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Go's Mart Review with Pictures

tangbro1 May 20, 2007 10:49 PM

I came here after a food binge including Cyrus and French Laundry and I was looking for a nice light dinner to round out the weekend.

My friends and I came at 5:30 since we wanted to get home at a reasonable time. Naturally we did the omakase with standout courses like sweet shrimp and king crab with uni; flounder sashimi; live scallop and uni; abalone; and shirako. Each and every dish was delicious. This place also has traditional luxuries like toro and Kobe beef. One warning: Go-san tends to add truffle oil to a lot of his dishes.

Some items on the menu reflect Go-san's quirky humor like the Holy Cow or the oddly (aptly?) named Stupid Roll because as Go-san says "I'm Stupid!"

This is definitely a restaurant that caters to a regular audience, aside from us, Go-san knew at least one member of all the other dining parties by name. It is almost as if he wants to keep the place secret to keep the riff-raff out. Sadly it is a touch far from Orange County or my friends and I would like to add ourselves to his exclusive list.

The final total came to $225 a head.

Full Review with Pictures can be found at: http://tangmeister.com/gos_mart/

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    mehfactor May 20, 2007 11:01 PM

    The food looks great but...225/person?

    Oh my. You could have gone to Urasawa.

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    1. re: mehfactor
      tangbro1 May 21, 2007 06:07 PM

      One of my dining companions said the same thing.

      I do feel Urasawa is better, but I wanted to try Go's Mart after everything I had heard.

      1. re: mehfactor
        kevin h May 22, 2007 12:22 PM

        Not quite, since the $225pp was the final cost including beverages, tax, and tip. I believe the base price at Urasawa is now $275pp. And when we went, our total cost was around $400pp.

      2. w
        WHills May 21, 2007 08:29 PM

        What's the cheapest per person you can get out of there? $50-$60 or close to $100 pp. I'm thinking your average sashimi (tuna, salmon, yellowtail), a roll or two, and a few pieces of sushi.

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        1. re: WHills
          tangbro1 May 21, 2007 09:14 PM

          On the listed sushi menu, items run from 1.80 for scallop w/mayo to 4 for sea urchin, giant clam, and eel. Tuna, yellowtail, salmon are all $2 per piece.

          Rolls run 5 for Cali to 7.5 for Rainbow

          The specials like toro or kobe beef are a lot more.

          1. re: WHills
            WHills May 22, 2007 10:23 AM

            How much is their sashimi plates if you go a la carte? (Toro, giant clam, salmon?)

            1. re: WHills
              tangbro1 May 22, 2007 09:56 PM

              Not sure if they offer a sashimi plate. I am sure if you give them an amount you want to spend they can work with you to make a dinner you'll enjoy.

              The prices are here if you can read them. http://tangmeister.com/gos_mart/Damag...

              1. re: tangbro1
                kevin May 24, 2007 11:11 AM

                the weird thing about this place is you can go the Crazy Fish route and order a couple of newfangled rolls and get out of there for maybe 20 a per with a miso soup or you can definitely easily spend above a 100 dollars per.

                last time there toro steak at least a 20 spot. and each piece of toro sushi about 10 bucks., holy cow (aka kobe beef seared) about 8 or 9 bucks per piece.

            2. re: WHills
              moeberg May 24, 2007 12:13 PM

              i've had a very satisfying mini omakase there - without drinks - and gotten out of there for around $75, including tip.

              just kind of keep a rough tally in your head as he goes, and you can keep things on the reasonable side of expensive.

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              rameniac May 22, 2007 12:14 PM

              what the heck? is this worth the (non-existent) hype and/or the price? i'm guessing it's the kobe beef, and possibly the gold flakes on everything lol. kue sounds interesting.

              can you get by/full off an ala carte meal without breaking the bank, and is everything done in this fusiony style? unless i'm splurging, i'd probably just try ala carte nigiri. but i tend to prefer the straight stuff over fantabulous creations. i feel like i have to hit this in the near future though, regardless.

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              1. re: rameniac
                tangbro1 May 23, 2007 04:58 PM

                The hype is starting to grow and I think it is definitely worth a try. It should be no problem being satisfied by the a la carte menu and you can always order specials off the board later.

                I really enjoyed the kue but be warned I think it comes with the truffle oil and shiso by default.

              2. tokyoastrogirl May 22, 2007 12:54 PM

                Where is the sushi bar? The food looks great, but this place looks like a cafeteria.......

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                1. re: tokyoastrogirl
                  kevin h May 22, 2007 01:27 PM

                  It's perpendicular and to the left of the large sushi case in the second photo. The decor does leave much to be desired but the food is great.

                2. m
                  MeowMixx May 22, 2007 01:49 PM

                  Cyrus, French Laundry, Go's Mart, Urasawa, Alinea........ I envy you. May I join your dining club :)

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                  1. re: MeowMixx
                    kevin May 24, 2007 11:13 AM

                    go's mart is beautifully dumpy and very unpretentious. and what's with the stash of videos by the door i guess you can use it as a blockbuster's susih bar.

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                    foodmonster Jun 24, 2007 06:16 PM

                    I don't know if I can shell out that kind of money for such a crummy atmosphere. Does he really need to rent sleazy videos? As far as the food goes, the overuse of tasteless, odorless gold is a bit strange. Also, why does he use imitation wasabi? $225pp and you get powdered horseradish? This place is bizarre.

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                    1. re: foodmonster
                      kevin h Jun 24, 2007 07:04 PM

                      The imitation wasabi was placed in front of us right when we sat down. I didn't touch the stuff. The actual omakase dishes did come with real wasabi (grated right in front of us).

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                      gsl969 Feb 16, 2008 07:11 PM

                      I'm not too picky with atmosphere and whether or not the place looks like it should be on PCH. But I have to say I was quite satisfied when I went. Oh, and the rumors are true...Go's is one of the few certified fugu chefs in the states and for $45 for a plate of fugu sashimi...it was well worth it. The fugu shirako was also really good too.

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                      1. re: gsl969
                        choctastic Feb 16, 2008 07:36 PM

                        when did you have it?

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                        serioussushi Jun 9, 2008 11:41 PM

                        sorry i havent been writing any blogs recently, but i've been there many times...the lil' place in canoga park. wow, you guys really got 'JACKED' sorry guys, my wife and i took a look at ur review and pics last night. SORRY!!! i admit go's mart is good/great BUT

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                        1. re: serioussushi
                          kevin Jun 10, 2008 11:08 AM

                          it's more like a 125 per person. not 225 per. you can even go there have a couple beers each (which are about 6 bucks for a big bottle) and eat pretty well for about 75 per person.

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