• Gyu-Kaku: Is it entertaining to cook your own food? Yes, yes it is!

    By James Sved on May 7, 2015

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    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (Herald de Paris) —  There are a lot of restaurant chains in the United States.  Most are pretty ubiquitous, offering standard, sit-down service, bottomless bowls of salad, endless piles of pasts, questionable cuts of steak, deep fried, butter-soaked, and unhealthy.  There is even one particular chain whose name I shan’t repeat, that doesn’t have a kitchen at all – all their food is prepared off-site, and comes to your table piping hot, right after a preparer opens the shrink wrap plastic bag and sticks the food in a microwave.

    A69AONG8TOn our recent visit to Rancho Cucamonga, to find out why it is listed as one of the top 50 places to live in the United States, it was a foregone conclusion that we’d try a chain restaurant.  After all, Rancho boasts over 147 acres of branded, commercial shopping.  But all branded chain restaurants are not the same.  We found one, Gyu-Kaku, where the ambiance was festive, the food was healthy, the staff was outstanding, and – best of all – they serve fresh, healthy food.

    What else makes Gyu-Kaku stand out?  At the center of each table is a small grill.  The staff in the kitchen expertly prepare, fillet, and prepare your selections for grilling right at your table.  No waiting for your food for half an hour, sitting under a heat lamp, at Gyu-Kaku.  ou cook it yourself.  It is entertaining sure, but once you experience eating food just cooked before you, it’s hard to wait for someone else’s wait staff to serve you.

    We began our meal with traditional miso soup and  the Gyu House salad, a simple, wholesome appetizer.  That was followed by deep fried tofu nuggets and spring rolls.  All this was followed by Garlic Rice bibima and veggie garlic noodles, two of Gyu-Kaku’s signature dishes.  They arrived at our table in  sizzling bowls, and were mixed in front of us by our server.  All of these were prepared in the kitchen.

    Then the fun really began.

    Japanese sweet potato arrived wrapped in foil, as did Salmon Miso.  Placing them on our personal grill steamed both dishes to perfection.  You might over-cook salmon at home, but you won’t at Gyu-Kaku.

    The Harami skirt steak arrived at our table looking beautiful – tender strips of steak, brilliantly sliced to reveal their marbled texture.  Those went right on the grill, as did the Prime Kalbi short ribs.  Both cooked in mere minutes, were expertly seasoned, and were so much better coming right off the grill.  The slices of meat and fish are exceptional.

    We were treated to Gyu-Kaku’s signature Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert.

    The staff at the Gyu-Kaku in Rancho Cucamonga were cordial, friendly, attentive, and quite exceptional.  After a long day of shopping in thw 147-acre expanse, a visit to Gyu-Kaku is a welcome and entertaining dining experience.  Our thanks to the staff and management at Gyu-Kaku Rancho Cucamonga for a terrific time.

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