For the past eight years, East Brisbane’s Sushi Kotobuki has been a favourite amongst the sushi lovers of Brisbane. After opening sister venue Kotobuki 2 in Victoria Point, owner Ito has taken the next step with Izakaya Kotobuki, channelling the drinking dens of his home town Tokyo. Staying true to the traditional idea of an izakaya, Ito’s new Albert Street venue is a place where diners can relax, drink and pair their beverage with a selection of small snacking plates. During the day, Izakaya Kotobuki offers the wide selection of sushi that Kotobuki is most well known for, as well as donburi rice bowls, noodles, salads and sides. Come evening, the true izakaya comes to life, when diners can pair their selection of Japanese imported beer, whisky, shochu or 15 different sakes with grilled and fried snacking plates and yakitori.