Goma Japanese Restaurant is a little gem of a place, tucked into a nondescript strip mall near the intersection of Bayshore and Port St Lucie Drive. It occupies a smallish space, with table seating for 20-30 people and individual settings at a sushi bar. Our server was a young Japanese-American lady, very knowledgeable about the dishes presented, and for the benefit of those unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, prepared to describe the available entres with a board with photos displaying illustrative dishes. If you do not know Japanese food, you will not intimidated by an unfamiliar menu here, with our server's help. We ordered the California roll, Shrimp tempura and chirashi for dinner. The dinners come with either miso soup or a small fresh and cold lettuce salad. The miso soup was light and tasty, and best of all, not overly salty. Our California roll, ordered a la carte, was a generous portion and freshly rolled by hand. The Shrimp Tempura was show stopper - light batter and fresh shrimp, accompanied by tempura vegetables. The chirashi -- fresh sashimi on a bed of seasoned rice -- was arrayed with generous portions of fresh salmon, redfish, tuna, shrimp, etc. Our meal was delicious, a testament to the head chef, Kohei Kurasawa, who learned his craft in Japan. This is a restaurant that deserves a bigger following. If you are looking for authentic Japanese food in a comfortable setting with servers who are fluent in English, don't miss this place.
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