"Try the crab," suggests David Thompson, with the tone of senior student offering year-seven kid a cigarette drag.
It's hard to leave this lush Japanese hideout, but it's left us feeling relaxed and invigorated.
An unbeatable riverside setting is just one of the attractions of a smartly revitalised Brisbane hotel.
Food fads come and go, but these Vietnamese noodle soups are never out of fashion.
There's still a clutch of Sydney gems you've probably forgotten about, or never even knew existed.