We say Japanese, you think sushi.
But let’s get real, there’s a whole lot more to this Asian cuisine than those delectable little rolls stuffed with all sorts which you could, and probably have, eaten for lunch and dinner, and then lunch again.
When it comes to chowing down on karaage, yaki tori, fresh sashimi, and everything else that can be found hanging out on a Japanese menu, we’re pretty spoilt for choice. Not sure where to head for your next udon bender? Here’s our pick of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
ii-naa Japanese Food | Caloundra
If ever there were a Japanese institution down the southern end of the Coast, ii-naa Japanese Food is it. Renowned across the lands as having possibly the most delectable okonomiyaki we’ve ever tasted, these guys have been working the Caloundra markets for years. These days, ii-naa also has a bricks and mortar store on Bulcock Street for sushi cravings, and takes their okonomiyaki stall on the road, meaning you’ll find it at Marcoola Market one week and Urban Garden’s Food Truck Alley the next. Listen, if you’ve never tried this sultry cabbage pancake coated in Japanese “sauce” (seriously, that’s what it’s called), then you’re missing out.
Bamboo House | Mooloolaba
Fresh flavours, cheap prices, friendly service—pretty much everything you want in a dining experience, Bamboo House serves up, making it a front-runner among our picks of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. Not only is this Mooloolaba spot BYO (hell to the yeah!), but with most meals coming in under $11, you’re going to be walking away with a wad of cash left over. All the more money to spend on their epic bento boxes for lunch during the week. Score!
Sushi Yah Man | Noosa
If a place is humming, it’s usually a good sign. And this place hums all the time. So we reckon that has to be a GREAT sign. A little bit rasta, a whole lot Japanese, Sushi Yah Man sits pretty in Noosa Junction and serves up chunky inside out rolls, delicious tapas, and, after 5pm, curries and noodles. An awesome stop for a catch-up with your mates.
Ginger Japanese Restaurant | Cotton Tree
If the whispers we’re hearing ring true, Ginger Japanese is totally deserving of a spot among our list of the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. Giving Cotton Tree foodies another fave haunt, you’ll find Ginger’s menu packed with sashimi, sushi, and Japanese curries. Mmmm-hmmm!
Ikko Japanese Kitchen | Maroochydore
We don’t even know where to begin. You could easily drive past Ikko Japanese when doing a Sunshine Plaza run, but that would be a total shame. Facing onto Aerodrome Road, this cheerful Japanese eatery serves up some of the most authentic chicken katsu curry we’ve ever eaten. But don’t start there. First up, get an entree of the pork gyozas—so very, very good.
Wasabi | Noosa
Expect the unexpected at Wasabi, and be blown away. We’re not going to pretend you won’t pay big bucks, but you’ll get a Noosa dining experience like no other, especially if you put your trust in the chef and opt for the Omakase—a seven or nine-course degustation. This is contemporary Japanese cuisine at its finest, so reserve this one for those super special occasions where “ordinary” just won’t cut it. Did we mention these guys have their own farm where they grow ingredients for their dishes? See what we mean? Next-level!
Jardin Japonesque | Noosa
One word: gyoza. Actually, who are we kidding, we can’t stop there! These babies are pan-fried and stuffed with organic lamb and veggies. Holy wow! Head to Jardin Japonesque and you can try these heavenly morsels as part of their set or share-style a la carte menus. A date night here will cost you more than your average Japanese joint, but it’ll be worth every cent. And plus, “bonus points” from the GF are priceless.
Did we include your favourite in our picks for the best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast? Let us know!