A good friend took Jien and I to Yakiniku Goro in Desa Sri Hartamas when it first opened – as there was a 30% discount off all food items for the entire month. The bill for 3 pax came up to less than RM200; very reasonable considering the amount of grilled meats we ordered.
I revisited Yakiniku Goro a couple of weeks back and ordered almost all the same items I had during my first visit. US Karubi (RM35 for 100gm), Japanese Karubi (RM85 per 100gm), Soy Sauce Marinated Chicken (RM15 per 100gm), Beef Tongue (RM35 per 100gm) and a bowl of bibimbap (RM15 – small).
For a basic cut of beef, the US short ribs slices are fatty and tender. Depending on preference, you can grill it to medium doneness to enjoy the buttery texture or have it well done, where the sides are nicely crisp.
It’s best to enjoy the US short rib BEFORE the Japanese Karubi because the latter is more superior and flavourful. 30 seconds on each side is all it needs, and you’ll end up with a slice of beef that melts in the mouth and tasty from the fat.
I enjoyed the beef tongue during my first visit but the same order second time around came to be disappointing. The beef tongue had a strong, gamey odour which I found off-putting. And this is a more premium cut of beef tongue so I wasn’t too pleased with the outcome.
The tori karaage is pretty standard – light and crispy exterior with juicy chicken at the centre. It is what I’d expect from a Japanese restaurant. I liked the soy marinated chicken, which we left longer on the grill to get that nice charred edges.
Bibimbap is a good carb option if you want something more filling. I regretted ordering a small portion because this was quite tasty. It goes well with the appetisers they serve (RM20 per set of 5).
The bill came up to RM280 for two pax, inclusive of two mugs of beer (RM13 each). While it’s not as cheap as when they had the 30% discount, it’s slightly cheaper compared to the likes of Shin Nihon and Kannichikan. In terms of taste, the other two fare better in my opinion.
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Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the US and Japanese short rib.
16 Jalan 28/70a,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2381 6553