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Sono Japanese Restaurant, Brisbane CBD

We’ve finally made our way to Sono in the CBD! I don’t know how many times we walked past and thought “We should come here some day” but always had some other plans already. It all changed last Friday, when Hubby decided to take me for a surprise, impromptu date…

When we arrived, the restaurant looked very busy (mind you – Friday evening). – Do you have a booking? And while saying “No, we don’t” I was sure we won’t have that date after all. – Do you mind sitting at the sushi bar? You can order anything from the menu, not just sushi. Of course we didn’t mindThe night was saved!

While we walked the 4 meters from the counter to the sushi bar, plates, chopsticks and menus were put promptly in place for us, together with small, warm towels to freshen up before the meal. I haven’t seen anything like this in other restaurants in Brisbane.

For entree we picked a small sashimi platter ($28) to share. Pretty straightforward: 10 pieces of fish, including salmon and tuna, and 2 scallops. What we didn’t expect was the unique presentation – dry ice definitely added the “wow” effect. I love this kind of surprises, such a small thing but makes all the difference. Flavour-wise everything was fresh and crisp, but wouldn’t say it was the best sashimi in town (my number one is still the one at Sake).

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With mains we went in two different directions. Hubby got himself a hearty Nabeyaki Udon ($22) and I ordered delicate Gindara Saikyo Yaki – grilled black cod marinated in special miso sauce ($28) with Garden Salad ($9). I wasn’t convinced that I made the best choice until it was placed in front of me and I had my first taste of the fish… Heaven! I would happily go back just for this. Beautiful flavour of the grilled cod complimented with that interesting miso marinade. And while I was singing with happiness after every mouthful, Hubby was having his first udon soup ever (we both usually go for ramen, but as I read somewhere, udon has much more interesting flavour and is more popular amongst Japanese people, it was on our list to try). Served in a decent size pot, Nabeyaki Udon is topped with crispy tempura prawn and eggplant. Looked like a scrumptious winter-warmer, but I was too excited with my fish to pay attention to the soup.

Great staff also needs a mention – for such a busy night, they handled everything well. They warned us we may need to wait a bit longer for food and were very attentive.

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Address: Tattersall’s Building, 202-210 Edward St, Brisbane

Web: sonorestaurant.com.au

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