The celebrity chefs are starting to move into our patch.
The celebrity chefs are starting to move into our patch.
MasterChef’s very own George Calombaris will be calling The Kitchens home with the opening of his trendy souvlaki bar venture Jimmy Grants, a very first for Queensland. Do you love Greek food? Wait until you’ve tasted George’s authentic Greek creations with a distinctly modern twist.
Get excited because The Kitchens will have their own Raw Bar offering you anything from hand-crafted, organic, raw, vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free desserts, cold pressed juices and cold pressed organic coffee to raw gourmet salad jars and activated buckwheat crepes. The Byron Bay based health hub is all about promoting and inspiring healthy choices in the decadent sweet and savoury stakes. No need to feel guilty!
Fish Lab by William Wu
Seafood God and restaurateur Kuilin William Wu is joining The Kitchens with a unique seafood destination that fuses fine dining, takeaway and retail. He’ll even have an onsite smoke and air-drying room. At the Fish Lab you will only find the freshest local seafood and international delicacies.
Honey Eater Kitchen
This modern Australian restaurant is the brainchild of prominent chef Trent Scarr and has us super excited. His focus is on creating specialised dishes inspired by seasonal, fresh and local produce, using a combination of French and Asian techniques. As a special feature the restaurant will have its own unique dry-aging meat cabinet.
This plant based bar and restaurant is vegan and gluten-friendly and is best known for its herbal-infused cuisine and elixirs. Choose your dishes according to your preferred herbal effect, from energising to relaxing and refreshing. We’ve heard some of Elixiba’s elixirs are love and vitality enhancing, too!
Already famous in Melbourne, The Kitchens will soon have their very own authentic Italian gelato and desserts shop!
It’s the brand’s first Queensland store, bringing you over 25 delicious flavours, from classic bacio to refreshing blood orange, all made fresh daily in-house.
Crafted Coffee Co.
Coffee connoisseurs rejoice! The ultimate artisan coffee destination Crafted Coffee Co will bring you only the finest in coffee-inspired treats, freshly roasted and brewed coffee and a unique blend of beans sourced locally and overseas. Want to learn more about the craft? No problem! Participate in a tasting or cupping class. And afterwards, sip on an espresso martini in the coffee-inspired cocktail bar.
From coffee to tea, The Kitchen’s got you covered! Eshai Teahouse has perfected the art of hand-blending, brewing and serving teas. Watch tea blenders work in the open blending room of the Teahouse, experience true ‘tea theatre’ and participate in a tea ceremony or design your own blend of tea.
Mr Pigs Bakehouse
This European-inspired bakehouse featuring a beautiful wood-fired oven, will spoil you with stone baked, handcrafted artisan loaves and savoury bakery goodies made fresh in-house daily. Perfect for those on the go or shared over a coffee with friends at this licensed cafe.
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
Burger connoisseurs will lose their minds over this one, Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co is coming to Robina town. This classic burger shack is well known for serving up the freshest, juiciest and most mouth-watering burgers using custom blend, natural and all Aussie beef patties. If that’s not enough how about a thickshake or a creamy ‘concrete’ a.k.a frozen custard ice cream blended with your choice of 25 mix-ins.
The team behind the popular Gold Coast health food cafe BSKT brought us the world’s first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve CocoWhip and we are frothing. Because you know what? They’ll open a store at The Kitchens that is sure to have health nuts lining up to taste this guilt-free frozen treat, available in five delicious flavours (including original coconut, African mango and turmeric and super berry).
Hero Sushi is set to draw a crowd of hungry lunchtime patrons who are in search of a healthy. quick and tasty meal on the go. From classic rolls to contemporary bites, watch the talented sushi chefs prepare your favourite dishes before your eyes.
Coming Home Co.
Do you agree, food always tastes better in the comfort of your own home? The Coming Home Co. seems to think so too, channelling a warm and welcoming ‘home away from home’ ethos and underpinned ‘old school cool’. Enjoy real food made the old-fashioned way and expect a generous sized menu bursting with healthy, delicious and seasonally lead meals – all sourced locally.
The Poultry Pantry
Whether you’re after a homemade chicken pie, roasted duck or fresh chicken salad for a healthy lunch on the go, The Poultry pantry’s got you covered. This specialist butcher delivers food lovers with an unrivaled choice of gourmet chicken products ready to take home or eat on the run.
To round up the Asian offerings at The Kitchens, Chong Co. is bringing you a sizzling line up of authentic Thai dishes that blend modern and traditional flavours. Think soups that pack a flavour punch to char grilled barbeque favourites, crowed pleasing curries and intriguing desserts that excite the senses.
Muso Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar
True ramen lovers are probably already well acquainted with Mermaid Beach based Muso Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar. Well, we’ve got good news for you… Owner and Chef Akira Takagi is opening his second restaurant at The Kitchens on November 3rd dishing up authentic ramen dishes as well as tasty sides like fried gyoza and chicken Nagoya wings.
Barbossa Fine Foods
Indulge in the finer things in life with a tempting selection of local and imported gourmet delicacies, from oils to decadent dips, cheeses, chutneys and deli meats. It also doubles as a cafe so foodies can dine in and sample fresh salads and other lunch time favourites.
Renowned Australian restaurateur Tom Chidiac will be serving up authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas, handmade pasta dishes and fine wine in an old-world style restaurant, bringing a brand new Italian dining concept to The Kitchens. But that’s not all, Lucky Lucciano’s will be home to a walk-in cheese room (yes, you heard right) and an onsite bakery, dishing up breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mark Daniel’s Patisserie
Gold Coast are you ready for this? Brisbane pastry maestro Mark Canham will send sweet tooths into a spin with his handcrafted treats. Only the finest Belgium and French chocolate will be used bringing you flavours ranging from perennially popular chocolate ganache to the truly innovative, such as popcorn with salted butter cream filling. The petit gateauit are also a sure-fire crowed pleaser.
Diners are in for dinner and a show when Saiko Teppanyaki opens its doors. Delighting Brisbane audiences since opening at Emporium last year, now Gold Coasters will be immersed in the theatre of this multi-sensory Japanese cooking method as they watch from behind the grills and left the masterful teppanyaki chefs dice, slice, flip and grill Japanese feast.
Pure Organic Meats
Pure Organic Meats are sourcing only the finest Australian grass-fed, certified organic meats. All products have been sourced from only a handful of family-owned local farms, while the team, headed up by Brad McNamara, carefully examines each cut to ensure only the best make it from the paddock to the plate.
What started off as one of Gold Coasts’ famous food trucks will soon be a permanent resident of The Kitchens later this year. Let them take you on a journey through Venezuela introducing you to authentic South American street food.
NYC Bagel Deli
You had us at bagel! The team from NYC Bagel Deli is bringing a taste of the Big Apple to The Kitchens, with a mouth-watering menu of freshly made bagels made onsite daily. Choose between a more traditional style, like sesame seed, garlic, blueberry or cinnamon, or a bagel sandwich brimming with all your favourite fillings, including The Club, to the B.R.A.T, and the signature Reuben.
This Gold Coast icon has been creating melt-in-your-mouth handcrafted chocolates since 1993. Now, customers of the Kitchens will have the chance to sample more than 200 varieties of the brand’s locally made sweets, which (incredibly) taste even better than they look!
Roti & Buns
This Malaysian and Hong Kong street food venture has us salivating. Roti & Buns is bringing you traditional Asian delights with a twist. Expect to see only the best in crispy and buttery roti bread and golden, hot from the oven buns, oozing with your choice of sweet and savoury fillings.
Ming Mei Asian Supermarket
For all those looking to stock up on their favourite Asian groceries, there’s an Asian specialty supermarket opening in The Kitchens offering you anything from fresh produce to spices and wares.
When it comes to serving up fresh produce, the brand new Earth Markets never compromise on quality. Handpicked daily by this family-owned and operated business, customers can be assured they are taking home the freshest, juiciest fruit and veg, while also supporting local growers.
IconThe Cookery School
Budding foodies will be taken on the ultimate gastronomic adventure. Icon The Cookery School will play host to an exciting line-up of entertaining, informative and interactive cooking classes and workshops that cater to kitchen novices right through to the future foodie. Learn to whip up a lip-smacking dessert, bake bread and host the perfect dinner party. Stay tuned for more!
Flowers of The kitchens
Brighten your day (and your home) with a stopover at Flowers of the kitchens – Robina Town Centres’ newest florist is bound to have a bloom and bouquet to match any and every occasion, from weddings to corporate events and those extra special moments.
EMF Performance Centre
From gym enthusiasts to yogis and even cross-fitters, this new gym is set to revolutionise the Gold Coast’s fitness scene, opening an impressive new full-service gym boasting a 25-metre swimming pool, yoga studio, altitude and cross fit training among an extensive range of classes and health-club services. Yes, even cutting edge testing and recovery machines that will have members feeling like a sporting star.
Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop
Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop is not your average barber, Jimmy and the team pride themselves in providing a modern-day oasis of authentic masculinity, camaraderie and style for its male patrons where they can relax, share a yarn and leave looking and feeling sharp.
Ellie Bullen is the foodie mastermind behind Elsa’s Wholesome Life, an insanely popular Instagram page and website showcasing her passion for a plant-based lifestyle and the beautiful recipes she creates.
Ellie, who studied at University on the Gold Coast, will be appearing at Robina Town Centre’s Elixaba, this week for a cooking demonstration as part of her newly acquired role as The Kitchens first ambassador.
We chat with Ellie about her take on the Coast’s foodie scene and all things green.
What do you love about the Gold Coast’s foodie scene?
There are so many healthy and fresh places to eat now! Not only are there plenty of plant based cafes but also options for vegans everywhere! I think the foodie scene is also really getting on board with latest trends and making dishes that are so visually appealing.
How has it changed since you last visited?
I’m lucky enough to have travelled to some incredible places around the world, but the more I travel, the more I realise how good we have it here on the Gold Coast! There is such a talented pool of local chefs and restauranteurs who are continuing to innovate and raise the bar when it comes to creating amazing food concepts, and we are so spoiled for choice now when it comes to accessing wholesome foods and dishes.
Why did you decide to become an ambassador for The Kitchens?
I think it just aligns so well with my beliefs and it was a natural fit! The Kitchens is all about celebrating good food, and there’s also heaps of plant based food outlets and options, which is so unique for a shopping centre. Plus, the Gold Coast will always be home to me so I’m really excited to align with a brand that is in my own backyard.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an Instagram foodie…
I began by sharing iPhone snaps of the food I was making at home while studying at University. I was completing a Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and wanted to share parts of what I was learning as well as using my foodie creations as a creative outlet between all the scientific subjects I was doing. It kind of just exploded as my imagery improved, and now it’s turned into a career. I’m so thrilled that I can use this platform to share my lifestyle and help inspire people to make healthier lifestyle choices and call this my job!
Your favourite Gold Coast…
Cafe: Paddock Bakery
Restaurant: Elixiba at The Kitchens and Greenhouse Canteen
Beach: Nobby Beach
Robina’s favourite food playground is stepping up its game with the addition of a gastro pub in the coming weeks.
The restaurant slash bar has been taking shape over the past few months and will bring a brand new dining concept to the popular precinct, which takes its cues from Europe (YUM).
Malt House has been named a gastro (short for gastronomy) pub due to its exceptional quality of food served in a casual pub–style setting (which may just be the greatest combination ever). Gastro is a term commonly used in the UK to describe a a pub with an upmarket food offering going beyond your simple bangers and mash.
As you might imagine, The Kitchens newbie will of course still specialise in all things beer with an impressive selection of both tap and bottled beer sourced locally and from afar.
The menu however will feature all your favourites but with a fancy twist from slow cooked lamb shank pie, to panko and Parmesan crusted pork schnitzel… even the traditional Sunday Roast is set to give your mum a run for her money.
It’s the perfect addition to the foodie haven, which already boasts over 30 fresh food retailers, cafes, restaurants and bars.
So, if you’re keen for an after work beverage (who isn’t) and maybe side of dinner, Malt House is your new best friend.
How good is the Gold Coast’s food scene these days. What a time to be alive.
Stay tuned for the exact opening date, you know we’ve got you covered.
LOCATION: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
HOURS: Seven days a week from 11.00am until late
The local raw food revolution ramped up over the weekend with the unveiling of Nude Sisters Whole Food Kitchen in Mermaid Waters.
The picture-perfect space is decked out in crisp white with blush accents and plenty of greenery. A hand-scrawled slogan adorns the wall reading “life is short, eat the cake”.
And eat the cake you will once you lay eyes on the stunning creations owners Bec Askey and Georgia Homer are dishing up.
The two are best friends who met at Griffith University and bonded over a love of cooking healthy desserts, the demand for which quickly grew amongst family and friends.
The Nude Sisters dream began once the girls started wholesaling their treats to local cafes then selling at NightQuarter and finally, opening the café to share their passion for wholefoods with the masses.
The all-day breakfast and lunch menus are made up of vegetarian dishes using only fresh ingredients and of course, some of the most beautiful raw desserts you’ve ever laid eyes on (all of which are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar free).
For breakfast, the Green Brekky Bowl is a winner made up of tossed spinach, kale, broccolini, roasted almonds, avocado, quinoa, lemon, olive oil and a poached egg.
If something sweet is more your style the Fruit Toast comes highly recommended. It’s topped with almond butter, banana, honey, cinnamon and a sprinkle of house made coconut and maple granola.
Stay on for lunch (because you can eat as much healthy food as you like, right) and opt for the San Choy Bao with minced mushrooms, zucchini, celery, carrot, spring onion, coriander and crushed peanuts in lettuce cups.
Pay attention, raw food just got really good.
LOCATION: 3/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
HOURS: Monday to Friday 6.30am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am to 3pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.