GOGYO is a Sydney neighbourhood gem that has it all but its ramen bowls take centre stage. Their Kogashi-style ramen involves a special charring technique that’s something to be experienced. And the best bit? It’s more than affordable making it great for everyone, from big groups to individual diners with a ramen craving. A refuge from the busy streets of Surry Hills, this Japanese restaurant is all about the details. It’s designed with exposed brick, wood and slate and is kitted out with multi-coloured retro ramen bowls, elegant glassware and traditional Japanese baskets for your belongings. Their specialty ramen isn’t the only thing that’s tempting. Their pulled pork buns, Angus beef and seared salmon sushi rolls are great sides. Vegetarians are taken care of too, with the veggie soba and other tasty meat-free dishes. If you needed any more convincing that you’ll be tucking into authentic Japanese cuisine, this is the sixth restaurant in the chain, with the others residing in Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Hong Kong. Sit back, relax, take a sip of one of their signature cocktails or Asahi black (on tap!) and dig into a steaming bowl of ramen – it’s a taste sensation.

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