I've been at Chaya Brasserie more than once and heard about the chef's new garlic fusion restaurant in the valley, but this was my first chance to visit. Party of three - two drove down from Fresno, I drove up from San Diego. Business meeting at a local hotel, then lunch at Gorikee. It wasn't easy to find, was hard to park, and as we walked up to the place we were skeptical - in appearance and location this is no Chaya!!! However, we had one of the most memorable meals we've had in a very long time. I see that this restaurant has been reviewed here before, but felt compelled to throw our comments into the ring.
Soup was a corn and mushroom chowder. It was so good that we ordered an extra round, and we already knew we were getting into trouble. We decided upon the Chinese way of serving the rest of the meal, so asked the server to put the dishes in the middle of the table, and to give us small dishes on which we could serve ourselves. We also asked the server to let the chef pick things... We saw another table eating an enormous mountain of french fries and like pigs at the trough ordered that, too. Twice, as a matter of fact.
Chef's Melange included seared ahi teriyaki, broiled chicken, (a totally weird!) salad, rice, and vegetables.
Chicken pita was... well... just that but excellent.
The salmon steak was thick, tender, broiled perfectly, and served with a salad and rice.
Part of the big deal is the sauces, just like at Chaya. I'm not the gourmet that my wife is - she could describe every ingredient and spice. But the sauces under the salmon and chicken were incredible! We found ourselves using that second order of french fries for dipping in the excess... to hell with the waistline!
None of us eats desserts, but in this case...
We had mango cheesecake that included a portion of chef-made "granita" (sort of an ice cream), espresso icecream, and hot fudge sundae.
The food bill was $47. In NY or at Chaya it would have been $200. This might be not only the best bargain in town, but one of LA's best at any price... I will not visit the Los Angeles area without a meal at Gorikee.
Ambience outside = brave front in a shopping center
Ambience inside = plain 4 with a plastic menu
Service = 10
Food quality = 10
Presentation = 10
Value = 15 on a scale of 10
Warner Plaza, 21799 Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills. The restaurant is tucked into the least visible corner in the NE corner of the center, marked by a yellow-orange banner.
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