If there’s one thing you should know about eating sushi and eating it well, it’s that you should always crack your sushi virginity by visiting a sushi joint recommended by a trusted friend.
Why, you ask? Because bad sushi—much like a meal from a back alley Chinese restaurant or a fish and chip shop 500km from the nearest beach—is a once tried, never forgotten experience. And not in a good way.
Lucky for us, there’s bountiful sushi options across the Coast to suit every penny pusher budget. From flash nights out to hungover takeaways, we’ve sussed out the restaurants dishing up the best sushi on the Sunshine Coast. You can thank us once your addicted!
Cherry Blossom Tree
Reasons to pop your sushi cherry with the good guys at Cherry Blossom: a) They’ve got an awesome location right on the Plaza’s Riverwalk (hello cheap movie deals), b) it’s not too fancy schmancy, so you can wear your Havis, and c) it’s a wicked intro into good Japanese grub, so if you like what you’re tastin’ you can taste a little more. Cherry Blossom offer a pick ‘n’ mix sushi selection on a traditional sushi train, so for newcomers it’ll be the full experience. Go for a chicken and avo roll if you’re just starting out—it won’t be too much of a shock for the taste buds.
Where: Sunshine Plaza, 93a/156 Horton Parade, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5475 4988
Sakana Sushi Bar
You can’t really go wrong with sushi by the beach, and Sakana hits the mark in all areas of setting, flavour, price, and atmosphere. The authentic Japanese restaurant offers both a sit down option for those who want to try their hand at smooshing their food together with chopsticks, as well as a takeaway bar for those who’d rather dribble soy sauce down their chin in privacy. Sakana picks include the fresh prawn and avocado, the cucumber and sesame for vegos, and Kani Kama (crab) for the truly adventurous.
Where: 25 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5477 7737
Peregian Springs locals know that although Brown Rice is little heard of, it’s no easy feat getting a seat at the train on a weekend night. Brown Rice is unassumingly tucked inside the Coles Shopping Centre in Peregian Springs and comes alive at lunch and evenings because of its deliciously crisp rolls. With fish so fresh you can literally see it whole (it’s not for the squeamish), we recommend sampling any of Brown Rice’s seafood selections. If you’re planning on dining at peak hours, make sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Oh, and there’s plenty of parking too!
Where: 1 Ridgeview Drive, Peregian Springs
Sushi Yah Man
Fellas, if your lady doesn’t mind a bite of rice with something nice tucked inside, Sushi Yah Man is the go for your next date night. Cute décor, good service, and lots of outdoor seating for a quiet convo, you really can’t go wrong. Yah Man’s menu has a street food feel (which holds true to their market stall roots) and stocks everything from tempura green bean and pumpkin to chicken Katsu (think KFC fried chicken without all the grease) and cheese. If your diet is of the vegan variety, Yah Man has you covered with a full vegan spread on offer.
Where: 7 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5324 1071
The Dicky/Moffat precinct is packed with awesome culinary gems and Yume is no exception. Yume swims with people on weekend nights and is renowned for its super fresh sashimi and icy cold beers. We recommend the grilled dumplings to get the tummy growling and the sushi sashimi boat for the curious eaters who like to share. Again, you’ll want to book or opt for the takeaway option if you’re feeling your flannel PJs more than the crowds.
Where: 11 Rooke Street, Dicky Beach
Contact: 07 5492 7077
Wasabi Restaurant & Bar
This one’s definitely more suited to a special night out—think: anniversary, special birthday, when you’re trying to make amends for messing things up—because it’s all class and at the exxier end of the price scale. But the food? The views? The bar list? Unreal. Wasabi is at the top end of scale for luxury dining and if you’re the kind of Coast foodie who pinches their pockets saving for one big amazing meal per month, you couldn’t pick a better venue. This five star take on fine Japanese cuisine is located on Quamby Place with river views to boot. The three-course a la carte menu featuring sashimi, wild local scallops, and an assortment of premium hand-crafted sushi rolls is the ultimate treat. Did we mention Wasabi was voted Australia’s BEST Japanese restaurant in 2014 by Gourmet Traveller? Yep, right in your own backyard.
Where: 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Sound
Contact: 07 5449 2443
What is it about Peregian and good sushi? Sushi Wave has a cracking reputation across the Coast for authentic Japanese eats and it doesn’t take much to see why. With a mostly gluten-free, all sugar-free menu, it’s a healthy pick for those looking to expand their horizons on the Asian fusion front. Sushi Wave offer a BYO dining option, so you can wash down your garlic chilli salmon roll with a mouthful of your poison of choice (remember: keep it white with rice). Favourites include the roast duck and cucumber, tamago (omelette), and the Aussie prawn. With rolls starting at around $3, it’ll fill the tum without breaking the bank.
Where: 10/224 David Low Way, Peregian Beach
Contact: 07 5471 3199
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