Ok, people. How cold was it in Sydney today? I mean, I get that winter’s on the verge of falling through our doorstep but really? It’s April! I hadn’t planned on unpacking my michelin man coat for another month! Or am I just being a whinger? I suppose I did just spend the weekend in glorious tropical Townsville soaking up the 30+ heat, so anything sub 20 is unacceptable to me right now.
So, wearing my Uniqlo thermals (because a. they’re comfortable and b. I’m so consumed by post-holiday blues that I really don’t care how I look in public right now), I trudged out earlier today in search for something to warm me up. And where better to do that than a fabulous little gem I’ve found, Goen Japanese Restaurant.
Located up the top end of Glebe Point Rd, Goen is a cute little restaurant which looks more like a takeout joint at first glance, but in reality, they have ample space with tables out front, in the back balcony, courtyard and upstairs. They serve a fairly extensive menu but I actually can’t comment on that because I’ve only ever ordered from their lunch menu. Well, at least I can tell you the lunch menu is awesomeness 🙂
The lunch menu offers a fairly decent selection of hot dishes, rice dishes, noodles and sushi – all priced from $7.50 to $12. The portions are not enormous but guys, it’s just lunch. What does impress me though, is the effort placed in the presentation and quality of the food.
For example, a cup of green tea is not just a green tea bag in steaming water. They serve the most aromatic and delicious genmaicha – roasted brown rice green tea, and all with a little napkin twisted around the cup. It’s the little things that count.
Anyway, they succeeded in warming me up today and it occurred to me that I should blog about them but omg! I hadn’t ever taken any “real” photos with my camera there. Well, thank god for instagram. I swear my camera will be made redundant soon.
Goen Japanese Restaurant
29 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW, 2037
(02) 8084 8371