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Takeaway dreams are made of drool-worthy burgers, Taiwanese crispy chicken and crunchy Banh Mi

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (image supplied)
Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (image supplied)

Shopping can be tiring work — as can spending time hanging at the beach in Surfers Paradise. So you most likely deserve a tasty treat when you’re in our busiest part of the city. Lucky for you, there are endless options right all within walking distance!

Chevron Renaissance has a multitude of eateries aptly positioned for shopping spree breaks and providing the weary beachgoer with the perfect opportunity to grab and go for more time on the sand, choosing from a wide variety of flavours, cuisines and take-away options.

So when you’re straight off the beach and not prepared for a formal dining situation, check out these three takeaway venues to supply a mighty delectable casual meal.

Betty's Burgers (image supplied)
Betty's Burgers (image supplied)

Betty’s Burgers
What these guys can’t do with a burger isn’t worth concerning yourself with. If it isn’t the array of succulent burgers like the Betty’s Deluxe with Angus beef patty, bacon, and all the trimmings that does it for you, then you may find ultimate yumminess in what they call their concretes — or for mere mortals like us: ridiculously dreamy frozen custard ice cream with an assortment of toppings. Yep, read that again. *wipes mouth*

And that’s not all. If you’re feeling like something a bit lighter, why not consider one of the freshly made to order salads with the added option of grilled or crispy chicken. A brilliant kids menu, thick shakes are also on offer, rounding out a burger offering like no other.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (image supplied)
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (image supplied)

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
If you aren’t familiar with this ode to crispy and scrumptious tasting chicken, then we suggest you think about scheduling yourself a visit — pronto. Taiwan’s no. 1 fried chicken is no joke. It’s essentially a supersize piece of chicken in a bag, and why did we not think of this… once tried, it could very well ruin the humble chicken schnity and parmi forever for you. You have been warned.

With only a handful of outlets across Australia, the focus is on recreating the ever-popular Taipei Shi-Lin Night Market snack, which is big in size and flavour. Beyond chicken, there are great accompaniments to takeaway too, with sweet potato fries, regular curly fries, and crisp mushrooms. One of the naughtiest highlights has to be their Chicken Gravy Subwich; crisp Hot Star chicken between bread with lashings of gravy and mashed potato! They are seriously speaking our language!

The Green & Fresh Cafe (image supplied)
The Green & Fresh Cafe (image supplied)

The Green & Fresh Cafe
Packed with a myriad of menu items including freshly made-to-order sandwiches, gourmet rolls, burgers, Vietnamese dishes (who doesn’t love a fresh Banh Mi Pork Roll?), juices, and cakes, The Green & Fresh Cafe is a sure-fire winner when it comes to dropping everything for some down-to-earth quality tucker. It’s also a great spot to get your afternoon caffeine fix with Adore Coffee poured to absolute perfection.

With early opening and late closing hours, this is the place for honest, delicious food where there’s a special every day of the week — meaning you don’t need to break the bank for some excellence eats.

So, get as hungry as you like; Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre’s variety of tasty eateries will always have your takeaway tucker covered.

Words by Alex Mitcheson. 


Chevron Renaissance Centre

Dine at the modern-twist Italian, hawker-style Malay or buzzy pub locals love

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (image supplied)
Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (image supplied)

We all have our favourite suburbs around the Coast. You know, the local where you go for coffee and hangs, the strip where you head for Friday knock offs, or the spot where you know you’ll get some great food and avoid the crowds. In saying this, though, where do you place Surfers Paradise in this mix?

Things have slowly been changing in our best-known suburb, meaning it’s not only the tourists who are flocking here. Ask any local. Quality eateries and first-class bars are popping up all over.

Pride of place in the centre of Surfers Paradise is Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre; however, not only will you find top-rated shopping here but three places we highly recommend you ought to put on your to-dine list; if you haven’t already!

Baritalia Baked Eggs (image supplied)
Baritalia Baked Eggs (image supplied)

Who doesn’t like themselves a taste of Italy every day now and then? Baritalia pulls out all the stops when it comes to a comfortable and genuine taste of the Mediterranean — and right in the heart of the Gold Coast, no less. Swing in for breakfast, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with dishes like Free-range Baked Eggs with chorizo and charred sourdough or all of the baked, flaky sweet treats. Not forgetting perfectly poured Allpress coffee. (What a way to start the day?!)

Lunch and dinner are serious odes to the old country. A salivate-inducing selection of 48-hour fermented pizzas, all hand-stretched and baked freshly to order, will have most people’s attention. But, if you can look past those, you could find yourself with handmade gnocchi/pasta dishes as well as made-to-order paninis that will truly make your mouth water! Backing up all this tasty fare is a superb range of Italian focussed beers and wines ‑ if you close your eyes and smell the aromas, you may convince yourself you’re somewhere in the European haven.

PappaRich Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
PappaRich Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Asian food is without a doubt one of our favourites here on the Gold Coast. Chinese and Japanese are obvious frontrunners but, what are your feelings towards contemporary Malaysian food? For those in the know, this often-overlooked cuisine is a delicious and fragrant street hawker-style alternative — rewarding the curious with big fresh flavours and a whole new sensory experience.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the small no-fuss eatery is the spot to enjoy charming signature Malay dishes like Chicken Laksa or Crispy Fish Egg Noodles, with lighter bites like Chicken Satay Skewers the perfect way to start things off. There’s a great selection of vegetarian dishes and breads to choose from and a plethora of interesting Malaysian beverages — hot and cold — to try!  We. Are. There.

The Local (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
The Local (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Local Tavern
Being such a busy place to be, for the most part, it’s always rewarding when you find yourself a comfortable and authentic venue to pull up a chair at. The Local Tavern, in our opinion, is the epitome of everything a local pub should be.

Being a true Aussie pub — minus the cliches — the venue serves ice cold drinks, an ever-revolving lineup of entertainment, and brilliant food with a classic pub leaning, all with utter ease. From oversized buckets of Loaded Fries to Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tacos and an array of lip-lickingly Schnitty’s, it’s a smart move to head this way when you find yourself famished. Tying the space together are giant screens dedicated to sport of any and all disciplines. Grab your mates (even if they support the other team) and head to The Local Tavern for your next fantastic matchday with a difference.

Chevron Renaissance really does have dining-out down pat!

Words by Alex Mitcheson.



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