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Gyu Kaku Restaurant

Gyu Kaku, Japanese BBQ in Katsushika City, Tokyo

By Andrew Ferlitsch and Mauie Caratao

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During my visit to Tokyo, the magazine’s content curator and I had the pleasure of dining at Gyu Kaku, a renowned Japanese BBQ restaurant chain. We specifically visited the Gyu Kaku branch in Katsushika City, which is approximately 25 km away from the bustling heart of Tokyo. This particular Gyu Kaku restaurant is situated in Restaurant City, an impressive 8-story building solely dedicated to various dining establishments. Conveniently, it is located right next to the Shin-Koiwa train station. If you plan on visiting, you’ll find Gyu Kaku on the 8th floor of this culinary haven.

Exterior of the Quttarna Restaurant City building

Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese barbecue restaurant chain that was founded in 1996. The name “Gyu- Kaku” translates to “Horn of the Bull” in English. The chain is known for its yakiniku-style dining, where customers grill their own meat at the table. Gyu-Kaku offers a variety of meat options, including beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as a selection of vegetables and side dishes. The restaurant chain has expanded globally and now has locations in countries such as the United
States, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.

Dining tables where self-grilling BBQ is built into the dining tables

Since we arrived early in the evening, we were fortunate to be among the first customers for dinner, which made finding a seat a breeze. Once seated, we browsed through the menu on the table, which came in the form of a sturdy hardcover folder. The menu offered a variety of options, including cook-your-own meat dishes, salads, side orders, drinks, and desserts. Since our main goal was to indulge in some delicious steak, we immediately turned our attention to the beef options.

Beef dishes on the menu in the hardcover folder

We ultimately decided on two delectable beef dishes: the Kuroge Wagyu short ribs and the Garlic Shoyu rib eye. Intrigued by the description of the Kuroge Wagyu short ribs, which promised a rich and deep deliciousness unique to Japanese beef, we couldn’t resist ordering two servings. Additionally, we opted for one serving of the flavorful Garlic Shoyu rib eye. To place our order, we utilized the convenient digital menu tablet provided at our table. After selecting our beef dishes, we perused the menu tablet for additional options and decided to complement our meal with two generous bowls of rice and a salad each. I chose the classic Caesar salad, while Mauie opted for the refreshing Choregi salad. As for beverages, I initially requested coffee, but unfortunately, it wasn’t available. Instead, I settled for a refreshing Coke, while Mauie chose an orange drink

Selecting our order on the digital menu tablet

The raw pre-seasoned beef dishes were promptly brought to our table, along with dipping sauces, and accompanied by bowls of rice. The gas burner in the center of the BBQ pit was already lit, ready for us to start cooking. We took a moment to strategize on how we would cook our beef to perfection and savor its delectable flavors.

Kuroge Wagyu short ribs
Garlic Shoyu rib eye
Preparation for cooking the beef dishes

Mauie and I took turns grilling the succulent beef dishes, showcasing our individual flair and expertise in barbecuing. As we began grilling the beef, our refreshing salads were promptly served. As the beef strips reached perfection, we carefully transferred them to the serving section of the sauce tray.

Beef strips being grilled on the in-table BBQ pit

After savoring our impeccably cooked meal and enjoying our delectable salads, we indulged ourselves in a delightful dessert to conclude our dinner on a sweet note. Following our customary routine, Mauie took the lead in selecting the dessert, and we proceeded to share it. Her choice was a delectable vanilla caramel-covered ice cream, which proved to be a truly delightful treat.

The vanilla caramel-covered dessert

To conclude our dining experience, we reviewed our order selected pay on the menu tablet, and then proceeded to the cashier counter. The cost of our delicious meal + tax was 5,819 yen ($40 USD). The hostess thanked us for our patronage and we kindly asked her to convey our utmost satisfaction to the chef.

With our appetites satisfied, we eagerly embarked on our next adventure for the evening: boarding the commuter trains bound for Minato, Tokyo, for a sightseeing tour of the Tokyo Tower, the second-tallest structure in all of Japan.

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