The Gold Coast’s new eatery that combines 5 restaurants in 1! | Gourmand and Gourmet

The Gold Coast’s new eatery that combines 5 restaurants in 1!

Until now, planning a group dinner date with your friends has been hard. Trying to decide on a venue when someone feels like Italian, another has a hankering for Mexican and the dietary needy member of the group is demanding you go somewhere that offers more than just a salad for them can feel like walking through a minefield. But now, there’s a relaxed bar and eatery where everyone will be happy, with The Collective now open in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. Combining the menus of five different kitchens into one, The Collective won’t even make you order separately to get your tacos, pizza and bao buns on the same table. Just take a seat in their airy, fairy lit dining area or rooftop terrace and you can start with Greek souvlaki, move onto southern fried chicken and slaw and finish with Nutella pizza if you so wish. The five kitchens include Luckies Diner, where mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers and fried chicken reign, Umami, who dish up Asian flavours like red curry and Singapore chilli crab. There’s also Calavera Cantina, with scrumptious soft tacos and tostadas stuffed with the likes of beer battered snapper and pulled pork, and The Italian Job, where, you guessed it, you’ll get your hands on cured meat platters and cheesy wood-fired pizzas. The feeds don’t stop at lunch and dinner either, with The Kitchen opening up earlier and dishing up breakfasts like blueberry and ricotta hotcakes and potato and zucchini latkes alongside coffee, cold pressed juice and smoothies from Two Seasons. The best part of the whole shebang? There’s an entire menu dedicated to gluten free, vegetarian and vegan dishes! So instead of scouring the menu for those little GF, V and VG symbols, you can peruse an entire page of dishes safe in the knowledge you can eat every one of them, whether it’s the gluten free tequila prawn tacos, the vegetarian mushroom royale burger with cheese or the vegan tofu red curry. Of course, it all goes down well with a cocktail or share jug of sangria from the drinks menu, because what kind of group dining spot would this be without some boozy offerings? If drinks and bar bites are all you want, you don’t even have to take advantage of the table service – just make your way up to the vibrant rooftop bar and nab yourself a prime spot looking towards the beach. Whether you take the whole crew for a sit down dinner or grab some takeaway and wander down to the water, you’ll find The Collective at 1128 Gold Coast Highway Palm Beach, open 7 days a week. Words by Ranyhyn Akui