Keith and I looked over the menu and found several items that peaked our interest. Unsure of how small each plate would be, we decided to pick several things to start. Keith also ordered some sake and a Japanese Imperial IPA. The Yukke, blue fin tuna and avocado tartar, was served with toasted seaweed instead of chips and was my favorite of the night. The Karaage, fried chicken, was simply prepared and served with a lemon wedge that gave nice flavor. The Ebi Shinjyo, fried shrimp dumplings with yuzu chili sauce, was a wild urchin looking creation that was a bit oily but had a kick of spice from the chili sauce. As vegetable sides, we had the Tanuki, a mushroom cap stuffed with chicken and Asparagus that was wrapped in homemade bacon. Keith didn't find anything special about the vegetables, but I really enjoyed the asparagus.
For a "main" course, I chose the Gindara - miso glazed black cod. The portion was a bit small, but the flavor was great and the fish super tender. It came with a big pile of shredded radish. Keith indulged in the Kuroge - Japanese beef sirloin. Again, he was a bit disappointed with the small portion for 1500 JPY. But the meat was good and it also came with its own pieces of asparagus. We were feeling satisfied and didn't want to stuff ourselves, but had room for dessert. So finally, we tried the Kuzumochi and Kinako Ice Cream with black sugar syrup. It had cubes of jellied mochi pieces with a sweet vanilla ice cream and was divine.
I was shocked by the relatively low prices. One would assume, with the fame the movie has bestowed on the place, that prices would be high…it is Tokyo after all. Also the large space, long tables and secluded rooms are perfect for entertaining large groups. At the table next to us was a pair of guys - coworkers, I would assume with their business dress and briefcases - who ordered plate after plate after cocktail after cocktail. They appeared to be just winding down after a regular day's work. At the bar, I noticed many other foreigners. I think everyone should visit at least once, at least for a quick bite and beer before heading into manic Roppongi. If you're a tourist looking for a nice meal in Roppongi, a seasoned traveler who needs to entertain some out of town guests, or just a rabid Tarantino fan, Gonpachi is a great value that shan't be missed.
Total Rating: 3.65
Food: 3.5, Price: 4.5, Service: 3, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 3.5
What I ate:
blue fin tuna and avocado tartar
fried shrimp dumplings with yuzu chili sauce
Tanuki (mushroom stuffed with chicken) & Asparagus (wrapped in homemade bacon)
miso glazed black cod
Kuzumochi and Kinako Ice Cream
with black sugar syrup
Plus Keith ate:
Japanese beef sirloin