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Six Brisbane Japanese Joints Serving Up Ramen, Katsu and Bentos for Takeaway and Delivery

From $5 ramen to 15-piece sashimi platters, these are our favourite Japanese meals to eat at home.
By Sarah Ward
April 01, 2020
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Six Brisbane Japanese Joints Serving Up Ramen, Katsu and Bentos for Takeaway and Delivery

From $5 ramen to 15-piece sashimi platters, these are our favourite Japanese meals to eat at home.
By Sarah Ward
April 01, 2020
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SIX BRISBANE JAPANESE JOINTS SERVING UP RAMEN, KATSU AND BENTOS FOR TAKEAWAY AND DELIVERY

From $5 ramen to 15-piece sashimi platters, these are our favourite Japanese meals to eat at home.

From Godzilla to Studio Ghibli, Mario Kart racing to robot restaurants and inventive karaoke spots to capsule hotels, Japan is known for many things. But — in the end — it's really all about the food. You could spend weeks in the country and plan your itinerary solely around its restaurants, street eateries, izakayas and other watering holes, and have the trip of a lifetime.

Been lucky enough to do just that? Can't get the ace memories out of your head — or stop your stomach from grumbling — especially while you're now spending more time at home? Even with current COVID-19-related restrictions in place, Brisbane has plenty of top Japanese joints serving up takeaway and delivery meals that'll trick your tastebuds into thinking they're on holidays. 

If you are going out to pick up takeaway, have a look at the latest COVID-19 advice and social-distancing guidelines from the Department of Health

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    There’s a particular noise you hear when you’re eating a great ramen dish — and you’ll hear it in abundance when you’re tucking into a bowl from Taro’s Ramen. Even folks trying not to slurp their noodle-filled soup just can’t help it, because that’s what feasting on this chain’s signature offering is all about. With Taro’s famous tonkotsu ramen on the menu, that’s totally understandable. It takes two days to make — which is why the stock is super rich — and it comes in standard, fire (with four types of chilli) and red (with a mild house-made chilli sauce) varieties. Grab a bowl in regular or vegan varieties — and nab some cheese gyoza, takoyaki or chicken karaage, too — then get slurping at home eat at home.

    How? Taro’s Ascot and Stone’s Corner digs are open for delivery and pickup orders. You can check out the full menu here.

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    When it comes to ramen, tempura, karaage, and fresh sashimi and sushi, you can never have too many options. Izakana-Ya Okuman knows this — and it’s now doing delivery and takeaway orders to prove it. The South Brisbane eatery’s hefty selection of dishes include all the classics. Bento boxes, available in an impressive eight varieties, are available all day — or you can opt for platters of karaage or tempura vegetables, tuck into a katsu curry or wolf down a wagyu beef donburi. Izakana-Ya Okuman is also particularly well-known for its seafood dishes, which is great news if you’re hankering for seafood ramen, a 15-piece sashimi platter, wasabi octopus or grilled salmon belly.

    How? Izakana-Ya Okuman is open for takeaway and delivery can be ordered via UberEats.

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    While Brisbane boasts plenty of Japanese eateries, Fortitude Valley’s Hôntô adds a unique twist to the country’s culinary staples. Sure, you’ve tucked into a katsu sando before — but what about a lobster or eggplant katsu sando? And yes, you downed plenty of dumplings, but have you tried the creative pairing of miso cod and potato? They’re all on Hôntô’s takeaway menu, which is available to pick up every evening from 5pm. Other snacks include edamame and avocado dip with chilli and lotus root chips, plus karaage chicken rolls. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, larger options span slow-cooked beef short ribs, barbecue pork belly, and fried cauliflower with black sesame and seaweed sauce.

    How? Call (07) 3193 7392 to order takeaway.

     

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    If you’re in the mood for delicious Japanese bites, that’s what Izakaya Goku is all about. And if you just can’t choose what to snack on from the West End restaurant’s takeaway and delivery menu, opt for a testing plate, which’ll treat your tastebuds to spring rolls, karaage, octopus balls and seaweed salad. Otherwise, expect all the staples — and more. There’s everything from okonomiyaki (those savoury pancakes) and grilled eel to crab, pork belly rice don and squid legs. If you pick up takeaway and spend more than $40, you’ll get 10-percent off your order, too.

    How? Call (07) 3844 9607 to order takeaway or head to UberEats for delivery.

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    Rosalie’s Moga Izakaya & Sushi is usually known for its impressive range of Japanese dishes with unmistakable international influences and modern tweaks. In the current circumstances, it’s streamlining its offerings — which means bentos, bentos and more bentos. Whether you’re craving sashimi, flamed salmon or pork spare ribs, there’s a bento for you. If you’re eager for chicken karaage, chicken katsu or chicken katsu curry, your stomach will be satisfied as well. More options are coming, too, with Moga’s bentos available for both pickup and delivery.

    How? Call (07) 3367 2808  to order takeaway or head to UberEats for delivery.

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    It’s the news lovers of Japanese cuisine have been waiting for, particularly those who are watching their pennies at present. At both Genkotsu Ramen Toowong and Genkotsu Ramen Runcorn, the eponymous dish will now set you back just $5 for a takeaway bowl. Noodles, broth and slurping them all up as quickly as possible are all on the menu here — and you can choose just how you’d like your ramen. Pick between nine different soup flavours, including your choice of salt, soy, fish and miso flavours, plus spicy sesame, shio, citrus, curry and vegetarian options. If you’d like more than noodles and broth, you can pay extra for toppings, such as chicken katsu, soft shell crab and char siu. And, if you’re still feeling pecking, Genkotsu Ramen is also doing sides including gyoza, sweet chilli karaage and vegetable croquettes.

    How? All the info on ordering takeaway is here.

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Header image: Taro’s Ramen by Cole Bennetts.

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