Gold Coast

Shimbashi: finding gold on the coast

Shimbashi: finding gold on the coast

The best and best value food in Surfers Paradise has long been the tiny Korean and Japanese joints hidden in its low-rent 1970s shopping malls. But it is also worth escaping the main tourist drags for Chevron Island where soba Master Yoshinory Shibazaki & his wife Keiko are bringing Japanese food on the Gold Coast to a new level. The restaurant Shimbashi Soba on Chevron is a local manifestation of the well-known and reviewed (even by those who really know […]

Charlie’s fingers aren’t what  they used to be

Charlie’s fingers aren’t what they used to be

As far as the culinary history of the Gold Coast goes the pineapple, bacon and cheese (you might add banana to the mix) fingers at Charlie’s should be icons. When Charlie’s opened on Cavill Avenue in 1976 I’m told it didn’t look as smart as it does now but the fingers were a favourite. And just as the cafe – restaurant is too strong a word – has been made over so have the fingers but for the worse. When […]

The pies have it

The pies have it

Jak still remembers Mrs Goldstein because she was frightening. Founded in 1944, Goldstein’s is a Gold Coast institution and now a chain.You won’t find some of the fancy breads we are used to in Melbourne but the shops sell a decent enough product, especially the pies and Jewish breads.I’d recommend that you eat the plain mince with ketchup – Heinz, of course.The chicken and mushroom (above) is a gourmet pie requires no additions.  I particularly, like the coding for the pies […]

Gold Coast food vs Melbourne food

Gold Coast food vs Melbourne food

  There’s four different types of mangoes in Coles. Over a dozen types of quality processed meat, mostly, Spam. And more prawns than you can point a stick at. The strange thing about traveling is the differences of choices reflecting local produce and conditions. At Vintage Cellars the demand is for expensive champagne and heavy, high alcohol red wines judging by what is on the shelves. I can only find whites in a small fridge tucked away in the back […]

Bad restaurants with bad names

What is it with the brashest places also having the worst restaurants with the worst names? I’ve recently returned from the Gold Coast where money seems to be sloshing around and everybody seemingly drives either a BMW or a Mercedes. You’d think that with all that money that there would be decent food and drink to be had. I can only think of half a dozen places worth visiting but this