Restaurant Reviews

It’s what the Carney brothers might self-deprecatingly call a ‘wog fest’!

Gathered at their al fresco table at Gemelli Italian on this sunny Friday afternoon are long-time customers Sam and Lina Grammatico and their adult children, Michael Grammatico and Chrissy Mattiazzi.

They’re here for the latest in Ocean Road Magazine’s series of lunchtime chats between the boys from Gemelli and some of the people who have helped make their...

As the Carney brothers continue to grow their impressive Gemelli empire, ORM headed to where it all began in Broadbeach to talk authentic Italian cuisine, business success — and to meet the Gold Coast local who the brothers turn to for advice.

When Gemelli opened its doors five years ago, the dream was to create the best, most authentic Italian trattoria on the Gold Coast. The vision was to bring down-to-earth informal dining r...

With a fresh new look, European furnishing, and a colour palette that highlights the surrounding rainforest, Songbirds is offering an unforgettable experience away from city stress. Now with a Michelin-star chef, the Gold Coast icon is reborn with paddock-to-plate fine dining.

As foodies continue to embrace the paddock-to-plate movement, newly re-owned and renovated Gold Coast restaurant Songbirds is serving up a fine dining ex...

January 5, 2020

The hottest Gold Coast bar guide for this summer.


Aviary Rooftop, Southport  

Next door neighbours to Southport Sharks Club and its newest addition Mantra on Sharks, the Aviary Rooftop Bar is home to an array of exciting cocktails, woodfired pizzas, and tapas. A beautiful space to stargaze or sunbake, the enclosed rooftop terrace is the new hotspot for the Gold Coast’s northside.

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There’s a fresh and alluring new tune wafting down from Songbirds Rainforest Retreat on Tamborine Mountain.

The award-winning hinterland retreat and restaurant is undergoing an exciting transformation, having recently changed ownership. It’s now in the hands of a passionate new owner who is intent on making Songbirds even more of an iconic destination for diners, day-trippers, and holidaying guests.

The Michelin-starred Songbird...

If you love everything about the ocean — from sitting back and admiring the view to tasting superior seafood — you won’t want to miss the Sheraton Grand Mirage’s new special menu.

Hot on the heels of ‘High Cheese’, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is now proud to present its latest seasonal offering ‘High Seas’.

“The sun’s out, it’s starting to warm up — and it’s the perfect time to start drinking some sparkling,” bars manager S...

If you could do with a break from the kids and a weekend away with your partner, then I have the perfect place, only half an hour down the ocean road…

It’s also a great place to take the family, but let’s listen to the science behind slipping down there without the kids.

Psychology professor Dr Nava Silton (I know, me neither) says taking a break from parenting and getting away with your partner is very good for you and your ki...

Sit down over a glass of vino with the Carney brothers and the passion flows like the wine…

These guys are the undisputed young guns of the Gold Coast hospitality scene, and their enthusiasm is obvious and infectious.

In just six years since launching Gemelli Italian at Broadbeach, the Carney boys - twins Alex and James, 26, and big brother Paul, 30 - have stamped themselves as among the Coast’s hottest restaurateurs.

They have g...

Calling all cheese lovers! If you’re looking for a special spot to settle into for cheese and chats with a stunning view, ORM has found the answer.

When it opened three decades ago, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort was the only absolute beachfront resort on the Gold Coast. Despite all the cranes in the sky, and eager developments springing up along the coastline, Sheraton remains the only beachfront property.

Well, there is a re...

April 4, 2019

 The Cuban Bar & Lounge Dining brings an atmospheric change to the Gold Coast and opens the window to the streets of Cuba.

Experience the culture and character of one of the world’s most colourful and exciting countries. Lose yourself in The Oracle’s own little corner of the Caribbean with over 100 rums from around the world on offer. Talented mixologists showcase some of them in their amazing cocktails. 

Every Friday night is C...

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