Izakaya Cooking Class

3.5 hours Class size 5 to 10     label $170

In this beginners Japanese cooking class, you will learn how to prepare small Japanese dishes and nibbles that go perfectly with alcohol. This is known as Izakaya, an informal Japanese dining tradition that occurs in a small bar and involves drinking while enjoying Japanese snacks like Edamame and Karagee.

This fun and hands-on class will be led by our experienced chef and all of the ingredients will be provided. Japanese food is known for its fresh seasonality, so the menu on the day might change dependent on which ingredients are available at the market.

Enjoy a practical and fun workshop in a friendly setting. At the end of the class you will have a delicious lunch with all of the Izakaya nibbles you have made.

Sample menu:

  • Tofu
  • Renkon and Satsumaimo chips
  • Chicken Namban, steamed pork belly and backed eggplant with miso
  • Grilled vegetable with sesame dressing
  • Onigiri (rice cake) with bainiku
  • Cod saikyo-yaki, yuzu flavour
  • Dessert

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
All ingredients and a delicious lunch.
Suitable for

This class is great for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.


369 Penshurst St, Chatswood NSW

Izakaya Cooking Class location
Your teacher
Culinary Studio Dekura
Culinary Studio Dekura

Classes with the Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine

4.9 (406)

Hideo was born in Yotsuya, Tokyo. His father was a playwright and owned two Japanese restaurants, Kihei of Tokyo and Misuji, where he commenced his training, whilst still at school at Shinjuku High School and through to Nihon University. Hideo learnt from his parents the principles of sushi and kappo-ryori food preparation, cooking and presentation. These methods have been passed down through generations of his family. At the same time, he learnt the philosophy of Chakaiseki (the tea ceremony cuisine), Teikanryu Shodô (Calligraphy), Ikenobou-Ryuseiha (flower arrangement) and Hôchô Shiki (the cooking knife ceremony) under the tutelage of Shijyoushinryu by Iemoto-Shishikura Soken-Sensei.

After years of cooking and demonstrating in Japan, Hideo's interests led him to Europe to study classical French cuisine, England and then the United States, where he was able to combine his skills in Japanese and European cuisine by working as a demonstrator in California.

In 1972 Hideo visited Australia for the first time and settled in Sydney in 1974. He set up Japanese Functions of Sydney, the first Japanese catering company in Sydney, which was highly successful. He has lectured in several places and has now opened Culinary Studio Dekura in Chatswood.

Hideo is a master of Shijoshin-ryu in Sydney. Furthermore he is a member of Food Professional Australia, (formally Food Media Australia), Japan Master Chef Association, and a lecturer at the Sydney Sea Food School.

He is the author of several Japanese cooking books and cooking videos.

In 2007 and 2015 Hideo was presented with an award from the Japanese Government to those who have made significant contributions to the promotion of Japanese food and cooking.

In 2016 He was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine.

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Chris Thomas Dec 2023

We had great fun with Hideo. Very authentic and interesting flavours. Will definitely be doing again!

Esmeralda Hellgren Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Wonderfully authentic & inspiring class.

The teacher is lovely and the whole experience was amazing!
We got to learn things I would’ve never thought to cook myself
Can definitely recommend

Izakaya Cooking Class review by Esmeralda Hellgren - Sydney

Lucy So Dec 2022

Had the most amazing experience at the Izakaya cooking class today. Mr Dekura was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and personable. The dishes were fantastic and healthy with easy-to-follow recipes. I fully recommend this to anyone who wants to diversify their Japanese palate. Thank you very much!

Jackie Webck Aug 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended

A fabulous course - to be highly recommended. I attended with a group of friends and it was such a lovely way to catch up, learn and share new experiences.

Connie Trapani Jul 2022

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Wonderful class from a master chef. We not only learned very unusual dishes but picked up great tips. Chef was very generous in sharing some special dishes he had created. As it was a very small class we got a real in depth view.
The studio was lovely & intimate. Recommend highly!

Cooking class review by Connie Trapani - Sydney

Justine Waters Jul 2022

Everything about this class with just superb . Learnt so much with Dekura’s extraordinary expertise , passion and patience . Cannot re omens this class w ought for anyone wanting a true Japanese master teacher , experience and learnings

Jeremy Tham Apr 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

It was a fun morning with authentic tasting food. The best part is the small personal class. It could have been better if there was more hands on cooking. It felt more that we were assisting in a cooking demonstration. Hideo is very knowledgeable and it is a good overall Japanese cultural experience too! We thoroughly enjoyed this class and highly recommend it.

Robyn Sorensen Mar 2022

Great teacher, although a little hard to understand, but as he is Japanese it was not unexpected.
The food was authentic. We learnt of a lot of new ingredients and how to use them.
We also learnt the correct manner of serving.
Altogether, a great day out and well worth the money. I will go to other classes with this tutor.

Gordon Jan 2022

The recipes were really useful
The teacher was helpful and welcoming
I would much prefer classes where there’s full cooking participation rather than mostly watching.

Miranda Culley Nov 2021

Great food great guide great ambience. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to learn or perfect their skills

Darryl Handley Mar 2021

Loved the class. I went with my 15yo son who aspires to be Japanese chef. And he loved it. It’s the second class his done with Master chef Dekura. Everything was explained well and the taste of it all was fantastic. Excellent class size of 6 made it very comfortable to learn.

Angela O'Neil Jan 2021

Was so much fun and really interesting. Will definitely be using some of the recipes at home. The teacher was lovely and showed patience when we were obviously beginners!

Izakaya Cooking Class review by Angela O'Neil - Sydney

Andrea Tomaz Jan 2021

Our teacher was open and keen to share his cooking knowledge and interesting life experiences. The class was a lot of fun and we learnt many things we can try at home. Yummy recipes. Thank you so much!

Felicia Chan Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Dekura-san was amazing and I was inspired after the class to try out the items on my own. The cooking methods and ingredients were simple but the end product taste so good! Venue was great and cosy. Would highly recommend this class!

Paul Butler Jul 2020

It was really interesting to understand more about Japanese cuisine - The teacher was very knowledgeable

Pm Luong Jun 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Mr Dekura was an inspirational teacher who imparted his knowledge with such calm and grace that made the experience so memorable and amazing.
His cooking style and his wealth of knowledge was Worth more than one could ever hoped to learn in a cooking class. ( I am already booking more sessions with him).

The venue was homely and beautifully presented, every detail has been carefully thought of. The ingredients were chosen so creatively and so fresh that you’d think it can only come from his garden.
I learnt many of my favorite dishes I’d tasted in Japan through my travel, and the principle behind authentic Japanese cooking- my dream came true There were so much food that one could never finish in one go- lucky me.
This is one of the best cooking lessons I’ve had. I’d highly recommend mr Dekura’s classes to anyone interested in learning about Japanese food and culture.

Yu-Lin Low Jan 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The teacher was very patient, very caring in his style of teaching cooking.
He prepared all the ingredients in advance so we students can enjoy learning how to cook as well as tasting the foods afterwards.

Betty Kovacs Oct 2019

He was very knowledgeable and friendly, great food options and tricks with food , thank you

Alison Cave Sep 2019

Hideo san's kitchen was a wonderful set up for a cookery class and my son and I really enjoyed learning more about Japanese cooking and some of the ingredients we are looking forward to using in the future. Thanks for my Xmas present Eliot!

Cooking class review by Alison Cave - Sydney

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