Shop 5, 142 Spit Rd
Mosman, NSW 2088
Go-Zen is as tucked away as a restaurant can possibly get. It’s actually off on a side street to the left of Spit Road, with a car park behind (very handy). The entrance is also via the side door (which I realised after trying to tug at their ‘main’ door, derrr!). I envisaged it to be a really cosy-style Japanese restaurant, so was pretty surprised to see all the tables topped with wine glasses and not a Japanese patron in sight.
Did that mean the food wasn’t authentic? Well… yes 😛 It definitely wasn’t very Japanese, even the sushi came with only 4 choices of fish and certainly no fancy rolls. They didn’t even have Soba noodles or shabu-shabu! Still, the menu looked interesting, especially their Specials. We zero’d in on the Soft Shelled Crab marinated in Mirin and Deep Fried Crisp. Every other table there had ordered it so we just went with the flow. Definitely a good choice, as the crab was fantastic! Terribly expensive at $10 for one little crab, it had better be 😉 The crab was so crispy and light, but the flesh inside was sweet. Way way way too small a portion, they either need to give 3 crabs, or cut the price.
Next was their Sushi Roll with Crab, Salmon and Avocado. It was lovely, smooth and fresh. No complaints there but nothing spectacular as it was just like regular sushi that you can get anyway. The final dish was their Deep Fried Seafood Roll. I was under the assumption it would be sushi, but it turned out to be fish and scallops wrapped in some breaded batter and deep fried. Lovely but nothing I’d crave for either.
All in all, I can’t really see why people rave about the place. It’s definitely not a bad meal, but it wasn’t spectacular either.. not something that totally pleasured my tastebuds.
Go-Zen Japanese Restaurant
Soft Shelled Crab marinated in Mirin and Deep Fried Crisp
Sushi Roll with Crab, Salmon and Avocado
Deep Fried Seafood Roll