Tabletop roasters cook food with greater control by providing a more reliable energy source than indirect sunlight or members of the Miami Heat. Cook on proper surfaces with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a Japanese barbecue meal for two at Gyu-Kaku (a $65.65 total value). Choose from three locations: Honolulu's Kapiolani Boulevard and Waikiki locations, or Kaneohe's Windward Mall location. The meal for two includes:
- Edamame (a $2.95 value)
- Cheese wonton (a $6.95 value)
- Gyu salad (a $6.45 value)
- Two miso soups (a $2.95 value each)
- Two rices (a $1.95 value each)
- Toro beef shio (a $5.45 value)
- Harami miso skirt steak (a $8.95 value)
- Filet mignon (a $9.75 value)
- Shrimp garlic (a $7.45 value)
- Cheese broccoli (a $3.95 value)
- S’mores (a $3.95 value)
Guests at Gyu-Kaku grill marinated slices of meat and veggies on Japanese-style tabletop roasters before slathering them with an assortment of dipping sauces. Phase one of the Gyu-Kaku barbecue process involves selecting a pair of cooking tongs and the proper marinade from five choices including basil pesto and freshly chopped garlic with roasted cloves. After supping upon an appetizing array of edamame, salad, and seaweed soup, focus shifts to the ventilated tabletop roaster designed to channel smoky flavors directly into the food instead of the dining room, guests' clothes, or out of the Batmobile's tailpipe. By simply holding their sliced skirt steak or tinfoil-wrapped shrimp over the glowing grate, guests witness the magic as raw food transforms into tasty bites inside a savory cocoon of grill marks. Morsels make a pit stop in one of several dipping sauces, such as sweet and spicy or lemon, before completing their fantastic voyage through the digestive tract. Grillable s'mores complete the meal by sweetening the palate with gooey marshmallows and graham-cracker binders cut from autobiographies of the gingerbread man.
The Kapiolani location sports high-backed booths illuminated by round light fixtures and finished with a textured grey shade similar to slate rock or defective nickels. Diners at the Waikiki location dine within booths surrounded in textured red clay walls or at a long wooden bar embedded with multiple roasting stations.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.