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9 spots for Wednesday cheap eats

Bine Bar & Dining (image supplied)
Bine Bar & Dining (image supplied)

Hump day is always a fun time, the week is half over and it’s a downhill slope to the weekend. You know what else is a fun time? Cheap and delicious foods. Combine the two and you’ve got yourself the best day of the week.

Here you go hungry ones (listed from north to south).

At Misono Japanese Steakhouse (within Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa) you can enjoy quite the delicious feast for just $45pp. Choose from steak, chicken and salmon or steak, chicken and scallops plus Miso Soup, salad, steamed rice and vegetables. It’s quite the feast.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

Pork belly ramen certainly sounds like the goods and of course, Après Surf has you covered there. Just $10 for the tasty treat, get it while the nights are still chilly.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

What’s not to love about The Cambus Wallace, tucked away in Nobby’s. On Wednesday’s there’s $15 whisky glazed ribs and soulful jazz tunes. So. Much. Goodness. 
Where: 2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Bine Bar & Dining are serving up $1 dumplings every Wednesday so you may shovel as many into your face as you can afford. There’s vegetable, pork and chicken and prawn flavours so get down there for a feast.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Miami

Miami Marketta (image supplied)

Miami Marketta is the place to be on hump day with tons of tasty tapas plates to share with your mates (or not). From just six bucks a pop, you can afford to splurge.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

It’s ladies night at Ze Pickle and for $20 gals, you can get yourself a Chee-ze Burger and a glass of house wine. Bottoms up.
Where: Cnr or Park Ave and Connor Sts, Burleigh Heads

Overlooking (and right on top of tbh) the ocean is Currumbin Beach Vikings, the much-loved surf club for young and old. They do $10 meals on Wednesdays, think fish and chips, steak and schnitzels. At Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin

The Kirra Surf Club is always a fun time and particularly if you’re down that way on a Wednesday. Grab yourself a (super filling) $16 schnitzel chips and salad and a frosty beer to wash it down.
Where: 15 Marine Pde, Kirra

Southerners get excited, at The Coolangatta Hotel on Wednesday’s you can eat all the oysters for just $1 each or $1.50 for Kilpatrick. Yes please.
Where: Cnr Warner St and Marine PDe, Coolangatta

Words by Kirra Smith.

Comuna Cantina

Pacific Fair’s Comuna Cantina is the epitome of girly good times; Instagram-worthy food, tick, pretty pink cocktails, tick and world-class shopping right at your fingertips, tick tick tick.

Boasting fresh, tasty South American share-style morsels, Comuna Cantina is the perfect place to wrap up a huge day of shopping at the newly renovated and unintended workout inducing, Pacific Fair.

Start with an Arepa, a Venezuelan staple, which is a taco pocket (basically a cooler version of the pita pocket) filled with marinated prawns, pineapple salsa, avocado and tequila aioli and coriander.

Moving on, try a ‘not-your-typical-taco’, which are light and flavoursome in varieties along the lines of pulled pork, pickled onion and shaved green apple #juanisnotenough.

Brazilian-style barbecued meat also graces the menu as do Tortas or Mexican Burgers, made on brioche buns with a magical Mexican twist.

As you’d expect, every dish is colourful, packed with flavour and the perfect accompaniment to a refreshing cocktail or two.

Speaking of cocktails, the Comuna Colada is uniquely pink and refreshing but if sharing’s more your thing, order a watermelon margarita and stick your straw in. It’s literally a frozen margarita inside half a watermelon decorated with fruit and edible flowers. You’re welcome ladies.

With a few cocktails under your belt you might be brave enough to spend your Saturday night dancing the Salsa. Comuna Cantina offer free lessons from 7pm to 8pm and from 8pm onwards the dance floor is open to everyone.

So grab your BFF’s and get excited for a South American street food extravaganza.

HOURS: Open every day 11am until late

LOCATION: Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd (next to Zara on the ground floor)

Words and photos Kirra Smith


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Light Years Asian Bar and Diner

Byron Bay and Noosa have been lucky enough to experience the goodness that is Light Years for quite some time now and recently, Burleigh Heads was bestowed the honour too.
The modern Asian bar and diner has opened its doors much to the excitement of foodies, those who love a perfectly curated interior and well, pretty much everyone really. The newbie took up the space on the corner of the Lower Gold Coast Highway and Elder Entrance and it has been transformed into somewhat of a work of art.
Lights Years Asian Bar
Light Years Asian Bar and Diner (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Light Years is the work of two clever gentleman known as Kim Stephen and StephenFilipvic, and the interior is the (very excellent) work of someone whose name you’ve no doubt heard before – one Mr Jason Grant, a Stylist and Designer (among other things) who brought Light Years to life.
The interior is one of the best we’ve laid eyes upon, all pastels and feature walls with watercolour feathers, exposed brick and breeze blocks, neon signs, velvet chairs, textures and little pops of art by Byron Bay’s Jai Vasicek everywhere. It’s a bloody beauty Gold Coasters and the perfect spot for an afternoon of sunkissed sipping if you ask us.
Our favourite bit is the bar (obvs) with its orange and pastel pink tiles, a window that opens out onto the street, perfectly placed pineapples and party shirts, it’s so good.
Speaking of things that are so good, it’s time to discuss the menu. Which we obviously also adore. Designed to share, the eats range from small plates with options like Mud Crab and Scallop Dumplings and Smoked Katsu Pork Bao Buns to medium plates along the lines of Cumin Spiced Fried Cauliflower and Miso Caramel Eggplant and they are all some of the tastiest dishes on the Gold Coast. Hands down.
There are curries in flavours such as Turmeric and Coconut Fish Curry and you can get delights like Light Years Special Fried Rice on the side and maybe also some Miso Corn (we really love both Miso and corn).
For dessert, don’t go past Bless This Mess (name goals) because it’s yuzu curd, five spice chocolate mousse (what), meringue and raspberry sherbert granita. What a time.
Cocktail-wise you’re probably going to want to try everything but we recommend starting with Sandy Mandy (again props for the name) with Mandarin Liqueur, Aperol, lemon, blood orange, foam and sweet biscuit sand AND the 5 Spice Tiki Juice with white rum, dark rum, Licor 43, pineapple, passionfruit, lime and five spice coconut foam. Don’t think it gets much better than those.
Of course there are plenty of local craft beers and both Aussie and international wines and sparkling sips too.
We love. And we’re not the only ones, Light Years has enjoyed a solid stream of revelers since day one, so you should probably get down there ASAP to see what all the fuss is about.
New fave summer spot, sorted.
LOCATION: 1848 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 5pm until late and Friday to Sunday, 12pm until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
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