Sashimi den Goto brings authentic tastes and Japanese charm to Southport
If you’ve ever spent time in Japan, you’d be familiar with its bustling izakayas, backstreet noodle nooks and hidden yakitori bars. These unassuming spots are full of authentic food, fresh seafood, litres of sake and a lot of personality – and luckily for us, Gold Coast-based chef Kozo Mitsuyama has packaged up all of these elements to create the city’s newest Japanese eatery, Goto.
As the former head chef of Reef Seafood + Sushi at The Brickworks in Southport, owner Kozo Mitsuyama set out to bring the traditions, flavours and interactive nature of Japanese dining to the coast with his first solo venture. Nestled within the Southport Central precinct, Goto is heavily driven by trawler-fresh seafood and local produce, with colourful sashimi platters and intricate sushi creations heading up the menu alongside smaller bites like crispy karaage chicken, agedashi tofu and authentic udon noodles.
Goto also gives diners a tasty introduction to champon noodles, a regional dish from Kozo’s native Nagasaki. Regarded as ramen’s healthier cousin, champon noodles are made with a delicious chicken and pork broth, and are loaded with vegetables, seafood and thick noodles. While much of the menu is kept very traditional, diners seeking familiarity will find it in the donburi (rice bowl) offerings, which are topped with the likes of sweet-soy braised pork, karaage chicken and katsu curry. The eats are accompanied by a selection of sips, with Asahi beer on tap alongside a series of umeshu and sake variations.
Goto’s minimalist fit-out, complete with a suspended communal table, is designed (by local lad OJ Thompson) to create an interactive dining experience. The open kitchen allows for the chefs to be in full view and engage with diners, so if you’re the mood for some theatrics, grab prime position at the bar and watch the magic unfold.
Goto is now open! Head to the Stumble Guide for opening hours, location and contact details.
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