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Gyu-Kaku Burbank Opens To Eager Diners

Gyu-Kaku Burbank has only been open for a few weeks in Downtown Burbank, but already the popular Japanese BBQ chain has a steady stream of customers any night of the week.

Currently only open after 4:00 p.m. for dinner, the restaurant offers large selection of Korean and Japanese favorites prepared and served Japanese style.

Gyu-Kaku grill (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Gyu-Kaku grill (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

On a recent weekday evening, we didn’t have a reservation, so we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The interior of Gyu-Kaku is stylish and sleek, with popular music piped in for a club-like atmosphere.

We ordered a wide selection of small plates, including Spicy Addicting Cucumber, Steamed Pork Dumplings, Wakame Seaweed Salad, Cabbage Kimchee, Spicy Tuna Volcano and a side of steamed rice. With the exception of the Kimchee, which was moderately spicy, we found the items marked spicy to have just a mild heat.

Spicy Addicting Cucumber (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Spicy Addicting Cucumber (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Miso Pork Ramen, while maybe not as perfect as Daikokuya in Downtown L.A. or tasty as Kopan Ramen down the street, was still hearty and delicious.

The stars of the evening’s meal were the Bimbimbap (steak and onion fried rice) and plates to grill – the Primi Kalbi and the Scallops. Prices are not expensive, but there’s not a lot of meat or seafood on the plate, either.

Those used to Korean BBQ style, with plates loaded high with meat, fish and vegetables to grill, will note this difference. However, what Gyu-Kaku lacks in abundance, they make up for in high quality products for the grill.

Miso Pork Ramen (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Miso Pork Ramen (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Everyone in our group remarked on the tender and juicy qualities of our table-grilled Kalbi and scallops. There’s nothing quite like taking a seared scallop right off the grill, letting it cool for a few seconds, and popping it in your mouth.

The Kalbi, cooked to medium, was nicely charred on the outside and absolute perfection in every bite.

The Bimbimbap, served in an extremely hot stone bowl, was mixed by our server and pressed against the sides of the bowl, to carmelize and crisp the rice over several minutes. Truly delicious.

Bimbimbap at Gyu-Kaku (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bimbimbap at Gyu-Kaku (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, suggesting the excellent Bimbimbap and explaining how Gyu-Kaku does barbecue.  Empty plates were cleared away promptly and water glasses refilled regularly. Bathrooms were clean.

Gyu-Kaku Burbank also has a nice Japanese beer and sake list, along with cocktails and wine available.

For excellent food, service and ambiance, Gyu-Kaku Burbank receives a Tops In Town.

Restaurant Info: Gyu-Kaku Burbank is located at 116 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502. 818-846-0779. Gyu-Kaku Burbank is open Sunday through Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Gyu-Kaku Burbank receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Kopan Ramen Serves Delicious Noodles And Japanese Sides In Burbank

Since opening in January, Downtown Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2 has been steadily serving its delicious Japanese noodles and plates to a growing clientele of devotees. The Burbank noodle shop offers a simple but satisfying menu of ramen and Japanese sides.

The Burbank location of Kopan Ramen is the second location of the Fullerton-based Izakaya Kopan. Located in the large open-aired space that had previously housed a branch of Little Tokyo’s Orochon, Kopan Ramen offers one basic broth flavor for ramen orders.

Bowls of ramen surround seafood gyoza, cucumber salad and seaweed salad. Soup additions of soft-boiled eggs and mushrooms dot the table. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bowls of ramen surround seafood gyoza, cucumber salad and seaweed salad. Soup additions of soft-boiled eggs and mushrooms dot the table. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

To that broth and ramen, one may add Chashu (pork belly), Fatty Pork, Chicken Breast or Vegetables. A host of additional toppings are available for the noodle bowl, including additional portions of the meats, cheese, soft-boiled egg, crunch onion and garlic, bamboo, corn, green onion, red ginger, wood ear or shitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spinach, seaweed and tofu.

The sides are very tasty as well. The seafood gyoza were light and full of flavor, while the fresh seaweed salad was lightly sweet and tangy. The wafer-thin sliced cucumber salad with a mild dressing was an excellent refresher and palate cleanser.

Cucumber salad and seaweed salad are excellent sides at Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cucumber salad and seaweed salad are excellent sides at Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our server mentioned the soft shell crab side is very popular – the crab is lightly deep-fried and split in half. Kopan Ramen also serves our favorite breaded and fried octopus treat – takoyaki – a little ball of flavor and crunch that is always a fun complement to a meal and excellent as a snack on its own.

Izakaya generally means a bar that serves some food to go along with its drinks, and Kopan Ramen has plenty of options for those who would like a little something to eat along with their beer or cocktail. The restaurant also stands up excellently for satisfying lunches and dinners.

Chashu Spicy Ramen with wood ear mushrooms at Burbank's Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chashu Spicy Ramen with wood ear mushrooms at Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The ramen bowls are available in two sizes and four spices levels – none, mild, spicy and super spicy. Kopan Ramen also provides sriracha and its own homemade spicy sauce on the table to kick up the heat level as needed.

Our recent dinner at Kopan Ramen was terrific. While our server wasn’t extremely knowledgeable about some of the dish preparations, he was super friendly and helpful. The restaurant was steadily busy but with ample seating available for walk-ins, on a weeknight in Burbank.

Chicken Breast Ramen with shitake mushrooms at Burbank's Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chicken Breast Ramen with shitake mushrooms at Burbank’s Kopan Ramen 2. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Everything we ordered was fresh and extremely flavorful, filling but not too heavy. I found the heat level on the #2 spicy ramen to be perfect, enough to provide some kick but not too overpowering.

Others at the table ordered no spice bowls and then added the amount of Kopan red pepper paste they desired. The soft-boiled eggs were creamy and the ideal complement to the warmth and flavor of the broth. Both the pork and chicken were extremely tender.

Kopan Ramen 2 in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Kopan Ramen 2 in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While we still hold Totto Ramen in New York City and Daikokyu Ramen in Downtown Los Angeles as our favorite noodle spots, Burbank’s Kopan Ramen is a solid choice for an enjoyable and delicious bite to eat. We look forward to our next bowls of noodles and trying out more side dishes at Kopan Ramen soon.

Restaurant Info: Kopan Ramen 2 is located at 220 N. San Fernando, Burbank, CA 91502 . 818-845-0187. Kopan Ramen 2 is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kopan Ramen 2 receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)