Gonpachi aka Kill Bill Restaurant Tokyo JapanSaturday, May 07, 2016
Eat with Cham at the restaurant that inspired the fight scene in Kill Bill.
This is another Japanese restaurant that has been on my restaurant wish list that Mike and I failed to try during our first visit. The impressive Tarantino film that we all loved got one of its inspirations from this Japanese restaurant. So when I heard that Gonpachi was the restaurant that inspired the famous fight scene from Kill Bill- Bride vs the Crazy 88s and Gogo, I swore I'd visit it when I get back.
Gonpachi is a traditional Japanese izakaya restaurant that serves yakitori, tempura and other traditional dishes. It is indeed a famous tourist spot visited by famous personalities as well including US Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.
How to get to Gonpachi Restaurant
Alight Roppongi Station, follow the signs to Ropponggi Hills and go out at Exit 2. The moment you exit you'll see a supermarket, Meidiya on Ropponggi Street. Go straight along the street until you get to Gaien Nishi Street. You'll see Gonpachi on your right.
11:30 am - 3:30 am
|This traditional Japanese restaurant is in the middle of a bustling street in Roppongi|
Upon entering we saw the hallway filled with photos of famous personalities like Lady Gaga, Sylvester Stallone, Keanu Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Johnny Depp to name a few. There is also an enclosed glass case containing different memorabilia of Kill Bill and of course a photo of Quentin Tarantino.
|Hall of Fame|
|Kill Bill and Quentin Tarantino|
It was just 6pm when we arrived. The crowd was just beginning to pile up. The server asked if we had any reservations and I told him, none. I had this pinch of regret for not reserving in advance but I kept my hopes high. Alas! After checking their record the server told us she can accommodate us but we need to leave by 8pm to give room for the guests who reserved. Relieved, we said yes of course then she gave us all welcome drinks and accompanied us to our seats. Yahoo!
The place was cozy, a traditional Japanese restaurant of wooden interiors and dimmed lighting. I fell in love with this place. It was surreal to be actually standing here. I've longed to experience Gonpachi and I was just so happy I was able to do it. We were seated at the first floor together with lots of foreigners. I noticed that most if not all of the customers here were foreigners.
|Crowd is slowly piling up|
The second floor caters to bigger groups. Here you can get a good vantage point of the restaurant.
|Nice view from up here|
|traditional dining areas|
Gonpachi has gained a lot of good and bad reviews from the past years so I didn't keep my hopes high. But surprisingly, the food didn't disappoint. In fact their offerings were actually good. Really good. Well the price is not cheap but not that pricey either considering that it is a tourist attraction. I can say that we got our money's worth. It was also a plus factor that one of their servers is a Pinoy. Thumbs up, Kuya!
|Time to eat|
Platter of salmon, tuna and other raw fish plus raw shrimps. The platter was absolutely fresh and tasty, good for people who love eating raw.
Shrimp Tempura (5 pieces) | Y1,250
An old-time favorite, no one can never go wrong ordering this dish. Mike would definitely order this one too if he was with us.
Gonpachi Supreme | Y3,600
Assortment of special skewers - Toro, Foie Gras and Kurogo Beef. This was pure heaven. I enjoyed divulging each stick. The meat was so tender and flavorful, the foie gras was over the top!
Steamed White Rice | Y200
Ordering Japanese rice is always a good idea
|Japanese Rice <3|