Golden Gai

A few weeks out from our Japan trip, we decided get a quick Melbourne preview at the Chapel Street based, newly opened Japanese fusion restaurant, Golden Gai, inspired, of course, by the real Golden Gai strip in Shinjuku (Tokyo) famous for its night life and bar vibes.

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Chicken Yakitori – $10.0

The good fat: We started our trip down the alley of Golden Gai with the chicken yakitori – an absolute must-get Japanese dish for any night time Izakaya run. Yakitori simply means that the marinaded chicken is grilled over a charcoal fire, allowing the light savoury seasoning to complement the tender pieces of chicken. The crunch of grilled leek wedged between each skewer was another welcome addition!

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Seafood Japaella – $38.0

Absolutely missing Spanish paella, the moment I spied “Japa-ella” on the menu at Golden Gai, I knew it was something I wanted to try. Served in a paella pan, the Japaella featured a generous serve of oysters, mussels and king prawns. Whilst I wasn’t sure if the saffron was the main element in this dish, the rice itself was quite flavoursome – balancing out the relatively blander tastes of the seafood on top.


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Tempura – $28.0

The bad fat: The tempura variety option on the Golden Gai menu in my opinion, was a bit expensive for what it was worth. Advertised as predominantly king prawns, there were only 2 (despite being fried in a light and delicious tempura batter), whilst the rest of the platter were entirely vegetables. There were generous slices of capsicum, eggplant and enoki but I had really expected more seafood. The accompanying tentsuyu sauce – a combo of soy sauce, mirin and dashi soup, unfortunately didn’t add much flavour overall leaving me hoping for more of that salty, sweet kick to complement the tempura batter.



2wofatgirls would like to thank Golden Gai, Prahran for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.

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