Step into Brisbane’s own Golden Gai
Welcome, weary gaijin to the narrow alleys and doorways of our own Golden Gai.
In the Shinjuku prefecture of Tokyo you’ll find a block of alleyways filled with lights and endless doors. And all through those alleyways and behind those doors you will find an array of bars you’d never expect – it’s like a tiny, Japanese Fortitude Valley crammed into six tiny laneways.
In Tokyo, you may need to stumble over to Shomben Yokocho to cure your cravings for Asian street food like pork and prawn steamed dumplings or house made mushroom and garlic chive gyoza. However, in our Golden Gai the eats and drinks combine in one maze of delectable refreshments. In this hidden dining recluse you’ll find something truly exciting – like our Heya cheeseburger spring rolls. Exactly what they sound like – monsters of eastern and western cuisine collide creating a devastating amount of deliciousness.
Perhaps the lights and sounds of this boozy Shangri-La will guide you and your friends to a table, indulging in our share plates of Sticky Pork Ribs with Peking style plum sauce or a serve of Teppanyaki Sirloin Steak with teriyaki charred cabbage and wasabi aioli. Pair these with authentic sides like the Cha Soba Salad (green tea noodles with cherry tomatoes, fried wontons and spring onions) and the Heya special egg and vegetable fried rice for some of the best Asian and Japanese food Brisbane has to offer.
But most likely a doorway will lead you to a room where you’ll lock eyes with someone special across the room, and that someone special will be tending a bar with wines and beers to sate the thirst of any type of salary man. If you want to step up your game you’ll want to take a seat at Bar Lonely, where you can enjoy drops from all over the world or get something from our selection of Japanese Whisky (no ‘e’ – the Japanese do things properly). And if you really want to find something worth shouting “Kampai!” over then you need to check out the range of cocktails on offer – Eastern flavours and alcohol perform a fusion dance of incredibleness.