Rosalie, Brisbane – If you love a sushi train but aren’t keen on the fast food environment of most restaurants, you’ll be in your element at Moga Izakaya & Sushi. Yes, there’s sushi paraded around on a conveyor belt for your viewing and dining pleasure but this place is a cut above. It’s a fusion of Japanese-Asian cuisine, fine dining and striking oriental interior design.
The moment you walk by in the street, a trendy inner-city street of Rosalie no less, elegance and class are evident everywhere. It’s there in the gorgeous tea light candles burning a path to the front door, the luminous hanging lanterns adorning the walls, exotic wooden furnishings, Burmese umbrellas and oriental artworks. The eclectic posters of Moga (Japanese women who followed Westernized fashions and lifestyles in the 1920s) plastere
d on the walls (take a look in the bathrooms – you won’t feel lonely) give the restaurant a modern, upbeat feel and compliment the warmth of the furnishings beautifully.
But beauty isn’t only skin deep at Moga. The food is in a class of its own, from the sushi to the a la carte menu by award-winning head chef Mark Maric, authenticity, fresh produce and flawless presentation are hallmarks at this restaurant. There is also a substantial selection of beer, wine and sake to compliment your meals with izakaya (akin to a Japanese tapas bar) being a key feature of the dining experience.
As you can tell, I’m a fan. So for a perfect blend of relaxed Japanese-Asian dining, paired with all the extravagant trimmings of a fine dining restaurant, visit Moga Izakaya & Sushi – you won’t be disappointed.
View: www.moga.com.au; Visit Shop 2/146 Baroona Road, Paddington QLD; Call: (+61) 7 3367 2808; Open; 7 days – 11am – 10pm; fully licensed. Wallet: Sushi plates $3.50 – $8. Al a carte varies.