Google+ Two-Wheeled Tourist: Quick Bites: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Torrance, CA)


Quick Bites: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Torrance, CA)

Anyone up for a quick bite of Japanese BBQ? The catch: you have to cook [most of] the meat yourself. However, that's the fun part and part of what makes this place entertaining...and you don't get the charcoal smell when you're all done!

In this place, you're seated around a gas-powered grill and given specially-prepared food that is designed to be cooked on the spot. You have the ability to cook that food as long or as short as you'd like (the servers give you a recommended time depending on the entree), and it's not just meat or seafood! All sorts of vegetables wrapped in convenient packages can be thrown onto the grill as well. And yes, they use tons of garlic.

But before I get into what goes on the fire, here are some appetizers and sides that they've already prepared for you.

Fried calamari with a side of dipping sauce.
Ahi tuna poke on top of a delectable salad mix.
Garlic noodles in a bowl big enough to share.
For this trip, it was a bit of surf and turf with a mix of scallops and two different kinds of meat. As you can see, they're prepared for grilling. Simply toss them on and watch them cook somewhere in the middle of your conversation. Don't forget to flip them over.

Kalbi Short Ribs
Harami Skirt Steak
Now, a meal like this needs a sweet ending! This is one of their signature items, a chocolate lava cake with a very gooey interior. The graham cracker underneath the ice cream scoop is a beautiful touch.

Gyu-Kaku is a chain with multiple restaurants in several states and internationally. For more information, visit

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