May 22nd, 2020
Gyukingu at Kota Damansara: Restaurant Review
Gyukingu claims it’s the best yakiniku restaurant in town. That could be true.
Don’t be cowed by the thought of braving traffic to Kota Damansara, not when what’s waiting at the finish line is a fine feast of brilliant beef.
Piece de Resistance
Gyukingu’s piece de resistance: Miyazaki & Saga beef, not for the fat-fearing.
Magnificently marbled Miyazaki, possibly the ultimate in Wagyu beef; a 200-gram slab of supreme succulence could set customers back by RM600. Legend says it’s hand-carried here from the Land of the Rising Sun with certificates to prove its provenance.
Both Miyazaki & Saga beef are named after the Japanese prefectures where the cattle is raised.
Extremely rich; even two small slices, grilled lightly & lovingly, might prove sufficient.
Alternatively, try Saga beef, cheaper by about half but still about RM150 per 100 grams.
By comparison, regular cuts of non-Miyazaki, non-Saga beef look nearly fat-starved.
Fat vs Fire
Plenty of fat dripping on the coals below equals lots of flames shooting high; watch your fingers!
Other than Budget-busting Beef
Mercifully, there’s more to this restaurant, which opened this year, than budget-busting beef; recommendations for a bill below RM60 per person include …
… ox tongue, thick & floppy …
… as well as pork tongue, relatively diminutive & springier.
Grill the Tongues
Grill them side-by-side & eat them one after the other for a fun comparison.
Okinawan-bred pork is also available here, mistakable for the tastiest, sweetest Iberico.
Some items require advance orders; the sumptuous, savory pork rib is worth the effort
Finally, some of the biggest, baddest oysters in the Klang Valley. We wouldn’t have guessed where they’re from: Penang.
The formula for being forced to call into work sick the next day (though fortunately, we were already going to be on leave).
A bottle of wine & another of shochu, combined with what seemed like half a cow in our stomachs, proved enough to subsequently keep us in bed for several more hours than usual.
“It’s more than a meal, it’s an experience” is Gyukingu’s tagline. Again, they might be right.
Special thanks to Kelvin for not only pointing out this place to us but also letting us know what to try.
Gyukingu really is a restaurant that’s full of pleasant surprises.
Location and Contact Details
28-2, Jalan PJU 5/17, Kota Damansara
Tel: 03 6143 7750
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