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Everything You Need To Know About The Two-Level Japanese Izakaya Hitting Brisbane

By Jessica Pridmore
17th Sep 2019

Yoko Dining

We already knew that Jonathan Barthelmess, owner of Greca, and his team were taking over another of the highly sought-after spots along the epic Howard Smith Wharve's precinct but now we finally have a name for the new venue: Yoko Dining.

Going in right next door to Greca, the new venture will not be an extension of the incredibly successful Greek eatery, however. Instead Barthelmess is opting for a Japanese izakaya, befit with a riverfront bar stocked with the finest whisky. And yuzu slushies, because why not?

Set to open in November, the split-level bistro is inspired by the raucous energy of Tokyo's izakayas, music bars and pop-infused counter culture, but it will also fit right into Brisbane's breezy riverside lifestyle. 

The main feature of the kitchen, which will be headed by by chef Kitak Lee, is going to be the hibachi charcoal grill, ready to add plenty of smoke and char to the seafood leaning menu. You'll find plenty of bar snacks like gyoza, tempura and noodles on the menu, but the real stars will be the larger share style dishes, as well as playful desserts such as shaved ice kakigori, mochi and sweet waffles, all paired with an extensive wine and sake menu. 

We just can't wait to get a glimpse of the interiors—word is that the "old shed" the venue will be taking over is in the process of being transformed into a sensory, futuristic designed space, featuring pops of yellow, concrete and blonde timber while keeping much of the wharf's original timber framework. 

In a move that will undoubtedly spur on further expansion into the burgeoning Brisbane restaurant scene, all eyes are now firmly fixed on Howard Smith Wharves. We'll bring you more info as it comes in, but keep your eyes peeled for more info on the precinct.

While you're waiting, check out the other new venue landing at Howard Smith Wharves here

Image credit: Howard Smith Wharves

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