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“Exceeded expectations”
Review of Gyu Kaku Vancouver

Gyu Kaku Vancouver
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Ranked #187 of 3,845 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Granville Street
Cross street: Hornby
Transit: The closest skytrain stations are Granville Station (Expo/Mellennium Line), Vancouver City Centre (Canada Line.)
Reviewed January 3, 2013

My oldest daughter recommended this place, having been there with her university colleagues. It wasn't the most highly rated places - not very well rated in Trip Advisor - but we went along with it. It was our New Years Day dinner and we wanted something special. GK is one of those chain restaurants, with establishments all over the USA and its only Canadian one is in Vancouver.

Well, it did turn out to be very good. The service was efficient and the food was excellent. It’s one of those Japanese restaurants where you barbecue your own meats at your table. The meats were very tasty. We started with some kimchi and spicy tuna volcanoes, a strange but really nice concoction, along with seaweed soup which was surprisingly good (and healthy!). Then we did the meats, the bistro harami (the best), prime rib, filet mignon and some chicken. They were all very good, marinated according to how the restaurant recommends. We didn’t try to be too creative and mix marinades.

We accompanied the meal with a sauvignon blanc w/c turned out to be very good. The wine list is not really a list, but part of a drinks list, with “red wines” and “white wines” offered, and the generic offerings of each (merlot, shiraz...for reds and chardonnay, sauvignon blanc...for whites). Not the most professional way of doing things, but we lucked out with a good wine.

We ordered a traditional bibimbap and their best selling beef garlic noodles as side dishes. While the menu suggested one order of each is good for 2 persons, we are big eaters (or at least my daughters and I are) and we had to ask for an additional bibimbap and one steamed rice to supplement the meats. We also ordered more meat and spinach garlic, which we also cooked as it was packed in aluminium foil that we put on top of the fire. That was good and interesting, too.

Overall, a very good dining experience.

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Thank BobM08
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Went here for a business lunch - and were surprised by the lack of sushi at this Japanese restaurant. Want to cook your own protein?... then you've found the right place. My group didn't want to fire up the grill in the center of the table so we opted for the ala carte choices. The tuna tatake was ok - not a fan of fried garlic, Spicy tuna volcano's were tasty, salmon/avocado salad was loaded with mayo so I skipped it, Sukiyaki bibimbap was my favourite, hot cast iron bowl with rice and beef. Even though I didn't have an issue with the food, the service was spotty. We waited forever to be approached with menu's. We had to get up and track down a waitress to take our order. When it came time to pay the bill, again, it took forever to flag someone down (our guests couldn't wait any longer and had already vacated the table). Having said that, the servers were very friendly and helpful once we actually got them to our table. Pricing isn't bad - lunch for 4 was $65. Would I go back? - only if I wanted to grill my own meal - and had the time to enjoy it.

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Thank billybob101
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We enjoyed a nice lunch here, staff was engaging and took time to explain the menu and dining options. The bbq is in the center of your table and if you choose to use it you will have a unique exprience and lots of tasty options. Really fun and we couldnt stop ordering food, so delicious. Reccomend this for some fun and a different type of approach to dining, enjoy!

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Thank MukilteoMan
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Walked by and stopped in for lunch while visiting Vancouver. We were seated promptly and server came by and explained to us the "cook your own meal" process. We opted for the special - 8 different kinds of meat, poultry and seafood that we cooked on an in-table bbq. Meal also included, salad, soup and a wonderful crispy rice dish. The meat was not well seasoned and the bbq was not oiled enough so the meat, etc., stuck to it and was hard to pry off. All in all, not the greatest experience and really not a great value for the money spent. At least we can say we tried it.

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Thank davmar97
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We were not finished eating and they kicked us out after 2 hours. Really made our party feel awful. We have been to 4 other locations and have never been pushed out.

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