Goro + Gun: Japanese Noodle Bar
Goro + Gun : Japanese Noodle Bar located at 225 7th Ave SE via +15 level in the Scotia Center. (Previously West Restaurant and Bar)
I've been on a little challenge of eating only veggies / fruit based foods since April 1st, (minus the one meal I would have with Tuesday's every week because of #StartfromScratch). I was able to make time to hit this new ramen spot in Calgary just yesterday before I fly out to Hawaii this Friday!
In recent months, Calgary's ramen scene has been expanding - and I absolutely love it! Being I've traveled between Toronto and Vancouver quite often in the last few years, I can say 'Japanese Ramen Houses' are quite well established between both cities - and it's very exciting to see more coming into Calgary. (being each is unique and have their own flare, style and taste!)
Here is my first experience with Goro + Gun
First Taste :
After looking through the menu for a bit, my friend's and I decided to give their Shio Ramen + Extra BBQ Pork and their Spicy Lamb Ramen a go, along with an appetizer of Yam Tempura and two Robata's: Eel (With Tomato + Brie) and Salmon Belly.
:: Robatayaki - For short, "Robata" refers to a traditional japanese cooking method, where food would be on skewers placed onto a slow-grill over hot charcoal.
This place has a very nice array of Robata's. Compliments to the Eel being amazingly delicious, I was surprised with how the tomato and brie worked so well with the rich taste of eel ! (All you Eel lovers - TRY THIS!) The Salmon Belly was flavourful and fresh (however I usually enjoy my salmon belly a bit more fatty, the skewer of salmon didn't taste exactly like the belly part from my experience when I was eating it - but the type of salt + the larger masago eggs on top made up for it!) | The yam tempura tasted fine, but I wouldn't be re-ordering them any time soon unless I was absolutely craving for them. | Now speaking about the ramen, I'd like to touch on the broth and the pork. After the first few sips of trying out the broth, the word Umami came to mind. The taste of the broth was very well rounded, rich and savoury - there was depth in the taste and I could tell it has been brewing for quite a while to reach it's flavour. (From my experience, this was probably one of the best broths' in Calgary so far!) Being.. I've had tasted a fair share of disappointing ramen broths. | The pork and lamb.. oh man, melt in your mouth delicious ! (And mind you, I usually really don't like the texture of 'fatty meat' - so this place is my minor exception.) Now with all that being said if you love ramen ... I would say Goro + Gun - go get a taste now! The broth and eel was my favourite part.
This restaurant is located at a prime spot where many stampede/corporate parties are usually hosted! I love the modern, laid back - open kitchen atmosphere. Although my friend did point out the pricing of some of the appetizers being a bit too much compared to the portion it gives, I'd say this is a place I'd definitely come back again for, however most likely not on a regular.
Have you been ? Do you like this place ? Where is your favourite spot in Calgary for Ramen ? I'd love to know!