27 Mar 2015
CHIJMES has undergone a major revamp and there are many new restaurants that have opened in recent months.
One tenant that has retained its presence at CHIJMES is Gyu Kaku. In fact, it has upgraded itself to be Gyu Kaku Prime, which now serves premium cut meats, such as pure-bred Wagyu Beef from Kagoshima, Japan.
Their specialities are Japanese BBQ and they used Japanese charcoal, which gives the meat a nice flavour during the grilling process.
I came here with some colleagues, so we can try more items. Here are the highlights of the meal:
- King Japanese Prime Wagyu: $41 for 120gm. Whole slice of Japanese Wagyu Beef grilled then cut before we savoured with salt and wasabi paste. Unique condiments and was perfect.
- Japanese Prime Wagyu: $35 for 80gm. Small square beef pieces grilled. Nice!
- King Harami: $10. Australian beef skirt marinated in Japanese Miso and grilled at the table. Juicy and flavourful, without the need to add any sauce.
- Fire Karubi with Garlic Chilli Oil: $7. Thin sliced beef (thin-ness like sukiyaki beef) grilled. The fat drippings on the charcoal fire produced flames which gave the meat a good charring and smokey flavour. The chilli oil had chilli flakes in them and also chopped pieces of crispy fried garlic. At the end of the meal, I was using my spoon to scoop this up to eat on its own.
- Aburi Wagyu Sushi: $8. Wagyu beef slice on a sushi and flame broiled. Good.
This was grilled in front of us.
- Shrimps in garlic butter: $5. What’s interesting was that the staff added the chilli oil into the dish before taking it off the fire. It gave the dish a nice color and taste. Nice!
- Assorted mushrooms with butter in foil: $8. We could only see the contents after it was cooked. I liked mushrooms, so I liked this.
Yes, there were some Korean items to pique your appetite. We tried:
- Assorted Kimchi: $5. Made inhouse. It can be spicy for some. I ate most of it.
- Seafood Chige Soup: $12. This was spicy and mildly sweet. It made me perspire and a colleague who couldn’t take the spice finished it, cos its nice. Try it!
All their desserts are good.
- Matcha Affogato with Vanilla ice cream: $3.90. Like Coffee Affagato, but they used green tea, which they whisk at our table and poured on the ice cream. Good quality ice cream used. Its good!
- Sweet Potato with Vanilla Ice Cream: $3.90. The potato was grilled at the table and the ice cream scooped over it. A favourite amongst us!
- Matcha Milk Pudding: $3.90. Green tea flavoured milk pudding with Azuka Red Beans.
- Gyu-Kaku signature Milk Pudding: $3.90. Milk pudding topped with brown sugar syrup and soya powder. GOOD! This was gone in no time.
At the end of the meal, I didn’t have any BBQ smell sticking to my shirt, so I could go for my meeting after lunch without worrying about my clothes smelling.
Overall, a great meal and we had a good time.
This is a nice place to enjoy good quality beef in a central location.