They say good things come to those who wait and that certainly seems to be the case for the good people of Robina who have (probably) been waiting quite some time for an eatery of newbie Eddy +Wolff’s calibre.
The not-quite-open space has been the talk of the town for the last couple of months with owners Thao and Vien Nguyen (of Can Tho Kitchen fame) keeping tight-lipped on the location and style of venue. But it’s a secret no more with the intimate eatery set to open on Wednesday March 27th and here’s the low down for your learning pleasure.
You’ll find Eddy + Wolff in the midst of bustling Robina, just slightly out of the way and bringing all your Asian food dreams to life. The space, a former Laundromat, has been absolutely transformed into a chic, 22-seat venue with a curved, polished concrete ceiling, a neon sign reading ‘I love drinking beer’ (written in Chinese Mandarin, which is amazing) and a pink velvet corner bench seat we would give up everything we own for.
You can perch up at the bar, with iron shelves holding many a bottle of delightful spirits hanging overhead or, at said pink velvet couch underneath the front window. It’s all very edgy and understated and, to be honest, one of the most beautiful fitouts we’ve come across in our local travels.
Having taken over and transformed Can Tho Kitchen (from Thao’s Mum) in 2014, the pair were keen to create something quite different for the Coast. Eddy + Wolff is a combination of their travels throughout Asia and, a trip to sample many a Melbourne eatery, and it is indeed unlike anything else around these parts.
The menu is made up of BBQ-style dishes, snacks, bigger plates and sides, all of which are designed to share and hail from Thao and Vien’s home country of Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea to name a few.
Don’t go past the Vietnamese-style Pork Collar, Korean BBQ Quail (with a bit of a spicy kick) and the Isaan Tofu Salad with Kaffir lime and sweet and sour caramel. All absolute taste sensations.
The wine list is tight, curated to match the menu perfectly and featuring a select few Canberra beauties because Canberra, friends, is the city where the couple met and Eddy and Wolff are the streets they lived on at that time.
There are just four cocktails on offer and we highly recommend Peace to the East with Jinzu gin, maraschino liqueur, Yuzu lime juice and cucumber. Fresh and zesty.
All your favourite Asian beers, and a few local ones, are on offer too and a very tasty Lychee cider that can’t be found anywhere else locally. YUM.
As always, you may choose your own adventure in the dish department or go with The Lucky Eight set menu ($40 for lunch and $45 for dinner), which is made up of two dishes from each section of the menu – BBQ, snacks, a bit bigger and side dishes. Such good value.
Oh and, quite the fans of meaningful little touches everywhere, the team have created a sweet menu that features both an illustrated cityscape of the spots they’ve travelled and also little speech bubbles with words like ‘love’, ‘tradition’, BBQ, and ‘spicy’ in many languages, dotted throughout.
So you see, good things really do come to those who wait. We’ll be in Robina if you need us.
LOCATION: 12-217/219 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
HOURS: Wednesday 5pm until 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 12pm until 2pm and 5pm until 10pm and Sunday 12pm until 2pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
If there’s one place on the Gold Coast where you can both shop up an absolute storm and wander amongst stunning natural parklands, it is Robina; a Gold Coast suburb set slightly back from the coastline and offering a huge variety of eats and experiences.
In honour of showcasing the Coast in all its’ unique glory, we’ve compiled a list of 15 reasons locals love Robina, so you too can experience all the fun there is to be had.
My French Pastries
A venue called My French Pastries needs no introduction but since they’re some of the most delicious pastries around, they get one anyway. Jen and Antonio Marchesi have created something really special here with French pastries made from scratch and taste absolutely divine. Think Key Lime Chantilly, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry and Chocolate tarts, all so very beautiful. There are also life-changing savoury goodies and you’ll want to sample everything.
Where: Robina Quays Shopping Centre, 5/361 Robina Parkway, Robina
Eddy + Wolff
The trendiest of the Robina bunch, Eddy + Wolff opened in early 2019 bringing exceptional, modern Asian eats to the people. It’s a sleek, 22-seat venue by the people who also offer the most delicious eats up north at Can Tho Kitchen and it’s an absolute must-try. The menu is made up of BBQ-style dishes, snacks, bigger plates and sides, all of which are designed to share and hail from Thao and Vien’s home country of Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea to name a few. The drinks list is tight and perfectly curated to match the food with a lemon sake you definitely need to try. One of your absolute faves.
Where: 44 Commerce Drive, Robina
A hidden gem that may just be the reason the term ‘hidden gem’ was coined, Cocotte Dining offers a fusion of French and Japanese cuisines and it is hands down some of the best food on the Coast. Found a little off the beaten track at Robina Quays, Cocotte are producing dishes like Slow Cooked Ox Tail and Beef Cheek with red wine, sake and miso stew and it is a melt-in-your-mouth dish if ever you’ve tasted one. An exceptional spot, get down there and sample their degustation menu.
Where: Shop 16A, 361 Robina Parkway, Robina
Foodie marketplace-style situations are one of life’s greatest gifts. So many edible options in one area, heavenly. The Kitchens is one of those market-style situations with an array of exceptional venues all within the one beautifully appointed area. Think tasty teppanyaki, big old burgers, a vegan foodie venue and even a craft beer bar also offering delicious eats. There is more choice than any one person needs and it is all of the high quality variety.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina
The famed German bier bar opened in Robina, much to the delight of locals, slinging giant pretzels, hotdogs and of course, an array of German biers. Not only that goodness, there’s also a ping pong table to hit a few rounds on, a sunlit courtyard and lots of drink and dining specials. Get in there for guaranteed good times.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina
El Camino Cantina
A good time Mexi-joint opened up at Robina Town Centre bringing one of the most colour-filled interiors we’ve ever come across, a menu packed with family-friendly Mexi eats and frozen margaritas (the best thing). El Camino Cantina, The legendary venue is one of four Queensland restaurants and it’s known for neon signage, sweet sombreros and a time you won’t long forget. Gather the crew and get on it.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
CBUS Super Stadium
Home of the Gold Coast’s beloved Titans, CBUS Super Stadium one of the best regional stadiums Australia and it’s ours, all ours. Not only do Gold Coasters spend their weekends cheering on the boys here but we’ve also been lucky enough to watch A-league and international football games, the Nitro Circus and the Rugby 7s as part of the Commonwealth Games. Yay CBUS bringing us all the sporting joy.
Where: Centreline Place, Robina
An old Robina favourite got quite the glow up late recently, transforming it into sleek new venue complete with a deck overlooking the water, a specialised kids area and plenty of good vibes. Robina Pavilion boasts a menu packed with epic eats from woodfired pizzas to stacked burgers and you can also get involved in the impressive cocktail menu featuring the one and only, Mr Consistent. It’s the perfect spot for sun-soaked afternoon sessions with the crew.
Where: 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Robina Parkway Dog Park
Obviously one for the locals with hairy mates but if you’ve got one too, we highly recommend letting him or her have a crack at this place. There are all kinds of fun things for your doggo to explore including tunnels and hurdles and they’ll no doubt make a new friend or two in the process. If you don’t have a pooch, get down there to try and score a free pat anyway.
Where: Lot 21, Robina Parkway, Robina
Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Café
Middle Eastern is an absolute favourite, all spice-filled and flavoursome and some of the very best varieties of it can be found right here on the Gold Coast, in Robina conveniently. Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Café has been around for quite some time and the menu is one that must be sampled ASAP. Taboon is Arabic for stone oven and the cuisine draws influence from Marrakesh to Istanbul and Cairo to Beirut. Think authentic hummus, grilled skewers and slow-cooked Moroccan tagines. Everything is absolutely incredible and you must go today.
Where: Easy T Centre, 514 Christine Avenue, Robina
The newest of the bunch is Parkway Coffee by the clever gals who also created Third Base in Palmy. The newbie is similar in laidback, community vibes and is also serving up the same level of tasty brunch eats. Like their famous Egg and Bacon Turkish – a larger (and yummier) version of the B&E roll we all love so much. Pop in and spend some time in the garden devouring all of the goodies.
Where: Robina Quays, 16b, 361 Robina Parkway, Robina
If open spaces and all of the greenery, in the middle of a city no less, is your thing (yes please), Cheltenham Park is a lovely place to frequent. There are plenty of areas to run around with the kiddies or the dog, bushwalking tracks and big leafy trees to stretch out beneath with a picnic and your favourite people. It’s the perfect spot if you’re keen to escape the city but don’t feel like driving too far to find some greenery.
Where: Cheltenham Drive, Robina
Dark Fluid Espresso
A sweet, European-inspired coffee and brunch spot at the East T Centre in Robina bringing big, perfectly balanced flavours and some of the best coffee around. Owned by the husband and wife team who once brought us the very best deli goods at Robina Town Centre, this cafe is bursting with all your favourite breaky and lunch eats with a hint of that European flair you know and love. Plus there’s plenty of parking out front and lots of lovely, welcoming vibes inside. Love.
Where: Easy T Centre, 510 Christine Avenue, Robina
The Sporting Globe
The spacious, sports-themed bar and restaurant made a big splash on Robina Town Centre when it moved in late last year. Within The Sporting Globe there are 50 high definition screens including two, 5m2 screens and a nine-screen video wall, so there’s absolutely no way you’ll miss a second of any sporting action. They’re also serving up perfect sport-watching food, frosty beers and lots of fun. Can it be summer already please?
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town Centre, Robina
Alpine Indoor Climbing
Robina’s state-of-the-art climbing centre is a very good time if you’re looking for a new challenge or simply enjoy climbing things as an adult (same). Alpine Indoor Climbing opened last year and it’s become a favourite of both professional and beginner climbers since. There are varying levels of challenges and you can go across, or straight up, anyway you like really and there are cushioned pads underneath should you lose your grip. Good times.
Where: 86 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Words by Kirra Smith
In happy news for the good people of Mermaid Beach (and the rest of us quite frankly) L’Viet Palais quietly swung open its doors a few short weeks ago, bringing authentic Vietnamese food that is sure to tickle your tastebuds.
Found on the highway next door to Mermaid institution bike central, the spacious venue is beautifully decked out with deep burgundy walls, giant, golden laughing Buddha’s and intricate chandeliers. On one wall, an artistic piece made of thick rope and artfully placed wine bottles steals the show.
The menu is perfectly authentic, filled with dishes you’d find in restaurants across the entirety of Vietnam.
While the whole thing represents all the rich flavours and mouth-watering combinations we love about Asian food, allow us to highlight a few that will ensure this place becomes your new fave quick smart.
To start, the Chim Cut Nuong XA OT is grilled quails in herbs and spices served with fresh lemon and white pepper dipping sauce and it is heavenly and then some.
Obviously get yourself several mains and make sure one of them is Thit Kho Trung – simmered chunky pork in young coconut juice, chilli, eggs and with steamed veggies.
If tasty salads are your thing, go the Goi Tom Ngo Sen which is lotus roots, king prawns, red onion, celery, carrot, mint, chilli, roasted peanuts, fried shallots and coriander.
ALSO. There’s a fun time in the way of wrapping your own rice paper rolls. Choose from two filling options and let your fingers do the talking. Or something.
An extensive wine list, including many a French option (of course) is the perfect addition to a menu filled with many dishes we’re willing to bet you’ve never heard of, let alone sampled.
As if that’s not enough, there is also the option of fried ice cream to fill your dessert stomach and don’t even start with your “but how can ice cream be fried”. It just is and it’s also just delicious okay.
Owners Josh and Tina, who clearly know their stuff having relocated to our shores from Vietnam recently, are a delightful pair and their restaurant is a mighty fine addition to the Mermaid Beach foodie scene so get in there and show them a little lovin’.
As they say at L’Viet Palais, good food is good mood.
LOCATION: 2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: Open Wednesday to Monday 11am to 3pm and 5pm until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Pho is, without a doubt, one of the tastiest of all the soupy dishes and since it’s getting colder, we are craving us some steamy, warming-from-the-inside-out goodness.
Luckily, on the Gold Coast, there are a few spots you can grab yourself some of the very best Pho there is.
From north to south, here they are.
Can Tho Kitchen
This Runaway Bay eatery can go toe-to-toe with some of the more luxurious asian restaurants when it comes to flavour, but as far as cost, its nearly half the price. It’s a pretty cool spot and fills up, so you may wanna make a reservation to get yo Pho on.
Where: 5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay
New Saigon Restaurant
A local’s favourite, their loyal customers have been raving about the Pho at New Saigon for years. It’s a no frills little space next to the fire station but their food is unforgettable and you should absolutely get there ASAP.
Where: 2798 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Eddy + Wolff
The little Robina sister of Can Tho Kitchen is Eddy + Wolff, tucked away in suburbia offering some of the very best Asian eats around. Of course, their Pho is next-level, the baby dish of Can Tho’s famous one and it’ll warm you all the way to your bones.
Where: 12/217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Known for their ‘deal of the day’ promotions, on Wednesday’s the guys at Aprés Surf whip up a batch of PHO that’s so good, if you didn’t know any better you would swear they had an old Vietnamese lady in the kitchen. At only $10 a bowl these soup slingers are treating our tummies and our wallets.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
My Saigon Tuckshop
One of Burleigh’s many hidden gems, this dynamite traditional Vietnamese Pho spot off of Taree St. serves up a mean bowl of Pho. Every dish is made to order, which makes it well worth the drive to industrial Burleigh. There are a few tables, but it’s better suited for grab and go. Eat it at home where pants are optional.
Where: 1/45 Taree Street Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith