From sumptuous sashimi to golden gyoza, here’s our guide to Brisbane’s best Japanese.
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Whether you’re craving something fried, steamed, glazed, or pickled, the best Japanese cuisine can satiate your every foodie fancy.
And since the Japanese food scene has boomed in Brisbane, now you can say “itadakimasu” (let’s eat!) to fresh and flavourful dishes across the city.
Get ready for plump gyoza, mouth-watering miso, and succulent yakitori with our guide to Brisbane’s best Japanese.
1. Mizu Japanese | Newstead & West End
Mizu Japanese serves up its signature share plates of sashimi, meats, seafood and vegetables, making it a popular option for groups and couples. Dishes are delivered to your table as soon as they are ready, in true izakaya style. Fresh, efficient, and oh-so flavoursome.
2. Taros Ramen & Café | Ascot & Brisbane
With no MSG or preservatives, the delicious broths and seasonal produce served up at Taros Ramen & Café are the stuff ramen-lovers rave about. Pair this with a beverage from their range of imported Japanese beers and sake. Our hot tip? Try the truffle ramen!
3. Sushi Kotobuki | Brisbane
Staying true to the traditional idea of an izakaya, this Albert Street venue is a place where diners can relax, drink and pair their beverage with a selection of small snacking plates. Japanese lanterns line the front wall, casting a warm glow over the restaurant’s exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling koi mural.
4. Sake Restaurant & Bar | Brisbane
5. Sono Japanese Restaurant | Portside & Brisbane
Refined and traditional, Sono Japanese Restaurant features sushi and sukiyaki served by kimono-clad waitresses in a tranquil space with a rooftop garden. Diners can expect an authentic glimpse into Japanese culture and cuisine.
6.Wagaya | Fortitude Valley
A favourite of many Brisbanites, Wagaya is a sleek Japanese restaurant serving sushi, tempura and noodle dishes ordered on a touchscreen. This place is all about fresh favourites within a bustling modern atmosphere. And they have karaoke rooms to boot!
7. Nonbei Sake Bar & BBQ | Fortitude Valley
A lively, laidback izakaya bar with classic decor, Nonbei serves authentic Japanese barbecue, hot pot and cocktails. This warm, welcoming space is great for groups.
8. Hosokawa Japanese | Hamilton
Traditional Japanese cuisine served in a modern space with minimalist decor, plus outdoor tables for alfresco dining. The fresh sashimi platters are a renowned crowd favourite!
9. Bishamon Japanese Restaurant | Spring Hill
Bishamon offers classic Japanese food within a Federation building with exposed brick walls and a warm ambiance. For buffet lovers, the all-you-can-eat sukiyaki or shabu shabu menu is a must-try!
10. Hai Hai Ramen | Paddington
Whatever you choose, your fragrant ramen from Hai-Hai in Paddington will be flavoured à la minute. This means your big bowl of pork broth with pork belly, black garlic, nori and tsukemono is going to be the freshest business on the block.
11. Bird’s Nest Yakitori | South Brisbane
Bird’s Nest Yakitori is South Brisbane’s best new asset – a bustling little restaurant with an adorable interior. Modern meets traditional here, where antique dividers and light shades are combined with contemporary illustrations and styling. The food is just as divine as the interiors.
12. Mitoki Japanese Modern Tapas | Kangaroo Point
A hidden gem on the cusp of the city, Mitoki is an easygoing option with Japanese tapas and sushi rolls, plus sake and imported beers. The deep-fried lotus root chips are a must-try!
13. San Kai Modern Japanese Restaurant | South Bank
Classic cuisine, including sushi and tempura, served in a modern dining room with pavement seating. Yes, please!
14. Sushi Edo | Various Locations
This lively, modern sushi train restaurant features a tablet ordering system. It’s a cheap and cheerful option with all plates only $3.50!
15. Nikuya Japanese Restaurant | Fortitude Valley
Following Japanese tradition, this restaurant provides two dining experiences, each with their own cuisine specialty. The izakaya Japanese dining specialises in tonkatsu, while Nikuya offers up authentic Japanese BBQ grill. Choose your favourite and tuck in!
16. Shabu House | Brisbane
Expansive, contemporary Japanese buffet dining with individual hot pots and minimalist seating – this stylish restaurant can offer something for everyone.
17. Sakana | Clayfield
With traditional Japanese cuisine in a sophisticated setting, Sakana is a hidden gem in Brisbane’s north. The menu features a comprehensive range of Japanese classics, from edamame and deep-fried tofu to sashimi and udon bowls.
18. Harajuku Gyoza | Various Locations
This buzzing restaurant specialises in sumptuous dumplings, and features a kitschy fun-filled atmosphere that is perfect for groups! Trendsetting dessert-lovers can’t go past the famous raindrop cake.