Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year Holidays. Our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by this Queensland flood.
As for us, we had a four-day trip to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and I’d have to say, one of highlights on this trip was visiting the Wasabi Japanese restaurant. It had been rated by Gourmet Traveler as one of the best regional restaurants in Queensland. When we arrived for our 6PM booking, the restaurant was already half-full. The restaurant overlooked the river but when we were there, the weather was miserable – dark gray clouds covered sky and strong winds were pounding the coastline. It’s not hard to imagine how beautiful the view must be from restaurant must be on a sunny day.
There are two types of seating at the restaurant. We could choose from the traditional Japanese tatami room or a standard dining table that overlooks the river. We sat at the raised tatami room with a big long table, which we shared with two other couples. The table was spaced very well – we had a comfortable distance between the person beside us.
As introduced by the host, the meals were a choice between the tasting menu or a la carte, which was designed for sharing. We chose the tasting menu, so that we could experience the chef’s signature dishes all at once. As for drinks, every cocktail on the menu sounded gorgeous. Decisions, decisions… At the end, we couldn’t resist the temptation of the Natsu Yasumi and also got the Go Shu/ Name Sake.
Natsu Yasumi – muddled lychee, lime, Shiso leaf (known as perilla or beefsteak plant), vodka, parfait amour and champagne. The drink was refreshing and perfect choice after a red-hot summer day at the beach.
White Miso Soup (first dish) – with flower shaped radish slices, a nice attention to detail touch.
Next was the chef’s appetiser selection from “Today’s additions”. The waiter explained there were three different dishes on the plate to start off the tasting test. Firstly, there were Mooloolaba Yellowfin Tuna sashimi with a dash of white miso, chopped chives and black caviar; Morton Bay Oyster topped with dashi gelee, finely chopped spring onion and black caviar and finally, and also my favourite, the savoury carrot cake topped with simmer eel.
Sashimi – Chefs joy selected the best quality of the day
Presentation of this tasting plate was perfect and nicely balanced.
(Left) the signature dish for Wasabi – Kingfish sashimi with toasted sesame, diced ginger, ponzu sauce and finely chop spring onions. Personally, I am not a big fan of Kingfish sashimi. I find it’s fish taste is too strong for me, but on this occasion, the flavor of sesame, diced ginger and ponze sauce were the perfect ingredients to combine with Kingfish. I’d have to say this dish has completely changed my views on Kingfish sashimi.
(Right) Mooloolaba Yellowfin Tuna and Salmon sashimi
Escondido – Yellowfin tuna, avocado, salsa, chilli and Japanese mayonnaise
Kin Ebi – tempura flake covered inside out roll with tiger prawn, mango & coriander
California – Roe brushed inside out roll, blue swimmer crab, cucumber and avocado
Two crispy pan-fried pork dumplings, spicy ponzu dipping sauce; green bean sayaendo side salad
Seafood and vegetable tempura served with maccha salt and tentsuyu sauce
Last dish for the menu – Spatchcock teriyaki
Free range corn fed spatchcock, deboned and stuffed with hijiki rice, torigara shoyu, golden shallot, nama shitake and warm mushroom salad
Or you can also choose – Aburi Wagyu
Seared Mayura Station 500 day grain fed beef, Japanese mountain vegetables, sesame dressing
The food at Wasabi was fresh, had a great attention to detail but also quite pricey. We spent $95 per person for having the tasting menu, plus an extra $13 for having Wagyu beef. Overall, we were very satisfied with the tasting menu and wowed by this experience. We were especially impressed by the chef’s passion in using fresh local produce and combining it with traditional Japanese cooking. I can certainly taste their creativity from this dining experience.WASABI Restaurant Address: 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads QLD 4567, Australia