Been to this Japanese-run BBQ restaurant several times and the food always surprised me with their good flavour and unique dishes. They have a grill in the middle of the table so that you can grill your meat just the way you like it, and fresh too! Amazingly, the have locations in many Asian countries, cities in the US - from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New York, California, Singapore, Indonesia, Hawaii and more
Many of the staff are Japanese, and when they are explaining things to you, they will always crouch down so that they are even lower than you sitting. This may come off very awkward. I find it awkward. But perhaps because back in Japanese culture, you were not allowed to have your head higher than your superior. That may be so, but fast forward to 2013, and I feel like I am like a toddler with a babysitter crouching down in front of me so our eye level would be the same. I don’t necessary feel it a privileged…and I’m Japanese! Ok…so I grew up here in Canada…
Onto the food… first of all, the Spicy Tuna Volcano $7.45 is my favourite! It’s 4 pieces of deep fried rice with spicy tuna and negi (green onions) on top – like sushi.
Yes, it’s not the healthiest food but it is a must try. It’s very different – that’s what I like about it. Can’t find it anywhere else – at least so far. The rice is crispy on the outside, hot inside. The tuna is cold and the fresh negi is a great combination. Thumbs up!
My company ordered Fried Cheese Wonton $3.95. Dumplings with cheese in them! It reminded me of perogies, but fried. Another unhealthy choice. The sauce that came with it went really well. He also ordered Kim-Chee $3.45. Very good.
Beef Garlic Noodles: Egg noodles stir fried with beef in Garlic BBQ sauce $7.95. This comes in the typical Korean hot stone bowl dolsot (돌솥) The bowl is very hot and rice or noodles usually are sizzling for minutes. Strong garlic taste. Mmmmmm! I love garlic! Not good for close encounters though! lol
The BBQ is great. You get different dipping sauces so you never get bored. There’s a big selection of different types of meat and vegetables. I’m usually not a meat-eating person, but this is good! Good meat, great sauces. Warning – you will smell like you’ve been to a BBQ afterwards! lol.
It’s always full and the atmosphere is hustling and bustling. On warm summer days, you can eat out on the patio – great way to BBQ~. Like many restaurants like Ebisu and Kamei Royale, Gyu-kaku has a happy hour from 11:30am to 6pm. You can get great deals, so try it out!