The Gold Coast is known as a hub of Japanese dining, so to help you find the best sushi, ramen and izakaya snacks, we’ve compiled a list of the top Japanese restaurants on the Gold Coast, from cheap and cheerful eateries to splurge-worthy degustations.
Kiyomi Japanese Restaurant
For a glam Japanese experience in Broadbeach, book a table at Kiyomi Japanese Restaurant in The Star. Indulge in chef Chase Kojima’s exquisite sushi and sashimi, plus cutting-edge creations, such as Grilled Kingfish Belly with Chicken Jus or Toothfish with Caramelised Miso. Splurge on a set menu for the full experience.
1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach
On the other side of the Gold Coast Highway lies flashy fine diner Ten Japanese Restaurant. Dinner at Ten doesn’t come cheap, but dig deep and you’ll be rewarded with elegant degustation and omakase (chef’s choice) menus brimming with premium ingredients, such as wagyu beef, king crab, truffles, foie gras and caviar.
Meriton Pegasus Building, Shop 2-4, 2669-2679 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Daichi by Ten
If you don’t have the dollars to drop $250 a head on a meal at Ten, then try the casual sister restaurant, Daichi by Ten, just around the corner. This friendly eatery serves excellent Gyoza, Okonomiyaki, Tonkatsu, and DIY sushi hand rolls—all for pocket change.
Meriton Pegasus Building, Shop 1, 2669-2679 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
One of the Gold Coast’s coolest Japanese destinations is Etsu Izakaya. This hidden gem on the Gold Coast Highway is signposted by a single red lantern; draw back the door to reveal a lively warehouse filled with lanterns and sunked couches. The sashimi is top-notch, as is the Tempura Moreton Bay Bugs with Watermelon, and any of the smoky delights coming off the binchotan grill.
2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Japanese marvel in Mermaid Beach is Itoshin Japanese Restaurant. Come to this authentic haunt for pristine sashimi and nigiri sushi, paired with Japanese sake.
3/2484 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Cha Cha Japanese
For a hit list of Japanese snacks (Gyoza, Karaage Chicken and Takoyaki), crowd-pleasing Teriyaki dishes and bountiful bowls of Udon Noodle Soup, head to cheap and cheerful Cha Cha in Broadbeach.
6/2705 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
For more Asian dining tips around Australia, read our Vietnamese food lover’s guide to Cabramatta, Brisbane’s new Chinese hotspot, and Chinese delights in Box Hill, Victoria.