Zen in Toowoomba

Need to Zen out? Or just like Japanese culture and cuisine? Toowoomba has you covered on both counts with Kuro Beko in the city for authentic cuisine, and the stunning Japanese Gardens (Ju Raku En) on the outskirts of Toowoomba, where you will not only find an authentic display of Japanese horticulture, but a sense of peace as you stroll these truly magnificent grounds.


Let’s start with the food –  Kuro Beko

If you are a fan of yuzu, miso or matcha flavours then your cravings will be well sated at Kuro Beko in Duggan Lane, right in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD. Kuro Beko offers superb quality, modern Japanese cuisine with authentic flavours at a reasonable price. If you want to be transported to Nippon, try Agedashi Tofu, Jikabi Yaki Lamb, Wagyu and Saikyo Miso Cauliflower – very “oishi” (delicious). Don’t forget their masterfully prepared oysters, sashimi and tartare.  Kuro Beko also offers a variety of green tea and iced green tea cocktails/drinks. The perfect complement to the droolworthy menu.

Now the garden – Ja Raku En

After a delicious meal you will find more Japanese inspiration by heading to Ja Raku En Gardens at UniSQ. It’s Australia’s largest Japanese stroll garden where you can literally ‘feel the tranquility’. Designed by internationally renowned landscape artist, Professor Kinsaku Nakane, this 4.5ha garden is a place for quiet contemplation, pretty picnics, and photo opps. Of course, spring and autumn are the most colourful times to visit but every season has its own charm.



Getting there:

Kuro Beko Japanese Restaurant
Find them at Grand Central, Duggan Lane entrance

Click on the link below to reserve your table

The Japanese Gardens 

Can be found at 55 Regent St Toowoomba
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