From Japanese and Thai to Vietnamese and everything else in between, the Sunshine Coast is home to some absolute beauties in the Asian eats department.
Here’s your ultimate Asian eats bucket list (in no particular order), for you to work through for the next forever. You can thank us later!
This newish Vietnamese joint serves up some of the tastiest bao and beef pho on the Sunshine Coast. Found in Mount Coolum, Bao Down gets packed with super proud locals, so be sure to book a table if you’re counting on dining here for your next #datenight.
Ii-Naa Japanese Food
Ii-Naa Japanese Food serves up one of the best okonomiyaki we’ve ever tasted. Seriously, it’s heavenly. Cooked on a hotplate before your eyes, this cabbage pancake topped with “sauce”, mayo, and your choice of meat, can and should be eaten for brekkie, lunch, OR dinner. Popping up at a bunch of markets across the region, these Japanese maestros are regulars at Marcoola Market (Friday nights), Nights On Ocean, and The Caloundra Street Fair (Sundays).
IKKO Japanese Kitchen
You’ve probably driven straight past IKKO Japanese Kitchen without even realising what you’re missing out on and we wouldn’t blame you. Smack bang in the middle of Maroochydore, fronting onto Aerodrome Road, this Japanese restaurant is super low-key, but that’s what makes us love it even more. Chicken katsu curry, gyu don, and the prawn yakisoba are all must-try dishes.
The kings of Asian-style cheap eats on the Sunshine Coast, we have a mild obsession with ANYTHNG from Junk. But, if you twisted our arm, we’d probs shout “order the JFC” because the Korean fried chicken wings with a sweet and spicy sauce are next-level.
Four words: Coconut soup of salmon. Anyone who has been to Spirit House or has friends who are constantly telling them that they’ve got to go, will have heard of this dish. It’s only a starter, but my word, it’ll change your life.
Yes, Wasabi is pricey, but it’s totally worth splashing out on this chef-hatted Japanese restaurant at least once in your life. For the complete experience, go with the Omakase—a seven or nine-course degustation—and just wait till you get to the tempura local spanner crab (Kani Shinjo).
Bringing Asian fusion to the Coast, Corbin’s are top contenders in the Coast’s ultimate Asian eats bucket list. Go for the fried chicken bao with smoked sriracha and fried garlic, stay for the slow-roasted, Bo Ssam-style lamb shoulder.
Go to Embassy XO and order the yum cha banquet. All of it will impress your tastebuds, but you’ll want to savour the BBQ duck buns and the pork dumplings with pumpkin puree, because they’re THAT good. Be sure to book ahead as yum cha is only offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12pm to 2pm.
Sushi Yah Man
For seriously good sushi and Japanese eats, Sushi Yah Man has got you covered. We don’t want to tell you what to eat but the gyoza, okonomiyaki (yes, we love the stuff), and karaage chicken are TDF. Oh, and if you’re vego or vegan, these guys have a whole menu dedicated to you. How good is that!?
Siam Spicy Thai
Authentic and cheap, Siam Spicy Thai’s choo chee fish (beware: it’s hot!) and massaman curry with lamb are legit. Some of the best Asian eats on the Sunshine Coast, plus it’s BYO. Winning!
Ginger Japanese Restaurant
Sitting pretty in Cotton Tree, Ginger Japanese Restaurant plates up authentic eats in generous portions. Start with the takoyaki, end with whatever sushi your stomach desires—trust us, you can’t go wrong here.
Tucked inside Big Top in Maroochydore, Pum’s Kitchen will challenge everything you’ve ever thought about food court eats. Dishing up some of the best Thai on the Sunshine Coast, we struggle to go past their chicken pad thai—so simple, so good! Order it takeaway and devour it by the river, al fresco-style.
This place is cheap and cheerful, and with a delish mixed platter of sashimi coming in at under $15, Bamboo House can really do no wrong.
For spring rolls like you’ve never experienced before, make the trip to Dhom’s Kitchen in Cooroy. Just book early because ALL the locals know about this secret spot.
Have we left out who you rate as having the Sunshine Coast’s best asian eats? Let us know!