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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi, Korean
  • Price Range: $$

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Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Catering


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar




Cars, gadgets, hair perms and more: The ideas may originate elsewhere, but the Japanese spin lifts the mundane to new heights. At Gyu-Kaku, a bustling cook-it-yourself, California-based chain restaurant, Korean barbecue gets the Japanese makeover. Sauces are sweeter and milder; vegetables and delicate seafood come wrapped in easy-to-grill foil packets. Dominoes of harami skirt steak, marinated in sweet dark miso, turn caramelized and succulent on the hot grill. A quick sear of the fat-veined Kobe kalbi yields unctuous, buttery bites enhanced by the house’s soy-based tare sauce. There’s no panchan, Korean-style nosh freebies, but reasonable prices mean diners can splurge on starters like the Hawaiian-inspired ahi poke, wasabi soy-marinated cubes of pink tuna stacked on a bed of seaweed. The yakimochi dessert, less nostalgic than S’mores but just as fun, pairs grilled, chewing-gum-sized blocks of nutty mochi with ice cream. Best of all, every table in the dining room houses gas-powered, diamond mesh downdraft smokeless braziers, with vents that suck smoke back into the grill, so you won’t reek of roasted flesh all night.