Against the advice of a few on the board, we scampered into Gochi on Ventura in Encino last Saturday night. Cullen wanted ramen, and I was hankering for a little miso sauced grilled yummyness.
The place isn't bad inside, and has a nice patio. The service staff is polite and friendly, and really pretty good.
We ordered a dragon roll (california with eel on top..I KNOW, I know..a junk food sushi item, but I love eel) and the mixed kim chee. Then he ordered a bowl of spicy ramen, and we ordered a dish of assorted veggies, squid, and miso tongue for the grill.
The roll came out, all cutely made up with a little extra eel for a tail and two tiny carrot stick eyes. it was good, though. The kim chee had cucumber, cabbage and, I think, some green thing. I forget this far out. It wasn't anything special, but it was pretty good.
The sake selection wasn't bad, but it was steeply priced per glass..$12, and nothing cheaper.
His ramen was pretty well done, with beef and egg and a pretty good broth. Spicy enough for his tender tongue, but not enough for me. The assorted veggie plate had kabocha pumpkin, peppers, onions, corn and two (only two? mushrooms) The squid looked a little already cooked, perhaps steamed when it came out, and it got sort of chewey fast..I would have preferred to start raw. The tongue was excellent, a lovely miso sauce, cooked up like a treat with a little caramely sweetness. Both meat and fish plates came with extra pumpkin.
Someone mentioned that they left hungry. We sure didn't. With the ramen, two meat, veggies, kim chee and sushi split for two, we were very satisfied. However, even with the cupon for one free entree, the dinner was more than I preferred, about $55, which for a cupon dinner, well, geez.
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