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by Shalom Bandele (subscribe)
Previously writing years ago, I now aspire to uncover cost-free places and activities in Brisbane, hopefully inspiring people to explore what Brisbane has to offer without spending a dime.
Published December 14th 2015
The closest thing to a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo
In the heart of Brisbane's Chinatown lies Wagaya, a unique, contemporary Japanese restaurant known for its sushi, noodles and sashimi, all ordered with an efficient touchscreen.

wagaya touchscreen
The very efficient touchscreen ordering system - Author Image

The menu included popular Japanese foods such as gyoza, chawan mushi, ramen, takoyaki and sushi and also had some adventurous foods. These included ox tongue sushi, sea urchin roe and eel.

First we tried the sea urchin sushi which (like everything else) came out just minutes after it was ordered. It was an acquired taste, much like any other strange delicacy. We also ordered a beautiful plate of scallop sushi with sea urchin, a crispy, crunchy plate of salmon skin, vegetable gyoza and agedashi tofu, all of which were plated beautifully and were delicious.

wagaya sea urchin sushi
The sea urchin sushi - Author Image

wagaya scallop sushi
The scallop sushi with sea urchin on top - Author Image

wagaya gyoza
The gyoza - Author Image

As well as the food, the interior was of very high standard. It was a dark, comfy interior with beautiful lanterns, separate booths and exclusively Japanese designs.

wagaya booth
The separate booths with the touchscreens - Author Image

wagaya booth
Another Booth - Author Image

Visiting Wagaya is like stepping into a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo - apart from the fact that everything on the menu is in English.
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Why? For Modern and Unique Japanese Food
When: Sunday - Thursday: 12 - 10pm Friday & Saturday: 12 - 10:30pm
Phone: 1800 92 42 92
Where: 315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane (walk down Duncan street and you will find it)
Cost: Moderate
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