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Meat + much more at Nikuya

Meat + much more at Nikuya

| On 15, Jul 2016

Traditional Japanese decor combined with modern furnishings paints a lovely ambience for diners at Fortitude Valley’s Nikuya restaurant. With low ambient lighting, and the large round booths that bring bamboo steamers to mind, it’s clear that a dining experience at Nikuya delivers much more than just great food.Yakiniku (translated from Japanese as “grilled meat”) at Nikuya refers to the barbecue buffet on the menu- only available for dinner on the upper level of the restaurant, it is similar to Korean barbecue in the spread and style in which you are presented with your upcoming feast. Perhaps that’s why the barbecue menu also includes kimchi for those who are accustomed to having some spicy and tangy flavours to balance those of the red meats on offer.



Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub, however, at Nikuya, you receive a more refined and upgraded version. Located on the ground floor,the  Izakaya menu is available for lunch and dinner.

Upon arriving at Nikuya, we walked under white paper lanterns and climbed the stairs past majestically hanging kimonos. We emerged to a bustle of activity of hungry diners speedily grilling their own food. If not for the Japanese staff, you would be forgiven to mistaken it for the more familiar Korean barbecue. From the equipment to the food, everything was wonderfully presented; even the comfy chairs that made for a blissful dining experience.




We recommend you do your research on the barbecue before arriving- Although the two hour buffet time limit should be plenty for you to gorge your money’s worth, it is best to be prepared so that when the staff presents you with the order form, you can return it promptly. Yakiniku at Nikuya can really get the wait staff running, though, they still maintain their friendliness and patience throughout.

Most of the food arrived uncooked for you to slowly barbecue to your own preference. However, Japanese favourites  like takoyaki, miso soup, and gyoza are also on the menu and arrive promptly and piping hot.


For a slightly fancy night out with your friends or a romantic date night with the special someone, dine in downstairs at Nikuya. Though, the romantic lighting may be kryptonite for fellow food bloggers. Alternatively, take your rowdy group upstairs to the barbecue buffet where private rooms are also available for booking.

The Details
What Modern Japanese Cuisine and barbecue buffet
Where Shop 8 & 8M 100 MacLachlan St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Qld 4006
When Tuesday – Sunday, Izakaya 11.45am – 3pm & 5pm – late; yakiniku 6pm – late
How Much Approx. $39 – $59pp for yakiniku, approx. $25pp for izakaya