The most proactive member of our dinner group, Mr Yongster, stumbled across Gyu-in’s winter promotion on their Facebook page and booked it on behalf of the group (thank you ).
The offer was $39 for two people and included:
– Wagyu beef rib
– Wagyu beef loin
– Wagyu beef tongue
– Choice of traditional beef horumon OR tender chicken thigh (they didn’t give us a choice)
– Fresh veggies for wrapping
– Namuru sesame vegetables
– Kimchee spicy pickled cabbage
– Steamed rice
– Miso soup
– Green tea ice cream
– Can of soft drink
Being (hangry) eager beavers, we ordered some starter dishes from the Winter Special Discount Menu whilst waiting for 2 of our slowpoke friends to arrive. At first, we all wanted a bibimbap each (who can go past $6.90 bibimbap??) but after taking a step back, we realised we were being greedy and ended up only ordering 2 bibimbap to share between the 6 of us. We also 1 ordered Yukke (raw beef tartare with egg yolk) off their regular menu to share.
To our surprise, since it wasn’t stated on the promotion, we were given beef tataki to kick start our dinner. This was delicious! Raw, soft, and nice plump slices. What a good start!
Hmmmm, the rest of night was a disaster. Even the waiter said so himself! They were clearly under staff and disorganised.
First wrong move: We checked with the waiter if soft drinks are included in the deal (although we already knew it was) and he said no. After informing him that we saw it on their Facebook page he quickly corrected himself and said we can help ourselves to anything in the fridge.
Second wrong move: Where were our entrees?! We had asked them to bring out the yukke and bibimbap first. After reminding them twice, we eventually gave up waiting and asked for our raw meat to be brought out. At least that way we can start cooking our own dinner!
Both of these were just ok…hmm probably best to let the Koreans handle bibimbap (my fave is from Took Begi) and yukke (my fave is from Sinabro). We should have listened to the waiter and ordered 2 yukke because they were teeny tiny! But on the other hand, I’m glad we didn’t because it tasted average.
The marinade on the meat was delicious! We demolished this as soon as they were cooked. I may have eaten a few pieces that were undercooked. HA! Typical of greedy me.
Third wrong move: Shouldn’t we have received our rice by now? We’ve nearly finished the meat! And what about the fresh veggies, namuru sesame vegetables, and kimchee (which we never got in the end)?! Pretty much, where was everything that the set menu said we would get?!
Forth wrong move: Now that we had finished eating our mains we were ready for dessert! I had to check back to their Facebook page to confirm if it was included. Again, we had to ask the waiter to bring out our ice cream. To our dismay, we were given vanilla ice cream instead of the stated matcha ice cream. Check out the small scoop we got!! It was less than a mouthful!
All the meat were marinated nicely! I didn’t have a single complaint about the taste of the food. We were quite hungry so we ended up ordering more meat. The waiter actually tried to prevent us from ordering additional dishes to the set menu because he said we’ll be really full. We were far from full! We even ventured to Icey ice for some more dessert after….not satisfied with half a spoonful of ice cream haha!
The overall experience wasn’t too bad because we eventually made a joke out of it. We were making bets on whether they would bring out each of the dishes on the set menu as advertised. You can probably guess by now how that bet ended.