Tapas Street Stories: Ramen Koji-Ya

Tapas Street Stories: Ramen Koji-Ya

RAMEN KOJI-YA

RAMEN & JAPANESE TAPAS

Ramen has arrived in the Northern Gold Coast!

With a range of traditional Japanese ramen dishes, karaage and tapas-style eats… Ramen Koji-ya have quickly become the hottest spot in the markets. We went behind the scenes to learn about the secret ingredients that make their dishes so delicious!

Owner Tomo was inspired by the little-known Japanese seasoning ‘koji’ to open Ramen Koji-ya.

“I have been a chef for over 15 years, and I want to introduce real Japanese food culture. Sushi and tempura are the most commonly recognised Japanese dishes in Australia, but now ramen is getting very popular. We produce a natural and healthy seasoning, and the ramen and karaage is made with the seasoning.”

 

Koji has been used by Japanese cooks for centuries to make everything from soy sauce and sake to miso and mirin. It’s a living food made from steamed rice treated with a mould called Aspergillus oryzae, and if you love umami it’s about to become your favourite seasoning. The team behind Ramen Koji-ya in Tapas Street use organic dry koji and miso, made right here in the Gold Coast, in their dishes.

“Koji is a Japanese fermented rice, it is the base for every Japanese seasoning such as soy sauce, miso… everything is made from koji. We make koji here in Australia. We have opened this restaurant to introduce Australians to koji.”

Be transported to Tokyo with their authentically delicious ramen. The broth has an intense umami flavour, created with the locally made koji. Rich with noodles, meat, seaweed, vegetables and egg, ramen is the perfect dish for the cooler nights.

“Ramen is getting very popular in Australia right now, but a lot of ramen uses MSG. We are here to create delicious and authentic ramen with natural and healthy ingredients. There is no MSG in our food because of the koji.”

They also serve tender and crunchy karaage (fried) chicken.

“The koji seasoning helps to make the meat tender, when you taste our kaarage chicken, it melts in your mouth because the enzymes from the koji help to break down the protein.”

The karaage is incredibly tender, with crispy crunchy coating and an authentic Japanese flavour. The dish is served with Japanese mayo and spring onions.

No visit to NightQuarter is complete without stopping in at Ramen Koji-ya for their delicious Japanese eats!

Tapas Street Stories: Melting Pot

Tapas Street Stories: Melting Pot

“All you need is a great big melting pot, big enough to take the world and all it’s got.” 

The Blue Mink’s song “Melting Pot” is the inspiration behind The Melting Pot in Tapas Street. At the age of 12, the owner heard this song and was inspired by the idea of a restaurant that serves food from around the globe.

“At school I took a record and put it on in class, we all sat back and listened to it. It was “Melting Pot” by The Blue Minks. I said, “I’ll own a restaurant called “The Melting Pot” one day.”

The Melting Pot serves a range of meatballs with flavours that have been inspired from around the globe. From traditional Italian, to Greek, to Asian… it truly is a melting pot of flavours.

“The moroccan meatballs are great, they are spicy and served with cous cous, roast capsicum and mint and finished with a tzatziki and harissa.”

There are also chicken Malay meatballs served on rice with green curry, lemongrass, kaffir lime and shallots; fish meatballs with tom yum sauce; and vegetarian arancini balls with pesto. There is a series of special occasion meatballs with the Aussie ‘roo balls’ for Australia Day served with a beetroot tzatziki and a New Zealand themed meatball for Waitangi Day. The meatballs are served in cones, perfect for eating as you wander around the markets.

The owners have a strong restaurateur background, the couple have owned successful Italian restaurants in Perth and Sydney. Leon grew up in Italy and has a strong family heritage with Italian cuisine, which really shines with every bite of their delicious meatballs.

The food is socially conscious as well. The inspiration behind the restaurant was to feed the nations. With every meal purchased, funds go towards feeding others in third world countries. You can also purchase worry dolls with the proceeds going overseas.

Find Melting Pot in Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!

Tapas Street Stories: LA Tostada

Tapas Street Stories: LA Tostada

LA Tostada brings a fusion of South American flavours to Tapas Street

“I was so inspired by the flavours and culture that I brought it home with me.”

As you wander down Tapas Street, you will soon catch sight of an unusually shaped taco bowl. Filled with smoked meats, fresh super salad and topped with creamy avocado, the tostada is a classic South American street food. After travelling to South America, the team behind LA Tostadas decided to bring the flavours of Mexico, Brazil and the Caribbean to NightQuarter. Their overseas travels inspired them to create dishes bursting with flavours that will transport you to South America. The range of tostada bowls is already amazing, but there are new flavours coming soon. We can’t wait!

Find LA Tostada at the end of Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!

Exploring Tapas Street

Exploring Tapas Street

Set within the heart of NightQuarter is a foodies’ paradise called ‘Tapas Street’. Think Mediterranean back alleys meets street food culture, and you have NightQuarter’s signature food precinct ‘Tapas Street’. Named after the tapas style of shared eating, conversation and small bites, Tapas Street is a place to congregate amidst the kaleidoscope of global flavours, and share a meal and bottle of wine.

GET TO KNOW TAPAS STREET!

Shipping Container Design

Upcycled shipping containers create a unique vibe

The space uses up cycled shipping containers, string lights, astroturf and recycled timber to create a unique dining environment. The precinct features twelve shipping container based micro-restaurant concepts, helmed by chefs and food purveyors drawing from heritage family recipes; and a cocktail bar.

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Kudu Bar

A shipping container cocktail bar 

Set within the heart of Tapas Street is Kudu Bar. Serving up cocktails, craft beers and fine wines, this is the perfect place to grab a drink while you eat. The namesake for the bar is a kudu head that site proudly on the back of the bar, is a family heirloom inherited by the bar owner. The bar serves a range of classic cocktails from mojitos to espresso martinis, as well as a range of signature cocktails.

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Funky Design

Sit below the stars and string lights

With string lights overhead, the ambiance in Tapas Street is romantic (and super Instagrammable!). On clear nights, sit out in the beautiful Queensland weather under the stars while you enjoy your meal.

Cocktails!

Celebrate the weekend with cocktails!

There is nothing better than cocktails on a Friday or Saturday evening! Grab your girlfriends or your partner for a night out trying some of the delicious cocktails on offer! Our favourites are the signature espresso martini and the frosé!

Sunsets over Tapas Street

Share a bottle of wine as the sun sets 

Delicious food, a glass of red in hand and the sun setting overhead, what could be better!

Tapas in Tapas Street

Enjoy food from around the globe

As the name suggests, Tapas Street is the place to go to enjoy tapas or a shared dining experience. From Spanish tapas, to Italian, South American and freshly shucked oysters… the best way to do Tapas Street is for everyone to grab a dish and share it!

The authentic Spanish tapas from Little Spain is to die for!

Live Music

Free live music every weekend from local talent

Every Friday and Saturday night, catch live performances from up-and-coming performers from the local area. Playing a mix of your favourite songs accompanied by guitar or keyboard, the perfect vibe is created to enjoy your Tapas Street dining experience!

Your Weekend Plans Sorted!

Filling a niche between street food culture and casual dining, discover authentic flavours from around the globe in Tapas Street. You will find a scaled-up mix of Italian, Spanish, Greek and South American flavours.  The experience allows you to get closer to the action. The friendly faces you see behind the counter own the restaurants, cook the food, create house-made sauces based on heritage recipes, and grow their own ingredients.

The precinct is filled with a community of food purveyors who care about the food they serve and care about creating a memorable experience for diners. There is communal seating, so you can mix and match your eats from different restaurants and share a meal with friends with cuisines from around the world.

Make your next night out in Tapas Street!

Crazy Shake Countdown

Crazy Shake Countdown

Freakshakes became a phenomenon over the past year! These insane concoctions are milkshakes topped with cream, topped with cake, topped with sauce, with sweets and lollies on top – a monstrous mashup of a drink and dessert.

At NightQuarter, we have our own monstrous drink and dessert mashup with Melt’s Crazyshakes!

Melt is helmed by an artist who has turned her creativity towards the world of desserts. Specialising in crazyshakes… milkshakes with gravity defying toppings, there is always something new to discover at Melt.  With high quality dairy products, perfectly placed toppings and a whole lot of passion… each crazyshake is a masterpiece.

As well as creating four brand new crazy shakes every month, they also create crazy special occasion crazyshakes! Countdown our favourite crazyshakes from the past year with us below!

LET’S GET CRAZY

The OG

The Original Gangsters… when these crazyshakes first popped up on Instagram last year, they went viral!

Winter Wonderland

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 Birthday Cupcake

Easter Chocolate

Halloween

Popcorn Extravaganza

Oktoberfest

Valentines Day Special

Rio de Janeiro Olympics

St Patrick’s Day

Adults Only Bourbon Festival

Caramel Mars Bar

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Coconut Frappe with Tapioca Pearls

10 Plates for $10

10 Plates for $10

There are SO many amazing food choices at NightQuarter… sometimes it can be completely overwhelming because you want to try one of everything! We have done some of the hard work for you, and sampled some of the best eats at NightQuarter that are $10 or less. That way, whether you are on a budget, or wanting to make sure you can fill your table with as many delicious dishes as possible, you can make the most of your night out at NightQuarter!

OUR TOP PICKS WHEN YOU’VE GOT $10 OR LESS!

Japanese Chicken Karaage

Kemuri

Kemuri uses high quality local ingredients and their love of traditional Japanese cooking to create authentic, mouthwatering dishes. Their crispy fried chicken is tender and juicy, and uses only free-range chicken.  These deep fried pieces of marinated chicken and traditional Japanese flavours will have you begging for more… good thing they are only $10!

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Authentic German Sausages

Brat Haus

Authentic giant German Sausages are just $10! Get your giant bratwurst, kranskis, and cheese kranskis delicious and generous German sausages on buns with all the delicious sauce and sauerkraut you like! We used these huge sausages in an eating competition… and even the hungriest competitors could only eat one… that’s how huge these things are! Grab yours this weekend! Yum!

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Belgian Chocolate Strawberry Skewers

Melt

Melt at NightQuarter will have you licking your lips and your pockets full, with heaps of under $10 options! Belgian chocolate over fresh strawberries, chocolate mud cake or marshmallows.. or all three! Melt at NightQuarter will look after your chocolate cravings!

Triple Cheese Grilled Sandwich

New York Gourmet Cheezys

Get all the cheesiness of a gourmet triple cheese sandwich from New York Gourmet Cheezy’s for $10. Three kinds of cheese at once… sign us up!

Flash Frozen Ice Cream

Dippin’ Dots

How does it stay in balls? Why is it so cheap? Dippin’ Dots at NightQuarter has everything for $10 and under.
Score yourself this regular ice cream cup for just $5! Surviving Gold Coast Summer.. priceless.

Vietnamese Bahn Mi

My Saigon Tuckshop

You will feel like you have just stepped into the night markets of Asia with the colourful Bahn Mi and Vietnamese rice paper rolls from My Saigon Tuckshop. With lots of options under $10, come in and try something new!

Traditional Spanish Tapas Plates

Little Spain

Take a trip to Spain for under $10! Little Spain in Tapas Street have a whole menu of tapas dishes for under $10…Deep fried olives is our fave!

Greek Style Falafel Salad

Fitapita

Fitapita is the healthy food lovers best friend, with their NEW Greek style falafel salad with tahini sauce for $10! With the delicious fresh salad and authentic Mediterranean flavours, it makes eating healthy a treat.

Reid Street Kitchen

Decisions to make… Reid Street Kitchen has assorted cakes and tarts, Mars Bar cheesecakes, giant Lamingtons, meringue pots….all well below $10.

Fish and Chips

Fish on Hawker

Get your fish and chip fix at Fish on Hawker- NightQuarter. They serve you crispy flathead and chips on special for only $10! Cheap as chips!