We had just left Simons when I texted Greg about where we should meet. He was of no help at all. But as luck would have it, I found myself standing outside Goro + Gun and after googling if I would eat there (yes me, not my kids hahah), I went and asked if it was kid friendly and it was. It was almost fully booked with reservations but they managed to find us a table for the 4 of us. It is located in The Core near Hudson Bay on the second or third level - I don't remember hahaha.
It was really nice on the inside. Great colours and decor. When the hostess went to seat a table, she would yell for the chef ( i think) and then he would yell something back. Greg said was sashei (or however you spell it) which is hello for Japanese. Our Sushi guy does that all the time but I don't think that was it. Regardless, it was something we all very much enjoyed hearing. It certainly made you feel welcome.
The restaurant has booths all around the outside of the end of the restaurant and then tables down the middle. As you can see you are close to the tables but you can't hear any of the other conversations going on. They also have bar seating and seating looking out into the mall which would be a fun way to people watch but I am not sure how much I would like people watching me eat. Penelope struggled to get her chopsticks open while we waited for Greg. She uses hers for pure entertainment only.
While we waited for Greg to arrive, I ordered myself a green tea lemonade. It was delicious - basically green tea that was cold. I loved it. The girls did not. Greg works in Bow Valley Square so it didn't take him long to come down to meet us.
They have a server that comes around with hot clothes to clean your hands before you eat. It was kinda like hot yoga except you got the cloths at the beginning instead of the end. The girls really loved these. She then comes around and collects them back up. She had a japanese name for them but I don't remember what it was.
After we ordered, Greg worked with Finley to use chopsticks. As you can see it didn't start off too well/ Finley can use the chopsticks at the local sushi place because they make easy ones for kids.
Penelope ordered the chicken tempura with a karashi ponzu sauce and a side of steamed rice. She loves sushi so I was surprised she didn't order that. She loved the rice and had the miso soup that came with my meal but she did not like the chicken and it was delicious. Everything about it was delicious.
I had the Harami Beef Bento Box. It came with the miso soup that you can see on the right, 2 lobster california rolls, fresh greens and stemmed rice along with harami beef. I had no idea what harami beef was but it said soy marinated so I knew the chances were good that I would like it and I did. I loved it. I thought the california rolls were really bland but the flavour in the salad and beef was top notch. I didn't eat my rice because Finley ate it but I was really happy with my choice.
Greg Miso Ramen, but added an egg and he made it spicy. Greg loved his dish. It had pork belly, red ginger, green onions, boiled bean sprouts, wakame, fried onions and pork broth. He ate it all.
Finley finally got the hang of her chop sticks and used it to eat her Tonkotsu Ramen which was pork belly, red ginger, arugula, fried onions and pork belly. She loved it but didn't manage to eat it all so she was lucky enough to have left overs for lunch the next day.
We really enjoyed our meal there and would definitely come back for sure. If you want to check it out during your lunch break, make sure you make reservations because it is a very busy place.