Japanese restaurant Mizu is teaching Brisbane residents how to master the art of sushi, with hands-on cooking classes every month.

If you’ve never been there before, Mizu Japanese Restaurant is a contemporary Japanese eatery, with restaurants in both Teneriffe and West End.

The business serves up a traditional Japanese menu, with dishes like sashimi, carpaccio, sushi and delicious fried delights – and now they’re teaching Brisbane residents how to make sushi the way they do, once a month in the West End restaurant.

Head Chef Yuya Kawasaki says after being in business for 18 years, he wanted to do something different for the restaurant.

“I noticed how popular cooking classes were becoming, I knew Japanese food was popular so I started teaching in our Teneriffe restaurant,” he says.

“We did a few different things at first, hot food, gyoza and teriyaki chicken, but sushi was very popular. Sushi was easier to make too, as we could make in the dining area and didn’t have to cook or fry up the food.”

Yuya says he tries to make every class a fun hands-on experience for participants.

“Sushi is pretty simple to prepare. In class we make four different kinds of sushi rolls, but before we do that I show the students how to make sushi rice. That way, they can get the whole experience of making sushi together,” he says.

“We make the sushi rolls step by step, then we cut the sushi rolls with the appropriate fish knife and then you can have the sushi you make for lunch.”

Yuya says the sushi rice is the most important part of making good sushi.

“If you can make good sushi rice you can make good sushi rolls, but it does needs some knowledge,” he says.

“They aren’t that hard to make once you get use to it though.”

The cooking classes are fairly small with about 7 to 8 people maximum, so bookings are essential.

Mizu Japanese Restaurant’s next cooking class will be held on Saturday 28 May from 12pm to 1:30pm, at their West End location at 63 Hardgrave Road.

For more information or to book visit www.mizurestaurant.com.au/west-end-2