A Lip-Smacking Japanese BBQ Meal!

It was our first time at Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese meat barbecuing establishment. Gyu-Kaku has many different locations in the US but only two in Canada, both of which are in Vancouver. We went to the one located on West Broadway. It was good thing that we made a reservation because it was shockingly busy for a week night. As the restaurant was completely booked, the service was a lot slower.

Gyu-Kaku offers various BBQ Courses to choose from depending on how large of a party you have. In my case, it was only my boyfriend and I, so we selected the Meat Lover’s for 2 ($55) which offered a great variety for first-timers here.

What did it come with?

For starters, it came with:

1)      Chicken Karaage – They gave a decent amount to share. However, it was a little too dry and a bit lacking in flavor.

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2)      Edamame

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3)      Gyu-Kaku Salad – We found the salad to be quite satisfying as the greens were freshly washed and the salad dressing that was used complemented it well.

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4)      Sukiyaki Bibimbap – I only took maybe three spoonfuls of this to try as I wanted to save room for the meats. The pork was slightly overcooked, but it was marinated well in flavor. On the other hand, I did not find much taste for the rice. Yes, it did appear to show some kind of coloring on there, but I felt like it was drizzled in soy sauce.

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We also ordered a Spicy Tuna Avocado ($6.99), one of their most popular items listed in the a la carte menu. Each piece was comprised of spicy tuna on top of rice that was deep fried. We both thought the different textures complemented each other very well. This dish definitely left me wanting to ask for more as it tasted incredible.

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Moving on to the BBQ items, my boyfriend did most of the meat grilling which I am thankful for. I am an extremely clumsy person sometimes who makes a big mess anywhere I go.

The BBQ items that were part of the course are: garlic steak, bistro hanger steak miso, New York steak miso, toro beef tare, yaki-shabu beef tare, spicy pork, and corn butter.IMG_0490

IMG_0500All meats were succulent and were marinated perfectly in their sauce. I definitely preferred some meats over the others as some were coated in fat and the flavors were just not in my books.

To end the meal, we were given the option of either green tea, vanilla, or black sesame ice-cream. We ordered a green tea and black sesame which were both creamy and smooth.

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On a side note, Gyu-Kaku also has a happy hour menu which offers many discounted items from their a la carte menu.

To sum up our dining experience for the night, we both enjoyed it. Next time we would like to come back during their happy hour or with a larger party to try more things!

-Julie

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