Mizu

With a menu that's designed to share, this Japanese joint is made for groups of mates and families looking to treat themselves.
Meegan Waugh
June 01, 2023

Overview

Given that it's been in business for well over a decade, the team at Brisbane's Mizu must be doing something right.

Mizu is an unassuming restaurant; so much so that you're likely to blink and miss it as you drive down Macquarie Street in Teneriffe. It's a few minutes' walk from the main bar and restaurant hub, which makes it feel a little more out of the way than you'd expect from a Teneriffe address. The understated style of the restaurant's exterior continues inside with minimalistic decor and simple furniture.

Mizu really begins to shine when you get to the food. The menu, that's designed for sharing, encompasses sashimi, small snack-style dishes, larger plates and salads as well as some options for kids. Highlights include the agedashi tofu (tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried), takoyaki (fried octopus balls), wagyu slices with ponzu and yuzu paste, chef's selection of vegetable tempura, and teriyaki salmon with sautéed potato and asian greens. Of course, it would be terribly remiss not to mention everybody's favourite pan-fried pork gyoza.

If you need something sweet to finish your evening at Mizu, a handful of desserts are available, including green tea ice cream and balls of vanilla ice wrapped in rice cakes.

While some of the pricier dishes will add up, the range of plate sizes and prices means dinner at Mizu won't do too much damage to your wallet – especially when dining in a group. Add to that the fact that you there's BYO wine and you've got a well-priced evening on your hands. The house policy is one bill per table, so remember to take some cash with you or sort out bank deets with mates beforehand.

Close up shot of a Japanese dish served at Mizu Restaurant in Brisbane.

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