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I am currently staying on the Gold Coast in Queensland visiting my family and before I arrived I decided to book an Airbnb with four bedrooms so my family and friends could stay. This worked out well as two of my friends came and stayed the first week I arrived. It was a great opportunity for us all to see the beautiful sunrise each morning from the verandah out the back of the property; so different every morning.

And beautiful views of the city at night…

It was one of my friend’s birthday and we wanted to go to lunch, so we chose Madame Fu Modern Asian about a five minute drive away from the Airbnb which had very good reviews on-line. There is both outdoor and indoor seating and we were seated inside. Outdoors has water views so I guess if we went again we would book outdoors as long as the weather is nice.

There were so many great sounding dishes on offer so whilst we were deciding my friends ordered cocktails and I ordered a glass of wine.

We were then ready to order our dishes, I chose the steamed bao with smoked soy mushroom, pickled radish, tempura vegetables and coriander – absolutely delicious. I also ordered the chilli caramel crispy eggplant with toasted peanuts, fresh chilli and shallots – wow this was definitely my favourite dish.

My friends were mainly sharing dishes so they chose a few, being the hand folded dumplings with spanner crab and prawn in a ginger broth with bonito flakes as well as the crispy wonton tacos with smoked ocean trout, pickled fennel and a wasabi mayonnaise and dill. All arrived very nicely presented on their plates and service was excellent.

Of course that was not enough food for the four of us, so the girls ordered a kingfish dish with ginger dressing, green apple and nasturtium and also two noodle dishes, which proved too much food for us all so we took most of the noodles home. I did enjoy my dish though which was stir fried sesame soy tofu with soba noodles, broccolini, green beans and crispy garlic and the other dish was similar but included teriyaki beef.

And whilst we were now very full, the girls could not go past sharing a couple of desserts so more wine was ordered whilst waiting for the desserts to arrive. Both desserts were finished pretty quickly with nothing left on the plates; that’s how good they were!

One was a mascarpone cream cheesecake with passionfruit gel, mango sorbet, fresh passionfruit and butternut cookie crumbs and the other was a peanut banoffee sundae with salted miso caramel, peanut butter ice-cream, banana whip and peanut praline…huge portions, very rich and rather decadent!

A great afternoon with friends!