Garbanzos

Garbanzos is a restaurant where most Menuism users came for a meal on the go, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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Overall
83%
Food
100%
Service
100%
Ambiance
100%
Pros
"Good!"
"Omg....the sea necture.....its like from another world!"
Cons
"The crowd."
Comments
"Every one needs to eat there at least 7 times. "
  • 6/25/2017

    A dining patron from Columbia, SC tried it.

  • 12/26/2016

    A dining patron from Petaling Jaya, 12 tried it and didn't like it. They liked the food.

  • 12/14/2016

    A chowhound from Kiev, 12 tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Good!
  • 4/06/2016

    A diner from Columbus, OH tried it.

  • 3/05/2015

    A dining patron from Dallas, TX tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/17/2014

    A food lover from London, H9 tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/13/2014

    A dining patron from Miami, FL tried it.

  • 10/12/2013

    A dining patron from Birmingham, AL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Omg....the sea necture.....its like from another world!
    Cons
    The crowd.
    Comments
    Every one needs to eat there at least 7 times.
  • 4/21/2013

    A diner from Parker, CO tried it and liked it.

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deliciousmacdoob

 Old Crow, YT
 

Something New Where It’s Least Expected

Something New Where It’s Least Expected

Another meal review by Vernon MacDooble

This past weekend as I strolled into Garbanzos, I knew immediately that this meal would be different. I’ve always regarded Garbanzos as more of a hidden treasure, frequented by smatterings of loyal locals and not the mad cacophony of Main Street hotspots. But tonight it was downright bustling, every table filled and a long line of Muttering Myrtles winding out into the concourse. I, of course, was escorted to my usual window side table, and beckoned the fair haired hostess close to inquire as to what all the hullabaloo was about. She wiped the sweet sweat from her brow and informed me that it was the Chef’s Special that had the diners in a tizzy. Without delay I ordered the same, and sat back sipping a fine Merlot while my belly rumbled with curiosity.

The first course caught me off guard. A rice salad, surely not Garbanzos typical fare. Apparently nothing worth this fuss, I frowned under my impeccable mustache. Curiosity and my trust in Chef Nakamura got the best of me, and I took a bite. As I chewed, my mind drifted to the African plains during the wet season. I fancied myself a great lumbering hippopotamus, happily slopping through the thick muddy banks of my favorite watering hole. What’s that floating up ahead in the murk? Why, it’s rice, by golly! Thankfully I have these water chestnuts and artichoke hearts to add to it. I scoop the salad into my obscenely large mouth, munching away while cool mud oozes between my hoofs. Delightful.

I waited with bated breath for the mysterious main course to be revealed, nearly ready to kick the elderly madam behind me in the face just to get a peek at hers. Right on cue, the wee silly waiter brought it forth. Chilled poached salmon steak alongside chilled asparagus in mustard vinaigrette. Two chilled foods in one meal seemed peculiar, but I welcomed it on such a hot summer’s eve. As I sampled the salmon (cooked to perfection, I must add), I observed the tastes I’d expected as they washed across my palette. Onion, lemon, peppercorn, white wine. And something else. Something… inscrutable. Now you must understand, for a culinary connoisseur such as myself, someone who has traveled the world delighting in every flavor man can offer — to taste something new is quite remarkable indeed. It was as if I tasted the food not just with my tongue buds but with my very soul. A feeling of great strength washed over me, as though I could take a boulder into my fist and squeeze it into a pebble. My fork became a scepter, raised high as I envisioned myself conquering the Nordic empire and laying waste to any filthy peasant who stood in my path. Glorious.

I called Chef Nakamura to my side, clapped him upon the back, and demanded an explanation. I quickly realized my mistake, as Nakamura is a somewhat long-winded fellow. The recipe, he blabbered, was sent to him by his brother, a fellow chef working in Tokyo, where it had been gaining favor in some of Japan’s most well-renowned restaurants. It contained the finest ingredients money can buy, from fresh bay leaves imported by a company called Fotopoulos Herb Gardens in Crete, to something the Japanese call “kaitei no mitsu”, or “Seabed’s Nectar”, shipped in dry ice by a company out of Honshu called Tagruato. I feigned interest in the chef’s incessant prattle, distracted by the unveiling of desert. A chilled strawberry white wine soup, the highlight of the meal. I felt like I could destroy the cosmos using only the patch of flesh where my pinkie toe used to live.

I had not entered Garbanzos that night intending on reviewing the meal. I simply aimed at taking pleasure in a cozy bite at one of my very favorite haunts. But sometimes we discover something new where we least expect it. I wouldn’t call the Special delicious, or even tasty. But I would call it an experience. A culinary experience whose shadow has yet to leave my mind, and has left me craving more.

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GalacticAE

 Boston, MA
 

Great eats!

“Try the sea nectar” they told me. I’m sure glad I did but my body seems to regret it. Strangely, I think I may go back and try some again despite the minor aching.

Even if the atmosphere was a bit uneasy and the workers seemed on edge, I would recommend this place to anyone.

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BigBuck077

 Plymouth, MA
 

Excellence at its best!

The service was excellent and I put the Sea Bed Nectar on everything. It gave me a monster of a stomach ache the next morning but I still want more!

Kansai Okonomiyaki

Very filling and easy on the pallete

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Cubs80

 Tucson, AZ
 

Delicious

Ate there over the weekend and was blown away by the taste. The service was fast and I was surprised to find slusho here in norway. Its true you cant drink just six. I will definitely come back again for more…HIGHLY RECOMMEND GARBANZOS!!!

Shitake Special

 

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A19

 London, ON
 

Good choice.

I like Japanese food, but not every restaurant can offer me, what I want. Garbanzos is the best, really.
Not only they have very nice personnel.

They have also delicious tamagoyaki – not too salty and not too sweet. Very tasty Kansai okonomiyaki with katsuobushi (they are moving like they are alive), with tonkatsu-sauce, that is much better than ketchup.

They have even great onigiri. I usually eat onigiri with various furikake, but this time I ate it just without everything (OK, in there there was an umeboshi – sourly like hell, but I think very healthy).

I was really full, but I wanted more, so I ordered some yakitori in that delicious dark souce… It was really great experience.

OK, my neighbor has ordered ramen, it looked also very tasty, but I was really full. Next time, I’ll order it.

(But the prices are a little bit too ehm…, so minus one star)
a19

Kansai Okonomiyaki

Very tasty, hot okonomiyaki with katsuobushi and tonkatsu sauce, you cannot get enough of it.

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DSchreib

 Columbus, OH
 

I Love Garbanzos

This is the best place I have ever been. I can’t wait to go back! Such unusual style and flair. I Love it so much!

Shitake Special

So fresh and tasty!

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mvaughn

 Los Angeles, CA
 

Garbanzos Blows

This place sucks balls. My food was cold, service sucked (the waitress was soooo high energy), and they put the honey dressing right on the dish, instead of on the side, as requested.

If you want some good Asian grub, go to Morimoto’s on Briskeveien — it’s hella better in terms of service, price and food.

M. Vaughn

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leftdust

 Los Angeles, CA
 

The "seabed nectar"

Is something “monsterous” to behold. 5+ stars!!!

Kansai Okonomiyaki

 

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