An outlet of DIY Japanese BBQ chain Gyu-Kaku will bring table-cooked meats and seafood to the CBD at 400 Lafayette Street soon, an Eater tipster reports. Though no official opening date has been released, the eatery applied for a liquor license for its 3,000-square foot eatery last week.
Gyu-Kaku, pronounced GEW-KAH-KOO and meaning “horn of the bull” in Japanese, describes its offerings as an “authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue) dining experience where customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers.”
There are over 700 Gyu-Kaku restaurants worldwide, but this will be the first in Louisiana. (The first U.S. location opened in West Los Angeles in 2001.)
Though menus vary by location, all offer a huge selection of meats, like harami skirt steak in miso marinade and Angus kalbi short rib in tare sweet soy marinade, for DIY, at-the-table cooking (the table sucks the smoke down into it rather than letting it rise into the air). Dessert, too, is DIY — s’mores. The restaurants also typically serve non-grill options like bibimbap and ramen.
Eater NOLA has reached out to Gyu-Kaku for comment and will update this story as necessary.