Friday, May 13, 2011

Gotetsu: Japanese Kushiyaki Restaurant in Midtown Ventura, California


Exquisite.
There is only one word to truly capture the fabulousness that is Gotetsu. Exquisite.

The owner/chef, Yukari, admitted she serves only what she loves to eat--and it shows. Small menu, every dish remarkable, memorable, and obscenely delicious. Delicately and excitingly seasoned--just WOW!

Yukari is a delight, by the way, and extremely interested in how you like the food she prepares right before your eyes. I was won over at the first bite.

I recommend the shiso and ponzu-miso smeared chicken thigh, the chicken meatball skewer, the eggplant skewer--and don't get me started on the homemade fresh gyoza--Oh my god. I couldn't say anything else. Like the finest restaurant, you can taste every ingredient--so bursting with freshness.

I thought I was in Japan again and at one of the amazing culinary oases there--but no, right here in humble Ventura, California--a little slice of exquisite Japanese heaven. My life is complete. Only this could be addicting.

Oh, yeah, my seven-year-old loved the food, too. I simply cannot wait to go back. Mind-blowing. Exquisite!

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Gotetsu Kushiyaki Restaurant
2098 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-3199

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