This Acclaimed Sydney Restaurant Is Opening At The Star Brisbane

Calling all foodies

By Natalie McGowan | 30th April 2024

As the much-anticipated first phase of Queen’s Wharf’s grand opening draws near and further details emerge, one thing is apparent: Brisbane’s foodies are eagerly awaiting the official launch date. And with perhaps the most impressive announcement of them all having just dropped, it’s safe to say the excitement is reaching fever pitch.

Sydney’s Sokyo is coming to Brisbane

In case you missed it, one of Sydney’s most acclaimed Japanese restaurants is opening at Queen’s Wharf’s entertainment hub, The Star Brisbane. Sokyo, renowned for blending modern innovation with traditional Japanese cooking techniques, has been a culinary attraction at The Star Sydney for over 10 years. With over a decade of acclaim and having earned prestigious hat status from the Australian Good Food Guide, Sokyo is set to elevate Brisbane’s evolving fine dining scene with its award-winning philosophy.

Sokyo Signature Platter

Alex Yu appointed to Executive Chef

After starting his career at Sokyo Sydney in 2014 and earning himself the nickname “sashimi florist” for his mastery of Japanese cuisine, Executive Chef Alex Yu will be leading the charge of Sokyo’s Brisbane venture.

“Returning to The Star where my culinary career flourished feels like a homecoming, and to have the opportunity to share Sokyo’s philosophy with Brisbane is truly a privilege,” says Yu.

“I’m excited to infuse the Sokyo menu with my artistic vision, drawing from my time in Sydney and Melbourne to deliver a cutting-edge dining experience tailored to Brisbane’s discerning palate.”

Executive Chef Alex Yu

The menu

With Executive Chef Alex Yu at the helm, Sokyo’s Brisbane establishment will embrace the restaurant’s “Ritual Meets Art” ethos, promising a refined, expertly crafted menu with unexpected twists. 

A selection of Sokyo’s most sought-after creations will be making the journey from Sydney to Brisbane, including spicy tuna on a bed of crispy rice and Hiramasa kingfish garnished with miso ceviche and crispy potato. Accompanying these crowd-pleasing dishes will be several exclusive menu items spotlighting premium, locally sourced ingredients; diners can expect innovative new offerings like truffle-infused lobster grilled over Japanese charcoal and Queensland yellowfin tuna with sweet aioli.

As for the drinks, it wouldn’t be an authentic dining experience without Japanese beverages. The restaurant will feature an extensive collection of Japanese sakes, whiskies, beers, and cocktails, as well as a curated selection of wine, champagne, and, of course, non-alcoholic options.

The Star Brisbane Leisure Deck concept image

The details

Sokyo will be located within The Star Brisbane at Queen’s Wharf and is set to open in August 2024. The space will cater to 160 guests and boast a sushi bar and custom-designed private dining room. Designed by leading international designers, Hassell, the venue’s interiors mirror its menu, exuding sophistication that blends Brisbane’s laid-back atmosphere with traditional Japanese elements. 

Psst, want more information on Queen’s Wharf’s offerings? Check out our article on LiveWire, The Star Brisbane’s newest entertainment venue.

By Natalie McGowan Office DJ and serial online shopper, Natalie’s idea of self care is watching reality TV and getting a spontaneous tattoo.




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