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The Third Base Coffee team open Parkway in Robina

Parkway patio (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Gold Coast is no stranger to excellent eateries, they’re popping up all over the place, all the time. But perhaps the best kind of eatery is the kind that there’s two of, those so-good-they-made-another-one kind of vibes you know?

Case in point, Third Base Coffee in Palm Beach. It’s the kind of high vibe, community space that sees it absolutely pumping with locals all of the time, a firm favourite amongst everyone who knows it. So much so that the team there decided they needed to build a newbie in the ‘burbs for the people of Robina. And so they did.

Parkway Benny Burger (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s called Parkway and it can be found at Robina Quays on Robina Parkway and although it’s not exactly the same as Third Base, it does offer the same beloved local feel and a few of the menu favourites you absolutely must sample ASAP.

The new space is on a corner block with a big outdoor garden area overlooking the park and the perfect place for a spot of brunch and relaxation. There’s lots of parking too, love that.

Owners Kelly and Marie turned the space over in record time and used all local suppliers and builders to boot. As is often the way, the gals weren’t looking for a new space but lucky for us, they found one anyway.

Parkway bruschetta (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The menu is still of the launch variety to see what the people like best but since we’re all here, lets discuss what we like best shall we?

There are a few dishes that have been brought over from Third Base, the most popular of the bunch and for good reason. These include delights like the Bacon and Egg Turkish which is like a Bacon and Egg Roll but LARGER with two rashers of bacon, two fried eggs and a choice of sauce. It’s next-level.

There’s also a Benny Burger, a Chipotle Burger, a saucy Ham and Cheese Toastie and an Avo and Greens Toastie and they’re all so very yummy.

The Bruschetta and the Mushrooms on Toast are tasty vegan and vego options and there are plenty of those if that’s your jam.

Parkway avocado on toast (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

You can sip on Kuhl-Cher coffee, roasted in Brisbane too.

If you need something quick on the go, there are muffins, wraps, raw slices and cookies to take away too.

Not only all of that, you can also hire the stunning space for events if you’ve got one coming up. There’s more exciting news that will come out of Parkway in the next little while too so stay tuned for that.

Double goodness, how fun.

LOCATION: Robina Quays, 16b, 361 Robina Parkway, Robina
HOURS: Monday to Friday 6am until 2pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am until 2pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Parkway interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

15 reasons locals love Robina

Eddy + Wolff (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

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 

Cocotte Dining
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 

The Kitchens
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 Bavarian
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

The Bavarian Bier Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

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

Robina Pavilion
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

Parkway Coffee (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Parkway Coffee
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

Cheltenham Park
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

Alpine Indoor Climbing Centre (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

My French Pastries brings magnifique treats to Robina

My French Pastries (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
My French Pastries (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Well the last few days of healthy eating were fab(ish) but we’re done with that and you will be too once you see what rolled into Robina on Christmas Eve.

It’s called My French Pastries and it’s the perfect way to kick off our 2020 food tour of the Gold Coast because as everybody knows, pastries are life and French pastries are even better than that.

The newbie isn’t technically all that new – husband and wife duo Jen and Antonio Marchesi have been baking authentic treats from home for the last few years, selling via an online page and wholesaling to local cafes.

Lucky for us, they decided to open their very own café at Robina Quays so we can pop in every single day for a sweet, indulgent treat (or two).

My French Pastries (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
My French Pastries (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Antonio has been a pastry chef for 17 years and Jen is French, which is obviously the perfect combination. The pair decided they wanted to create a place that felt exactly the same as walking into a French patisserie with authentic, simple and quality eats and here we all are.

How good.

Everything is made from scratch using the very best produce (Belgian chocolate for example) and it’s extremely delicious.

So what can you eat?

Well sweet goodies like Key Lime Chantilly, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry and Chocolate tarts, which are both beautiful and very yummy.

There’s also Flan Patissier, which is the French equivalent of a custard tart, French Apple Turnovers, croissants (SO GOOD) and Croque Monsieur; a baked ham and cheese sandwich that will probably change your life.

So all the greatest buttery, sugary things.

Pop in for a coffee and a sit down or grab one of everything to take home and enjoy in peace.

Happy days Robina, we’ll be seeing you very soon.

LOCATION: Robina Quays Shopping Centre, 5/361 Robina Parkway, Robina
HOURS: Tuesday 6.30am until 2.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 6.30am until 3pm and Saturday 7am until 2pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Gather at Nobby’s new backyard cafe, bar and restaurant

The Backyard Cafe frontage (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Here’s some news that will likely incite happy dancing across the Gold Coast.

Nobby Beach has a new backyard bar and restaurant and it’s the work of someone whose venues you already know and love.

Yes friends, the newbie is brought to you by none other than Scott Imlach and his team at The Imlach Group, owners of local favourites Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, Mr Hizola’s, Bine Beer Bar, Nightjar and Nightcap.

Clearly a group of people who don’t like sleeping but hey, works for the rest of us.

The new spot is now open where it is absolutely likely to be overrun by revellers who don’t mind sipping beers in the sunshine (all of us).

Found within the space formerly occupied by beautiful The Yard Café, the new venue is a coffee shop for the time being, but will include a popup backyard-style bar and restaurant and seriously, why didn’t we think of that?

The Backyard Cafe interior (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s called The Backyard Café and it sees the crew head back into the breakfast scene after seven years. Their original breakfast chefs are back to join the team and both Bowen Choat (ex Barchino Head Chef) and Danial Garbes are stoked (obviously) to be working with the Imlach Hospitality Group again.

GUYS remember how good Barchino was?

So what’s on The Backyard Cafe brekky menu? Your old favourites such as the Classic Eggs Benny and Big Brekky Burger make an appearance, in addition to some new and exciting ones.

The Southern Style Baked Eggs with crushed tomato, black beans, spices, roast pumpkin, free range eggs, baby spinach and avocado are a vego’s dream.

While the Healthy Burrito Plate with fluffy scrambled egg, brown rice, black beans, fresh basil tomato, totilla, avocado, sambal and salsa verde will put a smile on the dile of the fit tribe of Nobby’s.

The outdoor space will be doubled in size with picnic tables and plenty of space for the entire family.

The plan is to trade at night too, offering themed nights with as many different cuisines from around the world as possible.

Guest chefs and pop-up food trucks will also be on offer until something permanent is in place.

The Backyard Café opened on Wednesday August 5th and has already brought together that Nobby’s community vibe we love so much.

They’ve done it again Gold Coasters, bring on the laidback backyard feels.

LOCATION: 17 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
WHEN: Open everyday from 6am to 2pm

Scott Imlach (image supplied)
Scott Imlach (image supplied)
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