Biru Shinobi brings Japanese beer, bites and bottles of whisky to Newstead
A great corner location on Commercial Road recently underwent a facelift, turning into a fun and casual bar boasting some of the finest drops in town. If you are a fan of Japanese food and drink or simply love a good time, consider parking yourself at one of Biru Shinobi’s tables.
Brett Rogers is a self-confessed fan of Japanese food and culture, so much so that he has made it his personal mission to bring the best bits to Brisbane. His latest venture is Biru Shinobi (roughly translated to Beer Ninja), a friendly bar and eatery that sits in the space formerly occupied by Brett’s previous endeavour Damotori, on the apex of Commercial Road, Masters Street and Wyandra Street. After three days of renovations, Biru Shinobi emerged in June with a new outdoor dining patio, a new bar and a reorganised kitchen – complemented by Japanese flourishes such as wall hangings, memorabilia, a TV playing anime and Japanese drifting demonstrations, and an impressive collection of RC Cars.
Ishihara Toshitaka (ex-Mizu and Stamford Plaza) has come on board as head chef and is in the process of creating a stellar menu of sashimi, rice and noodle dishes, as well as a selection of tempura dishes inspired by our fish and chips. Paired with Ishi’s Kitchen, Biru Shiobi aims to offer a complementary experience between its food and drink offering, with the bar boasting several authentic Japanese beers and spirits. Must-try brews include Coedo, Baird, Hitachino and Biru Shinobi’s own house ale, brewed in conjunction with Bridge Road Brewing. The biggest drawcard is the selection of Japanese whisky, with a collection of more than 30 bottles on the shelves (with some extremely rare nips available upon consultation). Recommended drops include Yamazaki, Hibiki and Nikka – all award-winning whiskies on the world stage. In the mornings, the front portion of the venue is open and operated by The Power Station Co, and will be serving coffee and breakfast until 11:00 am.
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