So five of us came to try out their all you can eat shabu shabu. Since my reservations made earlier failed, we were lucky to arrive early enough for their 8.15pm round. There are a couple rules you must abide by here...
Rule 1: 90 mins eating time.
Rule 2: Must order the same 'set' i.e. if one diner on your table orders the Australian Wagyu with Soymilk Hotpot, then everyone else must have the same.
Rule 3: Be strategic and don't waste!
We opted for the Gyu Jin Supreme Shabu Shabu Course
, priced at $148 per adult. The soup base was a clear (fish) broth, not particularly salty or sweet.
A plate of 'supreme beef', pork loin and pork belly
shortly arrived. The beef when raw looked fresh and red, but after cooking the lack of marbling in the beef meant it was quite tough... The pork loin and pork belly was better in our opinion!
We also went to the table at the centre of the restaurant, where there was plain or fried rice, fresh udon or ramen, ramen or udon in packs, fish balls, pork meat balls, sausages, seafood and vegetables. Ah, and soy / sesame sauces for you to make your own concoctions.... Needless to say, we sampled nearly everything.
Worthy of mention was the fried rice with beef
which was subtle in saltiness but had a 'beefy' taste and was generally not bad. The ramen and udon noodles
which came in plastic packs were also very good if not overdone - ramen was springy and udon was nice and al dente.
The seafood was fair, the assortment of vegetables better - they had cabbage, chinese vegetables, radish, pumpkin, variety of mushrooms, bean sprouts etc. Thanks to the boys our second and third rounds of meat were mostly cleared! =)
To round off our meal we had some haagen daz ice cream which tonight they had in vanilla, strawberry and coffee.
Gyu Jin is a fun restaurant if you want to 'cook' your own food, and you can leave without stinking from the hot pot. Would return to try the more premium beef, but not for the 'course' we chose!
[For more pictures and original post see http://gastronomerr.blogspot.com/2010/07/gyu-jin-isquare.html]
Table Wait Time: 15 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jul 01, 2010
Spending per head: Approximately HKD170(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3