braving the possibility of a hole in my wallet, i ventured to the spanking new gonpachi on la cienega's restaurant row this past friday. what can i say? it's a gargantuan themed temple to japan fetishists everywhere, built from the ground up with imported wood (no nails) and samurai armor to the tune of 18 AND A HALF MILLION dollars, according to our waiter.
yeah, but how is the food, you wanna know? in a nutshell, it's an entirely competent assortment of extractions and samplings from the south bay at slightly jacked up prices: decent and occasionally spectacular yakitori, proprietary soba, and sushi (which i have yet to try).
they also have a fairly exotic sake and japanese wine selection, and the place is almost entirely waitstaffed by non-japanese servers who've gone through some manner of extensive training (ostensibly involving ropes and ninja stars). thankfully, that doesn't seem to hold true for management or the people who actually make the food.
gonpachi is like miyagi's rich, hip kid cousin from the motherland. time will tell if it becomes the black-turtlenecked scamfest it apparently aspires to be.
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