The spread of Japanese restaurants across Australia has been rapid, and though the standard of them is broadly superb, it is true that some are far better than others. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Newcastle to eat Japanese food then the name of Nagisa standards far above all others. They boast a menu which is based on the traditions of the Land of the Rising Sun, but they spend as much time keeping up with contemporary trends from Japan as they do bowing to the culinary canon. That means classics like sushi, sashimi and nigiri, Wagyu beef and miso soup, gyoza and tempura prawns, yakitori skewers and a full teppanyaki bar, as well as new craft beer, whiskey and sake imported from Japan and degustation menus that really allow chef Tetsuhiko Namba to show off all the skills that he learnt in Tokyo. Gather your friends together, book a table and head to Nagisa on Honeysuckle Drive in the centre of Newcastle to try some of the best Japanese food in the Hunter Valley.