Almost hidden, up the stairs and out the back, sits a litte bit of Japan that ran off to the tropics. O'Cha Cha is a facsimile of a Japanese Izakaya style dining, so close to the real thing that that Japanese Government awarded it with a certificate of authenticity back in 2019. The Izakaya style involves ordering drinks and food; food then arrives when cooked rather than in set courses, and it is as common across Japan as diners are across the USA. Once inside the restaurant, the decor transports guests to a traditional assembly of dark woods and eclectic artworks. The menus are clad in wood and are extensive, replete with instructions on how to order and consume for those unfamiliar with Japanese tucker. O' Cha Cha has many of the usual booze suspects, backed up with an extensive range of Sakés and the rather elusive and quite wonderful Asahi Black. The menu offers individual dishes and set meal options. Everything created with a beautiful precision, which carries through to the inspired combinations of flavours and textures. Even with the overcast business of the moment, the steady stream of patrons is reassuring and indicative of good food always finds an audience.
The restaurant has been open in Cairns since 1993, and if you haven't been there, you've been missing out. The set meals are generous and keenly priced, and the entree menu is perfect for sharing.
It's always nice to be able to confidently recommend a place to eat, and in this case, there is no hesitation.
O' Cha Cha Cairns