Finally, after months of reading many, many, many posts regarding Gorikee, I finally ventured forth with Papa-hound to try our luck at this Woodland Hills eatery.
Even though I was somewhat prepared by reading previous posts for Gorikee's austere decor I was still given a moment of pause when I arrived. It's very possible that the tables and chairs were purchased at Target. Thank God for Chowhound or I might have turned right around (yes, I'm embarrassed to say, that I have been known to judge a book by the cover).
Upon entering, we were enthusiastically greeted and seated by the person who turned out to also be our waitress. We could tell immediately that she was very proud to be working there... a good sign. She asked if we had been to Gorikee before and when we said that we had not, she proclaimed with supreme confidence that we were in for a treat. She asked where we had heard of Gorikee, at which pointed I puffed out my chest and declared "Chowhound.com". Moments later we heard "another Chowhound" coming from somewhere in the kitchen. The power and influence of the Chowhounds appears to be limitless!
Both Papa-hound and I ordered the lobster bisque as an appetizer and we also shared an order of the lobster pot stickers. The bisque was quite tasty, but nothing earth shattering. It was not your typical super rich lobster bisque. This version seemed to have very little heavy cream and was VERY lobstery (is that a word?). The lobster pot stickers were a HUGE step up. They were a really a cross between a pot sticker and a spring roll. Served with a light pesto dipping sauce. Each piece was stuffed with large chunks of very juicy lobster meat. They were crispy and very delicious, but not greasy at all (I could have eaten a whole meal of just these little gems!). For a main course Papa-hound had the Chilean sea bass with a black truffle sauce. He was very happy and declared that it was perfectly prepared. Slightly crisp on the outside while interior remained moist and tender. I went with the much heralded crispy garlic chicken. This had to be the best $9.95 I've ever spent. Maybe the best chicken dish I've ever had!
Including the $3 corkage fee, the whole affair cost just $63 before tip. A bargain by any measure.