I was invited to try Japanese BBQ at Yakinikuya on Robson and Jervis Street and blog about it. Surprisingly this restaurant had never caught my eye before and who doesn’t like BBQ right? The only other Japanese BBQ that I’ve tried is Gyu-Kaku so I’ll be comparing the two. Yakinikuya is an authentic Japanese BBQ restaurant with some Korean dishes as well. In addition to BBQ items, they also offer appetizers, sushi and sashimi.
We started off with an appetizer which was the Tuna Tataki. It was served with a bit of side salad which I did not end up eating. The tuna hardly had any flavour and the edges tasted really weird and overly cooked and it just did not taste like tuna tataki. =/
They also have combos that are meant to be shared by 2 people. This was the Sakura combo ($44) which seemed to be the best deal. It included “Korean Style Kalbi 180g; Special Kalbi 120g; Negi – Tan 120g; Pork Belly 120g; Pork Jowl 120g; 4 Side Dishes; 2 Miso Soups; and 2 Steamed Rice“. I like how they include how many grams of each meat was in the set although I couldn’t really estimate the weight of meat anyway… The presentation was nice and I like how they included 3 pieces of king oyster mushroom.
My favourite out of the set was the negi-tan aka beef tongue with green onion! It was thinly sliced and slightly chewy. The owner came by and suggested we squeeze the slice of lemon into the salt that we were provided and ok that was the best idea ever! It was even tastier with the lemon salt combo! I didn’t really taste the green onions though and it was more like for decoration to me. The pork belly was quite fatty and after being cooked that was more obvious than ever and same with the pork jowl but I think that might be the way it is?
All the meats were well marinated but not overly so. We were also provided with some additional sauces for dipping: a spicy sauce, a regular soy sauce and a miso sauce? I mainly used the spicy sauce which was actually not spicy in my opinion and I wasn’t too fond of the miso one so I didn’t use it much.
This was the Korean special kalbi that didn’t fit on the other dish. This was beef short ribs with the bone in and marinated in their homemade sauce. The special kalbi on the other hand was described as a special cut of beef short ribs fully marbled in their homemade sauce and no bone. Both tasted good though! I think one had a sweeter marinade than the other? If you want to see what other meats they have visit their menu here.
I think for the Sakura combo, everything ordered separately would be around $43 so then the other $1 would cover the 2 miso soups, rice and side dishes.
The side dishes were kimchi, bean sprouts, marinated vegetables and a mashed potato salad. My favourites were the vegetables and the potato salad. The vegetables had a slight sesame oil taste to it and the potato salad was really creamy and just slightly sweet. You can always refill the sides too.
This was the Yukke ($14) which was Korean style beef sashimi with an egg and mixed with sesame oil. It was also nicely garnished with thin apple slices and a cherry tomato. I actually don’t think I’ve tried this before so I don’t have much to compare it with but I enjoyed the mild sesame flavour with the egg mixed in it was very smooth?
This was one of my other favourites! The Toro Beef ($7) which is beef belly was well marbled and flavourful. This was not part of the Sakura Combo but worth ordering in addition to it!
Orange slices were served to end off the meal.
I am by no means a connoisseur in BBQ food but I enjoyed the food here (except the tuna tataki) and the price is similar to Gyu-Kaku and I feel like even the interior is sort of decorated the same (i.e. black wood furniture). If you like Gyu-Kaku, I would recommend giving this place a try! They seemed to have a good amount of business when I went on a Tuesday night so I’m not sure why they need me to blog about it (other than a lack of blog posts?).
ALSO, Yakinikuya would also like to provide all my readers with a 10% off coupon! Just print it out or show it on your phone for the discount and it expires July 27! I’ve never done this before haha :) Let me know if you actually use it! You can also visit their Facebook page for other promotions.
Disclaimer: My meal was compensated for and I was invited to write this post. Opinions are my own.