The neighborhood of Moriyama might be a little far for those who live in central Nagoya, but Koala Cafe and Grill’s free parking and location — next to Omori-Kinjogakuinmae Station — make it easy to visit.

The owner was a chef when he lived in Australia and his expertise and personal touch can be seen in Koala’s Australian-themed menu: From a toasted sandwich and beer-battered fish and chips to beetroot-garnished burgers.

There are about half a dozen burgers to choose from, with beef, chicken and fish options (from ¥950), and they are all huge, juicy beasts that will leave you stuffed, but hungry for more.

There is also a meat pie (¥750) and beer-battered chicken, calamari or prawns (from ¥790 to ¥850). And, of course, no Australian-themed menu is complete without a chicken parmi. Koala’s version (¥950) includes a large chicken breast slathered in rich tomato sauce and topped with cheese.

If you have any room in your stomach left, cookies, brownies and cakes are available for dessert, and all of them taste like they were made fresh by your grandma that morning.

The restaurant is kid friendly — there are two child seats and a small designated play area — with a horde of English books, toys and even a mini-kitchen. The staff are friendly and approachable, so you can eat in peace while your child plays and occasionally sneaks over to you table to steal a chip — or five.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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