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5 of the Gold Coast’s Best Asian Restaurants

From chic fusion venues to delicious teppanyaki digs, we’re covering the Gold Coast’s best Asian restaurants.

Steady migration has seen a contingent of new arrivals call the Goldie home in recent years. And abundant fresh foreigners means sensational oriental cuisine. Whether you’re craving traditional Cantonese cuisine or a delicate Japanese treat, give these five favourites a go.

Rick Shores

A Burleigh Heads institution, this iconic oceanfront hotspot specialises in contemporary pan-Asian delights. From the Kingfish sashimi to Rick’s famous fried Morton Bay bug rolls, every curated dish goes down a treat.

Aside from the next-level nosh, Rick Shores is a hit for its spellbinding setting. Hungry foodies flock here in droves to indulge in creative cocktails as the sunset sparkles on the sea. Pull up a pew on the beachfront terrace to feel the refreshing ocean breeze.

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Jimmy Wah’s Modern Vietnamese

Also in Burleigh Heads, Jimmy Wah’s is your go-to venue for a contemporary take on classic Vietnamese cuisine. A smorgasbord of sumptuous dishes adorns the menu, from crunchy banh mi baguettes to steamy pho and braised beef bao. Hankering for fresh seafood? You can’t go wrong with the soft shell crab or scallop dumplings.

Two Gold Coast hospitality heroes started the venture after finding success with the Fish House, Verve, and Social Eating House.

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Etsu Izakaya

Etsu Izakaya is a Mermaid Beach mainstay with a legendary reputation for its sensational Japanese cuisine. Hidden behind a non-descript barn door, the chic cavernous establishment still manages to draw a roaring crowd.

Inside, a buzzing chatty atmosphere and joyous sociable vibe—the sake helps—ensure a memorable night out. However, the highlight is the next-level nosh. Dishes like ponzu oysters, salmon sashimi, and their signature fish collar will have you coming back for more.

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Maggie Choo Asian Fusion

Bathed in bright pink lights, Maggie Choo encapsulates the vibrant energy of Surfer’s Paradise. Ceiling-hung flowers, oriental lanterns, and a sea of pink neon set a sophisticated scene. As a result, it’s an idyllic spot to quaff colourful cocktails and chow down on gourmet cuisine.

The varied menu spans all corners of the orient, from Thai classics to Korean fusion. If you’re feeling decadent, don’t pass on the caramelised pork belly or the cheeseburger spring rolls. Day drinkers will adore the 50 Shades of Pink bottomless brunch.

maggie choo gold coast asian

Mamasan Kitchen + Bar

Mamasan is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of Pan Asian flavours. Upon stepping through its cherry blossom-strewn walkway, you’ll enter an oriental wonderland of Asian artefacts and exotic décor.

The spanner crab ravioli dumplings are the Goldie’s finest, while the twice-cooked pork belly bao will impress. In order to sample the full smorgasbord of flavours, try the chef’s selection of succulent share plates.

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Try the Gold Coast’s Best Asian Restaurant with Kiff & Culture

Keen to sink your teeth into the Gold Coast’s most lip-tingling Asian cuisine?

Then book your spot on our Eat & Drink the Gold Coast tour. We visit our favourite oriental hotspot and a slew of other amazing venues in one fun-filled day. 

Image Credit: Jimmy Wah’s via Instagram, Etsu Izakaya via Instagram, Maggie Choo via Instagram, Mamasan via Instagram

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