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.
Gonpachi (Kill Bill Restaurant) in Tokyo
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:
You will notice you’re in Kill Bill territory right away!
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!
The place is a bit of a maze, but so much atmosphere
I guess sometimes they give performances here as well?
Upstairs you’ll find a network of wooden balconies, just incredible
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:
Get the endame beans, jummy as a small pre-dinner snack!
Selection of tempura left and right a sort of arancini (ball of rice/meat), but then Japanese-style with tuna flakes :)
Nice fresh green salad
Kobe Beef. Pricey, but soooo tasty!
Fish, not sure which one. The tasty one, for sure :)
Some of the Food my group ordered when I was here in 2008:
sorry, really no clue what it was, but looks good, right?
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!
Name: Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu
Address: Japan, 〒106-0031 Tokyo, Minato, Nishiazabu, 1−13−11
Phone: +81 3-5771-0170
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.