Japanese sometimes have a unique take on other culture's food, whether it be curry, pasta, or even burgers. Sometimes, as in French cooking, they may be as good as or (dare we say it?) better than the original. I think Japanese Yakiniku is more toward the latter end of the scale, and Tsuruhashi does Japanese Yakiniku better than any other place I've tried outside Japan. Yakiniku, and Tsuruhashi, is actually quite authentic to the Korean original, meaning your own personal BBQ with your choice of various meats and vegetables to grill, but sans the many free side dishes you'll often find at Korean BBQ restaurants... but on the other hand, bringing a Japanese sensibility, attention to detail, and relentless focus on top quality and taste to bear. One dish we found particularly appetizing was the "hitokuchi" (bite size) Kobe beef, which is imported directly from Japan (yes, the real Kobe beef, not the American-grown beef usually sold as Kobe beef here in the States) and never frozen. Absolutely delightful. Another nice touch is the addition of charcoal to the gas-fired table BBQ, which evens the heat, keeps going even after you turn off the gas, and most importantly adds that little bit of additional flavor.
We were just visiting San Diego, which means I won't get to go back to Tsuruhashi anytime soon unfortunately... but it's definitely on the list again for next time.