Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke, CBD

Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke on UrbanspoonWe wander down the dimly lit stairs towards eerily glowing underground caves. Strange and haunting melodies (I used the term ‘melody’ loosely) echo from every deep dark corner, the seductive fragrance of sesame and smokiness teasing our nostrils.

Welcome to Mizuya! 

As other bloggers have mentioned, the food is not really the point here. It is excellent value however, and perfect for what it is – flavoursome nibbles to keep one’s karaoke strength up – but I not sure that I’d come here just for the food, especially considering the number of excellent Japanese places around the area.

Nevertheless the food is tasty and fresh, and visually appealing despite being cast in the fluorescent glow of ever-changing coloured lights. (Please excuse the less-than-lovely lighting on the food photos!)

Salmon sashimi $9.80

Agedashi tofu $5.80

Simmered beef cheek $15

The six of us paid $60 each for three hours of karaoke and enough food and drink to fill us up and get us rather cheerful. As the rooms have a minimum spend on Friday and Saturday nights, you won’t get away with less than about $60 each for small groups, but it’s great fun and overall good value – especially if you’re a drinker, with bottles of bubbles from $25 and cocktails less than they cost in any bar for miles. The cocktail test tube sampler is a fun idea too!

Mizuya test tubes of daily bartender selections $18

In fact, with fifteen minutes left we had to quickly order and down a last bottle of bubbly to get our bill up to the minimum amount – we definitely didn’t leave feeling hungry or thirsty (or sober)! Plus everything is ordered via electronic touch-screen menus so you can easily track and monitor your running total. LOVE that.

I would definitely recommend Mizuya for a fun night out – book in early though as rooms fill up fast on the weekend!

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3 thoughts on “Mizuya Japanese Restaurant and Karaoke, CBD

  1. Mmm, it was good! Miso eggplant is my favourite Japanese dish in the world after sashimi. My personal best is at Iiza in Newtown, it’s absolute perfection!

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