My First Taste of Japanese BBQ at Gyu-Kaku Marina Square

Written by Katherine

September 10, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Having been to so many Korean BBQ restaurants, it was time to try a different BBQ. A Japanese BBQ! Japanese BBQ has never crossed my mind. So when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to visit Gyu-Kaku at Marina Square! If you are interested in knowing about the difference between Korean and Japanese BBQ and if it is worth it, don’t stop reading~! (´• ω •`)ノ

Why We Chose Gyu-Kaku at Marina Square

This is yet another staycation visit! We were staying at The Capitol Kempinski and decided to see if there were any Korean BBQ restaurants near us. However, the nearest Korean BBQ restaurant is SSAK3 Bras Basah, which we had visited before. With no choice, we decided to check out a Japanese BBQ instead!

As you know, Gyu-Kaku has a lot of outlets in Singapore and there are two branches near us, CHIJMES and Marina Square. Due to the rainy weather, hubs and I decided to make a reservation at the one at Marina Square. Not sure if it was Marina Square or the location of the restaurant, but the outlet was really quiet. It almost felt like hubs had reserved the whole restaurant for my birthday. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

What We Ordered at Gyu-Kaku (Marina Square)

Since hubs and I are not really beef eaters, we didn’t really know what to order. So we decided to get the Chef’s Recommendation Platter which comes with a variety of cuts and meat. I decided to add the shrimp with garlic and butter as well. For the fun of it, we also had an order of the furikake yakionigiri as well. ( ´ ω ` )

A Much More Exciting Meat-Grilling Experience

We started by putting the shrimp with garlic and butter foil on the grill. Then we went on to grill the meat, which made it an “exciting” experience. As compared to Korean BBQ, the dripping of oil onto the charcoal made for a really scary experience. Haha! Every time the oil drips onto the charcoal, a small amount of fire would come up. Σ(O_O)

The charcoal grill and meat platter we had at Gyu-Kaku at Marina Square

To make things worse, a lot of times the meat would get stuck to the grill, making it tough to move it! So whenever we want to flip the meat, we would almost be sure to lift up the whole grill as well. (″ロ゛) With the fire that kept coming up and almost flipping the meat into the charcoal, it was a tiring grilling experience. HAHA!

The heat from the grill was also too much for us so hubs and I had to keep shifting back to cool ourselves down. Even the air-conditioning in the restaurant was not good enough to cool us during the grilling process. I was half worried that the heat would melt my contact lens in the meantime. (x_x)

Amazing Karubi and An Unexpectedly Delicious Onigiri

Of all the meats, the most amazing one is the Wagyu Cross Karubi, which was so soft and tender and tasted really heavenly. It is no wonder it is one of the most popular cuts at Japanese BBQ restaurants. It was totally worth having the “wild” fire coming at me though I was really scared throughout the whole grilling process. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The next item that we enjoyed from the platter was the Gyu-Kaku Karubi, which is slightly cheaper than the Wagyu Cross Karubi but still tasted amazing. The Fillet Cube Cut was average as it felt a bit tough to us. In comparison, the Kurobuta Belly and Basil Chicken were better than the cubes. All in all, I think the platter was okay if you don’t know what you want. But if you know your preferred cut, it is definitely better to order the specific ones instead.

The onigiri and the process of grilling the meat and shrimp on the chaorcoal grill at Gyu-Kaku at Marina Square

The shrimp with garlic and butter was average at best. I think I can make tastier ones at home. Haha! Totally regretted ordering this just because I love shrimp. (*/ω\) On the other hand, the furikake yakionigiri was fantastic! Put on more shoya sauce on each side of the onigiri before grilling each side until they are all nice and crispy. We had the onigiri at the end of our meal so our tummies were bursting. But the onigiri was all worth it. Haha! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

Overall Experience at Gyu-Kaku (Marina Square)

A meal at Gyu-Kaku is not cheap. If I had to choose, I would rather go for Korean BBQ instead mainly because of the meat selection. Not only that, Korean BBQ usually comes with a lot of complimentary items such as barley tea and side dishes. I also think that the grills used at Korean BBQ restaurants are better than the ones at Japanese BBQ restaurants. One thing’s for sure, there wouldn’t be “wild” fire coming up from the charcoal and I have no worries about melting my contact lens. HAHA! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

A photo of each of us at Gyu-Kaku at Marina Square

Aside from everything I mentioned, another good thing about Korean BBQ is that most of them would help you grill the meat while you sit back and relax. So all in all, I think I would choose Korean BBQ restaurants any time. (≧◡≦) ♡

Information about Gyu-Kaku


⏰ Opening Hours: 11.30 AM – 10 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +65 6273 4001
📒 Menu | Reservation

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