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Aug 2, 2007 04:18 PM

Go Gonpachi before it's gone

Is this place begrudged because they spent so much money on the setting?
It's beautiful. Not least bit tacky- what's theme-y is real/not set design construction.
Is it because the block is lousy with crappy restaurants?
Was it Irene's review?
The grilled stuff and a good cold sake is undeniable.
Do yourself a favor and go before it takes the next bus out of town like that BH tofu place.

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    1. re: fdb

      looks like dinner only

      Which is probably a big mistake for them, because high ambiance low food quality seems like the perfect combination for expensed power lunches.

      Edit I shouldn't say low food quality. Heard from one friend that it was ho hum, but shouldn't judge the entire menu on a few dishes. Definitely high prices, though.

      1. re: Pei

        Have you been there? Do you know the food is low quality? I am going to give a try a week from Saturday. We'll see how it goes.

        1. re: Snoopy

          We've been... And sadly found the whole experience a disapointment. It was way too pricy for what it was and the food served. We wanted a Musha experience... or at least Terried Sake House... it was severely lacking both of htese places and of course both of these places cost a FRACTION of what our final bill was...

          What a waste of development...


        2. re: Pei

          food is excellent quality, pricing high but fair.

      2. Gonpachi = Yamshiro without the view.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          It's so not fair to compare Gonpachi with Yamashiro!

        2. I also wonder how long Tokyo Table will last.

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          1. re: QualityMart

            At least they are Advertising and have that interesting looking Sushi Pizza...


          2. Have you been told that the place is really in such dire straits that it's about to fold? Or is it just your hunch?

            Anyway, I wouldn't be worried about the building. If Gonpachi does close, I'm sure that, before you can say "edamame," a Sushi Roku/Katsuya/Blowfish/Koi/Geisha House-style scene-intensive sushi joint will spring up there, offering wacky rolls and technicolor cocktails to the girls with the bling and the guys in the shiny shirts, all while Justin Timberlake plays in the background. L.A. can never have enough of those...

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            1. re: Woolsey

              Woolsey - "...before you can say 'edamame.'"
              Your entire post is very funny!!!

              1. re: Woolsey

                ..."technicolor cocktails"...

                Wow, I'm so there!!!!

                Hope that's like 2 Trader Vic's Navy Grogs without that special Insurance policy clause . . !

              2. I went to Gonpachi for a business dinner (in other words, someone else paid for it) 2 weeks ago.

                The decor is indeed as advertised - stunning... The main room could best be described as... well... how do I describe it? If the room where Zhang Ziyi kicked everyone's butt in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" had a child with the Tokyo restaurant where Uma Thurman sliced up the Crazy 88 in "Kill Bill, Vol.1", THAT would be Gonpachi.

                We (a party of 10) ordered all different things (approximately 60-65% of the entire menu) and almost bankrupted the corporate account. Overall, the food was NOT that good, though. The only things I'd really return for (on my own dime) would be their soba and their sake selection.

                The robatayaki stuff is done better at Nanbankan - better by a long shot.

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                1. re: J.L.

                  ditto the handmade soba noodles and the sake. other than that the food was not bad per se but it's high prices for small amounts of food, so unless you have unlimited funds you might break the bank AND leave hungry. The decor is very cool though... i suggest going to have a drink at their bar (my bartender the night I went was very nice and let us try some sakes before ordering them), taking a look around the main dining area, and then getting dinner somewhere else!