Izakaya Midori

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It takes courage to open a ‘destination’ restaurant, one so out of the way that diners must ‘seek to find’ it. Without walk-by foot traffic, destination restaurants depend on reputation…

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Goukai Ramen

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For a culturally ‘mish mash’ dish, ramen is unrivalled in its ability to gain fans. Talk ramen and its converts will espouse the beauty of their favourite bowl, not to…

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Kemuri

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It’s always fascinating to find out the story behind a restaurant – how the owners came to be here, the concept they envisaged and how that translates into the restaurant’s…

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Ramen roundup, Gold Coast

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From a working man’s dish in China to Japan in the 19th century, to being given ‘haute cuisine’ status in America by chef David Chang, ramen has journeyed along trade…

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Poke, we’re dedicated to you

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When you’re looking for food on the run, poke bowls are one of the healthiest, most convenient fast food meals in town. The name ‘poke’ (pronounced ‘po-kay’, and written without…

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Six new casual Japanese restaurants

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The back streets of Japanese cities are filled with tiny eateries, each specialising in different dishes. They’re the inspiration for travellers who have gone home to create their own version…

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Zipang

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Named after the ancient title of Japan, Zipang, Chef Atsushi Mizushima's cafe has a split personality. By day, it’s a tiny ‘dine in’ or quick ‘grab and go’ eatery where…

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Little Itoshin

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The Gold Coast has been one of our holiday playgrounds, a major decision maker in our choice of a place to settle.  Living here since 1998, Itoshin, owned by Tomy…

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Izakaya

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The back streets of Japanese cities are filled with tiny eateries, each specialising in different dishes. They’re the inspiration for travellers who have gone home to create their own version…

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Izakaya Umakamon

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If approachability is the mark of a true izakaya, then Izakaya Umakamon has it in bucketloads. Tucked opposite the Novotel Surfers Paradise and a few doors away from The Island…

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