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Gastro-pub Malt House set to join The Kitchens

Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where to dine at The Kitchens (there are over 30 fresh food retailers, cafes, restaurants and bars, after all), the food playground is throwing another contender in the mix.

Enter: Malt House.

This restaurant-meets-bar has been taking shape behind closed doors for the past few months, and is now adding the finishing touches before it opens to the public in the coming weeks.

Dubbed as a gastro-pub (think top quality restaurant food being served in a casual pub-style setting), Malt House is set to be a popular addition to The Kitchens’ dining portfolio, particularly with those whose idea of a perfect day out involves sipping on a cold brew and enjoying gourmet fare.

In case the name didn’t already give it away, Malt House will specialise in all things beer – with an impressive selection on tap and an even bigger range of the bottled variety.

From the signature Malt House ‘The Kitchens’ Lager, to a dizzying assortment of local, craft, gluten-free and international brews (some of which you may never have even heard of!); patrons will have a tricky decision ahead of them when it comes time to order. The pub will also feature a dedicated keg room, which will be on display for all to see.

And while ale may be the star of the show, Malt House will also dish up a formidable gastro fare menu, putting a modern spin on classic pub faves.

Although the full menu is still under wraps, diners can expect everything from slow cooked lamb shank pie, to panko and Parmesan crusted pork schnitzel… even the traditional Sunday Roast is set to make a welcome appearance.

Located at the entrance of The Kitchens on Level Three, Malt House will open seven days a week from 11.00am until late. For more information, visit: thekitchens.com.au

Imperial at The Star Steamed Scallops

New name and menu for The Star’s much loved Chinese restaurant

Further cementing itself as a heavy hitter on the Gold Coast’s evolving foodie scene, The Star has announced its Chinese restaurant Zen will be getting a new name and menu.

The much loved restaurant will now be known as Imperial at The Star, and is the seventh new venue the property has unveiled as part of its ongoing transformation.

The physical makeover of the restaurant, currently underway, triggered the name change and revitalisation of the restaurant’s menu that highlights traditional flavours, ingredients and cooking styles from various regions of China.

Integral to the menu development of Imperial at The Star is internationally trained Chef Song Yao Su, Executive Chef of Asian Cuisine at The Star Gold Coast. With more than 30 years’ experience, Chef Song has a flair for combining traditional Mandarin and Cantonese ingredients producing inspired interpretations of Asian classics.

General Manager Food and Beverage Richard Gush said that having Chef Song’s knowledge and passion was invaluable to the creation of the new menu.

“The new menu is expected to attract a local and international Chinese market, as well as a Western crowd with the best ingredients, sauces and spices imported directly from Hong Kong to be paired with in the highest quality local and seasonal produce,” Mr Gush said.

Imperial at The Star Peking Duck

Beijing Cuisine – Peking Duck | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

“Guests will be presented with unique yet familiar flavours as they’re invited on a culinary journey that challenges the way they view Chinese cuisine.

“Old favourites that will resonate with the Australian palate will appear on the same pages as the more traditional dishes on the all-inclusive menu that features an eclectic mix of flavours and fusion style dishes as well as region specific items.”

Imperial at The Star Fried Prawns

Golden Day Specials – Crispy fried prawns with five spice salt | PHOTO: Supplied by The Star Gold Coast

Expected to open in mid-September, the refurbishment of the venue will see changes to the furniture, new wall treatments, images and artwork, new host desk and beautiful new light pendants through the main dining area and private dining room.

Also set to open at The Star Gold Coast prior to GC2018 is a new Sports Bar, a cafeteria-style eatery branded as Food Quarter and two new bars.

“Imperial at The Star will be the first of five recently announced new venues to open between now and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is an important part of the property’s journey to becoming the ultimate dining destination in the region,” said Mr Gush.

For more information visit thestargoldcoast.com.au

8 Street Cavill Lane Exterior

New Asian street food precinct coming to Surfers

A vibrant new Asian restaurant and street food precinct is on track to open in Surfers Paradise later this year.

8 Street at Cavill Lane will take diners on a sensory journey of the Orient, with the expansive laneway development set to feature several Asian restaurants and more than 30 street food vendors.

8 Street will open till late and beckon patrons to sample delights from the iconic cuisines of China, Vietnam Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, India and more, amid an authentic atmosphere.

Diners will be able to feast their eyes on a spectacular scene of crimson and gold lanterns dotted above open rich timber kitchen spaces, where traditional chefs will make a tantalising array of mouth-watering dishes, including BBQ duck, dumplings, dim sum, pho, bibimbap, banh mi, rice paper rolls, and more.

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Sample delights from Osaka | ARTIST IMPRESSION: Supplied by 8 Street at Cavill Lane

Curator David Wu, who has operated 8 Street in Brisbane’s Westfield Garden City since 2014, said the Surfers location will be fully operational ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. “8 Street at Cavill Lane will be inspired by the true Asian street food experience of delicious flavours, great value and theatrical cooking,” Mr Wu said.

“We want to create a loud and bustling traditional hawkers’ market, where diners can wander among open kitchens and be drawn in by the sights and sounds, then watch as their dish is created before their eyes. It will be like stepping into Asia in the heart of Surfers Paradise.”

ARTIST IMPRESSION: Supplied by 8 Street at Cavill Lane

Mr Wu named the venture after the Chinese culture’s most auspicious number, and shipped two containers of traditional building materials to create Brisbane’s inaugural 8 Street, which last year earned him the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s award for Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year.

Phillip Wolanski, the owner of Cavill Lane, said 8 Street will take the Brisbane concept to an entire new level creating an exciting culture of laneway dining ideally matched to its location. “Asian cuisine in all its variations has certainly embedded itself in Australian culture, and we expect 8 Street at Cavill Lane to become a very popular destination for local families and visitors. The precinct will offer a memorable experience of sharing delicious food amid wonderfully eclectic laneway surrounds,” Mr Wolanski said.

“From a tourism perspective, 8 Street will be a drawcard for the very fast-growing contingent of annual visitors from China and other Asian countries to the Gold Coast, but also for our local residents and professionals to be able to come in and grab a quick bite of quality food at an affordable price. We expect to also attract local and visiting families to share a casual or celebratory meal at a unique and exciting destination.

8 Street Cavill Lane Beijing

Taste your way through Beijing | ARTIST IMPRESSION: Supplied by 8 Street at Cavill Lane

Mr Wolanski said expressions of interest are now being sought from prospective tenants for the expansive laneway development. “We are seeking interest from food and beverage vendors representing a broad spectrum of regions across Asia, and have already had strong and abundant enquiry in this very exciting leasing opportunity from a number of prospective tenants,” he said.

The first stage of 8 Street at Cavill Lane is expected to open to the public in December 2017. For more information or to register your expression of interest, please contact David Wu on [email protected]

Chevron Renaissance Exterior

Salute the sun with cheap eats and live music in Surfers this weekend

Gold Coasters can wind down the weekend with some live music and delicious food that isn’t going to break the bank in Surfers Paradise this Sunday.

SunSETS is on Chevron Renaissance from 2pm – 8:30pm, with talented local artists to perform as patrons chow down on tasty cheap eats from some of the Surfers Paradise centre’s most popular eateries, including El Patio de Cuba, Levendis Restaurant, Zambrero, and Crust Gourmet Pizza.

Chevron Renaissance Marketing Manager Sarah Tate said the free, all-ages event has been was an ideal way for visitors to unwind in a after a busy weekend, and will be beautifully styled. “Think of a relaxed Moroccan retreat, with plush seating, chilled tunes and great food,” Ms Tate said.

“Why not join us, as the sun dips below the horizon, to enjoy a casual late afternoon meal with friends and explore the unique retail and lifestyle experience we have created here at Chevron Renaissance?”

Headlining the inaugural event, The Lyrical will treat crowds to an infectious blend of roots, rock and hip hop across a lively three-hour set from 5pm that will ensure the sun does not set on your weekend without suitable fanfare. Known for their commanding stage presence, The Lyrical is a unique act hailing from Brisbane and combines island vibes with soulful vocals to leave audiences in awe.

The Lyrical Chevron Renaissance

The Lyrical combines island vibes with soulful vocals | PHOTO: Supplied by Chevron Renaissance

Also performing, Byron Bay-based singer and songwriter Dan Hannaford has earned a strong fan base with his soothing mix of blues, roots and folk music, with his unique sound set to kick off the epic Sunday session from 2pm.

And finally, rising artist Nick Cunningham, also hailing from northern NSW, joins the SunSETS line-up, delivering his incredible folk tunes from 3.30pm, with hypnotic melodies that have been captivating audiences at various performances and festivals, including Splendour in the Grass and the Byron Bay Blues Festival.

Complementing this outstanding musical offering, guests can enjoy delicious food from selected restaurants within Chevron Renaissance, amidst comfortable surroundings inspired by the rich ambience of Marrakesh.

Levendis souvlakis Chevron Renaissance

Levendis Restaurant is serving up mouthwatering souvlakis | PHOTO: Supplied by Chevron Renaissance

El Patio de Cuba will offer two special meals for the event, including either lamb cigars flavoured with spices and drizzled with minted yoghurt ($14), or marinated mushrooms with goat’s cheese and leek gratin ($14).

From Zambrero, visitors can enjoy a special offering of nachos ($10) or quesadillas for just $5, while Crust Gourmet Pizza serves up a lunch pizza and regular beer for just $12.50.

For more information, please visit chevronrenaissanceshoppingcentre.com.au.

Justin Lane to host exclusive wine dinner event

Get ready to “eat, drink and be messy” Gold Coasters!

Justin Lane are set to host an exclusive wine dinner event on August 24, and there’ll be food and drink a plenty!

The Pizzini Wine Winter Feast will be a contemporary take on the traditional wine dinner, with guests to enjoy Justin Lane’s classic Italian banquet paired with an assortment of premium wines from the award-winning Pizzini Wines.

The banquet menu will feature some of Justin’s favourite dishes, including an array of starters, followed by a selection of the venue’s most-loved specialty pizzas and pastas, along with fresh salads to share.

Each course will be matched with the finest vintages from Pizzini Wines, a family-owned vineyard in the celebrated King Island region of north-east Victoria specialising in the production of Italian wine varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Prosecco, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo.

Justin Lane Establishment general manager Peter Tayler said only a limited number of tickets were now available for the Pizzini Winter Feast. “This event really shows off what we are all about at Justin Lane – bringing friends together to enjoy delicious food and wine and great times, without the pretence that is usually associated with fine dining,” Mr Tayler said.

“We are very proud to present our Winter Feast as part of this special wine dinner series, which is a great opportunity to make the most of the season at beautiful Burleigh Heads and taste some of the top drops from the Pizzini family.

“This is an event which will sell out, so be sure to reserve your place now for a wonderful evening shared with friends old and new at the long table.”

Limited tickets for the Pizzini Wines Winter Feast are now available for $65 per person. Find out more here: eventbrite.com