Despite our extraordinary diet of cooking shows on TV, statistics tell us that we are eating lots of food on the run. Australians are spending more than $7.16 billion on fast food meals every year, BMag told us in 2015.
Think of takeaway, and our brains are flooded by media images of fatty, salty, sugary foods. According to emma, Queenslanders lead the country with their love of fast food, with price and convenience being the factors driving fast food consumption rather than taste. And Gold Coasters are no exception, with takeaway and delivery options growing every day.
We all grab food to go. While some people opt for complete specialty food and diet meal delivery services, few of us want that food all the time (or can afford it).
Time poor, busy, tired, or just wanting a break; they’re all reasons for grabbing a takeaway or getting food delivered. Our Blank team is no different, so we asked them for some of their Gold Coast faves.
How to get it? Some restaurants only offer takeaway. Others deliver either directly or through Eat Now, Menulog, Delivery Hero or the latest service to the Surfers and Broadbeach areas, Deliveroo (app or website).
Deliveroo services some top nosh restaurants, including Brady’s Fish, Shiraz Persian (also through Menulog), and Lemongrass Thai in Surfers; Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Cardamom Pod and Mecca Bah in Broadbeach. They even give bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points for dollars spent (if you do that stuff)!
Then again, many people are happy to pop into their favourite restaurant, whether it be The Good Wolf in Miami (the #1 takeaway joint on coast, according to some of the Blank team), Easy Street Diner for some Americana treats, or The Magic Apple, BSKT, Mandala Organic Arts or The Shack Superfood Café for some healthy macro take away food.
That’s the how, but what’s the ‘what’? Not all food delivers well. You can take away a sandwich or healthy wrap for lunch, but do we really want fine food delivered in polystyrene? We’d much rather eat it out!
We care about our nutrition, so the challenge is to make our ‘food to go’ as healthy as possible, yet food we can reach with ease; food which still tantalizes our tastebuds when we come to eat it.
Indian food is one of the cuisines which translates best as a takeaway because of its composition. Dry curries, plain or saffron rice, roti, dahl and tandoori are good food choices. Many Indian restaurants also serve Halal food, as does Shiraz Persian.
Indian Hut on Christine Corner (Varsity) ‘is the bizz’, one of our friends say. Open daily for lunch and dinner, their food is very affordable and full of flavor. It’s pick up only, but ringing ahead can save a wait. Likewise at Kohinoor, which is much loved by Palm Beach residents.
Agnee Indian (Robina) is a personal favourite, especially for their Meen Moilee (Fish cooked with coconut milk, green chillies & ginger) and Prawn Masala. Pickup only.
Saffron Broadbeach delivers its rich feasts through Menulog, as does Foodie Indiya in Nerang, which serves really tasty homestyle Indian food. Try the Keema Gosh, or a whole Tandoori chicken for $15.95. It’s a bargain! They also deliver through Menulog.
Think pizza, pasta and more, Italian’s a favourite. Steer away from creamy sauces and choose thinner crust on your pizza for a more nourishing meal. We’re getting better Italian food available for delivery than ever before! Toss together a quick salad to eat on the side.
Salt Meats Cheese delivers through Menulog or Deliveroo to Surfers Paradise, but you’ll have to eat in to score their squid ink lobster pizza!
Justin Lane Establishment Burleigh has its own app, selling garlicky seafood pizza or spicy pork and fennel meatball on homemade sourdough Sundays only for takeaway.
For more indulgent Italian, That’s Amore in Miami has a firm fan base, ‘the best Italian I’ve come across on the GC ???’, according to one of its customers. Due Amici’s pasta is also superb, especially the Porchini-filled ravioli. Pick up only.
Thai is one of the healthiest cuisines if you add lots of vegies to your meat and ask to hold the sugar and salt. Most do takeaway, but less use delivery service.
Chiangmai Thai (Broadbeach and Surfers), Thai Eatery Main Beach, Bangkok Thai on Chevron, Thai on the Hill and Pop Pad Thai Robina are all popular Thai restaurants which do takeaway. The best deal we’ve found is at Sukhumvit, Sorrento, where from 4.30 – 6pm daily, a range of main courses are available for $11 each pickup. Ring ahead.
We’re fans of brown and wild rice sushi as well as don bowls of fish or steak. Order your dish freshly made to take away from your preferred sushi outlet. Sushi at Palm Beach is a favourite, as well as O-Sushi at Broadbeach and Coolangatta, Top Noodle Coolangatta, as well as Sushi Train Benowa for its fast turnover.
Kenny’s Malay Broadbeach Waters, Ipoh Satay House and Kampung Malay (various locations) are other favourite Malay Chinese restaurants doing takeaway. For a dirt cheap dumpling tummy filler, try the Oriental Bakery on the highway in Mermaid Beach.
Deliveroo also delivers Asian delights The Noodle Hut Chevron and Hideaway Kitchen & Bar to Broadbeach residents.
While acknowledging that some Mexican dishes survive take away better than others, burritos make great nutritious takeaway food.
Zambrero’s launch of their new black rice gluten-free tortilla takes place in November 2016 – a bonus for food intolerants.
Guzman Y Gomez (pictured) impresses us on many fronts. Giving back to charity through Mission Mexico and making a stand against animal welfare by only using 100% Lilydale free range chicken are two more reasons to like Guzman. Food service is fast, all made by hand to order, with everything cooked on site, served in recycled containers. With outlets dotted across the coast, Nerang has a drive-through – a great place to pick up takeaway on the way home, whereas you could grab a burrito from the Oracle to eat on the beach.
Alfred’s at Mermaid Beach also has a great burrito to go on your way back from the beach.
And that BBQ chook takeaway? We’re waiting for free range BBQ chooks to come back to the coast. Fresh, that is. Some good takeaway options are still on the way…
Queensland – emma Out of Home Dining Report 2015, http://emma.com.au/emma-out-of-home-dining-report/queensland-emma-out-of-home-dining-report/
Williams R 2015, ‘You won’t believe how much Aussies are spending on fast food’, BMag, 16 February, http://bmag.com.au/eating-and-drinking-in-brisbane/latest/2015/02/16/you-wont-believe-how-much-aussies-are-spending-on-fast-food/
Read more of Marj’s reviews on Good Food Gold Coast http://www.foodgoldcoast.com.au