6.357 The World’s Best Tasting Tender Beef


28 (Mon) December 2015



at Gyu-Kaku

(Shangri-la Mall)

-Ortigas, Mandaluyong-

with the Family, Uncle CS and his family

New Year with the Family, Day 3 (see previously 6.356 Steamed Egg White…)

After spending the first 10 days of my winter holiday in Seoul (see previously 6.354 Christmas Special Dinner), the remaining 6 days will be here in Manila.  Arrived together Saturday morning.  The wife and kids fly back on January 2.

Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese restaurant chain.  Founded in 1996 in Japan.  Currently over 1,000 branches worldwide, 2 in the Philippines, including 1 in SM Megamall.  Specializing in beef yakiniku — which, I reassert, is Korean cuisine, from the BBQ to the side dishes (see generally 6.070 Jo Karubi).

Cousin IS is in Manila with her kids, and her parents, the father being Uncle CS — with whom I had dinner 12 times during my first 4 months in Manila (see initially 5.017 Gambas..; see most recently 5.133 USDA Prime Ribeye Steak), then abruptly ceased doing so, having gotten tired of having to cross town to see him — so we crossed town to hang out with them for the day.

Kinda flat, flavorless — HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

For dinner, the venue was Gyu-Kaku.

Would rather have gone somewhere else — TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY — but that’s what the old man had decided, and I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, so I just went along without objection.

1000% Korean

Overall, the food was mediocre.  The one standout was the karubi, not quite “the world’s best tasting tender beef,” but tasty and tender.  The other dishes, meh.  Oh well.

From left: IW (3), IZ (3.5), DJ (8.5), DB (6) (although the photo would suggest otherwise, DB and IZ are about the same size) (see for comparison 5.266 Gold).

Happy Birthday to Me (43) (see also MY BIRTHDAYS)

When I mentioned my birthday after dinner, they insisted on going back to the hotel for cake and coffee.  I got a martini.

I learned that my uncle and aunt (not yet married) were present (43 years ago) at my birth (in the hospital).

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