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10° & CLOUDY ON SUNDAY 21 JULY IN BRISBANE
By Sarah Ward
June 25, 2015
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Izakaya Goku

The perfect, authentic bar bites to go with your choice Japanese whisky.
By Sarah Ward
June 25, 2015
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Head to any strip of eateries in Brisbane, and you're likely to find a spate of Japanese options. Sushi, gyoza and ramen have all become restaurant and fast food mainstays, and with good reason. Of course, there's a difference between the Australian take on the trio, or the quick-and-easy food court versions, and becoming immersed in the real cuisine and experience.

That's what Izakaya Goku aims to offer: delicious, authentic bites to eat with casual, communal dining and traditional hospitality to match. Their vibe is retro and informal, but their menus are serious. That extends to beverages, too — the place does take its name from the Japanese term for a drinking establishment, after all.

In terms of sustenance, expect all the staples plus kushiyaki skewers, a choice of okonomiyaki (aka savoury pancakes), and separate hot and cold a la carte selections that include crab, octopus balls, squid legs and seaweed salad. In terms of something to wash it all down with, there's Japanese whisky and a range of cocktails, but choosing from the extensive sake menu — served hot, chilled and room temperature — is the obvious choice.

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