Inside Wollongong's new Asahi bar and Japanese inspired Another Burger Joint

The first Asahi bar in the Illawarra officially opened on Sunday after a soft opening.
The first Asahi bar in the Illawarra officially opened on Sunday after a soft opening.

Looking for something new to do in Wollongong this Sunday afternoon?

Fast and Furious food: Jenny Dinh and Siri Scignarack outside the Asahi bar and Another Burger Joint in Globe Lane, Wollongong. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Fast and Furious food: Jenny Dinh and Siri Scignarack outside the Asahi bar and Another Burger Joint in Globe Lane, Wollongong. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Wollongong’s new Japanese flavoured Asahi bar and Another Burger Joint was officially opened by business owners who run a sushi restaurant in Sydney and see great potential in the Illawarra.

The new burger outlet has Japanese inspired burgers and sodas on the menu. That oriental flavour was also evident for the grand opening on Sunday with the arrival of Fast & Furious style street machines.

Japanese Fast & Furious style cars arrive at Asahi Bar Wollongong. Video: Greg Ellis.

Japanese Fast & Furious style cars arrive at Asahi Bar Wollongong. Video: Greg Ellis.

More the 10 sports cars lined Globe Lane for the celebration for the new three level eatery with two bars where Beach Burito Company and Skinnys Grill were previously located.

The high performance cars were invoking the spirit of the popular movie franchise’s “Tokyo Drift” instalment.

Asahi Bar and Another Burger Joint operations manager Siri Seignarack said there were some firsts for Wollongong and the Illawarra with the new eatery that has an emphasis on casual dining.

Ms Seignarack said nothing like Wollongong’s new fully dedicated Asahi bar hadn’t been done before.

“We have Asahi Super Dry on tap and a premium Asahi beer. The cans behind the bar are the first in Australia. Because of the Japanese fusion of the burger we have this compliments our food,” she said.

“And we have a separate bar upstairs in our Another Burger Joint where people can chill out”.

Inside Wollongong's new Asahi Bar. Video: Greg Ellis.

Inside Wollongong's new Asahi Bar. Video: Greg Ellis.

A spokesperson for the owners said “we own a Japanese restaurant in Sydney and wanted to bring a Japanese flavour to Wollongong with Japanese bar style food”.

“We like it here. People are nice and friendly in Wollongong”.

The new eatery features fortune cats on the walls, particularly up the main stairway.

Ms Seignarack described the main middle level as mainstream and family friendly.

The food is ordered from the main bar and can either be eaten there, on the wrap around balcony overlooking Globe Lane or on the mezzanine level upstairs which has arcade games including a pinball machine.

“I do have some plans for the main space,” she said.

They include family oriented summer series activities and champagne lunches for ladies. But on Sunday it was fast cars, sumo wrestlers, origami cranes, Japanese beer and whiskey and fortune cats.

Asahi Bar and Another Burger Joint tour. Video Greg Ellis

Asahi Bar and Another Burger Joint tour. Video Greg Ellis

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