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new izakaya on la cienega restaurant row?

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rameniac Jul 31, 2006 10:40 PM

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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    weebie Aug 1, 2006 12:05 AM

    It's called Gonpachi.

    A few interesting tid bits about it on the web...

    http://www.gonpachi.jp/en/casual/home/index
    http://global-dining.com/site/news/index.cfm?lang=EN&page=detail&newsID=197
    http://www.japaninc.com/print.php?art...

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      cls Aug 1, 2006 12:09 AM

      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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        bulavinaka Apr 5, 2007 02:14 PM

        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?

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        rameniac Aug 1, 2006 01:32 AM

        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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          BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 1, 2006 10:31 PM

          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.

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            daisuki Nov 27, 2006 01:08 AM

            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. Perceptor Aug 1, 2006 04:25 PM

            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. ronnie_gaucho Nov 27, 2006 05:59 AM

              ^^^Any updates on when it will open?

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                pirikara Dec 20, 2006 05:20 PM

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

                http://www.global-dining.com/en/news/...

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                kotter Dec 20, 2006 05:25 PM

                another new place is opening in the old tony roma's spot called tokyo table. anyone know anything about it?

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                  tokidoki Apr 5, 2007 02:04 PM

                  Its open !!! Reservation accepted...it is very interesting...especially the soba !!
                  The phone number is (310) 659-8887

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