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Jul 31, 2006 10:40 PM

new izakaya on la cienega restaurant row?

a little bird tells me there's a humongous new izakaya on la cienega's restaurant row in BH, near the ed debevic's. name? anyone have details on this?

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    1. It is owned by Global Dining Inc. with restaurants all over Japan. They also own La Boheme on Santa Monica and Monsoon in Santa Monica. I am told this will be a Gonpachi restaurant which is soba and tempura. I have also heard they are about a year late and several million dollars over budget.

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      1. re: cls

        I believe there's a blurb or two about Gonpachi in this week's LA Times "Food" section... I think they're supposed to be making the soba onsite?

      2. hmm looks interesting. guess i'll have to try it. but i'm a bit skeptical - with the corporate backing and theme park elaborateness...

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        1. re: rameniac

          I went to one in Tokyo a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. It had a yakitori bar, a sushi bar and also soba. I was excited that the one in La Cienega was opening (it started construction about that time), but it's taking forever.

          If it is as good as the one's in Japan, I'm sure you will enjoy it. I'm just afraid that the prices will be outrageous.

          1. re: rameniac

            Don't let any perceived slickness dissuade you. The man behind Global Dining, Kozo Hasegawa, has an amazing ability to combine excellent, creative cuisine with dramatic environments--and reasonable prices. I've eaten at many of his restaurants in Japan (including Gonpachi) and always been VERY impressed.

          2. Do you all remember the fighting scene in kill bill Vol.1 where uma thurman finished 80+ assasins to get to Oren Ishii? Thats the inside of the Tokyo's Gonpachi..

            1. ^^^Any updates on when it will open?

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              1. re: ronnie_gaucho

                Just found the the press release announcing their grand opening. Seems like it'll be Jan. 2007