Yamagen Restaurant

Cairns, Australia


A popular stop for Japanese travel groups visiting the Great Barrier Reef and day trippers from around the world, Yamagen restaurant offers a variety of Japanese dishes prepared in the traditional “rules of five” method, or washoku. These rules emphasizing variety and balance, achieved through the use of five colors (black, white, red, yellow, and green), five cooking techniques (raw, food, grilling, steaming, boiling, and frying), and five flavors (sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter). Karen was engaged through Daikyo Inc. to manage the project and ensure that it was delivered within the Ownership guidelines and specifications.


To assume the role of the Owner’s representative as construction was about to commence, and become familiar with the property, project team, and design specifications was not an easy task, yet the one assigned.


To organize a thorough review of the project schedule, the construction documents, and the team roles and responsibilities was first. Frequent jobsite meetings were critical in order to catch up, get current, and stay ahead of project completion.


A refreshing and bright, multi-room restaurant greets customers as they enter. The interior features different rooms that showcase traditional Japanese delicacies that excite and wake up your senses. Color, the open wood beam ceiling, the placement of Japanese pottery, and the interior detailing reflect a calming ambience and express a hospitable feeling..

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