Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, New Orleans, LA Report #171

 

When you listen to youngsters talk these days, it seems like they describe every experience they have as “AMAZING”.  And if you’re like me you think, “Well dummy, if everything is amazing, then NOTHING is amazing”!  Well, guess what?  This place is AMAZING!!

The place is beautiful.  Small bar as soon as you walk in.  Each table has a gas grill, a set of tongs to grill your food, three sauces (Ponzu, Spicy and Sweet Soy), and a dish with three sections so you can fill each section with a different sauce.

This was my first time at a Japanese BBQ and the staff was wonderful.  My waitress spent a lot of time with me explaining everything.  And besides all the attention my waitress gave me, at least three other staff members that passed by my table stopped to ask if I was doing ok, did I need anything, could they remove something off my table, did I have any further questions, etc.  Very friendly and energetic.

Down to the food.  This is what I had:

 

And this is what everything looked like:

 

The appetizers were, uhhhh, AMAZING!  I’ve had Spicy Tuna at several Japanese restaurants but never on a fried rice cake like this.  Sticky rice with maybe a light breadcrumb coating, fried VERY crisp as delicious.  And the Spicy Tuna itself was great.  The Cheese Wontons didn’t have a lot of cheese in them, but whatever kind of cheese it was was fantastic, and it was enough.  The dipping sauce was great with them.

Now, if you look at the menu there’s a Kobe Style Kalbi Short Rib for $23.50.  There’s also USDA PRIME Kalbi Short Rib for $12.00.  Prime Beef is wonderful.  I asked my waitress if the Kobe beef was so much unbelievably better that it was worth paying $11.50 more?  She didn’t seem to think so, saying the Prime Beef was her favorite.  So I went with that.  And I recommend you do the same.  The meat was seriously marbled and it grilled up tender and juicy.  They told me grill it for 30-45 seconds on each side, and that was perfect.  If you’ve got $11.50 burning a hole in your pocket use it for a different kind of meat to grill.  Maybe the pork belly or some shrimp.

I wanted to try the Garlic Fried Rice served with the egg yolk on top.  I asked the waitress about it, and she said they bring it out in a very hot container and mix it up for you at the table.  She said you then let it sit for a bit and it cooks the egg yolk into the rice.  But she warned it was quite a big portion, and I was dining alone.  Maybe the insinuation being I’m such a pig I was already ordering enough food for three people? Either way I decided to just go with a bowl of white rice, which was done perfectly.  Nice and sticky, just how I like it.

Oh, and they served the beef with a “Special Sauce”.  I asked what it was and a waiter told me it was like a pear sauce.  It was ok, but the Spicy sauce on the table ended up being my favorite.  Next would be the Sweet Soy, which I thought would be like a Teriyaki Sauce but it wasn’t.

At the end of the meal my waitress helped me download their app on my phone.  Signing up for it gave me points, signing in with Facebook gave me more points, then scanning my receipt gave me even more points towards my next meal.  And yes, there definitely will be a next meal!  I highly recommend this place.

400 Lafayette St., New Orleans, LA  70130

Blaine 1-25-2019

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

 

Tried the Japanese Fried Chicken appetizer.  I’m not sure what the season the chicken with, but it was delicious!

Also, I wasn’t alone this time so we tried the Garlic Fried Rice.  They bring it in a seriously hot bowl.  Don’t worry about the raw egg yolk on top.  That cooks during the mixing.  Also, the waiter preparing it asked us if we wanted it crispy.  We did and asked how that would be accomplished.  After he mixed it he plastered it to the sides of the bowl with the spoons.  He told us to let it sit like that for 3-5 minutes, and the hot bowl would crisp the rice.  We split the difference and let it sit for 4 minutes, and sure enough the hot bowl fried it nicely.

I tried several different meats.  The short rib again, Garlic Shoyu Chicken, Pork Belly, Shrimp garlic and Spicy Pork.  All were delicious.

400 Lafayette St., New Orleans, LA  70130  Ph: 504-507-8800

Blaine 2-16-2019

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