Who doesn't like their meat or vegetables skewered, grilled and whipped up quickly? No one, that's who. With yakitori cementing itself as Brisbane's latest street food obsession, the proof is in the delicious arrangements of chicken, pork, salmon and beef (and onion, mushroom, zucchini and tomato, for non-carnivorous folks) at Tatsu Yakitori Bar, the city's newest food-on-a-stick haven.
Making its home in the Chinatown mall, Tatsu is the latest venture from the folks behind Izakana-Ya Okuman, which immediately boosts its authentic cred. And if you thought that the West End has restaurant spoiled diners for choice since it opened in 2015, then wait until you try to pick something to eat at their just-opened Fortitude Valley sibling venue. That's the great thing about street food, though: bite-sized servings leave room for plenty of servings.
In addition to yakitori, which are available in two-skewer servings of your choice as well as a five-skewer set, you'll also find salads, sashimi, bao, ramen, gyoza, the usual small bits and pieces (miso, edamame, takowasabi), and deep-fried dishes such as spicy chicken karaage, soft shell crab, chicken wings and calamari wings. Cosy up in an open booth-like table underneath a Japanese-style mural and wash it all down with Aussie and Japanese beers, plum wine, shochu, sake, whisky and a selection of colourful house-special cocktails. And the best part? They're open for lunch and dinner — keeping things cooking until midnight for a late night fix, too — every day of the week.