As featured on More Gold Coast;
THE GOLD COAST HAS ONCE AGAIN CEMENTED ITS POSITION AS A FORMIDABLE DINING DESTINATION IN QUEENSLAND, AFTER FEATURING IN THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE AWARDS 2017.
Held at the prestigious Customs House, The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards 2017applauded the performance of restaurants, cafés and bars, together with chefs and sommeliers throughout Queensland.
An evening of celebration, sponsored by Citi and Vittoria Coffee, the Good Food Guide provides many diners with a go-to list of places to dine in the coming year.
This year’s awards saw a big increase of ratings for Brisbane restaurants, balancing the meteoric rise in Gold Coast restaurant in last year’s awards.
The Gold Coast brought home nine of the 20 regional awards, with 28 awards given to Brisbane.
For the first time, two Brisbane restaurants – Esquire and Urbane – each received three hat ratings, a boon for Queensland in the hospitality arena.
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast proved a high achiever on the night with Mamasan awarded one-hat; a remarkable achievement for its first year of operation, mirroring Kiyomi’s hat, which it has now held for two consecutive years.
Mamasan’s inclusion in the awards brings Broadbeach’s representation to five restaurants, securing its status as a major dining hub.
Congratulations to the following Gold Coast restaurants recognised with chef hats in the Brisbane Times 2017 Good Food Guide.
ONE HAT: MAMASAN KITCHEN + BAR
Mamasan made a spectacular debut to both the Broadbeach dining scene as well as the Good Food Guide Awards in its first year, in recognition of its innovative modern Pan-Asian cuisine and superb service.
Head Chef Ray Choi, chosen by owners JP Duitsch and partner Lauren Mitchell to head the kitchen, uses his background in Sydney’s China Doll, borrowing from its flavor palate but using different combinations of ingredients and cultural nuances to create bespoke dishes for Mamasan.
In a modern menu packed with unexpected twists of exotic flavour, traditional dishes are turned on their head and given new inspiration.
Whether you visit Mamasan for bao and beer, dessert and cocktails or a full three courses, your taste buds will be challenged.
For us, there’s sheer delight in being lured out of preconception into expected flavours and textures. It’s a joy to be surprised.
ONE HAT: SOCIAL EATING HOUSE + BAR
This venue is the ultimate destination for the casual diner who enjoys sophisticated food.
It has a sexy vibe, great food, knowledgeable service and keen pricing, plus it’s open seven days.
Matt and Amy Jefferson have made a very loud culinary statement to the Gold Coast: even when you dine casually, you can still eat absolutely delectable fine cuisine at an affordable price.
In chic but for the most part muted industrial colours, the long space has been split into several more private areas, each with a visual feature.
Divided by a bright canary-coloured pillar and high seating, one end of the restaurant has a view of the kitchen, the other the bar.
Taking pride of place in the middle is a picture windowed charcuterie cabinet. Owner Matt Jefferson says that he decided on a charcuterie as a visual selling point so that diners could identify and understand the produce they would eat.
It houses an elite hand-picked collection of some of the best Spanish, Italian and French cured meats and cheeses available.
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