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!
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.
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