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How to find good value Japanese food

Sometimes you have to search out those little hidden gems to get a good dining experience at a good price! We ate at an out of the way place called Zipang in Currumbin Creek Road on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and it met our expectations. Zipang offers lots of tapas style dishes and has a following with the locals. The location is a bit out of the way in the industrial area of Currumbin Waters – it is worth finding though.

We went on a Saturday night with a group of friends, they were about 16 of us seated at a long table outdoors.  The menu was preset as a banquet where courses were delivered to us over the evening. When we arrived there were some lotus root chips and edamame beans on the table.

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A little starter to nibble on – lotus root chips

The first main dish to arrive was some beautiful sesame seed crusted salmon. This really was a taste sensation and incredibly moist. This one is definitely on our reorder list when we go back.

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Sesame crusted salmon
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Moist and tasty salmon

We were then treated to some Japanese-style tofu that was done with the very special skin on the tofu and topped with a special Asian sauce.

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Tofu

Because two of us do not eat meat there were some substitutes. This was particularly nice because many restaurants do not take the time to substitute when it is a large group. That was not the case at this restaurant and we were exceptionally well taken care of. One substitute comprised green beans and cashews with some Japanese dressings on the top.

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Green beans Japanese style with cashews

Another of the substitutes was a noodle and vegetable soup. This had some beautiful juicy,  fresh and thick udon noodles  coupled with an array of vegetables.

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Vegetable soup with udon noodles

We also were pleased to receive some classic Japanese-style eggplant with miso  topping.

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Eggplant with miso

The finale was quite interesting as it comprised green tea ice cream that was a little different from what you might normally expect. The ice cream was wrapped in a glutinous  coating, which made this dish very memorable. We loved it  but not everyone wholeheartedly agreed with us. If you like Japanese flavours and texture we recommend it.

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Green tea ice cream

The menu is quite extensive for the size of the restaurant, and by all accounts they pulled pork bao is supposed to be pretty good.  If you are looking to discover a different side of Australia’s Gold Coast then why not head out to Currumbin Waters and sample some of this food.  For more information on some of the places that have set up business in this area check out this Bulletin review.  Some of our friends who were there on the evening told us they regularly come down to get pastries and croissants from the artisan bakery.  They reckon it is well worth the trip.

We visited on 26 November 2016 as part of a larger group. Please be aware this is a casual restaurant and the small stools are quite hard. Some of our group brought a cushion!

Cost per head for a banquet $40

Allows BYO alcohol

Verdict: We loved it; great food, excellent service and good value for money. We will be back.

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Kenny’s Malay Kitchen

It was a relatively cold and wintry night, so we felt like something spicy. A friend had previously told us about a little hidden gem – Kenny’s Malay Kitchen located at the Bowls club in Broadbeach Waters, Queensland (Australia).

We thought ‘why not?’ let’s just give it a go. We decided to arrive early (for us) around 6 PM and  have a quick meal. After looking at the menu – and also getting a Chinese version of the menu! – we decided to try some curry puffs and some roti bread as a starter. Both were excellent.

Chinese menu
Chinese menu
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Curry puffs and plum sauce

 

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Roti Bread

Next, we tried some salt and pepper soft shell crab (an all time favourite with us), as well as some prawn sambal and a tofu dish.

Salt & pepper soft shell crab
Salt & pepper soft shell crab
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Close up of crab
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Vegetarian Tofu

It was all very tasty and, for total price for three of us around $75, we thought it was pretty good value. This place is fully licensed and you buy your drinks at the bar adjoining the restaurant. Most drinks, such as a glass of wine or some beer cost about $5 each.

We enjoyed the food and agreed that we would come back for another cheap and cheerful meal. It is a simply decorated venue so don’t have high class expectations for the decor. We visited in June 2016.

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Simple decor at Kenny’s

Do you love a cheap and cheerful meal out?