Our 12 hour celebration of my friend Deb’s birthday continued with dinner at Gyumon Restaurant. It’s not a new restaurant. It doesn’t have ambiance and the location is not ideal since it’s right next to a gentleman’s club. What it does have is pretty good food.
It was a pleasant surprise to see free cabbage salad outside a tonkatsu restaurant.
You may be wondering why there was kimchi. The waitress explained the restaurant was a Japanese-Korean fusion.
I’ve never had fresh mushrooms cooked on a grill before.
It was fantastic! Grilling the mushrooms drew out the moisture and gave it an even earthier flavor.
Only these hot charcoals powered our table top grill which was manned by our own server. She did all the cooking. All we had to do was wait for food to be dropped on our plates.
Deb’s hubby ordered the best quality short ribs with lots of marbling. More fat more flavor and tenderness.
The presence of lettuce and Gochujang, spicy fermented sauce, was definitely a Korean influence.
I wrapped beef and mushrooms in lettuce. After this I simply ate the meat and seafood sans lettuce for more taste.
As much as I loved the beef I also liked the pork a lot. We had it cooked well done inside because it produced too much smoke when cooked on our table top grill.
Another must order is the squid which they managed to cook to perfect doneness.
Deb’s hubby wanted me to try this Japanese yakitori and yakiniku staple. Nankatsu is chicken cartilage or keel or soft bone or gristle. There are many names to this part located under the chicken breast. You can see from the picture below there was barely any meat left.
It was really an acquired taste. It was crunchy and didn’t taste anything particular. I didn’t really like it but I should have eaten the whole plate since I found out this part is rich in chondroitin sulfate.
Finally the day was over. We ate lunch, merienda and dinner for a total of 12 hours. Did we really have that much to talk about ladies? I do know we ate a LOT! It was a day for the books. Thanks again Deb for the whole day celebration!!!
Don’t let the location and looks of the restaurant fool you. There must be a reason they are still open. Do try their food and judge for yourself.
Gyumon Yakiniku Restaurant
Makati Creekside Mall
Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village,
Makati City, Philippines
telephone: (02) 819-0361