Is Wasabi worth it? Gourmet Chick in Noosa

Lamb belly at Wasabi

On this trip to Noosa I finally got to try Wasabi.  This Japanese restaurant is regularly acclaimed as not only one of Noosa’s best restaurant but also one of the best in Queensland.  On my last visit I was pregnant so not so keen to splash my cash on top end sushi and sashimi that I wasn’t supposed to be eating. This time I was all about the raw fish! 

Mushroom
Mushroom

The restaurant overlooks the Noosa river but we ate there for dinner so didn’t really get to make the most of the views.  Inside the space is pared back with the best seats being the traditional style seating which is raised to accomodate not so traditional sore bottoms.

Edamame at Wasabi
Edamame at Wasabi

 Wasabi’s chef showcases local ingredients drawing on Japanese traditions.  The restaurant has its own farm at Honeysuckle Hill which provides Japanese vegetables and herbs and also uses the daily seafood catch from the local fishing boats.

Sushi and Sashimi at Wasabi
Sushi and Sashimi at Wasabi

Wasabi does the classic Japanese dishes well.  We started with some crisp, salty edamame ($9.50) and a bowl of earthy grilled shitake mushrooms ($16.50). 

Gyoza at Wasabi
Gyoza at Wasabi

The gyoza here are spot on, the pleated skin stuffed with tender Wagyu beef and mushrooms.  A plate of sashimi and sushi is spankingly fresh – everything I was dreaming about a year ago! 

Tempura at Gyoza
Tempura at Gyoza

Tempura Wasabi style features a light batter adding a crisp contrast to delicate baby zucchini blossom, bug tail and king prawns.  

Rolled chicken at Wasabi
Rolled chicken at Wasabi

However Wasabi disappoints where there are opportunities for more creative dishes.  The Tori chicken stuffed with hijiki rice and served on a warm mushroom salad errs on the side of being bland.  There was more flavour in the Ramu, soy braised lamb belly, however it would have been great to have a more generous size serving.   

Lamb belly at Wasabi
Lamb belly at Wasabi

It was worth the wait to get to Wasabi for the restaurant’s confident take on Japanese classics but when Wasabi goes beyond this remit it can fail to deliver.  

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Details: Wasabi, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa, Queensland (Ph 07 5449 2443)
Damage: Budget breaking. Three courses cost $80 per person.    Our bill for two came to $240. 
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