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Breakfast at Alto Cucina & Bar, Gold Coast

It seems that almost every restaurant on the Gold Coast opens for breakfast, and for our last morning (Sunday) we tried Alto Cucina & Bar by the beach. We arrived just after 9am and it was already full – there were people queuing by the front door (a good sign), however we were lucky enough to have come in through the back door from the adjoining Oasis shopping centre and jumped the queue straight to a table. As well as the usual breakfast fare there were a few different items on the menu – I chose the homemade roesti stack with poached egg, kassler (thick cut) bacon and avocado ($16.90) plus a side serve of pork sausage ($3.50). This was unlike any breakfast I’ve had before, with the thick bacon tasting like a much nicer version of the ham steaks I remember from childhood. I could have done without the…

High Tea at Palazzo Versace

As a special treat during our stay on the Gold Coast, Renay and I decided to take a trip to Palazzo Versace on Saturday afternoon to try the “Fashionista High Tea”, which is described as being “inspired by the House of Versace” and “transformed seasonally to reflect the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious”. Hmm. Given the above description, and of course being aware that the entire hotel is the vision of Gianni Versace, I was a little concerned that the Palazzo Versace was going to be rather elitist, however we were pleased to find it quite relaxed and a fascinating place to see all manner of people from young families to groups dressed up to the nines. High Tea is served in the “Le Jardin” lobby bar, which overlooks the pool area. The sun was coming in hard through the high glass windows – hence the harsh photos -…

Breakfast at Mme Grenouille, Gold Coast

I was lucky enough to attend the Microsoft TechEd conference on the Gold Coast this week, so Renay decided to tag along and enjoy the change of scene. We stayed at the very nice Meriton Serviced Apartments in Broadbeach, which we chose for its close proximity to the Convention & Exhibition Centre and were pleased to find a good selection of restaurants nearby. One of the closest was Mme Grenouille, a French patisserie and cafe on the outside of the Meriton building. There are plenty of tables outside, and it’s a nice place to watch the world go by on a beautiful sunny day. The building straight ahead is Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino. The coffee  at Mme Grenouille is excellent (and was surprisingly so at many places in the area). I can’t go past a white chocolate mocha ($4.30), although I rarely see them in Perth – it’s now compulsory…