Restaurant Guide

Wasabi: Restaurant review

Visiting Wasabi – which is cantilevered over the Noosa River – is almost like entering the mythical Japanese floating world of Ukiyo.


2 Quamby Pl
Noosa Sound, Qld


Lunch Fri & Sun 1pm-4pm;
Dinner Wed-Sun 5pm-10pm


Dégustations $95-$150

Wasabi's focus on local produce (much of it sourced from the restaurant's own farm) may be contemporary, but dining at this riverside icon almost feels old-school – the setting is quiet and intimate, the floor staff exacting. There's no unnecessary fanfare, but expect an adventure of discovery; you don't so much order from the Wasabi menu as give yourself over to it. A tartare of fresh-caught local fish with an extra kick, courtesy of mirin, miso, shishito and edamame salt, awakens the palate, while charcoal-grilled arrowhead squid stuffed with baby Mooloolaba king prawns is finished with a grassy shiso and mitsuba dressing. Slow-cooked Rhodavale pork shoulder served with genmaicha, meanwhile, is served in its own rich broth to create a kind of rarefied Japanese comfort food. As for the drinks offering, order some sake from a wide-ranging international menu or a bottle from the impressive collection of vintage Champagne. Either way, be prepared to savour dessert – a watermelon and shiso granita finished with vibrant green nasturtium ice-cream proves to be, like everything else at Wasabi, both restrained and inspired.
(07) 5449 2443
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair access
  • Private room
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Zeb Gilbert
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.