and Saturday and Sunday lunch, Citrique will be transformed into an Italian buffet, showcasing favourites like carpaccio, mushroom arancini and seafood lasagne, while ocean treasures include Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba tiger prawns, blue swimmer crabs, and Moreton Bay bugs. Land lovers enjoy a wonderful choice of artisan antipasto, succulent roasts, Asian inspired dishes, wood-fired pizza and European classics. Be sure to book in advance for this decadent feast.

  • True carb-lovers will be well-acquainted with the beloved bakery brand that is Breadtop, and now the Australian bun empire has just swung open its doors to Robina locals. Located in the heart of Robina Town Centre, this sweet bakery which has garnered a cult-like following will be bursting with their top-selling Asian-fusion baked goods as well as European-inspired sweets and pastries; from melt-in-your-mouth pork buns and sausage croissants to purple sweet-potato mochi and red bean buns. 

  • It’s time to put down the fine china and stroll into the ever-funky QT in Surfers Paradise. QT has just lauched their brand-new QTea High Tea menu, which includes three tiers of mouth-watering treats with a hint of signature QT quirk, oozing with elegance. Dive into treats like bacon mozzarella donuts, vodka and beetroot-cured salmon blinis and gold leaf almond rochers. If that wasn't divine enough already, we recommend ordering a spritz jug to share—Aperol Spritz and high tea nibbles is a win in our books. Check out all the details here.

  • Gold Coast, listen up 'cause we'e got some beer-y good news for you. After three months of renovations, Balter Brewing has finally re-opened their Currumbin taproom and we could not be more excited. The slick, new-look 571 square metre beer venue has received some major upgrades, including a brand-new bar area, plush beer nooks, a re-designed retail shop, more seating (so you can bring the whole squad with no worries) and, of course, more taps pouring the good stuff. As if that wasn't incredible enough already, there's a huge new beer garden, fitted out with trees, sky lights, alfresco-style seating and heated booths to warm your toosh during the winter months. Balter Brewery is now open again from Wednesday to Sunday, and will be home to a rotating roster of delicious food trucks, as well as live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

  • The infamous Karen's Diner will be opening an immersive, pop-up dining experience in Surfers Paradise in July and it is not one to be missed, especially if you enjoy complaining. Karen's Diner is a diner like no other—expect turbulent service, rude waiters and certainly don't expect special treatment at this diner because the customer isn't always right here. There will be awful service but delicious food, with plenty of American diner classics like loaded burgers, cheesy beef brisket fries, spicy wings, waffle bowls and cheeky Karen-themed cocktails. Your $10 ticket will get you a seat in the infamous diner as well as a drink on arrival. You're in for a horrendously good time but whatever you do, don't ask for a refund!

Image Credit: Paddock Bakery, Eat Local Week, Robina Pavilion, JW Marriott, QT Hotels, Balter Brewing, Karen's Diner,

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