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Tenya Is the CBD's Soon-to-Open New Japanese Restaurant Serving Up Sushi, Sake and River Views

Brisbane Quarter's newest addition seats 240, boasts an eye-catching curved bar, and has more than 85 types of sake and Japanese whisky on its menu.
By Sarah Ward
August 16, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
August 16, 2021
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Perched by the river between George Street and North Quay, Brisbane Quarter is already home to Chinese, Italian and Thai restaurants, coffee and bubble tea joints, W Brisbane and its bars, and fine diner Three Blue Ducks. But the growing CBD precinct still has room for a new addition: Japanese eatery Tenya, which'll open its doors in early September.

The new restaurant comes courtesy of hospitality veteran Tony Cheng, who already has Sunnybank's Hana Zushi Japanese Restaurant to his name. This time, he's pairing modern-style dishes with a lengthy drinks list, with more than 85 types of sake and Japanese whisky on Tenya's menu. Obviously, the riverside views over to South Bank will also be a big feature.

When it welcomes in patrons, Tenya will usher Japanese food fans into a space that seats 240 in total, complete with an eye-catching curved bar. The inside dining room caters to 120, the outside area seats 80, a VIP room and function area holds 20, and ten seats are available in the Kaiseki and Omakase room — which is where diners can watch the chefs prepare their dishes. Opt for the latter, and you'll also be eating a bespoke meal created using whichever seasonal ingredients are available that day.

On the regular menu, Head Chef Yang Zhao's kitchen will cook up everything from sushi, sashimi, tempura and udon noodles to $45 three-course set lunches — and an array of rolls that'll include ocean king prawn, soft shell crab and flamed grilled beef. For dinner, Kagoshima wagyu, salmon tartare and char grilled cuttlefish are a highlight.

And, drinks-wise, all that sake and whisky will be joined by Japanese-inspired cocktails, more than 250 wines from around the world, and a range of spirits, beers, soft drinks and tea.

Tenya will open at Brisbane Quarter, 300 Queen Street, Brisbane in early September — we'll update you with an exact date when once is announced.

Published on August 16, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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