The Gyu Bar – Delight in Top Grade Japanese Wagyu Beef and Enjoy an Artisanal Gourmet Dining Experience
May 04, 2019
The Gyu Bar is a contemporary Yakiniku dining and bar concept that specializes in premium Wa-Oh Japanese beef from Kumamoto. Set in a modern setting reminiscent of old world elegance, the 35 seater restaurant is the perfect backdrop to create unforgettable conversations and memories for gourmet food lovers and tipple aficionados alike.
The Gyu Bar also diversifies its menu with other quality sourced meats and seafood, organic rice and condiments from specialist farmers and award winning suppliers. In the spirit of ‘Omotenashi’, The Gyu Bar offers guests a first glass of sake on the house. Each guest is invited to choose their own sake glass from the sake glass feature wall – the owners’ personal collection of over 150 glasses collected from their travels over time.
The Gyu Bar specialises in Wa-Oh beef from the Kumamoto prefecture. This cream of the crop Kuroge breed has been raised in a stress free environment with pristine air quality, naturally purified water carved by the volcanos in Mount Aso. Each cattle was fed with a custom-blended diet of vegetables. The unique clean environment in Kumamoto and the farmers’ breeding techniques make for cuts that are balanced in marbling and meatiness, silky on the palate and which are nuanced in flavours depending on the various cuts of meats served. The Gyu Bar purchases its cattle whole to allow for the availability of a good variety of different rare cuts such as the chateaubriand or misuji. The beef is air flown from Japan regularly, the meat is chilled and not frozen to ensure optimum flavours and textures of the meats are never compromised.
The tasting session started with the Yukke Uni Cone and the Gyu Bar Salad. The former consists of beef tartare and sea urchin served in a sesame waffle cone. It is seasoned with a dash of house-made sauce to enhance the natural umami flavour of the meat. It’s pretty hard to stop at one serving. The Gyu Bar Salad on the other hand, includes mixed greens and thinly sliced roast beef slathered with sesame dressing. It is light on the palette and I enjoyed the crunch from the fresh greens.
My dining companions and I were treated to the Karubi (marbled beef), the Misuji (brisket), the Wagyu Tongue and the Sirloin Yaki-Shabu with the Truffle Egg Dip. Although the meats had different thickness and textures, all the cuts that we’ve tried were amazing. My favourite was the Sirloin Yaki-Shabu with the Truffle Egg Dip. It was so flavourful and I’m craving badly for it as I’m typing the article right now.
After the meats, we tried the Bara Chirashi and Spicy Beef Ramen. The sashimi was fresh and of very good quality, and the seasoning was light and fragrant. The dish was not too heavy such that you feel bloated after eating the barbequed beef. The portion was just right, leaving our tummies very satisfied. The Spicy Beef Ramen is made up of ramen, beef slices, onsen egg and a home-made spicy sauce. Being a beef lover, I found this dish irresistible. The spice wasn’t overwhelming and I could still taste the natural flavours of the beef.
Last but not least, we ended with four types of ice cream – the bittersweet matcha ice cream, the sea salt ice cream, the refreshing yuzu sorbet and the unique black truffle sea salt ice cream which became our favourite.
My dining companions and I enjoyed dining in The Gyu Bar’s unpretentious environment. We had our own quiet corner and was able to feast on top quality beef and other food items. Although the food here is pricey, you’re actually paying for the quality. They also serve lunch sets and dinner omakase where you can try the chef’s 10-Course gastronomical journey.
The Gyu Bar
Address: 30 Stevens Road, #01-08, Singapore 257840
Contact: 6732 0702 or 9150 3164
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 3pm (Lunch) and 6pm to 10pm (Dinner). Closed on Mondays.
Email: email@example.com (Please note that reservations are only available for outdoor standing bar tables, tables and bar counter seats. Yakiniku grills are available for table seating only.)
Note that this is an invited tasting.