Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas
19980 E Homestead Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
I’ve come here before, it’s not a cheap place, but the quality of food is well worth the price. You can check out their menu and make reservations beforehand, because they do get quite crowded on weeknights and weekends. We made a reservation to come at 6pm on a Sunday and they called us a day before to confirm the time. We were promptly seated upon arrival and was very well taken care of throughout the night. The waiters and waitresses are all extremely friendly and cheerful, and will help you when you have no idea what you’re looking at on the menu. Most of their food is fusion Japanese, and I definitely recommend checking out the special items menu, since those change from season to season.
This time around, we started out with the tuna tartare on wonton chips ($12.50), these are really good, not fishy at all. The fish was fresh, topped with some avocado, and the chip was crispy. Not much else to describe about these, except to note the price for 3 pieces.
Gyutan Shioyaki (grilled beef tongue – $9.50): Came with black pepper seasoning, and you squeeze lemon on it before eating. I love the texture, it’s hard to describe and not all will enjoy it especially since it was a cow’s tongue before. I enjoyed this dish very much, it paired well with rice.
Yaki Onigiri (with tuna mayo topping – $7.50): My boyfriend’s favorite dish. I have never had crispier rice than in these onigiri, it is so crunchy and amazing. They put a light soy sauce on it, and the creaminess of the tuna mayo goes well with the crunchiness of the rice.
Teba Shichimi Age (chicken wings marinated in Japanese seven chili spices – $7.50): One of my favorite, the chicken was fried super crispy and the seasoning was similar to the red pepper seasoning you sprinkle on udon. The hint of lemon on top made these delicious! Not greasy at all and super juicy chicken on the inside.
Fried crab cakes, mochi, and eggplant: I don’t remember the price of this since it was the special menu, but this was not what we had expected at all, and was my least favorite dish. The crab cakes tasted soggy and bland. The mochi was basically just what you expect of mochi, but deep fried, so it was soggy because of the broth. The eggplant wasn’t cooked enough to my taste.
Curry Korokke (potato pork curry puffs – $7.50): Not very impressed with this either, just imagine a samosa, but with a katsu coating and deep fried. The sauce was just tonkatsu sauce, which I don’t like too much anyway.
Rib Eye Steak (pan sautéed in soy-garlic brandy with scallions & garlic chips – $14.50): My favorite, hands down…also the priciest thing we ordered. The meat was so tender, the brandy sauce was like butter. And the garlic chips were to die for. Definitely worth the splurge…I was in heaven while eating this.
Mentai Kinoko (spicy cod roe, snow crab, wild mushrooms, bacon & cheese – $12.50): The most fusion dish we tried. We actually didn’t even touch this because we were full and wanted to save our stomachs for dessert, but we ate it for lunch the next day and it was so amazing. The crust is like a Chinese green onion pancake, thin and flaky, it has a spicy cod roe layer underneath the cheese, and the rest of the ingredients are melted into the cheese. They say fish and cheese don’t go well together, but this pizza defies that law. A must try.
Green tea creme brulee ($6.50 – $7.50): I had this for the second time, and it was just as amazing. It’s among the best brulee I’ve ever had, and to have that slight green tea flavor…so yummy. It is very creamy though, and not very airy, so if you don’t like that, you may not enjoy this. I liked it because it was not too sweet and you could taste that light green tea flavor.
Gochi is an amazing place to go to with coworkers after work and hang out, share some tapas. I would come back just to try the pizzas next time. It’s pricy to do this every day, but it’s not completely outrageous, and you do get exceptional food quality here. It takes time and you have to know what to order to really make your buck worth it, but I’m willing to give it another try. Or just come back solely for the green tea creme brulee. Yum!