Who can say no to $5.00 happy hour appetizers? Sounds like a decent deal to me so after trying to get into a few places for lunch (Woodshop was closed and Local’s patio was shut down for a private event), we decided to give Goro + Gun a go. My sister’s been before for dinner and wasn’t overly impressed so I came in with mild expectations.
We dropped in on a Monday afternoon and only three tables were occupied with customers. Makes sense as it was a work weekday. The interior is spacious but has a very clean, modern look to it that is consistent throughout the restaurant. If you want to see the layout, take a look at Dennis’s review and pictures.
The $5.00 happy hour special goes from 3:00-6:00pm. We arrived a bit early but had to wait until 3pm to put in our order (according to our waitress, they can’t input it in earlier because of their computer systems).
Albacore tuna, avocado, seaweed in a sweet sesame dressing. Poke is probably one of my favourite things in the world. If you’re traveling in Hawaii, make sure you eat some. Everyday. Goro + Gun’s version was pretty good. The albacore tuna tasted pretty fresh and was nicely seasoned.
Tomo’s house roll
The house roll was surprisingly decent. 8 pieces of sushi consisting of beef and cucumber with a mayo and sweet sauce drizzled over top.
Smoked fresh fish tataki
Lightly hay smoked fresh seasonal fish, ground citrus sauce and garlic chips. Yum, this was another tasty dish. The toasted garlic chips gave it a nice crunchy element.
Fried noodle “bun”, wagyu beef, unagi sauce, kimchi and garlic mayo. I’ve seen the ramen burger at several places now – these were miniature versions. Thank god. The wagyu beef was incredibly tender and the combo of the kimchi, unagi sauce and garlic mayo gave it a nice creamy texture. Maybe it’s just me but I’m not a fan of ramen burgers. Way too much noodle to meat ratio. Half the amount of noodles would be ideal.
2x Featured sashimi
7 pieces total of sockeye salmon, tuna, toro and shrimp. This was probably our least favourite of the appetizers that we ordered. I guess you can’t expect $5 sashimi to be good. The sashimi was small and wasn’t the best quality.
Spicy satay prawn
Covered with a peanut satay sauce and green onions. These come breaded so my sis couldn’t indulge meaning I had to eat them all myself. There was a slight kick to the sauce but I wouldn’t call these spicy. The batter was lightly fried and a solid portion.
Based solely on their $5.00 happy hour specials, I would come back if I was in the area. I’ve heard and read mixed reviews on their ramen so I’m not sure if I would go out of my way to come here for that. Still, it’s a solid option if you want some appetizers and cheap drinks on a weekday. Did someone say club going up on a Tueeeesssday?
Goro + Gun
225 7th Avenue SW