Surfer’s Paradise has lost its shine over the years, and we don’t visit often to avoid the tacky collection of clubs and strip joints it has built a reputation around. We were shocked to find so many shop spaces up for lease or left in disrepair. The tourist crowds are missing and perhaps that was due in part to the grey weather we have been here on the southeast.
When we do make the trip down, we visit Amimoto, a little Japanese eatery in the Lido Arcade. Nestled past the tattoo and nail parlour in the middle of the arcade, Amimoto is run old school – an assortment of extendable tables and foldable chairs in the shop and along its corridor. There are 3 seats at the sushi bar in front of the chef, which are permanently reserved.
My favorite is the chirashi sushi (AUD$16), which comes with urchin roe, salmon roe, prawn roe, scallop, octopus, squid, tuna, salmon, prawn, white fish, etc. and a very sweet shiitake mushroom are served on a bed of rice. Oh, and a little knob of wasabi. The seafood’s really fresh and I love how the roe literally bursts with flavour.
The last time we visited, the SO had the katsu don (AUD$7.50). It’s served piping hot, perfect for chilly wet weather. This time, the SO opted for the sushi combination set A, which turned out wasn’t quite enough for him.
Each piece of nigiri was AUD$3.90, except for the unagi (eel) at AUD$4.90. The unagi was lovely, but it had what tasted like bush pepper sprinkled over it. Not a bad complement to the sweet sauce, but quite unexpected.
Shop 13 Lido Arcade, 24 Orchid Avenue
Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
Tel: +61 (07) 5538 7816
Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm;
Sat and Public Holidays 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm