5 OF AUTHEN­TIC THE BEST FLAVOUR

Take your taste­buds on a trip at these authen­tic eater­ies, writes Denise Raward

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - TASTE -

MID­DLE EASTERN TABOON 514 CHRIS­TINE AV­ENUE, ROBINA

The menu of this Robina favourite un­der­went a re­fresh after owner Steven Isaacs re­turned from an ex­tended trip to the Mid­dle East last year. “We’ve added more share plates and a few new dishes like our falafel crumbed chicken.” Fun­nily enough, the Mid­dle Eastern share plate style of eat­ing was greeted with sus­pi­cion when Taboon first opened 14 years ago but is now right on trend. Taboon of­fers grilled meats, sal­ads and homemade breads in­spired by the pop­u­lar sub­ur­ban bak­eries, grill and hum­mus houses of the Mid­dle East, where Steven lived for 12 years. Steven’s thrilled his chil­dren Tomer and Romy are just as pas­sion­ate about the fam­ily busi­ness, which also has a shopfront at The Pines, Elanora.

JA­PANESE ITOSHIN 3/2484 GOLD COAST HIGH­WAY, MERMAID BEACH

This lo­cals’ favourite has been around for 31 years, start­ing out at Mi­ami be­fore mov­ing north, and is now in the hands of the founder’s son Yusuke Ito. “My fa­ther started in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to Ja­panese food although he mod­i­fied a few things to suit lo­cal tastes,” Yusuki says. “Now I’m tak­ing it back to a more authen­tic Ja­panese theme.” Mon­day is Ja­panese ban­quet night. From Tues­day to Sat­ur­day the ex­ten­sive menu re­turns with ev­ery­thing from sea urchin to wagyu, duck and tem­pura, but the restau­rant is most revered for its sashimi and sushi.

CAM­BO­DIAN BUNNATH KITCHEN EAST QUAY SHOP­PING CEN­TRE, 13/44 COM­MERCE DRIVE, ROBINA

This true lo­cal gem has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only Cam­bo­dian restau­rant on the Gold Coast. Ac­cord­ing to owner Bunnath You, who came to Aus­tralia as a refugee 38 years ago, Cam­bo­dian cui­sine — like the coun­try it­self — is some­where be­tween Thai and Viet­namese, with both French and Chi­nese in­flu­ences. “It’s not as spicy as Thai but has its own flavours,” he says. Bunnath rec­om­mends the amok, a spicy yel­low curry of ei­ther chicken or fish with spinach. “Here the pro­tein is steamed rather than cooked in a pot like other cur­ries,” Bunnath says.

LE­BANESE RABBATH 7A/1837 GOLD COAST HIGH­WAY, BURLEIGH HEADS

The Rabbath brothers want you to feel like you’ve come to their house for a Le­banese din­ner pre­pared and shared, just as their late mother taught them, with love. With only 28 seats in the restau­rant, the in­ter­ac­tion from the kitchen and the warm ser­vice makes it feel like a fam­ily ta­ble. “A lot of peo­ple have suggested we get a big­ger restau­rant but the size is what’s spe­cial,” Patrick Rabbath says. There are two nightly sit­tings from Tues­day to Sat­ur­day where you’ll find con­sis­tently good dips, house­baked bread, meats and spe­cialty dishes.

MALAYSIAN IPOH SA­TAY HOUSE 64 KARBUNYA STREET, MERMAID WA­TERS

Ipoh Sa­tay House has been serv­ing authen­tic dishes from the Ipoh re­gion of Malaysia for 24 years. The cui­sine, like the re­gion, is Malay-Chi­nese, and long-term reg­u­lars are quick to tell the Hoi fam­ily they don’t want changes to the menu. Thomas Hoi has been in Aus­tralia for 40 years but worked as a street food hawker in his home­land. The restau­rant is now run by his chil­dren Sam and Teresa. Teresa de­scribes the food as “con­sis­tent and cheer­ful” and says the Aussie favourites are the beef ren­dang, Hainanese chicken and hawker-style noo­dles.

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