Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gyukingu @ Kota Damansara

Gyukingu claims it's the best yakiniku restaurant in town. That could be true.

Don't be cowed by the thought of braving traffic to Kota Damansara, not when what's waiting at the finish line is a fine feast of brilliant beef.

Gyukingu's piece de resistance: Miyazaki & Saga beef, not for the fat-fearing.

Magnificently marbled Miyazaki, possibly the ultimate in Wagyu beef; a 200-gram slab of supreme succulence could set customers back by RM600. Legend says it's hand-carried here from the Land of the Rising Sun with certificates to prove its provenance.

Extremely rich; even two small slices, grilled lightly & lovingly, might prove sufficient.

Alternatively, try Saga beef, cheaper by about half but still about RM150 per 100 grams. Both Miyazaki & Saga beef are named after the Japanese prefectures where the cattle is raised.

By comparison, regular cuts of non-Miyazaki, non-Saga beef look nearly fat-starved.

Plenty of fat dripping on the coals below equals lots of flames shooting high; watch your fingers!

It's DIY at Gyukingu, but the efficiently friendly service team can help out, no problem.

Mercifully, there's more to this restaurant, which opened this year, than budget-busting beef; recommendations for a bill below RM60 per person include ...

... ox tongue, thick & floppy ...

... as well as pork tongue, relatively diminutive & springier.

Grill them side-by-side & eat them one after the other for a fun comparison.

Okinawan-bred pork is also available here, mistakable for the tastiest, sweetest Iberico.

Some items require advance orders; the sumptuous, savory pork rib is worth the effort (special thanks to Kelvin for not only pointing out this place to us but also letting us know what to try).

Finally, some of the biggest, baddest oysters in the Klang Valley. We wouldn't have guessed where they're from: Penang. Gyukingu really is a restaurant that's full of pleasant surprises.

The formula for being forced to call into work sick the next day (though fortunately, we were already going to be on leave).

A bottle of wine & another of shochu, combined with what seemed like half a cow in our stomachs, proved enough to subsequently keep us in bed for several more hours than usual.

"It's more than a meal, it's an experience" is Gyukingu's tagline. Again, they might be right.


Gyukingu,
28-2, Jalan PJU 5/17, Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6143-7750

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38 comments:

  1. Both prefectural beef are gonna leave a big hole in my wallet...but the rest are game on! =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i was torn about whether to order the miyazaki beef, since it seems so extravagant ... but figured, oh well, this place really feels like the best place in the klang valley to just go for it. and the 200 grams would actually be enough for four to six people to sample sufficiently, since it's very fatty. i couldn't eat any more beef for a few days after this =)

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    2. Haha...I hear ur warnings loud n clear...I think I would prefer the Saga over the Miyazaki due my preference of balance between the fat n the meatiness =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, yeah, i think the balance you want provides a more satisfying chew. this beef is for folks who don't mind not having a carnivorous bite to their meat. i think the word i should have used is 'decadent' =)

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    4. Decadent n luscious...hahaha...btw the Okinawan pork certainly look luscious! :D

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    5. Ulric: ya, the beef is practically as rich as foie gras, in its own way =) the okinawan pork is not on the official menu, but can try asking for it. it's not always available, since the owners seem to try to bring different types of food into kl from time to time, and this visit was actually way back in september, so i'm not sure if there's an okinawan pork 'season' that might have ended by now. can try asking what their off-menu specials are, and you might be pleasantly surprised by something interesting =)

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    6. Oic...thanks for the advice...my fellow carnivore! =)

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    7. Ulric: good karma to pass on advice, since i only came to visit gyukingu thanks to another helpful friend who told me to try this place and advised me on what to eat here (i usually don't really do yakiniku, and i wouldn't have known about the miyazaki and saga beef here otherwise) =)

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    8. I agree to the principle that good food are meant to be shared! :D

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    9. Ulric: ya, and this place seems to be doing fairly well already (maybe 10 tables occupied on a weeknight), so enough people are sharing =)

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    10. Same here. I find Ohmi beef too fatty already, wonder if I can stomach Saga & Miyazaki,
      On another note, it's good to see such meat options finally making its way to KL! :)

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    11. Rebecca: yeah, i think maybe you could try just one small slice of each and see whether you like it. ya, it'll be interesting to see whether these types of beef gain popularity in KL =)

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  2. well, i just can eat oyster...

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    1. Mr Lonely: the oysters are actually surprisingly good. sweetish and creamy, not bland or bad-textured =)

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  3. Korean? Oooo...Penang produces oysters now? Hopefully, that will make them more affordable...

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    1. They don't have the vacuum thing to suck out the smoke and the smell? Everyone would end up smelling like they're all part of the BBQ then?

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    2. Suituapui: heh, those penang oysters were surprisingly robust and concentrated in the sweet-briny flavor =)

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    3. Suituapui: ooo, i don't think i smelled like BBQ, but then again, i might not have been sober enough to notice! :D

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  4. I like the wall mural, the Chinese lanterns and the bottles are pretty. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, all those elements are quite eye-catching! :D

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  5. I don't really enjoy beef, but this look great! Hmmm let me start saving money first! :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i usually don't like BBQ/yakiniku beef very much, but this was a nice experience =)

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  6. Kota Damansara is turning into a food hub now. gosh. why so far?! D:
    anyways thanks again for this review!
    making me crave for beef now at 9.42am! XD

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    1. JessY: heh, ya, kota damansara is not the ideal location for me too, but keep having to return there :D thanks for reading, and i hope you managed to have a good beefy lunch! =)

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  7. Haha...I can imagine half a cow in your stomach, after going through that meal! I'm more inclined towards the Okinawan pork...hope they serve it regularly there.

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, it satisfied my beef quota for the week, i think! and yeah, the okinawan pork was a major highlight too, absolutely delicious :D

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  8. What a luxury meal, never have a chance to try marbled Miyazaki yet...uhmm, should ask my hubby bring me once at least;p

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    1. 比比: ooo, ya, maybe the next time you're really looking for a dinner of beef, you can consider this place. hope you enjoy it :D

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    1. Kelvin: i probably should too, since i haven't had the japanese pork curry that you recommended :D

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    1. Weekend-Windup: a satisfying dinner :D

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  11. Love the marbling on the beef.. the more, the better for me!

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, it's a beauty to behold! :D

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  12. Gosh...love the marbling!!! It will burn a serious hole in the wallet though...

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    1. Missyblurkit: yaaa, it's something to consider when we feel like splurging. but luckily there are also regular beef and pork available here for more regular prices =)

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  13. so many great places, thanks Sean

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    1. Cquek: thank goodness for good food! =)

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