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HOT: Wagaya – Level 1, 315 Brunswick St (China Town Mall), Fortitude Valley

This funky Japanese hot spot has to be one of my favourite dining venues at the moment.  With consistently fresh, delicious food and a great vibe, Wagaya hits the mark in so many ways, it’s well worth a rave review.  Not to mention, with touch screen ordering panels it’s the techno-geek’s dream come true!

Wagaya adds a whole new element to fun Japanese dining with their funky touch screen ordering system.  The only problem is, the menu is seriously huge and if you’re anything like me, you’ll oversubscribe every time – one, because of the novelty of touch screen ordering, and two because the food is just so damn tasty!


It’s worth noting that Wagaya does a great lunch service – there are all sorts of combinations and specials on offer, but for me the chicken teriyaki bento box is a winner – for about $14 you can get a box full of rice, chicken, cream croquette, miso soup, ebi fry, Agadashi tofu, salad and Japanese pickles.  Beware – these bento options are super filling!

For the purposes of this review however, dinner service is where it’s at….rice dishes, noodles, grilled-this, fried-that, fresh salads, nibbles, meat, seafood, pizzas…you name it – at Wagaya they’ve thought of it, and they’ve put it in a tasty dish of some sort.  The touch screen panel (obviously a highlight, I’ve mentioned it 50 times already) is the gateway to a culinary adventure and the booth seating means the venue caters well for groups of people to share in the fun.  It’s worth mentioning there are all sorts of cocktails to choose from (although they do look like something from a 1980’s Gold Coast Hotel) and a range of Japanese beers and wine.

MM and I were a little over-zealous on our most recent visit to Wagaya, but in the name of providing a well rounded review and representation of their awesome menu, we took one for the team and went nuts!  Here’s some of the culinary action in pictures for you!

The lotus leaf (renkon) chips ($6.50) were a tasty, crispy starter.

 The assorted sashimi share platter ($33.50) was so fresh, with delicious cuts of fish.  Luckily for me, MM drew the raw prawn….

 The prawn tempura is always one of our favourites, the tempura batter is so nice and light ($8.90)

It didn’t stop there.  We also indulged in miso soup ($3.00), thinly sliced Wagyu lightly seared and drizzled with olive oil ($9.90).

Next was the chicken yakitori skewers ($6.50)

And of course, no culinary indulgence would be complete (for MM at least) without some kind of sausage platter ($6.60).  These were actually quite delicious even though you’d expect to see them in some kind of German sausage hut!

We finally admitted defeat as the last of the sausage got mopped up in some yakitori sauce and we spiralled into a serious food-coma.  Needless to say, there was no room for dessert.

The awesomeness that is Wagaya is open 7 days for lunch and dinner, you can even bring your own wine and food.

  • Wagaya – 315 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley (China Town Mall) +61 7 3252 8888



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  1. This place is great for real izakaya food from Japan. Great atmosphere.

    Posted by lizzie - strayed from the table
    Twitter: strayedtable
    | September 1, 2012, 12:45 pm

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