Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan

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During my second visit to Japan in 2008, I made some friends in my hostel in Tokyo and they invited me for a dinner at the Gonpachi ‘Kill Bill Restaurant’ in the Ginza neighbourhood of the city. It was a place not to be missed, apparently.

I had never heard of it, but apparently movie director Quentin Tarantino had dinner here one night and got so inspired by the interior of the restaurant that he based the set of one of his famous “Kill Bill” fight scenes (“The Bride VS Gogo Yubari”, if you’re into it) on the place.

Well, I enjoyed the meal and so this year, I took Nick along to experience it as well.

 

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Don’t worry. You’re safe to have dinner here now, most of the assassins are gone .

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo

 

 

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The Entree

From the Roppongi train station, it’s a bit of a hike to get here (especially if you go 15 minutes in the wrong direction, like we did). but you’ll recognize it by the stone wall and outdoor terrace as soon as you arrive.

Going in (we didn’t have a reservation, but I recommend getting one if you’re with more than 2 people), we got seated in a waiting area and offered a drink, which was super nice! Then we were taken to our table. If you’re alone or with 2 people, you’ll get seated at the ‘bar’ area attached to the kitchen. With more people, there are long tables and also private boots, both on ground floor as upstairs.

If you get to sit upstairs, it’s a great view as I was lucky to experience back in 2008. See the photos below:

 

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

You will notice you’re in Kill Bill territory right away!

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The Interior

The wooden interior this Roppongi restaurant is amazing and you’ll be looking around you most of the time. The open kitchen is great fun to see in action if you’re sitting at the bar. Also, the staff is making a whole lot of noise, welcoming and greeting guests as they come and go. Everyone will give a big shout, with is just so fun!

 

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

The place is a bit of a maze, but so much atmosphere

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

I guess sometimes they give performances here as well?

Unique Dining at Gonpachi Kill Bill Restaurant Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Upstairs you’ll find a network of wooden balconies, just incredible

 

The Food

We didn’t really have a clue what to order, but the waiter was really helpful to sort it all out. Think of the place as a tapas restaurant and just order a couple of small dishes. You can always order more later.

I don’t really remember the exact names of the dishes we ordered, but here you can have a look:

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Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Get the endame beans, jummy as a small pre-dinner snack!

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Selection of tempura left and right a sort of arancini (ball of rice/meat), but then Japanese-style with tuna flakes :)

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Nice fresh green salad

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Kobe Beef. Pricey, but soooo tasty!

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Fish, not sure which one. The tasty one, for sure :)

Some of the Food my group ordered when I was here in 2008:

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi Tokyo Kill Bill Restaurant Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi Kill Bill Restaurant Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

sorry, really no clue what it was, but looks good, right?

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester

Unique Dining at Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo, Japan | The Travel Tester


 

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If you’re looking for what to do in Roppongi at night, this is a place to consider. Whether it’s because you like the Kill-Bill films or you are just looking for a fun night out, you’ll definitely have a good time at Gonpachi. The food is good, the staff friendly and the whole atmosphere makes for a great evening. Love to go back again next time!

 

 

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Name: Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu

Address: Japan, 〒106-0031 Tokyo, Minato, Nishiazabu, 1−13−11

Phone: +81 3-5771-0170

Websitewww.gonpachi.jp/nishiazabu

Order: While all the food is pretty good here, we really liked the Kobe beef slices (although very expensive!) and all the tempura.

Disclaimer: Everything paid from our own pocket.

 

 

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Restaurant Review

6 Getting There (from City Center)
10 Interior of Restaurant
8 Quality of Food
10 Uniqueness of Restaurant
10 Overall Atmosphere
8.8
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