What I ate: Yakishabu ($2.95) and Filet Mignon ($4.95)
Where I ate: Gyu-Kaku, Huntington Beach California
What It Set Me Back: $8.90+ tax
Happy Hour Times: Daily 5:00pm-6:30pm & 9:00pm-closing.
Vegetarians, you may want to avert your eyes for this one. If platters of finely cut and well-marinated raw meats don’t pique your interest then you definitely might want to forego the meat menu and skip straight to the tofu and grilled veggies.
Gyu-Kaku is not your typical Japanese restaurant. Unlike most places, where the food comes out cooked and ready to eat, this particular place requires you to actually cook your own food. Sound peculiar?
The cooking experience that Gyu-Kaku has to offer somehow enhances the quality and taste of the food. The fact that you made your food yourself makes the dish that much more appealing. With happy hour prices ranging from $2.95 to $4.95, you cannot go wrong with your selection. You have the choice of choosing from a variety of tasty appetizers, two different lists of BBQ to grill, desserts and drinks.
I would recommend the yakishabu beef, kalbi chuck, the harami skirt steak miso or the filet mignon. The yaikshabu beef and kalbi chuck are thinly sliced pieces of meat that is soaked in authentic Japanese marinade and sprinkled with sesame seeds. These two meats are heavily flavored, which carries on even after all that grilling. The harami skirt taste has a lighter and less-bold taste than the previous two meats. The filet mignon comes in hearty cubes of tender meat. There are two main sauces that are absolutely necessary to complete the experience: sweet and spice, and ponzu sauce.
Gyu-Kaku happy hour offers an exceptional happy hour menu with very college friendly prices and a delicious selection of marinated Japanese meats. Happy hour runs daily from 5:00-6:30pm and again from 9:00pm ‘til last call. Make sure you come during happy hour, as the food is cheaper and very delicious. Reservations are also recommended because the wait can sometimes take a toll on you.
The restaurant is adorned with mahogany tables and seats. In the center of each dark wood table is a circular brass grill that is used to cook whatever meat that you order. Hot coals and flames included. The service here is exceptional; the young waiters are attentive and amiable. This is definitely a place for those who appreciate the art of cooking, not to mention the feeling of satisfaction that you get with the knowledge that the delicious meal that you are consuming is cooked by yourself. The modern Asian décor and loud upbeat music makes Gyu-Kaku a perfect place to hang out with your friends and enjoy the $1 beer happy hour special, or even a fun place to go out on a date. The experience that Gyu-Kaku has to offer will definitely not disappoint. Just be mindful of your food and make sure you don’t burn your meal!