The New Food & Drink Mash-Up We’re Loving

By Iro Kotsimbos
19th Mar 2015

Located opposite the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens, GG Restaurant in East Melbourne, or GG’s as it’s affectionately known, is a Melbourne restaurant that has something for everyone. Moreish European menu that’s perfect for sharing? Check. Impressive wine and cocktail list? Check. Relaxed yet classy vibe? Check.

While we’re mad for GG Restaurant’s famous rotisserie meats, fresh seafood dishes, and creamy, dreamy pastas, they’ve recently decided to shake things up with the introduction of a brilliant sake tasting menu. Melbourne’s best European food matched with Japan’s best drop? That’s one food and drink mash up we’ll get behind, Listers!

For those who haven’t tried sake before, you’re missing out. The traditional Japanese drink is often mistaken as a spirit, when in reality it’s brewed like a beer and has the versatility of a wine. That’s why GG Restaurant’s new sake menu is so perfect; the sakes they’ve chosen are utterly versatile, matching perfectly with GG’s delicious dishes.

The food and drink connoisseurs here haven’t just chosen any old sake, mind you; if it’s made the GG Restaurant cut then you know it’s damn good. The Asabiraki Namacho, sourced from Northern Japan, has a super fresh taste with notes of peach and is a match made in heaven for the crab beignets, while the Choya Umeshu is more of a digestive and has a sweet apricot and muscardelle taste. Try it with the kingfish and prepare to have your mind blown. Our fave, though, is the Tatsuriki Komenosasayaki (try saying that five times!), a delectable drop with hints of cacao and citrus—order the steak tartare crostini and prepare for a trip to Melbourne foodie heaven!

While the GG Restaurant team are on hand to recommend the perfect sake to match your meal, we love their food matched option—why bother ordering when their knowledgeable staff can take care of it for you? It’s the perfect combo; cured kingfish, yuzu vinaigrette, fennel and shaved radish matched with a glass of the Namacho sake for a mere $28.

Fans of GG’s existing menu needn’t worry because the dishes you know and love are still here; from the rotisserie meats and pork schnitzel, to the ‘Fishy Plate’, crab beignets and the #dessertporn worthy sweet treats, these bad boys aren’t going anywhere.

Whether you pop in for a leisurely lunch date with friends, business meeting, or dinner with that special someone, next time you’re at GG Restaurant forgo the bottle of vino and try the sake instead. Trust us, it’s one foodie mash-up that you’re guaranteed to love.

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Image Credit: Michelle Jarni for The Urban List

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