When it comes to fresh sushi, sashimi, ramen, tempura, udon and the like, you can never have too many options. South Brisbane's Izakana-Ya Okuman demonstrates this in two ways: in adding to the city's growing range of Japanese restaurants, and in their hefty menu.
Open twice daily for lunch and dinner, that selection of dishes includes all the classics and all the taste sensations you could want. Bento boxes, available in seven varieties, are a midday favourite. For an evening meal, platters are your friend, showcasing the eatery's daily fresh fish deliveries. Then, wash it all down with a rice lager or one of ten types of sake.
Of course, the food is the first part of the Izakana-Ya Okuman experience. The second, as in any good restaurant, stems from the atmosphere. That the space is styled like a traditional Japanese bar and dining room certainly boosts to the latter. Kimono-wearing waitresses, ordering via iPad and a very lively vibe also does plenty.
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