Restaurant Reviews

Etsu Izakaya

Etsu Izakaya
1/2440 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach, QLD


There’s a sense of mystery to Etsu Izakaya. A barn door devoid of signage is all that can be seen from the road, but slide it open and an Aladdin’s cave awaits. The long, dimly lit space is moody, almost whimsical, featuring floor-to-ceiling Japanese-inspired murals, a curved timber wall blending into the ceiling and an intriguing, bare tree surrounded by one of the large timber tables. Warm and polite staff make diners feel at home before explaining the sharing menu, where salmon usuzukuri shines with a balanced, vinegar-spiked dressing, overshadowed only by buta no kakuni – meltingly tender pork belly with crisp crackling. A robata grill delivers medium-rare lamb cutlets humming with gochujang, while the dessert menu inspires with a creamy, nutty black sesame panna cotta. The wine list is well conceived, but the Japanese beers on tap are more appealing. Umeshu, shochu, Japanese whisky and sake satisfy the adventurous.


(07) 5526 0944



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Yusuke Ito

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★

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Etsu Izakaya
1/2440 Gold Coast Hwy Mermaid Beach, QLD
Yusuke Ito
Bookings essential
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Dinner daily 5pm-10pm

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