What is it with Japanese restaurants in Hobart at the moment? We aren’t complaining, but it appears Japanese is definitely the current flavour of the month. In this blog post, we are quickly listing some new Japanese offerings in Southern Tasmania, and one old one. And we hope the trend of new Japanese offerings continues across the state, as we look to the North and North-West for any new Japanese eateries.
The first new offering to note is Komatsu Japanese Cuisine, which is located at 196 Davey St, South Hobart. Komatsu offers traditional Japanese cuisine, with quality food, excellent service and with good value. Check out their dine in and take away menu online. The next Japanese Restaurant in Hobart to mention is Kosaten, which is located at 17 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point and is a lot of fun! Diners are in control, ordering is done via an iPad from your table and your food arrives via high-speed train! I kid you not, our family had a great meal at Kosaten. Please note that meal sizes are more like share plates, so go with the mindset of sharing small plates with family and friends. Next on the list is Suminato, located at 24 King St Sandy Bay. We ate lunch at Suminato recently, and the ambience was excellent. The restaurant is of very high quality interior, and the staff very brilliant. We also loved Suminato as they offer nice private booths for larger groups. Definitely put Suminato in Sandy Bay on your list.
Next we are heading to North Hobart where in mid-town, you’ll find Bar Wa Izakaya which is located at 216 Elizabeth Street. This offering has quickly found a niche serving tapas style modern Japanese cuisine in a modern, intimate setting. There are also opportunities to sit outside on Elizabeth St on warm sunny evenings as we did recently. All food is made in house, and importantly they offer a great range of Japanese Sake and Beer. Bar Wa Izakaya is a great place to meet with friends after work to share plates of food and enjoy a sake or Asahi perhaps. If you are early, we recommend a quick pint at Shambles Brewery which is located almost next door, but we digress. The next new Japanese restaurant in Hobart is further up the road in North Hobart, and just below The Republic bar and is called Osaka Izakaya & Grill Restaurant. We haven’t dined here yet, so can’t really comment but hey it’s Japanese, so has to be good, right? Three Japanese is next, and is located in Battery Point at 38 Waterloo Crescent. Three Japanese uses techniques and philosophy from the owners home in rural Japan and features, where possible, ingredients sourced from organic producers in southern Tasmania. Yum.
Last week our family dined at Midori North Hobart at 344 Elizabeth St. Midori has been there a long time, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in value, quality and service. It may not have the high-quality fit-out of some other the other restaurants listed above, but it is functional and fun. The staff are great, friendly and entertaining and it can’t be beaten for value. My family and I ate dinner for less than $60 in total recently, which admittedly included a discount voucher from the Entertainment Book. But even so, the food was fresh, plentiful and was served in a timely fashion. What more can you ask for – put Midori on your restaurant to-do list if you haven’t already.