Legendary sushi chef, Chase Kojima, has switched gears, opening his new casual dining restaurant, Gojima, in Sydney’s Pyrmont.
The Californian native has an impressive resume. He trained under his father, master sushi chef Sachio Kojima, before leading Nobu kitchens all over the world. The last few years have seen the American move to Sydney and the Gold Coast, where he impressed Australians with his exquisite fine dining options at both Sokyo and Kiyomi.
Gojima is a change of pace for Chase. The new restaurant offers a unique range of premium Japanese rice burgers – all made with the same high-quality ingredients Chase’s followers are used to.
Gojima is a combination of Chase’s last name, Kojima, and the Japanese word for rice, ‘gohan’ – the staple in ingredient in Gojima’s signature burgers.
The menu at Gojima features nine signature rice burgers with a sushi rice and nori bun. In a remix of the classic burger, the Gojima cheeseburger features a combination of 100% all natural Angus Beef, American cheese, tomato, Japanese pickles, onion, lettuce and Gojima special sauce. Other varieties include sustainably sourced Tasmanian salmon, yellowfin tuna, hiramasa kingfish, crispy chicken and crispy mushroom katsu.
“We’re excited to launch Gojima and take the exciting rice burger concept to the next level by marrying the delicate flavours of modern Japan with the rich American flavours from my childhood growing up in San Francisco, California.
“We’ve spent the last year developing our rice burgers, with a focus on the quality and integrity of ingredients to create the perfect taste and texture combination,” said Chase.
There’s also a range of tempting sides, including Japanese-style southern fried chicken served with Gojima special sauce. For dessert you’ll find a range of inviting frozen custards and thickshakes including chocolate miso, green tea, and strawberries and cream. Wet your whistle with a selection from the range of sake, Asahi on tap, local and imported bottled beers, Australian wines or soft drinks.
Located in The Star, the open-plan interior celebrates the experience of shared dining with a bright and energetic space. The 70-seat restaurant, designed by Luchetti Krelle, features Gojima’s signature yellow, black and white colour palette with blonde timber accents and striking origami-style features.
Read more about Chase Kojima in our behind the scenes interview here.