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Review of Goto Japanese Restaurant - CLOSED

Goto Japanese Restaurant
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Description: Indulge in the flavours of superb Japanese cuisine at Goto. It has garnered rave reviews owing mostly to the exquisite hand of Chef Hisao Goto, who was formerly a chef to Japanese ambassadors and diplomats.
Reviewed 7 January 2015

So this once fine-dining establishment has gone slightly mass market after a renovation. The name is changed to G-ONE and there isn't an account in tripadvisor yet, so I'll write a review here

My friend doesn't eat raw fish so we focused on the simmered, grilled and fried today. The simmered dishes like Oden, beef tendon and rolled Chinese cabbage were good. The latter even had a faint yuzu taste. The grilled chicken wings were also good and marinated very well. The fried Sakura ebi tempura was interesting and had a nice taste as well. Overall very good, though slightly on the salty side

They do charge GST though, so puzzled by an earlier review which stated they do not

1  Thank bcheong
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Reviewed 3 October 2014

GOTO is closing for renovations on 26.10.2014 & reopening on 11.11.2014.

a friend suggested recently & 5 of us decided to go for the S$68pax omakase lunch on 1.10.2014. there was no GST so it was just S$75nett! :-)

GOTO at 14 ang siang road is currently a kaiseki only restaurant. lunch is 6-course at S$68pax & dinner S$180pax & S$280pax. the chef owner GOTO HISAO, was previously the personal chef to the japanese ambassador to singapore. after the renovation it will be remodelled to a casual restaurants. according to the server lunch sets would be like S$40 onwards.

we were wondering about the economics of a straight kaiseki restaurant where the dishes & ingredients were limited, vs a normal restaurant with an extensive menu, dishes & ingredients. we were of course out of our depths, no expert in f&b, but perhaps the main objective was to increase traffic & customers. kaiseki restaurant would have a limited number of patrons. a casual restaurant would attract a larger customer base & the sitting could be doubled from the current 20?

seems the restaurant name would be changed as well to G-One. couldn’t figure out G-One, but we were kidding the place change from GOTO to GONE? is that good?

who cares as long as food is good right? & it was, quite excellent!

we had the first course sakizuki – a selection of small appetizers. it had a delicious pickled sanma (秋刀鱼), a equally delicious tofu, pickled ika (squid), some vege, and ikura on enoki in small bowl. really good! we were saying if every dish could be like this. they were, quite! maybe minus the rice.

sashimi moriawase = maguro, hirame, hamachi, hotate, anago
sashimi moriawase = maguro, hirame, hamachi, hotate, anago

the sashimi moriawase = maguro, hirame, hamachi, hotate, anago was just incredible! they told us its maguro, but it was so sweet its like akamai (lean toro). hotate was just 1/2 a piece but very sweet. same for hirame (flat fish) & hamachi (yellow tail). the anago (conger eel) was an expensive item too but actually that was my least preferred among the quality sashimi.

tempura moriawase
tempura moriawase

the tempura moriawase was served differently w/o the dip & radish & wasabi. there was a lemon & a dish with what looked like green tea powder but actually salt. the server missed out explanation at our table for this dish, so we were guessing the lemon should go on the salt (lemon juice with salt is a very good dip for yakiniku), anyway a few of us including myself was too quick & just squeezed the lemon on the tempura. there was shisamo (pregnant fish), asparagus, 2 like fish cakes etc. very good dish. :-)

a simmered kamo (duck) dish
a simmered kamo (duck) dish

we have a simmered duck dish. i liked it very much. 1 friend felt the duck had too gamey taste. the rest didn’t. a few thought the duck was tough. 1 said the sauce a bit sweet (japanese like to add sugar to their dishes).

for me though it was quite perfect – duck, yam etc. :-)

gohan (rice) set
chicken & mushroom gohan (rice) set

a friend said that the mushroom smell was really good. & indeed it was. however i & a few of us did not think this good was great. it did not really had the wok hae of a good chinese fried rice, nor the flavours of a good japanese unagi chahan (fried rice) like say in zen or its sister restaurant en japanese dining. nor is it flavourful c/w the very nice kamameshi at sun with moon.

of course we were just picking bones. haha! :-)

dessert - mochi, fruits, black sesame ice cream
dessert – mochi, fruits, black sesame ice cream

dessert was good too. kochi i liked, good quality fruits & a great black sesame ice cream.

i think this a very good lunch for S$75. i consider this perhaps more refine & better than the S$68 omakse lunch at hachi & about same as (or sometimes better than depending on menu) the S$68 monthly lunch special at kuriya dining. anyway i have booked to go back next week. see my full reviews & photos at http://chefquak.com/2014/10/02/fabulous-omakase-lunch-goto-on-1oct2014/

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Thank chefquak
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Have returned twice in the last months to indulge in Chef Goto's exquisite kaiseki experience...he will change his restaurant concept to semi casual dining with occasional kaiseki soon in November so if you want to try.. You have to go to Goto soon ( I do not have any link to this restaurant except as a happy customer...just in case you're wondering)
Food is beautifully presented and unusual. Despite being in Singapore,he brings in the delicacies of the season and presents them in their purest and yummiest form. There are 2 menus , varying in the number of courses and variety. I took the 180 menu each time, and both times we were delighted with the dishes. It starts with a variety of mini appetizers, then followed by a simple broth, one we had eel with an unusual algae / kelp which was both delicious and beautiful to look at, second time it was a melt in your mouth crab cake.
This is then followed by generous serving of sashimi ( including otoro, the 280 menu had a seriously large plate)
Grilled fish comes next, followed by a tempura dish...again delicately done and crisp with every bite.
Then the filler with the seasoned rice followed by a dessert trio and lastly wasabi mochi with a lovely bowl of green tea....

The restaurant is sweet and homely in decor, his wife and a second lady were the gracious hosts looking after about 20 diners for the evening.
You never feel rushed and each dish is served just so...
Lovely...pure...simple and yummy!

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Thank Balibeachbum88
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

a small, intimate restaurant that accomodates not more than 20, thus reservation is a MUST. dinner has 2 sets of menu, 180++ & 280++ per pax. Chef uses the purest ingredients served in the most exquisite way, overall it was a great kaiseki dining experience. definitely worth every dollar spent.

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Thank ladylongan
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Made a reservation for lunch recently and my wife and I really liked the experience.

Reservations have to be made as I think they sit only 15 persons per meal.

The food arrived at our table at a nice slow pace that encouraged conversations. The food was really good and we also ordered a melon shoju or something like that that was very nice. Was wondering if the food was enough but we left the place feeling very full.

Quite an upmarket feel to the place and we'll come back for special occasions.

Thank glamite
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