Top five secret eats on the Gold Coast

We’ve all heard of Bam Bam Bakehouse at Mermaid Beach (and if you haven’t, you must check it out), but what about a few of those lesser-known spots to grab a bite on the coast? Here are my top five picks for a yummy treat when you’re next out and about.

Good Pho You – Carrara

This Vietnamese delight isn’t much of a looker tucked away in the corner of a shopping precinct, but don’t be fooled, the food is delicious. Open daily (except Tuesdays) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and for the evening rush 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., it offers an excellent range of reasonably priced Vietnamese fare. It’s BYO and can get very busy in the evenings, so be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. The prawn summer rolls were incredibly fresh and came with a zesty dipping sauce. The special beef pho is an absolute must, serving up a bowl of flavoursome noodles, veg and yummy beef. To be honest, anything on the menu is worth a try.

Montmartre French Patisserie – Nerang

This little slice of France is hidden within the industrial estate of Nerang where you’d normally be looking to buy a new kitchen sink or some electrical supplies. Selling freshly baked French goodies and some lovely imported French food items, it’s a must if you’re passing by. The croissants, of course, are second to none and the tarts are divine, too. If it’s a savoury option you’re after, they serve up some mouth-watering pies and savoury pastries. Grab a French barista-made coffee for the full experience.

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Miami Hot Bread – Miami

This little bakery offers a huge range of baked goods — both sweet and savoury. It is also very reasonably priced, with two cheese salad rolls and a green smoothie costing you no more than around $11-$13! They offer coffee, savoury breads and a variety of different cream buns and sweets, so make sure you pop by next time you’re on the Gold Coast Highway. Again — not a looker, but looks can be deceiving.

The Oak Café Restaurant – Mudgeeraba

Rapidly growing in popularity, this little café packs an almighty punch in terms of flavour and portion size. Originally just a café serving brekkie and lunch, the owner is now opening on a Friday night from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. They’re serving up some delicious home-cooked grub, such as burgers and steak, and they’re offering $9 cocktails, too. There’s live music to enjoy, an open kitchen so you can keep an eye on what’s happening, and plenty of seating both indoors and out. It’s a gem for the locals and just what Mudgeeraba needs. If you’re passing by on a day trip, certainly pop in. It’s conveniently located only a mere moment off the M1 heading northbound.

Highland Court Chinese – Highland Park

As well as the standard Chinese affair, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken etc, this place knocks out some other delicious dishes that you might only find on the streets of mainland China. It’s BYO and always busy on a Friday and Saturday night. You can dine in but just as many come and go with their weekend takeaways to enjoy. Great food, very reasonable prices and helpful staff – What more could you want!

By Charlotte Hall