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Review : The Collective – a fantastic new concept for the Gold Coast dining scene

The last time we visited Palm Beach it was still home to 1970’s strip shopping centres , petrol stations and fairly ordinary unit blocks. Wow, things have changed ! There are a number of new and funky cafes and restaurants around the main intersection on the Highway and one in particular stands out for its great new concept and innovative approach. A fabulous new addition to the Gold Coast dining scene – The Collective!

The Concept 

4 different owners have opened 5 food outlets that share a common dining area and bar. And its a lovely dining area too with a great mix of high bars, communal tables, outdoor dining, upstairs dining and more private spaces. 


The Food

Basically you order from one menu that lists food from all 5 outlets – Japanese/Pan Asian , Italian, Mexican, American Diner or Fresh Fusion. We had a gorgeous water melon salad, some great sticky ribs and the fries were to die for!

A real highlight was a deconstructed lemon cheesecake – truly delicious and beautifully presented!


We had originally ordered standard wine and water but when we saw the cocktails coming out to tables around us we quickly asked for the cocktail menu. This is a Rosehip martini and it was truly impressive. Generous proportions, delicious and served in beautiful stemware ( did not notice chip in glass until editing photo!). These were some of the best value cocktails I have come across in Australia for some time.


Pretty much faultless. Yep – on the Gold Coast! In Australia!
We were seating promptly and with a smile and a bit of banter. We were served by a number of people – the food comes as it is ready – and yet everyone seemed well-trained, friendly and efficient. Our only complaint was a lack of serving utensils – hard to share with just a fork!

Wait times are minimal and to be honest they could probably go a bit slower. There are 2 hour limits on bookings but we were catching up with old Gold Coast friends and were out of there in 90 minutes.

We will definitely return to The Collective and would love to see this concept adapted in our cities. Its a great proposition for the owners who can share the risk as well as the overheads and it gives diners more choices and makes them more inclined to visit regularly. 8/10



  1. It looks a fabulous concept Sandy and one we would love to try when we are next up north…great photos as well….would love to try one of the cocktails, you get a taste for them after umpteen cruises !!!

    • sandra

      You sure do Di! It would be great to see this concept in all the big cities really – makes a lot of sense for everyone.

      • Kate

        It reminds me a little of Welcome to Thornbury in Melbourne. Although it’s not sit down dining, it’s a bar that has numerous food trucks stationed at the bar (the food trucks rotate) so you always get a range of food options with your beer.

        • sandra

          There is something like that in Brisbane too called Fish Lane. And numerous roving events. But everything is disposable and plates and forks get binned. This dining concept is fantastic isnt it !

  2. Kate

    That dessert looks amazing! Not to mention the cocktails 😉

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