Australia's QT Gold Coast launches Japanese izakaya restaurant

The new restaurant at QT Gold Coast spans three unique spaces: the bar, Table-seki and sushi counter.

QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise, Australia, a part of QT Hotels & Resorts, completely redesigned its Yamagen restaurant, an icon of Australia's Gold Coast dining scene for more than 30 years, and relaunched it with a brand-new Japanese izakaya concept.

Following a complete reimagination by internationally renowned designer Nic Graham, Yamagen now brings the smoking kushiyaki grills and the electric vibe of downtown Toyko to the Gold Coast surfer's paradise. With a culinary program crafted by chefs Yoshihiro Yamazaki, Mitsuo Yoshino, Kei Sato and Shintaro Kosugi, the venue spans three unique spaces: the bar, Table-seki and sushi counter.

The 76-seat Table-seki is the restaurant's main dining area, featuring such menu highlights as Sashimi Tacos and Master Kobe Wagyu MS9+ prepared on the kushiyaki grill. The 15-guest sushi counter allows guests to experience an authentic omakase- a stream of market-fresh sashimi and sushi, as well as delicate shared plates expertly selected by the chef, such as Yellowfin Tuna Tartare.

Mitsuo Yoshino is one of the chefs operating the redesigned Yamagen restaurant. 

The bar at Yamagen offers a long list of craft beers, top-shelf sake, Japanese whiskies and innovative cocktails, such as the Utsumi Sour (Tanqueray gin, peach liqueur, aomomo peach, lemon) and the Dragon Ball (shochu, pomegranate liqueur, yuzu, lime, egg white).

Yamagen embodies true Japanese omotenashi, the art of hospitality, with a focus on exceptional food, an electric atmosphere and an interactive dining experience. The stylish and innovative izakaya dining experience re-creates the vibrant back alleys of Tokyo.

Yamagen is open for dinner seven nights a week.

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