Take just one step inside Goros and you’ll swear you’ve teleported to an eclectic dive bar in the centre of Tokyo.
It was no small job transforming the once ’90s style building into Surry Hills’ own slice of Japan but the izakaya-style eatery has hit the mark. Owned and operated by Solotel, it’s team were committed to creating an all-Japanese experience that encompasses everything you’d expect to find in Japan, from the range of sakes on offer to karaoke booths, neon lighting and arcade games.
Head Chef, Michael Vana, brings his own touches to the overall experience. Michael spent five years working in some of the top restaurants in Japan and spent his nights off working his way through as many sushi bars as possible. It is no surprise then, that his menu incorporates the best Australian produce into traditional Japanese dishes.
Gyoza are filled with high quality pork from Byron Bay, beef short ribs are sourced from the Riverina and vegetables sourced from the best suppliers New South Wales has to offer.
The bite-sized menu items allow you to sample a little bit of everything. Start with a bowl of edamame while you mull over the offerings. While fried karaage chicken with kewpie mayo is always a favourite, there are also lighter options like the takoyaki, tuna tataki salad or scallops sashimi.
There’s also a selection of yakitori, or grilled skewers, that are the epitome of Japanese beer food. There are plenty to choose from, including traditional chicken thigh, beef tongue, pork belly, white miso salmon and beef short rib.
There are vegetarian yakitori options as well, including red miso eggplant with gruyere cheese yakitori and onigirazu (sushi sando). Wash your selection down with a chilled glass of Sapporo, Asahi or Kirin.
Shake up your drink options with a Japanese inspired cocktail. The Rising Lychee combines berry infused sochu with lychee popping pearls, vanilla, mint and cranberry, while the Yuzu Sour mixes gin, vermouth and yuzushu with basil, lemon and vanilla.
Those without a sweet tooth might prefer the highballs, with Japanese whisky, a hint of citrus and plenty of fizz. There are also more than 20 different Japanese whiskies on offer, served neat or over ice.
Once you’ve ordered your drinks settle in at one of the bamboo-clad booths. You’ll need at least a few drinks to loosen your vocal cords and make your way to one of the three custom-built karaoke rooms, where a selection of almost 3000 songs is waiting for you. If the rooms are full, or you don’t quite feel like belting out the hits of the ’80s, let your competitive side out with another childhood flashback – arcade games. Test your aim with a round of Point Blank or brush up on your combat skills with Tekken.
Between cocktails, sake, karaoke and arcade games, it’s easy to while away an entire night. When the late-night munchies come calling, Goros has you covered with a menu of gyoza, fries and other snacks offered all night long.
It’s all part of Goros’ homage to Japan. Step in and lose yourself in the experience. It’s the easiest trip to Japan you’ll ever take.