Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas

The name says it all - Japanese fusion tapas. Gochi's menu consists of standard traditional items, such as onigiri, karage, and tempura, but also has a great selection of interesting dishes that mix in European elements, such as unagi-topped pizza and green tea creme brulee. So this izakaya would be a good place for both the Japanese foodie purists and the inquisitive adventurers.

Reservations are a MUST at this place. I showed up with two friends at 6pm on a Saturday, only a half hour after they opened, to find that most of the tables were already booked and all the remaining seats were occupied by walk-in guests. Luckily we only had to wait about half an hour to sit down, but I made a mental note to myself to call in next time.

And now for the food...

The ankimo (monkfish liver) was amazing. This "foie gras of the ocean" was smooth and silky, with a milder flavor than most types of liver I've tried. Served with a healthy amount of ponzu sauce and sliced green onions.

Mushroom tempura - light and crispy batter

My personal favorite for the night was the duck tataki - slices of lightly seared duck with a dash of spicy mustard on top. The meat was tender and retained a wonderful pink color in the middle. My only complaint was that the duck could've been sliced a little thinner.

Close-up shot... succulent.

A more traditional dish - katsu with three kinds of dipping sauce

And you can't go to an izakaya without trying their onigiri - a neat little snack of rice in a triangular shape usually filled with a salty or sour ingredient. The one pictured here had a crispy outer layer and a salted salmon filling.

And Kirin on tap is the perfect complement to such great food!

19980 Homestead Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 725-0542


Passionate Eater said...

I love that you close each meal (or enjoy each meal) with a refreshing beverage! I think I need to enjoy beverages as much as I do the meal. You always teach me to enjoy the "finer" things of life!

Anonymous said...

The duck with spicy mustard sounds so good! I still haven't eaten at an izakaya, this looks like a good one to try...

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michelle @ TNS said...

that is some good looking duck, and i'll take a bit bowl of that mushroom tempura. one of these days i'll get to the west coast, and i'll eat my from big sur to san diego.

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