TASTE OF JA­PAN AT THE NEW YAMAGEN

Where Brisbane - - Dining - By Roshan Sukhla

QT GOLD COAST is home to the new and im­proved Yamagen restau­rant. Serv­ing a tra­di­tional Ja­panese iza­kaya menu, the team is led by ex­ec­u­tive chef Adam Lane.

The in­te­rior has been com­pletely re­designed and de­signer Nic Gra­ham has truly out­done him­self with the ‘east meets west’ ur­ban style. You can eat at the counter and watch the art of Ja­panese sushi masters as they care­fully cre­ate their fresh sushi and sashimi.

Over at the bar Yamagen stocks an ex­ten­sive range of Ja­panese whisky—one of the big­gest col­lec­tions in all of Queens­land—so if you are a whisky lover, you’ll be in your el­e­ment here. The cool cock­tails with a Ja­panese bite are also a must-try.

We chose to ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic omakase din­ing, mean­ing ‘cho­sen by the chef’, and I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it if you are in a big group. The sashimi tacos were my high­light of the night, fea­tur­ing salmon and spicy tuna, yuzu av­o­cado, warm sushi rice, sesame, water­melon radish and house spicy mayo. We de­voured the meats cooked on the smok­ing kushiyaki grills in­clud­ing pork belly with mas­ter­stock and spicy miso caramel, and the yak­i­tori chicken with spring onions and shichimi pep­per, while the aburi (par­tially grilled sushi) tast­ing plate, which in­cluded a salmon, teriyaki and kew­pie dish, was sim­ply di­vine.

Make sure you leave room for desserts in­clud­ing the miso caramel choco­late fon­dant with goma ice cream. Yamagen is modern Ja­panese din­ing at its glit­ter­ing Gold Coast best, and I can al­ready hear the sashimi tacos calling me back for a re­turn visit. ■ Open Tue–sun for dinner from 5pm. QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise. 5584 1200. yamagen.com.au

Yamagen. Photo: Des­ti­na­tion Gold Coast.

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