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January 6, 2013

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Toro Beef (part of 10-course meal)

Toro Beef (part of 10-course meal)

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, known for its delicious at-your-table yakiniku-style of dining, has launched some new lunch specials for the new year.

Starting this weekend, and available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a new 10-course meal for $29.95 consisting of rice, miso soup, salad, a choice of one appetizer (Edamame, Cheese Wonton, Chicken Gyoza Dumplings, Lobster Balls or Fried Chicken Karaage), a choice of five barbecue items (Filet Mignon, New York Steak, Rosu, Gyu-Tan, Bistro Harami Hanger Steak, Bone-in Kalbi, Yaki-Shabu Beef, Toro Beef, Chicken Basil, Salmon Miso, Kurobuta Pork Steak, Smoked Pork Belly, Shrimp, Garlic Noodles, Sukiyaki Bibimbap, Asparagus, Cheesy Broccoli, Mushroom Medley or Corn) and S’mores for dessert. There also is a 9-course meal available for $24.95 (choose four barbecue items instead of five), and an 8-course for $19.95 (choose three barbecue items).

Some of the must-try barbecue items are Yaki-Shabu Beef, which is a thinly sliced beef brisket with a choice of shio white soy, tare sweet soy, miso, garlic or basil marinade. Toro Beef also is popular, which is a fattier cut of thinly sliced beef that has a lot of flavor. “The 10-course meal is really more bang for the buck,” says Jason Wong, restaurant manager. “Also, most of our meal sets are preset with no substitutions allowed. This allows the customer to choose what they want.”

Also new is a lunch special menu featuring a variety of set meals that are reasonably priced and available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Among the choices is a Meat Lovers Set for $10.95 which includes Kalbi Chuck Garlic, Yaki-Shabu Shio, Toro Beef Tare, potato salad, rice, soup, kim chee, salad and hot tea.

Gyu-Kaku also is located in Waikiki and on Kapiolani Boulevard near Ala Moana, however, the 10-course meal special and food selections differ from the Windward Mall restaurant which opened in May 2011. “There’s no place like this in Kaneohe,” notes Wong. “It’s a fun atmosphere for families to eat and talk story.”

Also happening at the restaurant is the En-Kai party festival going on through Jan. 14. Customers who sign up to receive email newsletters will get a Peel & Win card for prizes including a $100 gift card, food and discounts. Also during this festival, house sake costs $3 (hot) and Gyu-Kaku nigori sake is priced at $7.

Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ

Windward Mall
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy.
744.2157
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (last seating)
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight (last seating)
gyu-kaku.com
Note: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ also is located at 307 Lewers St. in Waikiki and at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd., however, menu selections may differ from the Windward Mall location.