Bin 12. Bin 72. Bin 232. Bin 89. You might recognise the names and numbers from weekend trips to the Gold Coast. Instead of of barrel numbers – also known as “bins” – each bistro in the group takes the location’s street number. Bin 931, the city’s first restaurant from Ridgeway, is in Westfield Chermside’s resort-style food precinct, an open-air restaurant hub with a weaving promenade, water feature and an illuminated dome. Bin 931’s menu is an around-the-world share-plate adventure. The smaller dishes include baked eggplant miso with sesame and parmesan; prawn-stuffed zucchini flowers; and tequila-cured salmon with yuzu gel, pickled-ginger dressing and wasabi mayo. Large hearty servings of beef rib on the bone, a lemon and herb half chicken and spiced pork belly sit at the heavier end. Oysters and olives, salads, seafood dishes, pastas and sides round out the menu. The 150-seat bistro has high ceilings from which wine bottles hang as light fittings. Barrels used as outdoor barricades drive home the vino reference. Wine is ordered by iPad; the venue believes this empowers diners to try something they wouldn’t normally pick. Each available drop has tasting notes, and the cocktails have pictures.
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