She's been back a week and went overboard with the local food. As a change of scenery, we brought them both to have some Japanese barbeque at Gyu-Kaku. We figured my meat-loving German brother-in-law would appreciate the abundance of premium red meat available at Gyu-Kaku.
We started off with the Horenso Salad ($8), comprising baby spinach with sprinkles of crispy garlic and bacon bits, topped with sliced white button mushrooms, dressed in a creamy tangy sesame sauce.
We ordered the Karubi ($18.90 for large), heavily marbled beef short rib. This was so marbled that there was really no need to get the premium wagyu because the increase in price would not have been commensurate with the increase in marbling.
We opted for the short rib to be marinated in Tare, a Japanese concoction of soy, roasted garlic and fruit juice. The heavenly seasoning just brought out the robust flavours of the beef without overpowering it.
The Corn ($5.90) arrived with a saucer of light soy, which you can brush on while grilling, for flavour.
We also ordered the Assorted Bacon and Sausages ($14).
The Aburi Bacon was a hit, the heat of the coarsely ground black pepper crust complemented the saltiness of the thickly-sliced bacon.
The Sausages were also juicy and delicious. My favourite is the cheese sausage (bottom right).
We had to get the Hotate in Foil Grill ($8.90), plump juicy Scallops lightly flavoured with a dash of Black Pepper.
The Ebi in Foil Grill ($14.90) giant Prawns in Garlic were wonderfully aromatic and succulent.
We also mixed up the beef with some pork, Buta Karubi ($14.90 for large) pork belly, and Korubuta Collar ($17 for large) pork collar.
The Pork Belly was seasoned with Spicy Miso, which added a smoky sweetness to the fatty meat.
The tender Pork Collar was marinated in Tare.
This was our favourite side, the Assorted Mushrooms ($8.50) with Shitake, Enoki and Shimeiji in butter and salt. This was simple but absolutely yummylicious.
Please note that the restaurant's ventilation system isn't fantastic, we left with the scent of Eau de Barbeque in our hair. Also, the heat of the grills affected the air-conditioning a little, so we were perspiring mid-way through the dinner.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant
30 Victoria Street
Tel: 6333 4001
Open for lunch from 12noon to 3pm; dinner on Mondays to Saturdays from 5.30pm to 11.30pm; dinner on Sunday from 5.30pm to 11pm