Places to Eat Sushi in Brisbane with Kids
It is usually pretty difficult to get kids to try new and unusual foods, but not when it comes to sushi! It seems like kids of all ages simply can’t get enough of this Japanese food favourite. If your child is a sushi lover or you are thinking of introducing them to this tasty cuisine and food experience then we have everything you need to know, including the BEST places to eat sushi in Brisbane (and even sushi restaurants with iPad ordering systems that kids LOVE)!
Why do kids love sushi?
Kids love being able to choose their own dishes at a sushi restaurant.. They also love having small dishes rather than large daunting meals, and being able to try a variety of different items. Parents also get the peace of mind of knowing that if the item chosen isn’t a hit then they haven’t wasted a whole meal. It is interesting because a little like a seafood buffet, Brisbane Kids are more likely to explore new foods in a situation where they have control about what goes on their plate. Sometimes this combined with the novelty of a revolving sushi restaurant is all you might need to introduce an entirely new food option!
Another awesome thing about eating sushi is that you can share food. It’s all about eating with family and friends, trying different items and sharing them with one another. It’s an interactive and social experience rather than simply an eating experience.
Then throw in a train on top of all of that and you also have instant and exciting entertainment!
What is sushi?
Sushi is a Japanese dish that usually consists of small cakes of cooked rice with pieces of other food, especially raw fish, on top or inside.
The main types of sushi are:
- Nigiri — fish on top of rolled sushi rice
- Sashimi — raw fish or meat on its own
- Maki — seaweed-wrapped sushi rolls
- Uramaki — sushi rolls with rice on the outside
- Temaki — sushi rolled into a cone shape
What can we expect to find on a sushi menu?
If you go to a sushi restaurant, there are some main items that you would usually expect to see on a sushi menu. These include:
- The five main types of sushi above (usually with some vegetarian options or options with cooked chicken or cooked prawns or fish rather than only raw fish varieties)
- Miso soup (made from a stock and miso paste from soybeans)
- Edamame (soybeans steamed and served in their pods, usually with salt sprinkled on)
- Tempura (usually seafood or thin slices of vegetables that have been dipped into a light batter and deep fried)
- Karaage (deep-fried meat or fish, usually chicken, often with a light crispy coating)
- Main dishes (often teriyaki chicken or beef, noodle dishes such as udon soup)
- Gyoza (small dumplings, usually with a choice of pork, vegetable or prawn stuffing)
- Sides (expect soy sauce for dipping, Japanese mayonnaise, pickled ginger and the super hot wasabi paste)
If kids know what to expect before they go to a sushi restaurant it can help them to feel comfortable with the options available. It can also get them excited to try new things.
Where are the best places to eat sushi in Brisbane?
These are our top picks for eating sushi in Brisbane with kids:
While not exactly the most high-end dining experience, most local shopping centres have great sushi restaurants. This is great for a cost-effective sushi experience where you can get a quick bite to eat that is tasty and healthy. Most shopping centre sushi places also feature a ‘train’ or conveyor belt delivery system where freshly made sushi is displayed and taken around the restaurant so you can see and choose the items you want as they pass by.
With various locations around Brisbane, Sushi Edo is a great local sushi restaurant. They have a sushi train with all plates at $3.50, as well as an a la carte menu. They serve delicious food made from high quality and healthy ingredients. Best of all, the food can be ordered using iPads installed at the table, which kids really love to use!
Tsuru Sushi Cafe is also located all around Brisbane. They serve 100% freshly handmade sushi, as well as gyoza and Japanese home-style meals. They also have brown rice, gluten free and vegetarian options available.
WAGAYA is located in Fortitude Valley. This is a fancier restaurant but still a great place to go with kids. It has a huge menu and even features some Japanese style pizzas! They also have an iPad ordering system, which kids LOVE!
Located in Wintergarden in the heart of the city centre, Hanaichi offers authentic Japanese Cuisine created by Queensland’s most awarded Japanese Chef. As well as a sushi deli it also offers a range of meals, including curry, udon and ramen dishes. This is quality and healthy food at reasonable prices.
Moga is located in Paddington. You can choose from the sushi conveyor or order from the a la cart menu (available Tuesday to Sunday), which includes meats cooked on the traditional robata grill (hot coal grill), the tempura menu, sashimi menu and or Moga signature sushi menu.
The MisoHapi sushi and ramen bar in West End has a funky interior and great food. There’s a sushi train that kids will love, as well as great bento box lunches and delicious ramen.
This small Japanese restaurant in Clayfield has an extensive sushi menu as well as really great dinner boxes and teryaki and udon dishes. The food is fresh and delicious and affordably priced too.
See here for this great guide to Places to Eat with Kids in Brisbane City and be sure to check out our whole directory of Places Where we Love to Eat in Brisbane for other great child-friendly venues.