Sushi Sashimi Medium Platter - Yama-ya
Sushi Sashimi Medium Platter - Yama-ya AUD27.95
We were recommended this place by one of Julia's colleague's friend who is a Gold Coast local. Sure enough, the food was good, and the diners were almost all Japanese-speaking. Apart from us, there was a couple from Hongkong and a Caucasian Aussie.
As mentioned in the review, the house specialty is a Baked Egg Slice that we passed on, but when we saw the table next to us order something off the daily specials which was unfortunately only in Japanese, we motioned to our waitress to get us a serve.
Our helpful Japanese waitress had a crib sheet full of notes and English translations. She helpfully explained to us that it was a "Yellowtail kingfish simmered in soy sauce". We didn't really care. It looked good! And it was good! The sweet soy stock was a good match for the fatty belly of the kingfish, and if it got to cloying, you could balance it out with some of the silky tofu simmered in the same stock but without the richness of the fish.
The Sake Chazuke (grilled salmon and rice in light fish stock) was a nice starter to warm us up. Typically, this is how Japanese end the meal, but it was a rather chilly night outside and we needed warming up. It was when we first encountered freshly grated wasabi that we knew we were in the hands of an expert.
The Agedashi Tofu was deep fried such that a skin has formed but still silky smooth inside. It was doused in a very light dashi stock and delicious!
Our Tako-su (octopus with vinegar dressing) was not so good. The octopus was quite fresh, but otherwise unremarkable.
The sushi and sashimi were very fresh, but the unagi sushi that we ordered was quite spectacular. A rare find of such well prepared eel in Australia.
Our only regret is not being able to order off the specials menu, otherwise, we would have been there every day! :)
38 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Closed on Sundays
- Tako Su