Popular Glasgow city centre Japanese restaurant to launch new menu after star-studded event

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The neo-Tokyo inspired Japanese restaurant Mikaku is set to launch its first new menu in five years on Saturday 15 June

The menu, which features new dishes and elevated favourites, was created by Executive Chef Joe Grant.

The Queen Street eatery held a star studded party on Monday ahead of the launch, attended by pop star Gabriella Cilmi, actors Sanjeev Kohli & Jane McCarry, and BBC Glow Up's On May.

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Executive Chef Joe Grant spoke at the event, attended by over 120 exclusive guests, and told the crowd how proud he was to launch the menu this week. He later went on to serve up A5 Wagyu imported directly from Japan.

Mikaku

The new menu features popular Japanese street food including Sandos - traditional milk bread sandwiches, packed with crispy deep-fried fillings and slaws. The Sandos on offer will be Chicken Katsu, Pork Katsu, Ebi Menchi (minced prawn), Beef Menchi (minced beef), and Field Mushroom.

Also featured on the new menu are homemade Tsukemono - Japanese pickles - which are an important part of the Japanese diet. Tsukemono will feature on the menu in the new Tsukemono Don, a rice dish topped with a selection of pickles and served with a vegetable broth, and as a side dish.

A range of new Donburi dishes have been added to the offering. These Japanese rice bowls include Chashu Don with thick slices of pork belly, Ebi Don with a minced prawn patty and yuzu mayo, Beef Gyudon featuring thinly sliced beef and a crispy fried egg, and Tomago Don that sees a tasty japanese omelette served over sticky rice.

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Mikaku have kept many of the favourites that customers have come to know and love, including their famous half portions of Ramen available exclusively at the Queen Street restaurant. They have also vowed to maintain their incredible lunch offer for just £7.95, Monday - Friday, 12 - 4pm.

Commenting ahead of the launch, Executive Chef Joe Grant said: "It was great to see so many recognisable faces at the launch party for the new menu, and see everyone enjoying a selection of the new dishes. It is always nice to see people enjoying the fruits of our labour!

"This new menu is an important milestone for Mikaku - it is the first new menu in five years and it is a large piece of the new roadmap in what has been a year of change. We've been building a great new team both in the kitchen and front of house, introducing loads of new events including our new monthly movie night, and regular Cocktails & Calligraphy classes, and the successful launch of our Robata Grill. There is still so much more to come!

"I love to be inspired by Japanese flavours, culture and food scene and I'm proud to be bringing these to this new and elevated menu at Mikaku. It screams the very best in Japanese Street Food and I am looking forward to unleashing it on Saturday."

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The 'Sweet About Me' singer Gabriella Cilmi commented after the event saying: "I had the best time at the launch of Mikaku's new menu. The tomato and tofu salad was delicious, and the wagyu beef was the best I've ever had in my life. Also got to meet Isa & Navid from Still Game which was a highlight!"

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