Shoko

Shoko Arakawa

Director - Japan Business Desk / Audit at Ernst & Young Brisbane

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Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Tue, 30th Oct 2018 (8)

We all had lunch menu - $20 with a selection of beverage. I had some sort of Brioche Toastie with Mushroom on top. It was fabulous. We decided to take coffee at the end of the meal as our beverage choice. Just to indulge ourselves, we shared the Chocolate delicacy (for 2). It was so yummy and worth it. Nice, quiet atmosphere at the convenient location.

Patina Restaurant at Customs House

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Tue, 11th Sep 2018 (9)

We were there for lunch meeting on Tuesday. We had only an hour so we all went for lunch course. 2 courses for $40 is a steal! we decided to take some sides, too, and they were plenty. Dishes were well prepared and presented. Very happy to go back there for similar occasions.

Public

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Fri, 31st Aug 2018 (9)

It was such a delightful series of dishes. Colourful, tingled our taste buds in many ways and all we had were perfectly seasoned and cooked and presented. I must say Koji Steak was out of the world. I don’t couldn’t believe how tender it was! Beetroot appetitiser was also beautiful and nice start of the meal. There are many other dishes that sounded intriguing. I will make occasions to go back there and try something new ;)

Gerard's Bistro

Fortitude Valley

Shoko dined on Sat, 18th Aug 2018 (10)

there were many couples on Sat night. We had a family style dinner (4 of us). their menus are sharing plates; so part of 2 or 3 or 4 or more, there are many choices for everyone. I highly recommend to order Brisket along with Fried cauliflower. They go well together. Also make sure to save the room for dessert. they are divine. They aren't big so don't get shy to order per each person and taste them all ;) Shoko

Moda Restaurant

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 (10)

It was fantastic. I always get satisfied with the dishes they create. Beautiful to look at, excite our taste buds, and really generous portion. i had Duck Breast. I actually went for their lamb but because menu changes almost every other day depending on what's good in the market that day, i couldn't find one. My company had a Daily Fish - Sole. OMG, it was so beautifully cooked. it was cream based amazing piece of fish (yes, a whole fish) you can finish eating by yourself. Dessert was really tempting but because it was Thursday Lunch, we went for afogato. lighter option for ice cream / coffee lover. There were not many tables taken that day. So we probably had one of the best services in the city. very spoiled. i know their service is as great when it's busy though.

Alta Cafe

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Fri, 25th May 2018 (6)

Even if it’s a table seating, you need to go to the counter and order to pay first. Dishes were great but it doesn’t have the charm this resultant used to have.

Kabuki

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Fri, 4th May 2018 (7)

We went there for a lunch meeting. It was rather loud because of the performance by teppanyaki chefs. It must be good for tourists or group. Service was fast and friendly. Food came quickly on time and tasty. Nothing to complain about. Very good choice for a quick business lunch.

Coppa Spuntino Bar & Restaurant

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Thu, 5th Apr 2018 (8)

I like this joint as it's a bit hidden and located in the centre of the city. simple yet authentic Italian menu and reasonable price - same for lunch and dinner. you can share or just order two entrees that fill you up. good coffee, too.

Patina Restaurant at Customs House

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Sat, 24th Mar 2018 (9)

it was for one of my best girl friend's birthday brunch. we worried about the weather but we were able to enjoy our meal outside. beautiful day. service was great, lunch set was available even on Sat and we were very happy with portion that's just right. entrée, main, dessert with a glass of wine. you can't beat that. along with these dishes, we were greeted by professional hostess and the team made us feel at home.

Kingsleys Brisbane

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Fri, 26th Jan 2018 (10)

It was on a Australia Day. Everywhere else was booked out at the time we wanted to dine. My guest was asking for authentic Australian steak in the city and this place was the perfect joint. Oyster was fresh and thick. Steak was well prepared and so was my lamp - daily special. We had cauliflower as a side and that was beautiful too. Servers were very helpful and attentive and professional. Their suggestions were genuine and we took their advice. Wine selection and sauce as well as temperature suggestions were on point. Will be back

Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Mon, 15th Jan 2018 (9)

I like to come here for business meeting in general. the seating arrangement is spacious and tidy. dishes we ordered this time around was my favourite so far. i had a market fish - salmon. my guest had coffee spiced beef ribs and it was yum. as for side, i highly recommend mushroom salad. very refreshing. i'll be back for another occasion.

E'cco Bistro

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Sat, 21st Oct 2017 (10)

Ecco has been the neighbourhood gem since 80's. when we heard of their decision to move out, we had to make a reservation. the tasting menu was appealing $95 for food and $145 for wine pairing. we, 3 girls, went for it. it was the best tasting meal I experienced in the city - well portioned, beautifully paired wine selections, and the taste! we loved all the dishes but to be honest, duck stole the show. it was divine! tender, just right amount of seasoning, warmth from the rich sauce... I hope to visit the restaurant before the move. I will likely to visit the new location after the move, too.

Alta Cafe

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Thu, 27th Apr 2017 (9)

I had fish of the day. Crispy skin was really crispy and seasoning was perfect. Sides that came with the fish was excellent too. I had panna cotta which came with one of the best honey comb I had in the city. Berry was also well cooked and panna cotta itself was wobbling! as always, coffee was great too. i will go back there to try other dishes ;)

Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Wed, 26th Apr 2017 (5)

I enjoyed the previous menu and had a specific dish in mind when I booked a table this time. However, the menu was completely changed and food was super salty. The waiter changed it to the fresh one but I can still taste the salt... This waiter was very rude too. the first thing he said was asking my ethnic background. I used my real name to book this table but he did not need to point my name out for nothing. This waiter was very awkward and did not give much attention when we needed to pay, awaiting him for a while at the cashier. Probably not going back for a while though the location is pretty good.

Otto Brisbane

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Wed, 12th Apr 2017 (8)

50% off food bill deal was the best deal at Otto. I had Lamp, knocchi, and pumpkin as a side. Pumpkin is a divine!

Alta Cafe

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Mon, 20th Mar 2017 (9)

great portion, nice simple authentic menu and pasta dishes were amazing - let alone the complementary bread of the day. hand made.

Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Fri, 3rd Mar 2017 (6)

Service was not at the standard. We waited more than half an hour for the salad. It was not fully booked or there was any big party. However I had to look for water and pour it to my own glass because no one was available. Some servers were there but they weren't paying any attention. It was business lunch. Long wait and bad service... last time was great. So I'd say consistency issue. Food was great.

Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Mon, 27th Feb 2017 (8)

I caught up with my friend who just had a baby. We definitely need a nice quiet place that's also convenient. This place did justice and i can't thank enough for saving the most convenient seat for my dear friend! i had broccoli salad and it was divine. my friend had a chicken salad and it looked just nice. we said we can't just be good - so we had chips. it was crispy and tasty - good seasoning. i highly recommend anyone who works in the city to get a reservation at this place - great joint to have a quiet meeting.

Asana

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Fri, 17th Feb 2017 (5)

I had lunch & munch deal - just like last time. However, the dishes weren't impressive as the last time. I ordered Octopus and it was very chewy and salty. In short, they weren't properly prepared. Service was a lot better than the last time but the dishes were not meeting my expectation for the price. Hence, the overall rating went down.

Moda Restaurant

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Thu, 24th Nov 2016 (10)

It was amazing. I picked lunch so I feel no guilt - entrees share plate to the main. It was beautiful. Hot summer day but the alfresco dining area gave us lots of breeze that was very comfortable. Highly recommend lunch (Th and Fri only) if you have plenty of time to actually enjoy the meal rather than rushing between the meetings. Give yourself a treat. This place gives you comfort and satisfaction.

Asana

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Wed, 9th Nov 2016 (8)

Lunch & munch deal was great - food was good and the food came out great. The service was a bit awkward but it was picked up quickly. It was quite a busy lunch - can be quite loud. I wouldn't recommend it for business meeting but definitely for casual / friends get together. Food was FANTASTIC. lighter side of seasoning but tasty. portion was just right - entree and main. I didn't have room for a good looking dessert (shame!). Highly recommend for those who have some time to enjoy great value for money lunch.

E'cco Bistro

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Thu, 5th May 2016 (10)

I had a wonderful time with my wonderful company. service was great and the tasting plate was fabulous start. Wine menu was satisfying and had anything to match meat or fish dishes. we were quite full at the end of dinner but we managed to squeeze some dessert in. For special occasions that you need guaranteed quality, this is the place to book.

Il Centro

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Thu, 11th Jun 2015 (5)

food was great - but the venue was a bit dusty. talking about dusty, the table clothe was dirty. there was only one man serving the table. my guest had to wait for the door to open when we booked our table for lunch. I wonder what's happening in the kitchen... dishes were beautiful and amazing. they were reasonably priced too. I'm 50/50 on going back there or recommend to anyone. but it's okay to dine there at least once.

Gordita

Fortitude Valley

Shoko dined on Thu, 4th Jun 2015 (10)

We placed eyes on this restaurant for a while and finally made it there. Menu is very easy to go with variety. With a friendly server's advice and personal touch, we picked three small plates for 4 of us to start. I loved the quail dish - properly cooked that kept juicy tenderness of the bird. we then moved on to the main - ordered 2 for 4 of us along with the salad. Trout was completely de-boned and beautifully cooked. Duck breast was to die for - medium rare just I like it to be cooked. We had a little more space in our stomach so we ordered mashed potato - this is rich and very satisfying. must try. Also the cheese platter was fantastic - definitely fantastic choice as a finger food if you are there for drinks only at late night as well. Will definitely go back to try other dishes and secretly wish they will put "Spanish omelette" in their menu!

Jeremy's Bistro

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Fri, 20th Jun 2014 (9)

food was fantastic. waited quite a bit but worth the wait. the service was personable and i'll be back for another dish when i have more time - perhaps for dinner so i could have nice glasses of wine, finished it off with dessert.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Mon, 16th Jun 2014 (8)

thank you for a great hospitality. We enjoyed the lamb dish and duck salad.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Wed, 4th Jun 2014 (9)

I had a pit of the day. It was lamb today - woohoo! It was generous and so tasty. Exactly what i needed. Thank you!

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane CBD

Shoko dined on Tue, 3rd Jun 2014 (9)

I go here for lunch in particular when i want to have a private conversation with my friends or for a business. Good seating arranagement with good simple menu that won't get anyone confused. Service is okay. Food is just right and nicely cooked all the time I had dined there. Highly recommended.

Gerard's Bistro

Fortitude Valley

Shoko dined on Fri, 23rd May 2014 (10)

I absolutely loved quality of service and food. I always wanted to come here and finally made it with my foodie folks. Knowledgeable waitress was such a plus in addition to great plates of food. Recommended wine went well with dishes we ordered. Portion was great that we had just right room for amazing dessert. I'll come back there for breakfast / brunch next time!

Prive 249

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Thu, 13th Feb 2014 (9)

I received probably the best service in Brisbane CBD. It's definitely for the special occasation. The view, the services, the dishes, the silverware, everything was just right. We were there from 6:30 - midnight and our server was attentive all the way through. He was really helpful with picking the right glass for each dish. Will make excuse to go back there!

Alchemy

Brisbane

Shoko dined on Tue, 2nd Oct 2012 (10)

Service was amazing. The lady who attended us was knowledgeable about any dishes on the menu and very timely although tables were quite full and she appears to be the only one who was serving all. Food was very tasty - a bit of salty side which I like. As a closer, I ordered Afogado with vanila ice cream. I have to say, this was the best I've had for a long time - or may be the best of all. Highly recommended it.