Authentic Japanese food is one of the truly exceptional things this world has to offer and, if possible, we would eat it every single day of our lives. Which is why we are happy to discuss a brand new Japanese eatery that opened in Southport recently and it’s a good one gang.
Opened by Kozo Mitsuyama, former head chef of Reef Seafood + Sushi at The Brickworks in Southport, Goto is a stunningly fitout space at Southport Central bringing a fresh, modern vibe to the northern suburb.
The design is the work of OJ Thompson, whose fitouts you’ve seen at Iku Yakitori Bar and Etsu Izakaya, so you know it’s of the highest quality (and super unique). A table runs down the centre of the space with A-frame style wooden beams holding it in place and reaching from the sky while pendant lights hang down through the middle. Tables around the wall float from the ceiling, also connected to beams and giving the whole space an edgy, fresh feel.
You can also perch at the bar and watch the chefs work their magic in the kitchen using the freshest of fresh ingredients to make up the tastiest of tasty dishes.
Kozo’s plan when dreaming up Goto was t bring the traditional flavours of his hometown of Nagasaki to the Coast with produce, driven dishes using only the highest quality produce.
The signature dish of the coastal Japanese city is champon noodles, said to be the healthier take on ramen, the dish is made with both chicken and pork broths (made fresh daily in-house), plenty of veggies, seafood and noodles. Can confirm; it’s the goods.
There’s also possibly the largest range of sashimi we’ve ever seen on offer including all the usual suspects plus octopus, squid and egg omelette.
You can choose a few small plates to share and we highly recommend Shiokara – salted squid on potato salad and the deep-fried chicken wings with special honey soy sauce.
There are salads, tasty tempura things, Udon noodles and share platters in case you’ve got the crew on board.
To drink, all your fave Japanese beers are available as well as plum wine and sake to accompany the flavour sensations that make up the menu.
Get in there for a five-star Japanese feast.
LOCATION: Southport Central, 9 Lawson Street
HOURS: 12pm until late weekdays and 5pm until late weekends
Words and photos by Kirra Smith