Mermaids is a café, bar and restaurant located right on the beachside in Burleigh Heads, on the Gold Coast. It is a relaxed but stylish looking place, serving up modern cuisine in a beautiful setting.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can pop in any time of the day for a coffee, a drink or something more substantial. Have lunch or dinner on the terrace overlooking the ocean for something a little special.
Favorite Dish: We popped into Mermaids mid-morning for a coffee and to catch up with family. We chose to sit in the small shaded outside area to the side. This is actually the perfect place to sit if you have kids as they can play in the sand right by the café and you can watch them whilst still enjoying a sand-free coffee.
Service was friendly and the coffee was entirely drinkable. We also ordered some Hot Cross Buns and a delicious Choc Hazelnut muffin to accompany our drinks.
A friend had suggested that Tedder Avenue was a great place to head for lunch as there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Well, they weren't wrong and we were spoilt for choice. We opted to eat at Aruba, as it looked nice enough, the food being delivered to the other diners looked good, and they had a nice table for four available.
Service was smiley and some refreshing iced water was delivered with the menus. It was such a lovely sunny day that a couple of beers were in order as well.
Favorite Dish: We all opted for 'lunchy' types of meals. I had a very delicious Cajun chicken wrap which had all sorts of tasty fillings such as rocket and pumpkin. Also sampled was the Triple Decker sandwich, and the delicious Duck Salad which my Dad seemed pretty pleased about (see the photo).
It was an enjoyable lunch at Aruba and we thought that the menu options were perfect for the warm Queensland weather.
If you find yourself wandering around near Marina Mirage and want a place to have a quick coffee or nice cup of tea then one of the more affordable options in the area is to pop into Diva Coffee & Tea House.
Ok, it is nothing special, and probably caters mainly to tourists and the neighbouring boutique workers, but it did the trick when we needed an afternoon top-up.
Favorite Dish: Service was friendly and there was a decent smattering of people there on a mid-week afternoon.
We just had a pot of tea and shared some treats - a florentine and a couple of cookies.
Billy Baxter’s is a chain of licenced cafés and restaurants with distinctive décor based on the cartoon character.
The walls are covered in pictures of Billy drinking coffee in hilarious situations.
Favorite Dish: Long black coffee and blueberry muffin with fresh cream for AU$6.95.
The coffee was great but I forgot to ask them to heat the muffin so it was served cold.
For the absolute best chunk of dead cow in town, you have to go to Cav's. It is a Gold Coast icon but its reputation is fully deserved.
You won't get a meal covered in sauce to disguise the fact their food is bad but you will get a perfect steak. Served with a homemade coleslaw and a baked potato with bacon sauce, it's all you need.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is the export quality rib eye, extra rare. There is nothing like hearing the steak moo when you put the fork in. It is expensive, about $26, but worth every penny.
Toscani's Cafe Bar & Restaurant Italian & Mediterranean Cuisine is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It is centrally located in the Cavill Mall which is at the heart of Surfers Paradise.
Favorite Dish: The caramel swirl cheesecake was very rich but a perfect treat with a long, strong black coffee.
You will be grandly treated with a mouthwatering 3 course Aussie BBQ meal while enjoying the sight and sounds of the Australian Outback Spectacular show.
The first course is a tasty fresh Queensland Salad served with tangy mango dressing.
The main course is a barbequed tenderloin beef steak with rich gravy, seasoned with Kakadu plum sauce and served with beans carrots and mashed spuds with baked Australian Damper.
Desert is a traditional baked pavlova with Queensland berries and fresh cream and billy tea in a tin mug.
Beer, wine and soft drinks are served with a smile by busy jilleroos and jackeroos throughout the show.
Fair dinkum bonza tucker.
I apologise for the quality of some of the photos but for the safety of the riders and horses, all video cameras and flash photography can't be used at any time.
Favorite Dish: The entire meal was superb but what was especially impressive was that some 1,000 meals were served almost at the same time.
Hard working jilleroos and jackeroos walk in carrying 10 meals each at a time to feed their hungry waiting guests.
The beef comes from grain fed cattle so vegetarians are well catered for ;~)
The Yatala Pie shop is a very popular, well known Bakery, thats sell great Pies and Pastries.
It has been a stopping point for traveller's heading to and from the Gold coast for years, and probably has become a family tradition.
The Bakery has a fairly large selection of both savoury and sweet pies, the prices are reasonable, and the pies an extra good size.
It has a nice Balcony where you can sit and eat, plastic knives & forks, serviettes, and all types of sauces are supplied.
This is probably the only pie shop that you will find has a "drive through" just like "Macca's" so you don't have to get out of your air conditioned car if you so wish!
It is very popular at any time, but on weekends, expect queues!
Located about halfway between Brisbane & the Gold Coast.
Take Exit 38 on the Pacific Motorway. [M1]
Open seven days from 7.30am to 8.30pm.
High up in Lamington National Park at O'Reilly's Guesthouse you can enjoy a meal with drinks with fabulous views over the valley at the Mountain Cafe and Gifts.
So after exploring the forest paths around the Tree Top Walk come and refresh yourself here.
They offer a delicious menu of homestyle meals with drinks and there is also a takeaway section for quick snacks.
Once you order your meal at the counter you are given a pager which sends you an alert when your order is ready to be collected.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed turkey and bacon on toasted focaccia (AU$7.50) with a long strong black coffee (AU$3.00).
At least take a chair on the big outside balcony with a hot coffee or glass of wine and gaze at the magnificent views!
The first thing that hits your olfacory as you approach the entrance are the delectable aromas of sizzling steaks.
And as you walk in you will see a display counter which shows you all the different cuts of meat and various seafoods available and also the size of each serve including the salads. So you can pretty much make up your mind before being seated.
Once at your table you can then order drinks at the bar. They have an enormous collection of some 25,000 wine bottles so once decide which tipple's for you you can pay for it at the bar, grab some glasses and go to your table to order your meal.
The meal starts with toasted garlic focaccia bread which is free flowing all night and already included in the price of your meal. All tables are provided with menu sheets on which you place your name, table number and tick the meals that you want.
I like this system of ordering meals because it makes paying the bill easy when dining with a large group of people. For example, I placed my name and table number on the menu sheet with all the meals for my family ticked on one sheet and that is all I was billed for at the end. No bill splitting or disagreements over who ate what and how much.
All in all the service here was first class and the food was simply delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Gold Coast.
Because the meals are enormous and the garlic bread keeps coming all night, the chances are you won't be able to finish your meal. Just ask the waitress for a "doggy bag" which comes as a styrofoam container into which you can place your unfinished food for later on.
Favorite Dish: As is my wont, I ordered a blue steak, Moreton Bay bugs with chips and vegetables. The steak had a bacon crust and must have been close to 500g and was mouthwateringly delicious and the "bugs" (which are much like small lobsters) were tender and sweet.
I'm happy to add that I had no need for a "doggy bag" because I finished all my steak, bugs, chips, vegies, focaccia breads and a bottle of red.
It was very hedonistic of me but I really enjoyed the night... burp.
The Sunset Bar & Grill is a part of the Marina Mirage shopping complex near Mariners Cove Marina.
It's right on the waterfront and a very relaxing spot to refresh yourself with a coffee and cake. The cafe is licensed so a cold beer or a nice glass of wine are other attractive options.
Favorite Dish: When I asked the waitress what type of muffins they had I was given the option of blueberry or "epple". I requested the blueberry muffin with my coffee.
It was only when I sat down to wait for my order that I realised the waitress must have been a Kiwi and that on reflection an "apple" muffin did sound rather appetising.
The Latitude 28 Cafe is right on the Queensland/New South Wales border at the geographical location of its namesake.
Their address is at Coolangatta in Queensland but you could take one step to the side and then be at Tweed Heads in New South Wales.
So you could be having your breakfast in one state while the guy sitting right next to you could be in another!
But it's a great location to enjoy a bite to eat or a freshly brewed coffee while you enjoy the view over the wide expanse of the blue Pacific Ocean.
Open 7 days a week from 7am to 4pm.
Favorite Dish: Sausages and eggs with crisp pieces of fresh toast spread with real butter and hot coffee.
Breakfast - $10
Coffee - $3.00
View - priceless
Yummy House is a Hong Kong style establishment giving a wide variety of food styles from mainland China and its own unique style.
While the general feel of the place is quite industrial, the tables and chairs are basic but well kept, the food is the true drawcard.
From standard western Chinese meals thru to traditional Asian food, the menu is a delight for the tastebuds.
Favorite Dish: I really like the beef hot pot. Quality brisket beef is slow cooked with a tasty sauce and star anice to give a very Asian taste. It is a good dish if you want to try a real asian style dish.
A Texan style steakhouse with a wonderful country atmosphere. This is one of our favourite places to go out for dinner and for special occasions. We get the ribs almost every time, but the steaks are also very appetizing. You can't book ahead at this restaurant, just show up and wait for a table (which usually doesn't take too long).
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the Baby Back Ribs. A full rack of Lone Star’s tender ribs basted with BBQ sauce, my mouths watering thinking about it!
The Main Beach Bakery is right on the waterfront across the road from the beach in Coolangatta. Here you can buy freshly made cakes with a hot perculated coffee.
They also make fresh lunches to order with a good choice of breads or rolls with crisp salads and various cold meats.
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