Gyu-Kaku is known as the world’s number one yakiniku restaurant, in both Japan and around the world. They opened up their very first franchise in Japan back in 1997, and now have more than 500 outlets scattered across the globe. In the Philippines, they currently have two branches open – One in Shang, and one in BGC. As a fan of Japanese/Korean barbecue, I’ve always wanted to come here so I can see how great their food is.
Menu: Appetizers, Salad, Vegetables, Warai set, Fuku set, Wagyu beef, Seafood, Rice, Noodles, Soup, Desserts.
Unfortunately we had to skip the grill because we didn’t have enough cash at that time (or maybe certain people just didn’t want to try them out even though that’s the restaurant’s main specialty <_< Sorry for ranting, but what’s the point of dining here if we won’t be able to try out their barbecue? Grrr.)
Fried Gyoza – Filled with meat and vegetables. Loved the fact that it was topped with bonito flakes.
Crispy Pork Belly – Deep-fried breaded pork belly, with a vinegar dipping sauce. I absolutely loved the combination between the pork’s crispiness and the sour, tangy flavors of the vinegar. And even though this was a deep-fried dish, I didn’t’ feel all queasy afterwards.
Spicy Karubi Ramen – Stir-fried short ribs with spicy chili oil, in beef soup. This is the only time that I got to try Gyu-Kaku’s delicious grilled beef. <_< Anyway, the dish wasn’t too bad – The noodles were firm, and I could deal with the spiciness of the soup.
Chicken Katsudon – A bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried chicken cutlet, covered with egg, vegetables, and special sauce.
Tofu Steak – Breaded fried tofu with vegetables and Japanese steak sauce. Tofu cubes were firm, and the sauce had lots of flavor.
Our experience here at Gyu-Kaku was decent, at best. The food was delicious, but the serving sizes were a little bit too small, and, as I mentioned earlier, I feel like we could’ve had an even better experience here if we ordered their beef and ended up using one of their grills instead.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 4.5/5 (presentation)