Wa-ssam, Surfers Paradise, is a little Japanese diner and bar that has been hiding away upstairs on the first floor of Chevron Renaissance since 2002, known only to Japanese customers and a few locals ‘in the know’ who frequent the restaurant. It’s not even in the phone book! Named after the owner’s home town in Hokkaido, northern Japan, it provides some of the freshest Japanese food available on the coast washed down with Japanese beer on tap.
The lunch menu includes Bento boxes, Tempura and Teriyaki dishes, all reasonably priced.
As expected, the dinner menu is more extensive. Bento box sets are larger in size and more expensive. Most other food comes in two sizes: small or large. Small serves come with fresh salad, large with steamed vegetables, salad, miso soup. Much of the food is suitable to share. Specials include Softshell crab, Marinated sashimi and Homemade grilled dumpling. We shared three dishes.
The Assorted sashimi platter contained the freshest tuna, salmon, kingfish and squid we have had in a long time; Grilled takoyaki with cheese was a drippingly delicious combination of deep fried octopus balls topped with grilled cheese, yakitori sauce, mayo and shallots; Teriyaki beef was also sensational with the batons of fillet steak perfectly cooked to order. The green tea parfait will have to wait for next time!
The atmospheric bar boasts a good range of imported beer, shochu, mixed drinks and liqueurs, sake and plum wine. A small range of wine is available by the bottle, however you can BYO bottled wine for $2.50 corkage per person. A great little find!
Level 1, Chevron Renaissance, 3250 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5538 8836