Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Like a Kid Loose in a Lolly Shop; the Aromas and the Sights Will Have You Salivating in the Food Heaven Known as the Kitchens

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Like a Kid Loose in a Lolly Shop; the Aromas and the Sights Will Have You Salivating in the Food Heaven Known as the Kitchens

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Byline: Letea Cavander

THE foodie movement has rolled into a shopping centre and the result is The Kitchens. Opened in November last year, it is marketed as a $160 million food playground featuring cafes, bars and restaurants attached to the Robina Town Centre in the Gold Coast.

A wander through the two levels of the food hall takes the senses on a world trip.

There was a waft of frying meat from the chef working the teppanyaki grill; a competition of colours from the yellow taco and avo on a plate at the South American bar-restaurant; the perfect char on top of a line of lemon meringues; and brewing herbs and spices from a retailer dedicated to selling tea that caused some olfactory confusion.

There is something for just about every tastebud. Even the vegans are taken care of at a bar and restaurant dedicated to meals that hero vegetables and leave the poddies off the plate.

But to work up an appetite there was some shopping to be done first. With more than 400 retailers to choose from and a $50 voucher to burn, I was spoilt for choice when it came to updating my wardrobe with an accessory and new bag at the Robina Town Centre.

Shop assistant Sandra Pelham, a retail expert with 13 years' experience, said those who want to update their everyday handbag should stick to classic tones and make sure they choose the right size.

"For a work bag you could go for a long tote with strong straps," she said.

"Go for a black or brown that will keep it going through seasons, or you can go for a colour that will update the look."

Ms Pelham said blocks of colour were a great addition to a night bag.

"Some ladies don't like carrying much at all so if it's just a phone, lipstick and keys, use (something smaller) that will go from day into night," she said.

After the retail therapy, it was back to The Kitchens where the theatre of the teppanyaki chef commanding the flat-plate grill was too hard to ignore.

My partner and I took our seats and felt the heat of the barbecue as the chef lifted a sizzle from the plate when he threw the meat and veg on. …

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