Gogo Sushi, 212 Swanston St, Melbourne. Phone: 9876 2130
Memory is a fickle, changeable thing, but I seem to recall there used to be more sushi train outfits scattered around Melbourne a decade and more ago.
These days, as far as I know, Gogo Sushi is the only one of its kind in or near the CBD.
Our immediate neighbourhood is about to undergo a significant change in that regard, with a Japanese outfit with “sushi boat” soon to open.
In the meantime, a visit to ACMI for a holiday movie presents us with an opportunity to visit what was once quite a regular for us.
Gogo Sushi is a popular place and high turnover means the food is invariably fresh.
In addition to the ever-moving feast before us, they make up rice bowls and the like if specifically ordered.
It’s good, honest fare, even if lacking some of the exquisite refinement and flavours found in more formal Japanese restaurants.
In its earlier days, Gogo Sushi used to price the sushi train items according to plate colour, with basics about $2 and more for flashier servings with more expensive seafood.
These days, all plates are $3.50 – which can make for an expensive meal if you let things get out of hand.
As it is, for this lunch we spend a touch over $30 in about 15 minutes flat. And we’re still hungry.
In that way, sushi boat meals are a bit like tapas – easy to spend big – except worse, as it’s all there all the time right in front of you.
There’s a couple of other things that really annoy me about Gogo Sushi and mean I’ll never have much love for the place – even if it’s a pleasure to take Bennie somewhere he so obviously delights in.
They don’t provide water.
And the non-Japanese soft drink options are restricted to those tiny bottles of Coke, lemonade and Fanta – for the same price, $3.50, as the sushi.
Still, we have a nice time during our over-too-soon lunch.
Bennie gets to practise his chopstick skills.
And he even opts for some sushi involving raw fish, instead of the more usual line-up of fried items.