Even though his breakout 2006 debut album is called Food & Liquor, we weren’t sure how big of a food guy Grammy winning rapper Lupe Fiasco was. This all changed when his reps reached out to Food Republic to see if we’d be interested in publishing some of his food writing from his current tour of Australia. Here’s is the first installment of Lupe Fiasco Does Food Down Under Blog.

Tucked inside the sprawling gastronomic outpost that is Brisbane’s Chinatown we find the tech-savvy Wagaya. The whole deal is utterly Japanese, not only in its cuisine, but also in its efficiency. All orders (even drinks) are placed via a touch screen computer mounted at the table while a flesh-and-blood human quietly, and quickly, whisks the order to the table — vanishing in much the same fashion that she arrived.

What Wagaya lacks in prolonged human-to-human contact it thoroughly makes up for with one of the finest examples of Wagyu beef steak that I have ever had. The grilled mackerel had its shining moment too, as well as the Ebitan avocado roll. While the lunch menu is quite slim, the dinner menu is almost overbearing in the amount of simply gorgeous looking Japanese dishes on offer. The “Nobu-esque”  décor is chic, but not excessive. A well executed menu in a great atmosphere that literally brings the digital revolution to your table.  3 1/2 out of 5 Lupes.

315 Brunswick St
Level1 TC Centre
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

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