All. You. Can. Eat.
Ahhh.... now I have your attention.
All-you-can-eat BBQ $29.90
With a protein free-for-all on offer, Kaizen draws us in like moths to a flame. The boys have been looking forward to this all day. I guess it's the same type of excitement sweet tooths get before a high tea buffet.
The decor is modern and uncluttered, an emphasis on clean lines with plenty of timber in the form of tables, chairs and as hanging cubes overhead. Splashes of colour come from painted round-edged rectangles afixed to the wood above our heads.
Artwork - I kept thinking of thongs (flip flops)
The all-you-can-eat yakiniku-style barbecue allows you to choose from a list of dishes nominated from their a la carte menu. We're allowed unlimited ordering from the following barbecue list:
Marinated scotch fillet $16
Eye fillet steak $19
Marinated rib $18.50 (limited to 2 orders per person for all-you-can-eat)
Marinated wagyu rib meat $18
Marinated rib finger $16
Wagyu beef skirt $18
Wagyu chuck roll $20
Marinated thigh fillet $15
Pork belly $15
Kimchee amongst our panchan (banchan) complimentary side dishes
Our waitress takes our first round of orders and whilst we wait, we nibble on panchan, the complimentary side dishes that are quickly delivered to our table.
Mixed leaves with salad dressing
Covered bowls of miso soup are generous with squares of seaweed but before we have time to slurp even a spoonful, the onslaught of meat arrives. MEAT.
Wagyu beef skirt
Marinated beef rib
Eye fillet steak
Marinated wagyu rib meat
Meat on the grill
It's a veritable meat-fest as we sear, flip and sear again a non-stop carousel of iron. There's always a slow wait at the start as the barbeuce grill gets going but soon there's an overflow of cooked meat that gets tranferred to an overflow plate which never seems to empty.
We find it hard to not overcook the scotch fillet steak in amongst everything else. The marinated beef rib is by far the favourite dish. It's a bit like unwrapping a present when we unwind the long strip of meat from around the bone. Once seared, it's sliced into more manageable piees using the pair of scissors provided, meat that is soft and tender. No wonder this dish is restricted to two orders per person.
I also quite like the pork belly too. It's best left on the grill for as long as possible, until the thick ribbons of fat render to a crisp and the edges caramelise to a tacky sweetness.
Lemon salt with black sesame seeds and dipping sauces
The meats are refreshed and seasoned in our personal compartmentalised platters. There are two types of soy dressing and a square holding a sprinkle of salt and black sesame seeds with a fresh wedge of lemon.
Korean spoon and metal chopsticks
We eat using the traditional Korean metal chopsticks, cool rounded utensils which always strike me as being slippery and almost clinical. They do add a sense of surgical precision when eating, especially with their extremely narrow tapered ends. The floral panel at the top of the chopsticks are a pretty decorative touch.
It's a bit of a meat overload for me, although the boys aren't complaining. The panchan offer little in the way of vegetables and although these can be replenished, it's a struggle to attract the attention of waitstaff and times.
Are you and your friends feeling deficient in iron? You know where to meat.
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Level 4, Store 408 (near the cinemas)
Corner of Herring and Waterloo Roads
North Ryde, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9805 0377
Monday to Sunday 11.30am - 3.30pm
Monday to Saturday 5.00pm until late
Sunday 5.00pm - 10.00pm
All-you-can-eat BBQ $29.90
Under 11 years $20
Under 5 years - free
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