If you say that it sounds like I'm talking about Gyu-Kaku, then you would be absolutely correct. In a fusion of Korean charcoal barbeque and Japanese-style meat grilling, Gyu-Kaku (meaning "horn of the bull" in Japanese) has taken Los Angeles by the horns. This is no typical restaurant where a server and chef work together to create a dining experience; instead, each group of restaurant patrons are given tongs upon their arrival and viola! The group around the table cooks the morsels over a charcoal brazier to their liking.
I had the pleasure of dining at the flagship location on La Cienega in Beverly Hills next to the Le Meridian Hotel. A true culinary adventure awaited my date and I as we entered the warm, young hip setting. The most remarkable feature of this restaurant is that the centers of all the tables have a sunken barbeque for customers to grill their own food.
The portions are only around 4 ounces which allowed us to sample a variety of different taste sensations. We ordered Harami Miso - skirt steak (my dates favorite), garlic shrimp, basil chicken, sweet potatoes, shitake mushrooms, Kalbi - short ribs, Bibima - rice in a sizzling stone pot and Kobe beef. I've always wanted to try Kobe beef and the menu had it for only $15, for me, it was not as amazing as I had hoped it would be. I actually preferred the Kalbi - short ribs which I thought were amazingly flavorful, they really know how to season their beef. As good as the shrimp and the chicken were I would suggest sticking with the beef.
You gotta try this place. Great place for a first date you'll have lots of fun cooking for each other as you gaze into each others eyes and hope you don't burn your meal.
The restaurant was unique the food was terrific and the service was excellent they will definitely be seeing me again.
With over 800 locations in Japan, Gyu-Kaku has several Los Angeles area locations including Beverly Hills, West L.A. and Torrance.
163 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
West Los Angeles
10925 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
24631 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
For more information go to their website at http://www.gyu-kaku.com