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“Great Japanese Cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donto Sapporo

Donto Sapporo
2763 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218, Australia
07-55399933
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Ranked #11 of 192 restaurants in Broadbeach
Price range: $3 - $47
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Burleigh Heads, Australia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great Japanese Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Donto Sapporo has been one of our favourite Japanese restaurants for years now. The restaurant has great staff and the ambience with the choice of western style table seating or Japanese style mat seating (shoes off!). The food is excellent and the Donto Oysters should not be missed - these are fresh oysters that are covered in a delicious wasabi mayonaise and then grilled to perfection. In winter the Oden soup is a must. The sashimi is excellent - always very fresh. Other favourites include the Butter Scallops, Gyoza, and the salmon dishes. One warning - if you order the stewed pork knuckle: it is a huge dish - make sure there are enough of you to finish it! Green tea and Black Sesame ice creams are really lovely. It's a casual restaurant and you are never rushed. Oh - Japanese tend to leave their rice to the last so if you want rice with the mains make a point of requesting that.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Gold Coast
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45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A great find, can't believe we drove past it so often.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

So happy that I discovered this gem through Tripadvisor.
We were looking for places to go to celebrate my birthday, and this one popped up on the Radar through the TA search box.

The decor is very traditional Japanese with lots of blonde timber etc and small tables where you sit around on cushions with your feet in a well underneath the table (Please remove your shoes)

A large and varied menu, with enough to keep everyone happy.

We had

Donto Oysters - Grilled with Wasabi and Mayonaise ( Lovely)
Gyoza (some of the best I have had)
Beef Tataki - The slender slithers of beef were stunning with the Ponzu dressing
Chikuwa Negi Ten - Rolled squid/fish with shallots done tempura style (This was OK)
Cha Han - Japanese fried rice - really nice and flavourful.
Shabu Shabu - We ordered 2 servings, but it looked HUGE and easily fed 4 of us to complete satisfaction. Coooking at your table is kind of theraputic too :)

We had some SAKE to share, a couple of beers and a bottle of really nice Sauv Blanc and the bill was just on $50 a head. We were VERY HAPPY with that, and plan to go back as soon as possible to try lots of other dishes on the menu.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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“The best Japanese restaurant in the Gold Coast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Everytime we drive pass this restaurant but we have never given it a try, I'm glad my friend brought me here finally! It's a hidden gem in the Gold Coast! Very nice seating atmosphere that is very Japanese and most importantly, they serve fantastic and good quality Japanese food! Oishii!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best sushi & sashimi in Gold Coast & Brisbane area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

If you are after quality Sushi & Sashimi, I recommend this restaurant. We have been going to this restaurant last few years. We have never been dissapointed. The chef in the sushi counter is from Hokkaido and seems to be passionate about Japanese cuisine. Our favorite is Nama-chirashi. My kids love California roll. Sapporo bento is great value for money. We also recommend to make a booking, Saturday can be very busy even lunch time.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Japanese restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I want to come back to the Gold Coast just to eat here again! The food was exquisite and the service was top-notch. I've had a lot of Japanese in my lifetime and I would have to say this is one of the best...if not, the best!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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