Gyu-Kaku officially opens tonight in Brickell.
The Japanese barbecue restaurant chain is huge, with 26 locations in the United States and Canada and more than 700 restaurants worldwide, but this is the first location in Florida.
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Gyu-Kaku opened quietly a few weeks ago at the Infinity at Brickell, but the grand opening is tonight. The restaurant features yakiniku dining, where you choose your proteins and veggies and grill them tableside on special barbecues. Think of an upscale version of the restaurant where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson shared some beef in the modern classic Lost in Translation, and you've got the idea.
The restaurant offers different "value meals" that include appetizers, proteins, and dessert. For instance, two people can opt for the "Geisha" ($60 for two), which includes edamame, steamed shrimp dumplings, Gyu-Kaku salad, miso soup, sukiyaki bibimbap for starters and then a platter of assorted vegetables and proteins including harami miso skirt steak, kalbi short rib tare, chicken basil, and premium rib eye. Dessert consists of not-so-Japanese s'mores. The "Kobe" dinner ($90 for two) includes appetizers and Kobe-style picaña,
Kobe-style kalbi short rib, Kobe-style bistro hanger steak, Kobe-style rib eye, and vegetables, plus those s'mores.
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Lunch specials offer a good value, with a choice of two proteins, a half-salad, miso soup, and rice for $9.95. (Add an additional protein for $3 extra.)
Gyu-Kaku is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.