Tuesday 29 April 2014

[CLOSED] Gyu-Kaku: 30licious S$30++ deal with American Express & HungryGoWhere

During 27th March - 25th April 2014, HungryGoWhere in collaboration with American Express offered 30licious S$30++ deal ($35++ with other mode of payment). With 40 restaurants participating and offering a tailored lunch menu that are pocket friendly.

To begin with this journey, I made the reservation online through HungryGoWhere (TableDB) website. Pick the date, time, menu option and fill in my contact details. Shortly I received OTP (One Time Password) through SMS in which I must enter into the system to finalise the reservation. Woo pee doo, my appointment is confirmed. Sweet and Easy.

Gyu-Kaku is one of the leading Yakiniku (grill meat) type restaurant in Japan, United States and South East Asia. Gyu-Kaku @ Anchorpoint is located in a separate tiny building outside Anchorpoint main block facing IKEA Alexandra. Reaching the front of the building you are face with daunting task to choose to go up or down the stairs. Luckily we choose to go down and went to the right place. I think they should add more signs as there is another establishment occupying the upper floor.

The $30++ menu focused on the Wagyu theme menu which consist of wagyu rump cap, wagyu nakaochi (meat between the ribs) and wagyu brisket. However, while Little Devil ('LD') and I were browsing through the menu, we decided to add Wagyu tongue (Small $27.90) and beef intestines with miso dressing ($14.90) to our order.

We started with cucumber pickle and salad. The pickle is very refreshing and really entice your appetite. The salad is fresh and light dressed with yuzu vinaigrette.

Cucumber Pickle & Salad

The yakiniku at Gyu-Kaku uses charcoal and the modern smokeless grill technology from Japan. The Wagyu tongue is the first to hit the grill. It is sliced very thin therefore cooking time is short. I ate it with lemon and Himalayan sea salt and the taste is tender and packed with flavour.

Modern Japanese Charcoal Grill with suction fan

Wagyu Beef Tongue (Raw) w Lemon

Wagyu Beef Tongue (Cooked)
Himalayan Sea Salt

Next on the grill is the beef intestines. This is the first time we ever tried it. At first sight, it looks like brain. It takes a lot of time on the grill and you have to make sure it is cooked. It tasted chewy and fatty. Lets just say we won't order it again any time soon.

Beef Intestines (Raw)

Beef Intestines (cooked)

We proceed to the set meat selection. All type of the meat on the plate has a nice marbling on it. However, we know that they are different cuts so we expect different texture to the meat. Rice was provided to accompany the meat.

Wagyu Rump Cap, Wagyu Nakoichi & Wagyu Brisket (Raw)

The Wagyu Rump Cap looks a bit like mini steak. The meat is tender, but as a rump cut, it can be slightly resilient compare to rib eye. There is two dipping sauce to choose from, the tangy version on the left and the tsuke sauce on the right. I personally still go with lemon and salt.

Wagyu Rump Cap (Cooked)

Dipping Sauce

The Wagyu Nakoichi are cut in cubes. Supposedly it is a meat between the ribs. On a certain cut, when it has lots of marbling, it just melts in your mouth when you eat it. However, there are a certain part with less fats, which LD ate, she said it is though. However, it flavour is just awesome.

Wagyu Brisket & Wagyu Nakoichi (Cooked)

Wagyu Brisket almost has a similar outlook as the pork belly. Therefore the fat content is high and easily catch fire on the grill. The meat is tender and full of fatty goodness.

To end the set meal, we got green tea ice cream. The ice cream is smooth, with a good balance of green tea and sweetness.

Matcha Ice Cream

Service takes a while before it warms up. As it progress, the service staff become more friendly and attentive. They were patient when taking our order, double check and change the wire for the grill when its dirty.

Ambiance is quite good. We were seated at the window, where there is lots of natural lights. Although it is a bbq place, there is no hit of oily smell in the air. We can honestly say, when we walk out, we did not smell like grill meat. Nicely done.

The exhaust suck up the smoke and smell 

Overall, the quality of the meat is very good. If we dine in under normal circumstances, we will probably go for the ribeye. Portion for the set meal was quite small and we are fortunate enough to order the tongue and intestines, otherwise we won't be full. Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

Gyu-Kaku @ Anchorpoint
368 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159952

T: 6479 4001
Op Hours: Daily 11.30 – 14.30; 17.30 – 22.30.
For other branches, check out their website.

Disclaimer: Our meal in Gyu-Kaku is fully subsidised by HungryGoWhere. 

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