UPDATE 2013 – Late in 2013, Shogun moved to its new address near the Ferry Road Markets. To us it’s cleaner, fresher, but more clinical than previously, but we miss the entry garden and even the rattan screens! Maybe we’re just still coping with the change. We’d love to know what others think!
TIP- Be seated by 6.30 on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday and a limited teppanyaki deal costs $23. Check with the restaurant for conditions.
Shōgun in Bundall / Surfers Paradise is the oldest and longest-running Japanese restaurant on the Gold Coast, established over 35 years ago. Its present owner, Eri Tseng, worked in the restaurant when it opened and returned later to buy it. Shōgun is hidden away down a driveway off Bundall Road between a row of furniture retailers and banks, but finding this restaurant is really worthwhile.
To enter the restaurant, you traverse a small Japanese garden, complete with clipped bamboo hedges, a bridge over a small stream, muted lighting and soft music. It’s the perfect introduction to a Japanese dining experience. The front entry opens to the bar, where you can gather for a drink before entering the teppanyaki seating to the left or the more formal restaurant to the right.
How grand Shōgun must have been when it opened! Now, although it’s clean, tidy and comfortable, it’s showing its age a little. The ‘deco Japanese’ furnishings with pine panelling and orange laminex are back in vogue, except that Shōgun has done the full fashion cycle! But we’re here for the food! We take off our shoes and are ushered to our traditional table, thankfully complete with steps!
We decide to order from the set menu because of our love of sashimi, and we are not disappointed. The food is served in spectacular fashion in a wooden boat, the sashimi deliciously fresh. We’ve also ordered gyoza, assorted tempura and Wafu steak. The tempura is the only dish which disappoints: not quite light enough or with crisp enough batter for our liking. We wash it down with some Asahi beer and Genmaicha tea (Japanese green tea with toasted brown rice). At other tables families are dining, larger groups of Japanese are sharing shabu shabu, while in the teppanyaki area there’s raucous laughter as the chefs show off, flames shooting up to the ceiling and dishes flying into the air.
There are two sittings at Shōgun: at 6 and 8pm, with groups mingling at the bar in between. We note the large range of sake and plum wine, beer and some wines, and (last but not least) cocktails available, many with exotic names such as Geisha’s Kiss, Lady Ninja, Shogun Bunny and Japanese Slipper! On weekends, the teppanyaki area is popular with large groups of twenty somethings, who enjoy the set menu before partying on in the karaoke room from 9.30pm. Groups can also book karaoke on week nights.
Next time we dine, we decide, we’ll come to a Tuesday to Thursday 6pm sitting, where we can enjoy teppanyaki for the special price of $20.90. What a bargain!
We’re glad we discovered Shōgun. It’s a great place for a well-priced week day dinner or a party; even for a romantic night out.
117 Ferry Rd, Southport Ph: 07 5528 6998