There’s a whole lot more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi. And lucky for us, there’s plenty of places on the Sunshine Coast, serving up everything from salty ramen and black sesame ice cream to traditional teppanyaki, and yes, even those delectable little rolls stuffed with all sorts.
Whether you’re looking to spend some loose change or your whole fortnightly pay check, we’ve uncovered the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. Get those chopsticks ready.
ii-naa Japanese Food
One of the most renowned (and most delicious) Japanese eateries on the southern end of the Coast, ii-naa Japanese Food has been making locals happy with their mind-blowing okonomiyaki for years. In addition to their weekly stall at the Caloundra markets (and popping up occasionally at Maroochydore’s Nights On Ocean) these guys also have a permanent store on Bulcock Street, where they serve up some of the best sushi this side of Brisbane.
Ikko Japanese Kitchen
From the homemade miso soup to the crispy chicken karaage, Ikko Japanese is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re on a lunch break and need a quick Japanese fix (hot top: order the chicken katsu bento box) or you’re trying to figure out how many pork gyozas it’s humanly possible to eat, this authentic little eatery is one of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
If you’re one of those people who like being spoilt for choice when looking at a menu, then you’ll find your happy place at Bamboo House. This BYO restaurant offers almost every type of Japanese dish you can think of and it won’t break the bank. With most Don bowls and giant sushi rolls coming in at under $15, your pocket change will go a long way here.
As you can probably guess from their name, Umami Ramen specialise in all things ramen and is easily one of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. From Tonkotsu and Tan-Tan Men to Spicy Black and Spicy Red, all of their ramen dishes are packed with flavour. They also offer rice bowls and Japanese snacks (try the tofu nuggets) plus everything is available to take away, so whether you’re dining in or gobbling your ramen on the run, you won’t be disappointed.
Sushi Yah Man
Giving us the cultural combination we never knew we needed, Sushi Yah Man is the perfect mix of Jamaican and Japanese. Pumping out Rasta tunes while serving up delicious Japanese, this laidback sushi joint is known for its chunky inside-out rolls, Japanese Tapas, and authentic curries and noodles. After one visit here, you’ll never want to eat Japanese without reggae again.
This BYO dine-in and takeaway sushi joint is almost too good to be true. With an endless menu of Japanese delights, including sushi, noodles, hot dishes and mains, Sushi Wave literally has something for everyone. Whether you’re a sucker for pork gyoza, prawn katsu or yakisoba noodles, you’ll taste why this joint made its way into our list of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
Ginger Japanese Restaurant
Since its opening, Ginger Japanese has fast become one of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast and it’s not hard to see why. Located in Cotton Tree, their menu is full of sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese curries. Be sure to pop in on a Tuesday and take advantage of their $5 dumpling special.
A favourite for both locals and visitors, Nobuzo has built quite the reputation on the Sunshine Coast for its fresh, delicious and authentic Japanese fare. Open for lunch and dinner, don’t leave without tasting the prawn tempura or the barbecued eel don.
If you consider yourself any kind of foodie, you’ve probably already heard of this place, and if you haven’t, then you need to check it out. Yes, you will have to fork out a little more dough for a visit to Wasabi, but we can guarantee you will be blown away by the experience. Our recommendation? Go for the Omakase and let the chef spoil you with a seven or nine-course degustation that will change the way you think about Japanese food forever. If you're looking for a fine dining experience among the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast, this is it.
Sumi Open Kitchen
Sumi Open Kitchen provides a unique dining experience that allows guests to get up close and personal with the geniuses who prepare the food. Minimalist design, clean lines and ambient lighting, instantly give away that this is not your average Japanese restaurant. The chefs at Sumi are so confident in their cooking, that they only offer a ‘trust the chef’ four-course or six-course set menu, which is great for those who always have a hard time choosing.