James Brady

Rick Shores, Gold Coast


Hidden away in an old arcade in Southport on the Gold Coast is this low-key, traditiona­l Thai restaurant I’m obsessed with. From the outside, Kua Thai Isan (Sungold Arcade, 153C Scarboroug­h Street, Southport; 07 5655 0639) offers little to suggest anything special but the food is so tasty. When I’m feeling flat, the Thai boat noodle soup with a generous amount of braised duck breast is just the lift I need – sipping that broth will always bring a smile to my face. My favourite dish is crisp pork belly and gai lan, the sauce a fine balance of oyster and rendered pork fat.

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