Second installment in my favourite restaurant collection is Gonpachi located in Tokyo, near the famous Roppongi district. This is more commonly known as the restaurant that Koizumi Junichiro (then Japanese Prime Minister) took George. W. Bush to eat and what inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill scene of the infamous Bride taking down the Crazy 88.
Aside from my previously described movie buff tendencies, I am not recommending the place on novelty alone… the food is outstanding! So much so, of all four times I have been to Tokyo, this is always my first stop, as well as being my must-do recommendation to anyone coming to Tokyo.
It is basically an expensive Yakitori, therefore, the skewers are highly recommended, especially the beef/asparagus and the huge chicken skewers. Soba noodles and sake are also a must. With the electric atmosphere, fantastic decor and slight buzz from the sake, I guarantee you wont mind forking over a weeks rent to enjoy this Tokyo institution.
Make sure to go to the Nishi-Azabu restaurant for the real-deal. http://www.gonpachi.jp/en/casual/home/index
1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
+ 81 03-5771-0170
For a viewing of the gory Kill Bill scene, see the following: