Japanese BBQ @Gyu-Kaku
If you visit my website and/or follow me on social media, you know that I enjoy eating out and trying new places. Well, for weeks now I have seen posts about this Japanese BBQ place close to my area in the Pinecrest, Florida area. I have to say that it peaked my interest and today I asked my eldest son if he wanted to try it out. I was very pleased with the food, the experience and the service and here is my take on Gyu-Kaku
At first my GPS was giving me the wrong directions but knowing the area a little bit, I knew that it had to be in the shopping center where Wholefoods grocery store is at on 112 street and Dixie Highway. Parking was no issue and for a Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was not crowded. We arrived and soon after we were seated. You have the choice of seating outdoors or inside; with the Miami heat, it was no brainer where we wanted to sit.
Once seated the hostess turned on the table grill, right on the middle of the table. After a few minutes you can feel the heat, so be careful with young children. Our server was very busy so we had a young lady take our order and answer questions that we had being first time diners. They have a menu specially for first time diners to help you choose as there is so many order options as it can be overwhelming.
They have very good lunch specials even on weekends, which I was impressed. My son and I ordered the lunch special for two for $48.00 and it brings two salads, two bowls of rice, one appetizer and 4 cuts of meats, such as Duck breast, Filet Mignon, Skirt steak and Pork Belly. I also did go off of the menu and order the cheese dumplings. I was impressed with myself as I really don’t know how to use chopsticks but somehow I manage to get the food in my mouth.
I ordered the cheese dumplings as an additional appetizer, lets just say that it was delicious.
Next came a house salad, nothing extravagant but with a very nice dressing.
Steamed Shrimp dumplings in a very savory soy sauce vinaigrette, very good.
They brought our meats for us to cook and of course they told us how long to have in on the grill but we still had to ask a couple of times. You also have to place the meats in certain areas of the grill so that they cook well and/or don’t burn. This was the tricky and overwhelming part of my meal as I didn’t want to over cook the meats but you definitely don’t want to under cook the meats.
Oh, I forgot to mention that they have Japanese beer, I ordered a light beer and it was very good and at only $3.00 as they have happy hour on the weekends too. You can’t beat a $3.00 imported beer.
We kind of left our veggies for last, the veggies (a medley of mushrooms) come wrapped in aluminum foil and that is exactly how you cook them on the grill, three minutes on each side.
Even though my son and I were full, we wanted to try their desserts, our choices were Chocolate Lava cake with ice-cream, S’mores(which I think you make on the grill yourself), Mochi ice-cream, which my son wanted to order as friend’s of his have had it before and liked it but I didn’t want to order something we were not familiar with, so we played it safe and ordered the Chocolate lava cake. Sad to say that I wasn’t impressed, I have had much better chocolate lava cake 🙁
Overall, I liked the experience of cooking my own food, the prices are good specially if you order from their lunch and happy hour specials which are not limited to week days, making it a great deal. I am not sure if I like cooking my own food though, keeping track of the cooking times can be overwhelming. The service was great. Definitely recommend.