Samurais Paradise on the Gold Coast

When a Japanese person recommends a Japanese eatery, you better sit up and pay attention – or at least I certainly did, especially since this was a recommendation for yakitori. And what’s not to love about little skewers of BBQed meats?

Granted we had to trek down to the Gold Coast for it, but Samurais Paradise is well-worth the trip in my book.

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

I’ll admit Samurais Paradise doesn’t look like much from the outside. Or even the inside. The décor was eclectic with random artworks, including reproductions of classics such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa with samurais added to the works. Our table had a batik tablecloth which might be more at home at an Indonesian eatery, but once they got the grill cracking, there was no turning back – and service was pretty quick too.

The prawn yakitori were a little too dry, but the rest of the yakitori was great! The SO’s fave of the meal was the pork belly that arrived with a very mild chilli sauce that was more akin to chutney without the sweetness. Mine would be the beef tongue – thin slices of beefy goodness grilled till the edges were ever so slightly crisp.

Samurais Paradise’s menu offering goes beyond yakitori – they had an a la carte menu with items such as teriyaki tofu, karage, takoyaki, etc. The two other tables beside ours were dining off that menu, but I reckon we had the better deal.

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Beef. AUD$2.50

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Pork belly. AUD$2.50

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Beef tongue. AUD$3.00

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Chicken wings. AUD$2.50

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Chicken thigh. AUD$2

Samurais Paradise, Gold Coast

Prawn. AUD$2.50

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