Executive chef of Sokyo in Sydney and Kiyomi on the Gold Coast, Chase Kojima has announced plans to open a new casual dining restaurant, Gojima.

The casual dine-in and take-away restaurant is set to open later this year at The Star Sydney, in the space opposite Momofuku Seiobo, with Kojima serving a range of Japanese rice burgers and sides, along with Japanese and local beer, wine, soft drinks and thickshakes.

The announcement follows the success of Kojima’s Sokyo Ramen pop-up in The Star Caf Court last year, which ran for five months.

While the Gojima offering will be casual, Kojima says the menu will use the same high-quality produce seen at Sokyo and Kiyomi.

“We can’t wait to introduce Gojima and our rice burgers to Sydney. Rice burgers are an exciting food concept, offering guests a contemporary taste of Japan that’s unique and delicious and, we’re taking them to the next level.”

Gojima is the first permanent casual dining restaurant venture for the 34 year old Japanese chef and his business partner, Jie Han.

The Star general manager of food and beverage, Andy North said “Chase is an incredibly talented chef who approaches casual dining with the same attention to detail and precision as he does in a fine dining setting. We’re enormously excited that The Star will be the home of Gojima, just moments from the doorstep of Sokyo.”


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