Restaurant Guide

Anekawa: Restaurant review

This pint-sized, chef-run venue isn't quite a portal to Shibuya, but it does leave the Gold Coast behind.


This pint-sized, chef-run venue isn't quite a portal to Shibuya, but as you push aside ochre-hued noren curtains and slide back the glass door, you certainly leave the Gold Coast behind. Interiors are distinctive, with dark walls, blond timbers and bent cane; tables capped with freeform bluestone slabs. A daily changing menu showcases an equally winning blend of Australian and Japanese sensibility, with local bounty centreplate. Silken chawanmushi might arrive topped with salmon pearls, sweetcorn and briny swimmer crab. Lightly torched strips of Watson's leaping bonito also shine paired with a citrus-forward house ponzu, smoky yuzu kosho and crimson rosella petals. Crisp school prawns crown a claypot of rice and mushrooms, zingy with sansho seasoning. The hits continue to dessert: yuzu-coconut ice-cream and pineapple cake providing an elegant finish. Bustling staff are clued-up about everything, from the sake and small-scale wines through to ingredient provenance. Tiny yet mighty.


Cnr Swan La and Railway St, Mudgeeraba
(07) 5645 6462
Chef Koki Anekawa
Price guide $
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
Open Dinner Tue-Sat
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