Bang Bang Opens in San Diego

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The Japanese restaurant is decorated with a disco ball, lanterns, and Ryan Gosling
Bang Bang Bathroom
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Bang Bang's bathroom is covered with Ryan Gosling photos.

Bang Bang, a new Japanese restaurant, opened in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, according to Eater San Diego.

Dinner, which is served from 5 to 11 p.m.,features dishes inspired by Asian street market snacks. Executive chef Jose Ruigomez created menu items such as edamame dumplings and “bang” mi, which has homemade chicken liver pate. There is a 22-seat sushi bar, which is separate from the main dining room, where specialty rolls such as lobster tempura and gravlax and cream cheese are served. The drink menu has sake, cocktails, and punch bowls, anduring happy hour, customers can get a 50% discount on food and drink specials.

The restaurant’s design alone may be worth the trip. The staircase looks, feels, and sounds like a Tokyo subway station, since it is lined with subway tiles and hidden speakers that play subway sounds. The 7,000 square foot main dining room has a disco ball, video projection, and oversized Japanese lanterns, according to San Diego Magazine. Each bathroom stall has different themes, such as Godzilla, fortune cookies, and Hello Kitty. One stall is even covered with photos of Ryan Gosling. “The biggest complaint we have received is some women are shy about peeing in front of Ryan Gosling,” Bang Bang partner Johnny Shockey told RYOT News.

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