Opening Hours Sun to Thu, 11:30 am - 1:00 am; Fri to Sat, 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Lunch HoursMon to Sun, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner HoursSun to Thu, 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm; Fri to Sat, 6:00 pm - 12:00 midnight
Dress CodeSmart Casual
Private Room2 rooms for 10-16 persons
Accept Credit CardYes
Bring Your Own BottleYes
Located on the top level of Lee Garden One, Gonpachi sets to please Japanophiles the moment they walk in. The laidback izakaya takes up a lofty circular space, handsomely appointed with dark beams, timber columns and cleverly lit counters, red details and bamboo screens. Tatami-inspired rooms, bar seating and more conventional tables cater both large groups and couples, and grant plenty of privacy regardless of the party size. On to the menu, and what a treat that is: spanning sushi and sashimi, grilled skewers and housemade soba noodles (a must-order to wrap up the meal), the offerings are expansive and often unique to the restaurant, which is always noteworthy in our books. The Gonpachi ‘pizza’ for example, is a fun, Japanese take on the Italian staple, with the base made from thin gyoza skin that stays perfectly crispy under a generous mix of cheese, minced chicken and vegetables. Skewers are the izakaya’s forte; from tsukune to short ribs, eringi mushroom and Miyazaki A5 wagyu beef, each grilled bite is packed with flavour, juicy and well salted. Sake and shochu, rather than wine, are the focus here, and the very attentive staff are happy to help pick the perfect ones to pair with the various items.