March 3, 2013
Gonpachi – The “Kill Bill” Restaurant
I love many of the films Quentin Tarantino makes (Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Inglorious Basterds…) and Kill Bill is by far one of his biggest cult favorites. Yes, you know the movie had many Japanese influences… but did you know that tucked away near Roppongi in Tokyo, is the very restaurant that served as inspiration for Mr. Tarantino’s set for Uma Thurman’s bloody (literally) good fight scene?
Gonpachi, aka “Kill Bill Restaurant” has become the stuff made of secret tourist legend. So of course, dinner reservations were in order.
Does the background look vaguely familiar yet?
No stars here but the place gave me a bit of that star struck feeling… it was pretty cool to be there!
I just needed a hundred men in suits to slaughter, then the experience would be complete.
Now let’s see more…
It is one of the more unique eateries in Tokyo I’ve dined at, housed in a simple yet imaginative re-created kura (traditional Japanese warehouse) with a high ceiling and three levels of seating and an open kitchen. Business was very brisk in the upbeat place, loud chatter and eruptions of raucous laughter permeated the air. And yes, more than half the restaurant was filled with tourists But who cares, when the food was surprisingly good and prices reasonable for a place of such claim to fame.
Good place to start the night in Tokyo before venturing into the manic playground of Roppongi.
Look out for photos of Quentin Tarantino’s visit at the lobby!
1-13-11 Nishi Azabu, Tokyo