Izakaya Kotobuki | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
There’s more to Japanese food than the sushi train at your local shopping centre. We searched high and low for the most carefully rolled California roll, the crunchiest seaweed, and the most dunk-able soy sauce in Brisbane to bring you this list of Brisbane’s best sushi restaurants.
Here’s where you should be getting your sushi in Brisbane.
The word Moga translates to ‘modern girl’, and this Japanese restaurant has an eclectic vibe that lends the venue a relaxed feel that’s very now. Home to robata grill, and an up-market sushi train, Moga offers both a la carte and grab-and-go sushi. The menu is a fusion of classic Japanese dishes with ingredients such as camembert adding interest. Made with flame grilled salmon and scallops, the house sushi roll—the Moga Roll—is hands down one of the best sushi experiences in Brisbane. Imported Japanese beers add to the fun.
We’re calling it: Hosokawa is one of the best Japanese restaurants and Brisbane, and one of the most underrated. Fresh fish is the star of the show here, and the sushi rolls and nigiri coming out of the kitchen are some of the best we’ve had the pleasure of tasting. If you’re a Brisbane sushi fan, get your self to Racecourse Road for some of this action.
Brisbane CBD & Portside
Sono is renowned for its teppanyaki, but sushi platters are also a fantastic option for large groups. A traditional Japanese restaurant, Sono diners can get their tatami-on and dine at traditional Japanese tables, or at Western-style seating if you’re feeling unadverturous. A section of the sushi menu is dedicated to Aburi sushi—a method of flame searing meats that’s insanely tasty and one of new sushi favourites.
Sake Restaurant & Bar
As far as up-market as sushi goes, Sake is the basically the Nobu of Brisbane, with a contemporary Japanese menu that’s playful and fresh. With a prime view of the Brisbane river, Sake is the perfect setting for romantic sushi sessions or group events (the free-flowing and extensive sake menu doesn’t hurt either), and while the restaurant screams ‘fine food’, the meals are generous and will leave you feeling very satisfied. Sake’s tuna ceviche with jalapeno remains a Brisbane sushi favourite.
Teneriffe & West End
A Brisbane Japanese restaurant that never disappoints, the chefs at Mizu are so sushi-mad they even offer sushi-making classes. If you’re more of an eater that a chef, Mizu has also got you covered with a simple and impressive sushi menu (the Mizu roll is a winner). Larger platters for sharing are also a lot of fun, and let you nibble on a little bit of everything!
The newest Japanese joint in town hails from sister venue Sushi Kotobuki in East Brisbane, which has long been praised for its exceptional rolls. The intricately sliced ingredients at Izakya Kotobuki are assembled and presented atop Japanese pottery plates, and the staff are warmer than the wasabi that comes on the side.
This hidden gem features some of the biggest sushi rolls I’ve had the pleasure of coming across. Check out the Philadelphia, which is fresh salmon, avocado and cucumber topped with cream cheese. The Sunflower sushi at Oishii is also a hoot, with crumbed chicken, fried egg, avocado and carrot.
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