TOP 100 QUEST: WASABI RESTAURANT AND BAR, Noosa, QLD
Wasabi in Noosa is serving authentic Japanese food primarily using produce sourced from the local area. This is so for many restaurants in Japan where their cuisines are based on only locally sourced ingredients. Wasabi has its own farm at Honeysuckle Hill where they grow Japanese vegetables and herbs that are difficult to come by, and make use of the daily seafood catch from the local fishing boats. They aim to provide a regional, seasonal dining experience with a sense of place.
Wasabi is situated right on the river. We had a perfect table at the window and we’d already decided long before we’d arrived that we’d partake in the omakase (tasting) menu. With the omakase you have a choice of the 7 courses for $134 or the 9 courses for $157 per person. Given that we’d all travelled up to Queensland for the sole purpose of dining at Wasabi, the 9 courses was the obvious choice.
And we loved it – we loved it all – from the beautiful raw scallop with bright orange kinrenka petals and fish crackling to the lamb with bunya nut and heirloom carrot. Everything was fresh, delicate, light and tasty.
We certainly had enough food, but even then, we managed to fit in an additional order of gyoza at the end, just because we’d been eyeing them off as they came out to other tables – yeah, I know… how greedy – shame on us! At the end of the evening we were given a printed copy of the menu, which I must say, contains many items that we’d never heard of before, such as kinako gelee, bubu arare and gobo root.
We had a fantastic night – catching up over great food and wines. Be warned though – it’s not a cheap night out. After pre-drinks, three bottles of wine, additional gyozas and post-drinks, it came to about $240 per person – but it was worth it!