10 Authentic Asian Restaurants on the Gold Coast
With common ingredients like rice, noodles, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, chillies, dried onions, soy and tofu, there’s nothing not to like about Asian food. Packed with flavour, every other cuisine seems bland in comparison.
Asian food is the way forward to a long, healthy and tasty life
- think seafood, crunchy vegetables and nutritious broths. Food is simple and relatively cheap, without sacrificing the taste. Enjoy chilli crab in Singapore
, a Khantoke dinner in Thailand, a curry feast in Sri Lanka, dumplings in the Himalayas, candy haws in China, kimchi in Korea, satay in Indonesia, dim sums in Hong Kong, rice paper rolls in Vietnam, sushi in Japan, nasi campur in Malaysia…
or you can head to the Gold Coast and check out these great Asian restaurants:
The Strand Coolangatta
serves up authentic Japanese cuisine in a funky, vibrant environment. Voted Queensland’s favourite Japanese restaurant not once, but twice, it’s popular for good reason. Whether you’re after a quick and healthy cafe-style sushi bar feed or you want to linger over a leisurely meal, O-Sushi delivers the best in Japanese cuisine with an extensive, ever-changing array of fresh and healthy gourmet sushi, teriyaki dishes, soups, sizzling plates and hot pots.
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar
3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Located in ‘The Oracle’ Broadbeach, Mamasan delivers an exciting Asian menu focused on the share food philosophy. Enjoy a plate at the kitchen counter, join a large communal table, or dine on the deck on Oracle Boulevard. Enjoy plates like panko fried squid, Peking duck pancakes, wontons, ribs and Korean fried chicken, served alongside Asian-inspired cocktails, premium wines, spirits, tap beer and sake. Can’t decide what to eat? Let Mama choose with a selection of their favourite dishes for $85pp.
The Strand, Coolangatta
is where European meets Japanese influences and its cool, dark interior and unbeatable beachfront view makes it a must when dining in Coolangatta. Bin 72 might not look like the traditional Asian restaurant, but with dishes like seared salmon with miso, ginger and soy, sticky soy pork belly and pulled beef bao buns with crispy shallots, jalapeno mayo and asian slaw, it sure does taste like one. Get some steamed greens with ginger and sesame oil on the side or opt for a sticky pork salad with chilli caramel dressing.
2643 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Iyara Thai offers amazing Thai food at great prices. Located opposite the Broadbeach South tram station, you can enjoy dishes like pad thai, pineapple fried rice, mee grab, tom kha goong, chuchee curry and stir-fried vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, duck or seafood. Kick off your meal in style with some treasure bags, chicken satay and spring rolls.
1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Jimmy Wah’s is a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Burleigh. Its menu is designed for grazing and sharing and is predominately gluten free and dairy free. Choose the ‘Feed Me’ menu for $65 pp and let the chef feed you 7 courses plus a side or order single dishes like banh mi, chicken and ginger dumplings, whole charred baby squid, pok larb and Vietnamese pancake. Finish with a coconut and pandan panna cotta, spiced apple, yuzu and mint granita.
The Strand, Coolangatta
is Coolangatta’s best kept secret. A favourite of both locals and tourists it sits directly opposite the beach and inside The Strand Coolangatta
and offers authentic, affordable Japanese cuisine. With over 90 mouth-watering options to choose from, you could dine at Top Noodle every day of the week and never get bored. Choose from rice dishes, udon and soba noodles, curry and sides. Phone orders are welcome for a quick and tasty takeaway option.
44 Commerce Drive, Robina
Bunnath Kitchen is run by husband and wife team Bernie (Bunnath) and Ivy. It offers a modern Cambodian menu featuring traditional flavours of kreoung and lemongrass and a range of sweet Cambodian delights. Start with some boxing chicken or khmer beef satay, indulge in a a spicy yellow curry and then finish with a BK Banana Surprise - fried banana with red bean paste and caramel coconut with vanilla ice cream. Alternatively opt for a banquet, starting at $40 pp.
2007 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Miami Rice is a family-owned restaurant that combines Chinese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine. Enjoy Malaysian butter chicken, Peking pork with Hong Kong sauce, Szechuan prawns, sweet and sour pork, deep fried duck with plum sauce and Mongolian lamb. You name the Asian dish and Miami Rice will likely have it on the menu.
Manado Indonesian & International Cuisine
151 Scarborough St, Southport
Manado Indonesian & International Cuisine offers a relaxed atmosphere and delicious Indonesian and fusion food. Enjoy classics like nasi goreng and mie goreng, sambal prawns, ayam penyet and beef rendang. For dessert, try a traditional Indonesian es campur - mixed seasonal fruit topped with shaved ice, cocopandan syrup, ice cream and condensed milk.
Manahani Indian Restaurant
2737 Goldcoast Highway, Broadbeach
Manihani Indian Restaurant is an authentic and vibrant Indian food experience. Dishes can be made to suit all kinds of tastes and adjusted to suit the heat of your liking. Specialities include a mouth watering chicken karahi (chicken tikka pieces), nawabi lamb (chef’s favourite) and butter prawns. With naan on the side, you can’t go wrong.
Have a hanging for authentic Asian food and wondering where to try first? Start in The Strand Coolangatta
where you can find three of the best Asian restaurants listed above - Bin 72
, Top Noodle
. While you’re there, why not take in a movie at BCC Cinemas Coolangatta