Due to the recent positive postings here, we tried Gorikee in Woodland Hills last night. As previously noted, the restaurant is located in the northeast corner of Warner Plaza which is at the northeast corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Blvds. We were joined by another couple who live less than 5 minutes away. Our friends frequent other restaurants in the same plaza, but had never noticed Gorikee and said they probably never would have.
Let me get this out of the way first, as it's my only complaint: the front sign with the restaurant name also says Garlic Restaurant. This makes it seem like one of those nasty theme restaurants where there's way too much garlic in every dish, where garlic seeps from your pores the whole next day, ick. But this is not the case at Gorikee, and it's bad advertising IMHO.
Called in the afternoon to get a reservation at 7:30 - no problem. Enthusiastic greeting as the bottle of wine we brought was promptly whisked away by the waitress, Ella, after she introduced herself to us - all this before we even sat down. Told her we only needed 3 glasses as the other woman joining us was about to have a baby in less than a week. Once our friend arrived, much was made by Ella throughout the evening of our friend's highly pregnant condition, but in a really nice, friendly and sort of old world motherly way. Service was excellent all night.
There was a blackboard special salad of heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella. Each couple ordered one of these to share. We also got an order of dips - small ramekins of tapenade, a miso-mascarpone dip, and something like a tomato confit. The dips were all tasty and fun to munch on while we were waiting for our salads. Salads were comprised of slices of red and yellow tomatoes with the mozzarella in between, stacked (of course) and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette and some arugula strewn about. Generous portions but these salads were either $7.50 or $7.80 each. Perfect for sharing.
My husband got the crispy garlic chicken which was absolutely delicious. I was only able to snag one bite. Thinly pounded chicken with a fabulous crunchy crust. I had the elephant shrimp curry as did our pregnant friend. Big tender shrimp, nicely sweet and spicy Thai-influenced curry sauce, not a huge amount of accompanying asparagus, broccoli, string beans, bell peppers (for my friend only, I don't do bell peppers), and mashed potatoes. The sauce was a bit too thick but that's probably nitpicking. Dad-to-be got the Kobe beef salad which he enthusiastically devoured.
We finished with two slices of mango cheesecake and a dish of the milky granita. Both desserts were really good. Our friends liked the cheesecake so much that they asked if the restaurant would prepare whole cheesecakes for purchase. Answer is yes, think it was $28 and call a day ahead.
Total including the whopping $3.00 corkage, tax and tip = $100.00. Great find.
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