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When your friends start asking “Where should we eat for lunch?” and everyone responds with “I dunno. You decide,” it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Sushi! Whether it’s raw, seared, crumbed or drowned in soy sauce, we can never get enough of our favourite Japanese cuisine. And the fact that it's bite sized makes it a perfect choice for work lunch!
Check out 10 of Brisbane’s best sushi joints for your weekly (or daily, we won’t judge) sushi fix.
Sono Japanese Restaurant, Hamilton and CBD
As one of Brisbane’s most elite dining spots, Sono Japanese Restaurant deserves every accolade it receives. Not only does it serve the best sushi, Sono also boasts some of the best food in the entirety of Brisbane. Excellent service, meals and sights make this one of the top dining experiences for sushi fanatics. Enjoy modern Japanese food, a teppanyaki bar and sake tasting menu with elegant views of the Brisbane River. If you’re hanging/working/lurking in the city, check out their CBD store.
Wagaya, Fortitude Valley
Get your tongue wagging at Wagaya in Fortitude Valley. This Brisbane favourite is sleek and cool, with a touchscreen system to have your orders sent to the chefs for fast service. Try to remember that patience is a virtue as you wait for your selection of mouth-watering sushi, sashimi, tempura and noodle dishes. Or just burst into the kitchen and demand that deliciousness on your tongue ASAP*. (*Don’t actually do this. We take no responsibility if you get kicked out but we totally understand and sympathise with your insane desires.)
Sushi Mura, Bulimba
A crowd-pleaser for Bulimba locals, this Oxford Street gem serves up some seriously sizeable portions of your favourite dish. Tuck into generous servings of sushi, nigiri, sashimi and more. Be sure to try their “yummy" sauce – it’s a totally appropriate name for some damn good flavour. And remember our warning: these serving sizes are fully loaded (our eyes have betrayed our stomachs, too).
Saké Restaurant & Bar, Eagle Street Pier
Treat yourself to a chic dining atmosphere and modern Japanese cuisine at Saké, another of Brisbane’s fave spots. Besides delicious food, there’s also an extensive range of saké, cocktail and wine choices to wash down your authentic Japanese meal. A creative menu and good vibes make this the Holy Grail for lovers of sushi and stylish dining.
Sushi Kotobuki, East Brisbane
They say never judge a book by its cover, and when you see Sushi Kotobuki you’ll understand why. This place may not look as fancy as other Japanese restaurants, but don’t be fooled by the modest décor: always buzzing with diners, Sushi Kotobuki is no stranger to East Brisbane locals. Every order is made fresh and in front of your eyes (if you’re like us and enjoy peeking behind the counter). We dare you to order absolutely anything off the menu – whatever you choose will be delicious. We promise.
Another Hamilton gem, Hosokawa’s delicious, authentic food and speedy service make it a real winner. Step into the minimalistic restaurant and enjoy some of Brisbane’s most traditional sashimi, sushi, tempura, karaage and udon. It’s also conveniently located right next door to Caffe & Gelato Milany.
Sushi Edo, CBD, Newmarket, Nundah, Sunnybank
These lively sushi spots are always filled with good vibes and happy customers. Tablet-ordering technology and all your fave sushi on a conveyer make Sushi Edo a favourite. Oh and did we mention that all plates are $3.50? Just another reason to eat ALL the sushi. Caution: food comas may ensue.
Ginga Sushi Bar, Hamilton, Carindale, South Bank and Fortitude Valley
Traditional Japanese cuisine with a twist of western flavours will tantalise your tastebuds at Ginga Sushi Bar. Their large, contemporary restaurants exude a fresh and modern ambiance, with tasty sushi to match. Try sashimi, udon, unagi and more, as well as a selection of Japanese-fusion desserts. Banana gyoza and chocolate sauce? Nom nom nom.
The Sushi 79, Stafford Heights, Toowong, Cleveland, Jindalee
Fresh servings of warm bites will have you stopping by The Sushi 79 on the regular. Respectable prices and decent sizes will keep your tummy and wallet smiling. There’s a wide variety of dishes on the menu to try, so you’ll never be short of choices. Planning an event? Why not grab one of their party platters – your guests and their tastebuds will thank you.
AND LASTLY, EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE…
Sushi Train, Almost Everywhere
When you think sushi, it’s hard to go past the iconic train. Choo-choo-choose (thanks, Lisa) whichever meal you’d like to try off the never-ending conveyer belt. Watch the dishes go ’round and ’round and try not to be tempted by all of them all at once. Why not indulge in two, three, four plates, maybe five? You do you.