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Get the dish on the new chapter for Palm Beach Ave, cookbooks for causes and seafood spreads

Get the dish on the new chapter for Palm Beach Ave, cookbooks for causes and seafood spreads

A lot is happening on the Gold Coast (and surrounds) these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of the coast’s food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your taste buds. This week we’ve got word of long lunches, sumptuous seafood-filled feasts and cinnamon doughnuts by the creek. Read on for all of the details ...


Bid farewell to Palm Beach Avenue
In some bittersweet news, the Ridgeway Group has shared the news that Palm Beach Avenue – or PBA as it’s also known – will close its doors after a final dinner service on June 30. Thankfully, it’s not goodbye completely as the group, headed by Daniel and Ruggie Ridgeway, are hard at work putting the final touches on a brand-new concept for the high-profile corner site that will feature a new name and new culinary direction. If their latest renovation of Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat! The new venue is anticipated to open later this year and we’ve got a feeling it will be worth the wait.

Expand your culinary horizons with Australia for UNHCR’s new online cookbook, Flavours of Hope
If you’re in need of some inspiration when it comes to mealtime, Australia for UNHCR has launched a new online cookbook showcasing treasured recipes by current and former refugees to raise money for the UN Refugee Agency, ahead of World Refugee Day (Thursday 20 June 2024). Flavours of Hope includes recipes and stories from ten remarkable individuals, including those who have found safety in Australia and others living as refugees overseas. You can download the book for free here, with Australia for UNHCR Ambassador and founder of Boost Juice, Janine Allis, making a donation for every download. You can also pledge your own amount with funds going towards UNHCR’s life-saving work helping people flee conflict, disaster and persecution around the world.
Image credit: Fatima Yousufi and her mother Khadija. ©Australia for UNHCR/Sally Hulse. 

Delight in oceanic fare at this Depths of the Sea dinner at Nineteen at The Star
If you possess a penchant for top-notch seafood, you are invited to celebrate the best of the best at this Depths of the Sea dinner at Nineteen at The Star on June 20. Guests will enjoy a sensational five-course menu, showcasing the finest seafood, curated by head chef Michael Crosbie, beautifully paired with wines selected by the venue’s sommelier. Snack on Sydney rock oysters and yellowfin tuna tartare before moving on to an entree of Moreton Bay lobster raviolo. Next is a char-grilled Fremantle octopus with red-pepper sauce, leek and tomato fondue, before a main of Heard Island toothfish. A ticket to this extraordinary culinary showcase is $250 per person for this exclusive five-course menu, as well as three wine pairings. Book here.

Harbour Town Premium Outlets is set to score a $7 million upgrade
In news that is guaranteed to pique the interest of bargain-hunters, Harbour Town Premium Outlets has unveiled some exciting development plans that are set to transform the Southern mall. Spanning the length from JB Hi-Fi to the Fruit Market and extending to the area adjacent to the Harbour Town Eats water fountain, this development marks a significant enhancement, with works scheduled to commence in the first week of June and conclude later this year. Highlights of the upgrade include the introduction of two new dining and food kiosks, revitalised flooring, enhanced landscaping, more seating and shade and the creation of a picturesque courtyard outside Woolworths, replacing the existing fountain.

Neptune Kiosk is now slinging hot cinnamon doughnuts by the creek
Earlier this year, we gave you a peek at the new-look Neptune Kiosk, Tallebudgera Creek’s buzzing waterfront coffee hub, which had reopened after a rebuild and expansion to coincide with the ongoing Tallebudgera boardwalk upgrade. At the time, owner Ursula Watts was working on a sweet new addition to the menu, which already featured freshly baked almond croissants and highly addictive muffins. After some pesky power upgrades, the busy creekside caffeination station is now slinging piping-hot cinnamon doughnuts – served fresh just metres from Tallebudgera Creek. The slightly crisp and ever-so-fluffy doughnuts start frying from 6:30 am daily.

Balboa Italian and The Valley Estate have teamed up for a delectable dining experience
While we love the comfort of our favourite dishes at longstanding eateries, sometimes it’s the experimental flavours of a pop-up that leave the most lasting memories. That’s precisely what diners can expect to when two powerhouse venues, Balboa Italian and The Valley Estate, team up for one unforgettable collaboration. Italian Long Lunch invites diners to embark upon an immersive journey that defies culinary boundaries. Seamlessly merging the old-world Italian style of Balboa with Mediterranean influences and the finest Australian produce, each dish tells a story of passion and dedication to the art of gastronomy, crafted around top-quality meats and seafood. With the first date selling out in days, a second date has just been added on Sunday June 30. Book here before this date sells out too.

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