OK, I’m a bit late but in my defence I’ve been busy with newborn twins.  I did spend most of 2012 doing my usual which is dine out at least once a week so here goes:


Check out my best coffee post (it may look a bit old but I keep adding to this every time I find something new).

Dining out

Just like the 2011 list I thought I’d stick with the ‘price’ format.  When I think about the different ways I could organise this it makes me go cross eyed (suburb, date, cuisine…? again, suggestions welcome).  If I have blogged about these places there is a “*” next to the link, otherwise the link will go to their website (so yes, it means I’ve been there but haven’t blogged about it yet…).  There are some repeat mentions, if so I’ve added a (2011) to the link too!  I’ve also added in some Brissy, Byron and Yamba faves from 2012.  Re-reading my posts makes me hungry again… mmm.

$ – under $15 per main

Asia Joe’s, Byron Bay*

Bay Leaf, Byron Bay*

Burger Lounge, Kirra* (2011)

Barefoot Barista (Cafe), Palm Beach* (2011)

Blackboard Specialty Coffee, Varsity Lakes* (2011)

Borough Barista (Cafe), Burleigh Heads* (2011)

Chouquette, New Farm*

Commune (Cafe), Burleigh Heads* (2011)

Desmond and Molly Jones, Woolloongabba

The Silo Cafe, Carrara Markets* (shameless plug – it’s our cafe, but it’s awesome!)

Top Noodle (Japanese), Coolangatta

Woodbox, West Burleigh*

$$ – $15-25 per main

Anouk, Paddington*

Justin Lane Pizzeria, Burleigh Heads* (2011)

Korean Charcoal BBQ, Mermaid Beach*

Mandarin Court for Yum Cha, Mermaid Beach*

Mecca Bah, Broadbeach (2011)

One One One, Byron Bay*

Oz Thai (for take away only), Palm Beach (2011)

Sol Cantina, Yamba*

Zullaz (Curry), Burleigh Heads (2011) (please try the goat [yes, goat] curry and their desserts!)

$$$ – $25 per main +

Allure on Currumbin* (2011)

Champagne Brasserie (French), Broadbeach (2011)

Cocotte, Robina*

Hellenika (Greek), Nobbys Beach (2011)

Moo Moo, Broadbeach (2011)

Oskars, Burleigh Heads (2011) (an old fave)

Rock Salt, Broadbeach*

St Elmo, Byron Bay*

The Little Truffle, Mermaid Beach* (2011)

My GC dining out wish list for 2012:

Chill on Tedder, Main Beach

Songbirds, Mt Tamborine

Ten (Japanese), Broadbeach

Pablo Pablo, Palm Beach

Unfortunately this is still rather a short list – suggestions welcome as always!