I’m an uncomplicated, quite predictable person. I’m as diffident about the first working Monday of the month as the next guy or girl, and my one antidote against The Monday has not changed since 2008 – Japanese food.
So last Monday, Bamboo and I decided to eat in Shangri-la, the mall. We know we haven’t checked out all the new restaurants from the brand new wing, so we decided we’d head there. We didn’t get that far. Before we got across, we saw Gyu Kaku situated in the bridge section that connected the old wing from the new wing. I've seen this restaurant at The Fort a few weeks ago and I have to admit I was curious to try it out. Also, I was already hungry and I have decided beforehand that I will pounce on the first Japanese food I can find.
So Gyu Kaku it is.
For soup, we ordered classic Tamago Egg Soup (P120). I rarely have too much expectation for soup, although this soup was a tad better than your average egg soup. Still, it was almost 10PM and we were starving, Bamboo and I almost fought over the third bowl serving.
Forget the salad, I went straight for the Yakiniku. I’m sure Bamboo would have loved nothing more than to order his favorite Wagyu but I was skint and it was too early in the month for me to splurge, so we compromised and instead went for a large plate of the way less expensive, low in fat content, choice beef, Harami (Miso) for P325. I also ordered a large plate of Buta Karubi (Garlic), the one option for pork yakiniku (P175).
We also ordered a couple of plates of seafood (because it's me) foil grill: Squid (Black Pepper) for P175 and Norwegian Salmon (Shio) for P295.
It is perfectly safe to grill your food over the foil and the health hazards are minimal. But if you’re hesitant and particularly conscious, you can also opt to heat them straight over the grill, just be mindful of the dippings.
And of course, dessert for me: Milk Pudding (P145).
I know that within the few weeks after it launched, Gyu Kaku has received mixed reviews, ranging from raves about their grilled sausage to disappointments about bad and slow service. And although our dining experience last Monday was a simple and regular dining experience of good chat over comfort food, I can say we have absolutely enjoyed excellent service from the Shangri-la branch staff and the food was definitely nothing to complain about. I guess the only hitches we came across was that (a) the first two or three items on the menu that we wanted to order weren’t available (not my fault) and (b) it was late and they were on the last kitchen call, so I didn't have enough time to think dessert through so I reserved the first dessert I saw on the menu (my fault). But other than that, Bamboo was happy, his tummy was very happy and so I am happy.
Of course, one can argue that for the price we paid for dinner, sides and drinks, we could have had buffet for two at Yakimix, enjoyed unlimited food and still have enough change to pay for valet four times, but still... charcoal-grilled Yakiniku barbecue? So good!
All in all, it was still good value for the money.
Gyu-Kaku is located at Mid-level 2/3 Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Mandaluyong. For a complete list of Gyu-Kaku menu, you may check it out here on Munchpunch.
Mid-level 2/3 Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing
+ 63 2 631 7243