Very sad, we went back today for the second time. Ordered only one steak marinade and explained in detail to the server who understood completely, go checked with the kitchen , she said it was safe. 3 plates of the same steak later manager comes out and tells us the server gave us the marinade with gluten. I mean what... And yes I’m feeling it now
I previously gave this place 3 stars but am going to up it to 4 because they’ve recently introduced gluten free marinades and sauces. That means almost all of their meats can be ordered with GF marinade. Most other things on the menu aren’t gluten free, other than the white rice and edamame. Even the salad dressing has gluten in it, and a lot of the appetizers are fried. However, it’s a super fun place to go as a group and everyone really leaves happy. The only issue is the language barrier. Some of the servers speak English perfectly, others it’s clearly a second language for them. It can be a little daunting when you can’t be 100% sure they understood you and your allergy. However, the last time I went we had a server who didn’t seem very knowledgeable about gluten, but after I ordered she came back and told me how one item I ordered wasn’t actually gluten free. That made me feel a little better, she saved me from a lot of pain later! Overall, if you’re going here with a group, rest assured you can find something to eat without stressing too much.
The gluten-free options are a little confusing on the menu, but ask your server for help. Basically, half of the meat options can be done without marinade and seasoned with salt and pepper instead. They are still great cuts of meat. Then you cook the meat at your table, and they have several gluten-free dipping sauces to choose from. Some sides are gluten-free (rice, veggies), and they have mochi for dessert!
Place is amazing. If you are at the Beverly Hills location ask for Mark. He’s my go to guide for the gluten free world of Gyu-kaku. The sweet soy and spicy soy on the table are gluten free (don’t touch the ponzu). Also you can order meats and chicken without the marinade. The salt and pepper and basal marinades are gluten free. Love this place. Mark, as always you are my homeboy.