A friend’s birthday at Koh-Ya, Brisbane

It’s been donkey years since we last went for yakiniku, so there was no way in hell we were going to say ‘no’ to the SO’s best friend’s birthday dinner at Koh-Ya in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Pork belly (AUD$8.90), beef rib (AUD$9.90) Edamame (AUD$4.00) and scallops (AUD$8.90)

Our dining party was 17 people strong, so we got the huge boardroom sized table right under their large Ann Street facing window. The table has about 6 burners, plenty of room for everyone to cook their food on the gas burners.

Cold spicy noodle (AUD$9.90). Salmon and avocado salad (AUD$13.80)

Food was yummy, fresh and arrived quickly enough for our rumbling tummies. And I love being able to cook it myself. That way, I can have it cooked perfectly – ie. just the way I like it: medium rare for beef and crisp for pork. Thankfully I remembered early how the pork belly fat would render, becoming a fire hazard if a close eye isn’t kept on the naked flame.

Service was really friendly, even in the face of our group’s rowdiness. I don’t remember the last time I have been to an establishment with such patient, gracious and happy service staff. It was fantastic!

Shirakabekura. 1.8 litres for AUD$99

I blame our loud antics on the Sapporo beer and this – the Shirakabekura, a junmei sake that is poured into a glass that is in a box. The sake is meant to be poured until it overflows into the box. It’s quite good and take awhile to finish – all 1.8 litres did get finished though.

624 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Tel: +61 7 3252 3275

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