Word & photos by Amelie Tseng, translated by Ann Lee
250, ZihChiang 3rd Rd, CianJin District
11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-9 pm (closed Monday)
As you make your way into this dainty Japanese eatery, you will first be greeted by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Dai, as they prepare dishes and chat with other customers. With 20 years of experience running a Japanese restaurant, Mr. Dai has always been passionate about the preparation and presentation of his cuisine and aims to share his impeccable food at affordable prices. His steel-trap memory helps him remember what patrons ate and enjoyed on previous visits, giving him a platform from which to create fresh, new twists on old favorites and flavors.
Dai's creative flair can be seen in such fusion foods as his Japanese-French Green Onion and Tuna Sashimi Sandwich. The carefully prepared, fresh tuna is mixed with their special mayonnaise paste, spread onto French bread, and finally baked. Fresh seafood is one of the most ubiquitous and essential ingredients in making Japanese cuisine, so don't miss the opportunity to ask the chef what the fish of the day is and have them cook it for you in two different styles--steamed or in soup, which is made with ginger and tofu. Or, if you are a sushi fan, try their octopus-shaped salad made with octopus wrapped in shrimp roe and dried fish slices. Other than these delicious dishes, try the boiled shrimp rolled in their special egg yolk sauce--it goes well with white bamboo shoots. A truly must-try dish is the Fried Oyster, which comes wrapped in seaweed and has a very crispy texture.
If you still have a hard time deciding what you want to order, then Mr. Dai will be glad to help--he'll give you a few recommendations or perhaps even whip something up special, just for you. The next time you visit Golakuya, don't forget to pick seats in front of the sashimi bar--that's your best chance to try a few things that aren't on the menu. This chefs at this homey-style, Japanese sake house and restaurant pay attention to detail in their culinary techniques and are sure to leave you taste bubs satisfied.