Marked only by a Japanese noren, the inconspicuous Itoshin unfolds into a brightly lit dining area, lined by paper lanterns against its white walls. Established for over 25 years, the Japanese cuisine here is well renowned.

After browsing the extensive menu of sashimi, sushi, shabu-shabu, don sets and teppanyaki, Jelly and I soon made our decisions.


Jelly’s plates consisted firstly of Teriyaki Salmon and Avocado Sushi. Sweetened soy morsels of salmon with crisp cucumber, smooth avocado and well seasoned rice.


 The second plate of Grilled Salmon and Grilled Scallop Nigiri were slowly savoured by Jelly.


The first plate of mine was the Sashimi Platter of tuna, salmon, kingfish, octopus, scallop and even sea urchin. The perfectly angular slices of fish were soft, tender and delightfully fresh. I loved the variety and generosity of the sashimi platter to include seafood other than fish. The sea urchin, however, was a new experience and a taste which I will have to learn to appreciate someday.


 My plate of sushi consisted of shittake mushroom, tamago (egg roll), cucumber, seafood stick and pickle. A nice combination of flavours with the sweet tamago, salty shittake, crunchy pickle and cucumber and tender seafood stick.


With the precision of a Samurai and the mysterious beauty of a Geisha, Itoshin has mastered all.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Location: Slightly hidden, but easy parking
  • Service: 4/5

Itoshin | 2484 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid BeachQLD | 5575 5733
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