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Sisterhood Coffee

Feel-good community vibes are a thing we Gold Coasters take very seriously. The more the city grows, the tighter the ‘fam’ feels seem to get.

Particularly when it comes to local eateries where owners know your name, bring out treats for your dog and will take a crying baby out of your arms while you fumble for your credit card.

It’s a pure delight to be part of to be honest and we’re pretty sure you feel the same. The latest spot where all-inclusive, feel-good community vibes are oozing out the door is Palm beach newbie Sisterhood Coffee and, as you can tell by the name, it’s quite intentional.

Found on the Gold Coast Hwy, where Mr Bengel once lived, Sisterhood Coffee opened in the last few days and it’s a bright, welcoming coffee spot you’re going to want to call your local.

Flooded with natural light, accented with pops of mint green and deep blue and overflowing with greenery, Sisterhood Coffee is an interior-lovers paradise and right at home just a few short steps to the beach.

Owned by two delightful gals, Christie Graae and Sam Dunne, who worked together in the very same space a few moons ago and are bringing the coffee culture back down to earth with upbeat attitudes and big old welcoming smiles.

Their motto is good food, good moods and a good space to spend time and that is indeed what they’ve created with Sisterhood. The menu is filled with fresh, comforting eats of the all day breakfast variety that are mostly vegetarian but can, of course, be made meaty upon request.

The Nourish bowl is a winner with two poached eggs, bacon, greens, a toasted seed blend, roasted cherry tomatoes and finished with spiced capsicum and labneh. It’s fresh and flavourful but not at all over the top if intense flavours aren’t your morning thing.

Baked Eggs are also a treat with Boston beans, a baked free-range egg, sausage and sourdough toast. So warm, so nourishing and it can be made vego if that’s your jam.

Of course, there is avo on toast but not your run-of-the-mill variety. Nope, Sisterhood’s sits atop housemade labneh and is served with hazelnut dukkah and olive oil. One of the tastiest we’ve sampled.

Coffee-wise, the gals are using Genovese, fresh out of Melbourne but originating in Italy and GET THIS, they don’t charge extra for alternative milks. So, if you’re an Oat Milk drinker, your coffee won’t cost $9.50. What a treat.

As we’re sure you’re aware, epic new coffee spots have been few and far between of late and this one is exactly that.

Pop into Sisterhood Coffee at Palmy ASAP and get involved in the local community vibe, they’ll be stoked to have you.

LOCATION: 1099 Gold Coast Why, Palm Beach
HOURS: Monday to Friday 5.30am until 2pm, Saturday and Sunday 6am until 1pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Frida Sol

If there’s anything better than sipping a frosty, perfectly salted margarita in the sunshine, overlooking the sparkling ocean, we can’t (and won’t) think of it. Throw in a few spicy tacos and some of those Gold Coast good vibes we know and love and, well, it’s pretty much the perfect time.

Which is why, we are beside ourselves with the news that Frida Sol opened in Palm Beach just a short while ago bringing all of the above to the very-in-need-of-an-epic-Mexican-eatery, beachside suburb. And what an epic Mexican eatery it is.

Taking up space where 8th Ave once graced us with its presence, Frida Sol is perfectly at home perched above the Gold Coast Highway and overlooking one of the most beautiful stretches of sand around (biased). Having been transformed by the one and only Morgan Walsh (owner of Poke Poke and FuFu Chinese Diner), the space is quirky and eclectic with bright pops of colour and we, quite frankly, are in love.

You’ll enter through the dining room, passing the Chefs hard at work preparing tasty eats and a backlit bar punctuated with flowing greenery and, of course, all your favourite tipples.

Outside, high tables with shaggy dry grass umbrellas are the seating spot of choice so you can gaze lovingly at the black and white portrait of Frida Kahlo herself (an incredible early 1900s Mexican artist for whom the place is named) or, at your back, said beautiful stretch of sand. Along one side, a low textured wall is complete with really quite spiky cactuses and along the other, copper biblical statues shine out above you.

As you know, no Gold Coast restaurant is complete without a neon slogan sign and Frida’s does not disappoint. We’ll let you seek it out. Throughout the venue, little artworks and artefacts have been artfully placed on walls and surfaces, all nods to Frida Kahlo and her colourful, much-loved work.

The whole space comes together perfectly (of course) and it’s exactly the venue Palm Beach needed to lift the nighttime vibe to a whole new level. We could not be more excited.

The menu, love you Mexican eats, is a mix of all the things you know and need in your life, boasting punchy, can’t-get-enough flavours to be washed down with a signature cocktail or three.

To start, there are snacks along the lines of Chile Con Queso (LOVE) with smoked chilli salt, Pork Taquitos and Chipotle Salt and Pepper Calamari to name a few delicious options. From there it’s share plates for the win with a few gourmet tacos thrown in for good measure.

We HIGHLY recommend the Chorizo Croquettes with shaved Manchego, smoked sour cream and Habanero jam, obviously, plus the Charred Cauliflower Ensalada, a chargrilled corn and cauliflower salad with quinoa and toasted pepitas – pretty and delicious. Maybe eat one of everything on that menu though, just to be safe.

There are burrito bowls and an impressive array of tacos to sample. We’d go the Pescado – crispy fish with tomato pico, mango crema and queso fresco and the Cerdo Tirado – pulled pork with tomatillo salsa, pickled cabbage, pineapple chilli jam and cilantro crema.

If you can’t decide a. nobody would blame you and b. there’s a banquet for that. It’s just $40 per person and made up of MANY dishes that’ll be your absolute favourite, one after the other.

On Thursday’s it’s a taco takeover with $5 taco and drink specials and Friday’s get down for ‘Muchos Nachos’ with $10 nachos and drink specials. Sunday’s sees $29 banquets so that’s your weekend sorted.

Taco, Frida Sol (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Taco, Frida Sol (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

Was it all down with the very best Coconut Margarita you’ve ever sampled and it’s happy day friends.

That’s a lot of reasons to get down to Palmy and indulge in an absolute tequila-sipping, taco-tasting time. You’re gonna love it.

LOCATION: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: Open nightly from 5pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Balboa Italian

Packing punches bigger than Rocky…Balboa Italian, the new kid on the block. Adding to Palm Beach’s already impressive lineup of bucket list eateries. If it’s not the mouth-watering Italian cuisine and the delicious cocktails, it’s at the very least the phenomenal fit-out, the glamorous chandelier or the bright red Vespa that will leave you yelling ADRIANNN…

Firstly, let’s take a minute to appreciate the monumental precision that has gone into creating Balboa’s fit-out. A two storey Italian escape with red brick walls, big open spaces and head turning features. Wrought iron is used as a feature throughout the restaurant and can be seen on the staircase, the custom made shelves (which hold a fine range of liquor)and the exposed beams that seperate the two levels. Traditional Italy meets urban classic, the brick walls, polished concrete floors and big wooden bar framed with wrought iron panelling set the theme.

Balboa’s lower level offers seating both inside and out, and leaves you immersed in the thick of the action. Head upstairs and enjoy a more intimate dining space, with plush velvet lounges, even a private dining area separated by a chained curtain. Then there are the finishing touches, lush greenery, a variety of antique lights, a bright red Vespa that sits on a steel beam above the main entrance and the main head turner, a giant 12 tier chandelier which proudly hangs beside the bar.

If you can manage to keep your gaze focused for a short while, your attention will be drawn to the main event, food!  “insert eye of the tiger here”. They’ve kept the menu simple and embraced the traditional authentic flavours; pizzas, pastas, risottos, antipastos, steak… the essentials. If we’re talking about contenders for the champion belt, it’s going to be a tough fight; Chestnut Gnocchi, black truffle, vegetable essence, sage and Grana Padano VS the Pizza Bianche Pollo, caramelised pears, chicken, fontina, thyme, mozzarella and balsamic. Or the Polpete, house made meatballs, beef, pork, veal, tomato sugo and crostini going head to head with Fiorentina Style T-Bone Steak, Tuscany style potato, confit garlic, rosemary and pan seared tomato.

Rehydrate between rounds with one of Balboa’s delicious cocktails, a glass of local or imported wine or a cold refreshing beer. The attentive wait staff awaiting in the corner with towel in hand ready to make sure you’re well looked after. Finish up the final round, the big K.O, with a homemade dessert… Salted Caramel Panna Cotta anyone?

The gloves are off, Palm Beach home to yet another winner.

Open

Dinner: Wednesday – Monday 6pm – late

Lunch: Friday – Sunday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm


By Amy Merridan

The Collective

The Collective in Palm Beach only opened Boxing Day but already it has become a firm favourite on the Gold Coast social scene.

Now the venue has launched a build your own banquet menu to showcase the best from each restaurant and allow you more time to chat.

The new menu, incorporating food from all five of the exceptional restaurants, is jam packed with the best options from each because sometimes it’s just to hard to choose.

Luckily, with the introduction of the banquet menu, you can try a variety of small to large dishes and desserts for $40, $55 or $70 per person.

Small plates range from Pork Belly Nuggets to Hoison Duck Bao while medium plates include Singapore Chilli Crab, Tacos and Chorizo Balls to name a few.

Moving on to large plates (because, why not) choose from Gourmet Pizzas, Pan Seared Snapper Fillet and Souvlakis among many other options.

Once you’re done with all that, it’s dessert time – Nutella Pannacotta perhaps?

Available to groups of four people or more, the banquet is the perfect way to enjoy a variety of dishes and make sure you don’t miss a minute of catching up with your mates.

HOURS: 7am to 12am daily

LOCATION: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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